I received September’s Sweet Reads Box for free in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are my own and from the ❤️.
It’s here! September’s Sweet Reads Box arrived this week and it’s their one-year anniversary so we are going to PAR-TAY. And by that I mean stay home and read books. Which is a good thing since I have very little to offer you in terms of snackages apart from the highly disappointing Skinny Pop popcorn mini cakes I’m munching on that are apparently sharp cheddar flavour but I am getting none of that. Also we’re out of Diet Pepsi. So yes I would make a very bad host. But let’s move along. In honour of this very special occasion, and to thank all of you who’ve followed along since I first started reviewing the boxes last September, I’m giving away a September 2018 box out of my own pocket to one lucky reader. Let’s see what’s inside already!
(Alsoooooooo, if this is the first time you’re hearing of Sweet Reads Box it’s a Canadian book subscription box that comes with a novel, something sweet to eat, a beverage and a few other bookish treats related to the story. Fun, right?)
BRB, just nerding out with my hornblower for a sec. Also, I feel like I have dead eyes when they should be dancing. Pretend they’re dancing, okay?
September’s book is When We Found Home by Susan Mallery. Here’s the description from the inside cover:
Becoming a family will take patience, humor, a little bit of wine and a whole lot of love…
Life is meant to be savored, but that’s not easy with no family, limited prospects and a past you’d rather not talk about. Still, Callie Smith doesn’t know how to feel when she discovers she has a brother and a sister–Malcolm, who grew up with affection, wealth and privilege, and Keira, a streetwise twelve-year-old. Callie doesn’t love being alone, but at least it’s safe. Despite her trepidation, she moves into the grand family home with her siblings and grandfather on the shores of Lake Washington, hoping just maybe this will be the start of a whole new life.
But starting over can be messy. Callie and Keira fit in with each other, but not with their posh new lifestyle, leaving Malcolm feeling like the odd man out in his own home. He was clever enough to turn a sleepy Seattle mail-order food catalog into an online gourmet powerhouse, yet he can’t figure out how to help his new sisters feel secure. But affection isn’t Malcolm’s strong suit…until a beautiful barista teaches him that an open heart, like the family table, can always make room for more.
In this emotional, humorous and heartfelt story, Susan Mallery masterfully explores the definition of a modern family–blended by surprise, not by choice–and how those complicated relationships can add unexpected richness to life.
Anyone else perk up at the words “beautiful barista”? Sounds like we are in for some romance and let me tell you, I am here for it.
Next, My Favorite ankle socks (they’re really called “My Favorite”) from Blue Q. According to the legend included with the box, the main characters in the book struggle with a variety of feelings about each other and the socks reflect the progression of their relationship as the story plays out.
Wish bracelet from Imperfectly Worthy. “While many characters in the novel have wishes we also thought handmade bracelets were a great fit with Kiera’s birthday party in the novel.” I love this bracelet. Sadly I will never get to wear it as I had to bribe my daughter with it to take these pictures for me. (Hashtag TWEENS.)
The book revolves around the idea of home so this Foundation hanging sign makes sense. (Sorry — no source available.)
You know what’s also central the novel? A cat named Lizzie. (Oh this is my kind of book already.) The Color Cats sticky tabs from Ooly make fun page markers. (SO FUN! I use sticky tabs when I’m reading all the time.)
Also included: three packages of Via Instant Pike Place Medium Roast from Starbucks and chocolate biscotti from Lakefield Bakery on Queen. I’m not a coffee drinker but my hubby is so they won’t go to waste. That biscotti tho is mine all mine. (I’ll have it with the English Breakfast tea from last month’s box.) Also, the party hat and hornblower didn’t come with the box but a little birdie tells me the October box will include a few extra surprises in honour of the one year.
Now I haven’t yet read the book so I can’t tell you whether I liked it or not, but the storyline is right up my alley so we’re off to a good start. And I love LOVE the socks, the bracelet, the sticky tabs — all the things! (Well the Home hanging sign a little less since it’s not really my style but I’m sure I’ll have no problem finding someone who loves it.) So far I’m really happy with September’s box and can’t wait to get into the book!
A single Sweet Reads Box costs $54.99 CAD + $12 CAD shipping. Until the end of September, you can get $15 off a three-month subscription with the code ONEYEAR and $40 off a six-month subscription with the code CELEBRATE. Sweet Reads Box is on Instagram, Facebook and Twitter with all kinds of fun things like bookish news, live chats with authors and discounts so be sure to give them a follow.
And now (doo doo doo doo!) …
For a chance to win a September box (with all of the fabulousness shown above!), tell me two things you’d like to see in a future box (can be the name of a specific book, a type of book, and/or a particular product) in the comments below. This entry is mandatory.
For an additional entry, visit try small things on Facebook and like (or love!) this post and leave a comment, then tell me you did so and your name on Facebook in the comments below. (Shares aren’t necessary, but YOU’RE THE BEST AND ALWAYS TO GOOD TO SHARE ALL THE SAME AND I LOVE YOU FOR IT!)
For a third entry, follow both try small things and Sweet Reads Box on Instagram and tell me your handle in the comments below.
And feel free to tweet the following once per day and leave the url for your tweet in the comments below (one entry per tweet). Make sure you’re following try small things and Sweet Reads Box on Twitter for your entry to count.
