Sweet Reads Box sent me their Book Lovers Box in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are my own.
Well I finally got around to booking my laser eye surgery for January 1. Can’t wait to have 2020 vision. 😂 Okay I don’t need laser eye surgery but I see it’s been a minute since I promised today’s post. Sweet Reads Box issues special one-off boxes from time to time (I’ve just ordered one of their first Kids Christmas Boxes for my guys) and IMHO their second limited edition Book Lovers Box is one of their best. Like the monthly subscription box, it’s “me time delivered” with a new novel, tea or coffee, a sweet treat and some goodies tied in to the story; in this case the book is about an aspiring novelist and the goodies all celebrate books. Here’s a closer look. 📚
First we have a card with a guide to contents on one side and a quote related to the theme of the box on the other (a truth bomb from Jane Austen: “I declare after all there is no enjoyment like reading.”).
And that book about the aspiring novelist? It’s a Canadian novel released last May, Molly of the Mall: Literary Lass and Purveyor of Fine Footwear by Heidi L.M. Jacobs.
Whether you’ve worked in retail or not, we are sure you will commiserate with Molly’s experiences and fall in love with her quirky character. Whether it’s her love of Jane Austen or experiences at university, working and dating, Molly is a fun, book-loving protagonist. Making this novel the perfect option for our Book Lover’s Box.
The cover of the book doesn’t do anything for me but the story sounds great! Here’s the description from the back:
Aspiring novelist Molly MacGregor’s life is strikingly different from a literary heroine’s. Named for one of literature’s least romantic protagonists, Moll Flanders, Molly lives in Edmonton, a city she finds irredeemably unromantic, where she writes university term papers instead of novels, and sells shoes in the Largest Mall on Earth. There she seeks the other half of her young life’s own matched pair. Delightfully whimsical, Heidi L.M. Jacobs’ Molly of the Mall: Literary Lass and Purveyor of Fine Footwear explores its namesake’s love for the written word, love for the wrong men (and the right one), and her complicated love for her city.
I’ve been to that mall so I’ll be picturing it while I’m reading the story. I love that! (It doesn’t happen often.)
Willie’s Cocoa Raspberries & Cream White Chocolate • We chose this chocolate as the sweet treat for the box because it pairs so well with the cover of the novel. While raspberry isn’t a common Fall flavour it’s a great match for our tea choice.
Any choco but dark choco is alright with me and I love that this one is dotted with raspberries. 😋
Tea Leaf Co. Stay Calm & Relax Tea • An organic herbal tea with chamomile, lavender and cinnamon makes a deliciously warm and comforting cup of tea. We thought Molly could have used this tea at a variety of points in her story.
I know the holidays are still weeks out but I’m already feeling overwhelmed. This tea comes at the perfect time.
Socksmith “So Many Book So Little Time” Socks • A cat, books and socks = bookish perfection.
Agreed! Plus these are the perfect weight. Not too thick, not too thin — just right.
Crafted Van Tea on Books Bookmark • We love this magnetic bookmark and its connection to the items in the box. Tea and books go together like Darcy and Elizabeth.
I follow Crafted Van on Instagram and this Canadian co. makes so many cute things — pins, greeting cards, and bookmarks like this one. I love it!
Quotable Oscar Wilde Pin • A bookish pin to add to your lapel or book bag. We think it will make you happy.
I don’t wear pins but I really like this quote. Perfect for a book lover!
Now Designs “I Read Past My Bedtime” Mug • This mug should be our life’s motto! I’m sure you can agree there is nothing better than reading past your bedtime.
Sweet Reads Box has included a few things from Now Designs and with good reason — this mug is perfection! Great motto and a good size to keep by your bed filled with tea for a long, late night of reading.
The Book Lovers Box is long sold out, but a few limited edition Sweet Reads Boxes are still available: The Christmas Box ($61.99 plus shipping); The Kids Christmas Box –ages 4 to 7 ($40 plus shipping); and the one I just ordered, The Kids Christmas Box — ages 8 to 12 ($40 plus shipping). And of course three-, six-, and 12-month Sweet Reads Box subscriptions are always available, along with the option to buy (or gift!) a single regular monthly box. Sweet Reads Box currently ships across Canada.
What do you think of the Book Lovers Box? Have you tried any limited edition Sweet Reads Boxes? Who on your list would love Sweet Reads Box for Christmas? (Maybe you!)