Illumicrate Unboxing: August

Illumicrate Unboxing: August
I subscribe to Illumicrate, a bookish subscription box based in the UK. As it’s a quarterly subscription, August means it is time for a new box! I can’t believe we’ve had a whole year of Illumicrate and we’re now onto the fourth box. I don’t want to spoil it for anyone who hasn’t received their box yet, so click ‘continue reading’ to see what’s inside (and see my previous unboxing posts here).

Illumicrate Unboxing: August
Daphne surprised everyone this month by including not one, but two books: Jay Kristoff’s Nevernight – a high fantasy novel about the art of assassination – and Laure Eve’s The Graces – about witches, magic and obsession. As always, Daphne included signed bookplates. I’ve read neither of these novels, so I’m looking forward to getting stuck in. Plus, we received lots of extras, such as tattoos, bookmarks and a hand-written letter from Laure!

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One of my favourite things from this month’s Illumicrate are the two amazing ‘then and now’ Harry Potter coasters, illustrations of our trio by Taratjah Art. I mentioned to Daphne a few weeks ago how much I’d love to see coasters, so I’m glad to know she was already way ahead of me!

Aren’t they adorable? Also included was strawberry tea from Post Tea, inspired by Lewis Carroll’s Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland and exclusively created for Illumicrate. I enjoy iced tea and it smells divine, so I’ll have to give it a shot. And Ashley Poston illustrated two colouring cards inspired by Leigh Bardugo’s Six of Crows and Grisha trilogies, which are pretty cool, even if you haven’t read the books yet!


I was lucky to get a sneak peek at the last item, a Gilmore Girls-inspired tote bag, a few weeks ago because Daphne knows how much I love the series. I’m Team Logan and so I love this design. If you haven’t seen the series, here’s the scene in which ‘in omnia paratus’ (‘ready for anything’) and umbrellas will make sense. The design is by Colorful Geekiness. And we also received lots of free extras from publishers: an Unboxed postcard, Red Rising series quote prints and a sampler of A Torch Against the Night.

And that’s this month’s box! Head over to the website and my first Illumicrate post to find out more. Sign up to the newsletter to be notified when the next box (November) is available to buy! You can also find Illumicrate over on Twitter and Instagram.

20 thoughts on “Illumicrate Unboxing: August

  1. tumbling into wonderland

    I got mine too! I’m really excited to read both the books.

  2. Love the coasters. And two books!? This seems to be one of the better crates I am seeing.

  3. Megan @ bookslayerReads

    OH. MY. GOSH!!!! How have I never heard of Illumicrate before?! This is awesome! You’ve just inspired me to go subscribe like right this second…
    I love the items you received in your crate this quarter. I’m anxious to read Nevernight so had I opened the box and seen that book in there, I probably would have literally died of surprise and joy! 😉
    Looking forward to receiving my first quarterly Illumicrate! Thanks so much!

  4. Oh, how I wish they sent these boxes to Latvia too!
    Anyway, it is so good to see more Gilmore Girls fans out there! 🙂

    • Yes, definitely! I’m always shocked to discover a booky person who hasn’t watched Gilmore Girls. They need to get to it, stat 🙂 She might be able to ship to Latvia but I’m not sure of the shipping cost!

  5. I love this box! But I find myself loving the misc goodies more than the books, especially the tea and the hp coaster 😀

  6. I’m definitely subscribing when I get my next paycheck. I’ve avoided boxes but this one just looks fab. ❤

  7. This looks amazing! I am a huuuge fan of that tote bag I’m team Logan too! He’s amazing! and the umbrella scenes is my all time fave scene!

  8. That is some package! I must say the tote bag got me though … and the cards … oh and the … okay so the books too (though The Graces just a little bit more … hmmmm, okay so it all got me. All of it. Hope you enjoy:)

  9. Oh! I absolutely adore the coasters! I so wish I could have subscribed in time for this box. It’s absolutely stunning!

  10. aubreysbooknook

    I love all of the posters. Such a pretty box full of so many pretty bookish things.

  11. […] also received two books in the latest Illumicrate: Nevernight by Jay Kristoff (a high fantasy novel about the art of assassination) and The Graces […]

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