I subscribe to Illumicrate, a bookish subscription box based in the UK, created by the amazing Daphne from Winged Reviews. As it’s a quarterly subscription, November = Illumicrate #5! I don’t want to spoil it for anyone who has not yet received their box, so click ‘continue reading’ to see what’s inside (and see my previous unboxing posts here).
We were given Ryan Graudin’s Wolf by Wolf in the first ever Illumicrate and this month Daphne surprised those who have remained subscribed for a year with a copy of the highly anticipated sequel, Blood for Blood. As Wolf by Wolf was my favourite book of 2015, I can’t wait to get back to Ryan Graudin’s writing – the surprise extra book was very welcome and so thoughtful.
We also received S.J. Kincaid’s The Diabolic with a signed bookplate. It’s not one that has been on my radar much because I’ve strayed from science fiction a bit lately, but I loved her first novel, Insignia, and so I’m intrigued about this new series; it has received an excellent response on Goodreads!
I always love the bookish products that Daphne picks and this time we received an exclusive coffee cosy from Sparrow and Wolf – something that will keep my hot chocolate company over the coming months – and a fun notebook from House of Wonderland for jotting down all those Evil Plans. And we received a gorgeous bergamot and sandalwood candle from Meraki Candles, plus a pair of stripy Happy Socks, a Swedish company I’ve been wanting to try out for a while. I was probably more excited about socks than I should have been, but I love them so much that I’ve asked for a gift box for Christmas. It’s the little things that make you happy.
As always, Daphne included a bunch of fun exclusives from publishers. I particularly like the cute postcard from Maggie Harcourt’s upcoming Unconventional and the colourful poster from Lauren Oliver’s Replica.
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 (February) is available to buy! You can also find Illumicrate over on Twitter and Instagram.