Is it just me or have Alix and Kelly been raising the awesomeness bar every month? At this point, if they keep outdoing themselves, my expectations will also have to get higher! This is my third subscription box from them, and every book is always such a pleasant surprise! What I love about this is that if I were to walk about my local bookstore, I don’t think I’d ever pick the books they’ve chosen, so I’m very glad to go outside the box of my usual genre to shake things up a bit. Let’s start with the book swags first!
The gals have kindly included a map of Riverkeep so we can visually follow the places of where the protagonist travels. I weathered it a bit more so that it would look more worn for image aesthetics. The second item is a Riverkeep inspired button by Evie Seo. I absolutely adore many of her product designs and bookish pictures on IG so if you don’t know her, please check her out on IG @EvieBookish- you won’t regret it! Anyways, I’m really digging the colors chosen on the design. The button is about the size of my palm, so it’s pretty big. The quote reads “Come on, little boat” which is significant to the book as it pertains to the main character’s boat, a character in and of itself. Next up is a Moby Dick inspired tattoo from Litographs. If you’ve never heard of them, they’re known for products designed with popular and classic literatures in mind. You can also follow them on IG via @Litographs! I first heard about them on Kickstarter, a crowdfunding platform to give starter creators a chance to launch their ideas to reality. I was a backer for their ‘Through the Looking Glass’ World’s Longest Tattoo Chain. In this, I got a tattoo excerpt from Lewis Carroll’s book and after placing the temporary tattoo on a part of my body, I got to post an image of it on their site. It was fun to see where other participants chose to place their tattoos and what words they received. Here’s mine:
Last is a fish hook leather bracelet. It’s simple but it ties in with the fishing theme for this month’s box. Let’s move on to the book selections, hurrah! No, that is not a spelling error- there’s more than one book for this month! I was so stoked when it was announced that two books will be included for July (fist pumps definitely happened).
The book for the month is Martin Stewart’s ‘Riverkeep.’ I’m liking the dramatic cover design. It just really pops at you and I can’t help but keep taking a second glance at it. This will be full of adventure, monsters, magic, and family bonds. While I don’t usually gravitate to nautical centric genres, I also don’t dislike them. I’m actually very excited to dive into this! As usual, a note and a signed bookplate from the author are also included. The second book is ‘The Wonderful Wizard of Oz’ with a novel spin to its cover with a totally new contemporary design by Mike Mahle of Rock Paper Books. Now, I’m going to have to check what other designs they’ve come up with for other classics. I’ve only ever watched the movie, so I’m a happy gal to get a copy of this book. Goodness, I just enjoyed opening this month’s box so much! Two of anything is better than one, after all. If this hasn’t convinced you on trying out this sub box, then I don’t know what will. If you have the budget for it, then you can head on over to http://www.litjoycrate.com to sign up!
The August theme will be gothic murder mystery, so get psyched!