Happy first anniversary to my fave book subscription box, @SweetReadsBox! See what’s inside September’s box + #win it from @trysmallthings https://wp.me/p4xBed-6Pu 10/8 CAN #sweetreadsbox
The contest is open to Canadian residents 18+ excluding Quebec and ends at 11:59 p.m. EST on October 8, 2018. The potential winner (chosen at random) must respond to prize notification within 48 hours and provide the correct answer to a skill-testing question, otherwise another winner will be selected.
Thanks for partying with me, everybody! Good luck to all!!
Update October 9, 2018: Congratulations Janette VDL!
647 responses to “What’s Inside September’s Sweet Reads Box + A giveaway!”
I love to have books and a throw.
Thanks Anna! Good luck! 🍀
Following both accounts on IG @fossie55
I would LOVE to see the book Bookshops Of Yesterday. It could have such a fun theme to go along with it. Some Tazo Chai would be delicious too. Yum!
Tweeted on twitter – @healthy_2011
Liked on Insta – @danish_mustard
Loved on FB – Dana Orgnero
Thanks for this fabulous giveaway!!!$
Thanks for the recco and all the follows, Dana! Looking up Bookshops of Yesterday right now! 🙂
Liked and shared and commented on FB post Florence Cochrane
I love travel books and a sweet treats.
Thanks Florence! Good luck! 🙂
Follow you both on instagram @ tinadar7
I’d love to see tea and a cozy throw.
Thanks Athena! Never enough throws. 🙂 Or tea. 🙂
I follow you both on instagram as 409cope
I would like to see a good mystery book and some David’s tea in a future box.
Thank you! Big DavidsTea fan over here too! 🙋
I’m a bookmark collector so a bookmark would be wonderful and of course any kind of chocolate makes my day better.
I’m following both of you on Instagram, Gem228
Thanks Gemma! Good luck! 🙂
I would love to see Stephen Kings new book in the box as well as tea from David’s Tea
I haven’t read a Stephen King novel in ages but I could totally get behind it! Thanks for the suggestion, Suzie! 🙂
In future boxes my favourite type of book is true crime.I would love to see chocolate yummy.My Instagram handle is jdarrellc.
Thanks Joanne! Are you a milk, dark or white chocolate lover? (Maybe all three?)
I like to see candles or teas
Love to see maybe some vanilla aroma of anything. Natural hand soap. maybe vanilla. coconut. and some sweet Purdys coffee choc.
Thanks Barbara! I’m a big Purdys fan too! 🙂
I follow on Instagram!
Loved and commented on Facebook!
I’d like to see an actual KITTEN in a box. 😹😹😹
I’d love to see Jennifer Robson’a new book, The Gown, and all royal wedding-themed items like a fascinator in the box!!
Hee hee hee. I would totally subscribe to that! 😹😹😹 #kittenofthemonthclub The Gown looks so good and a fascinator would be so fun to wear reading it! (You know, to go with leggings and a cardigan.)
Following both pages on twitter and retweeted. https://twitter.com/mistycarole/status/1041516113547296768
Following both on instagram c_dube1
Liked, commented and shared this post on facebook. Carole Dube
I would like to see some Purdy chocolate and the Rocky Mountain Soap Company soap of the month!
Thanks Carole! Good luck! 🙂
Like/Comment on FB Jan L
Maybe coasters, gloves or treats would be nice.
Also forever more I’d refer to those cat tabs as tabby cats lol hee hee I crack myself up!
I’d like to see one of the Jenny Lawson books. Because laughter makes life better. And raccoons are funny.
I haven’t read her but I’d love to! 🙂
I would like to see a fall themed box, with an pumpkin scented candle, caramel flavoured lip balm, some leaf accented napkins, and some apple cider, or hot chocolate mix!
Leaf it to you to come up with all kinds of ideas! I’d love a fall-themed box too! Good luck Joy! 🍂🍂🍂
Barbara Erskine’s new book “The Ghost Tree” would be wonderful, and coffee or tea are always great!
I would like to see a copy of Sharon Bala’s *The Boat People*..along with a pkg. of Mackintosh toffee in a future package!! 🙂
I follow on twitter and tweeted too https://mobile.twitter.com/carschick/status/1041487901266067457
I follow on instagram as @carschick
Would also like to see some more beauty products or moisturizers in the sweet reads box
I loved the giveaway post as caryn salageanu
I would love to see more thrillers in the sweet reads box
Liked and commented on Facebook under Leanne Davis ..follow both accounts on Instagram under Ldavis244 and here’s the link to my tweet … https://twitter.com/leanne91688857/status/1041485643929530368?s=21
Liked and commented on Facebook!
Tweet for today: https://twitter.com/kristy_reid/status/1041484640983437318
I would like to see Amy Shumer’s book!
Following both accounts on IG (@twin,nado)
Eek. Typed too fast – @twin.nado (period, not comma)
I gotcha! Thanks Kristy! 😄
Loved and commented on Facebook (Kristy Reid)
I would love to see a box with Reese Witherspoon’s book – Whiskey in a Tea Cup. Just imagine the treats that could be in that box (and maybe a little sample sized whiskey!). 🙂
I would love to see Rae Anne Thayne books and some great tea from Tea Leaf co in a box.