#Unboxing Prudence and the Crow – February 2019

As a pre-Christmas treat to myself, I signed up to the fabulous Prudence and the Crow Book Subscription service after seeing some of their fabulous posts on Instagram!  Their mission is to share their love of vintage books amongst the bookish community, so put together a box each month to suit your tastes – you can choose from Classic Fiction, Sci-Fi, Classic Thriller, Children’s or Random – and then each month for £15 inc P&P, you will receive a fabulous vintage paperback along with a lovely handmade book bag, sweets and other treats – guaranteed to put a smile on your face!

Now I forgot to share the unboxing last month (blogger fail!) so thought I’d start with my 2nd parcel from them.  I’ve opted for the Sci-Fi package as I’m determined to increase my knowledge of classic Sci-Fi – and they often have the best/craziest covers!!

So here’s a look at what arrived through my letterbox – yep it all comes in a handy letterbox sized parcel! – this month!

All wrapped up in this fabulous Room With a View envelope!!

Goodies galore!!

Who can resist sweets and tea?! Not me!

A fabulous pencil with the engraving ‘Only Connect’ E.M.Forster, library card stamped with No.2 for my 2nd parcel and fab stickers!

Gorgeous handmade fabric book bag containing this months book – THE BEST OF SCI-FI 5 by JUDITH MERRIL

The Handler by Damon Knight
The Other Wife by Jack Finney
No Fire Burns by Avram Davidson
No, No, Not Rogov! by Cordwainer Smith
The Shoreline at Sunset by Ray Bradbury
The Dreamsman by Gordon R. Dickson
Multum in Parvo by Jack Sharkey
Flowers for Algernon by Daniel Keyes
“What Do You Mean…Human?” by John W. Campbell, Jr.
Sierra Sam by Ralph Dighton
A Death in the House by Clifford D. Simak
Mariana by Fritz Leiber
An Inquiry Concerning the Curvature of the Earth’s Surface and Divers Investigations of a Metaphysical Nature by Roger Price
Day at the Beach by Carol Emshwiller
Hot Argument by Randall Garret
What the Left Hand was Doing by Darrel T. Langart
The Sound Sweep by J.G. Ballard
Plenitude by Will Worthington
The Man Who Lost the Sea by Theodore Sturgeon
Make a Prison by Lawrence Block
What Now, Little Man? by Mark Clifton
Me by Hilbert Schenck, Jr.

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Another fabulous  package that has made me smile and I look forward to dipping into the Sci Fi short stories very soon!  Which genre would you go for if you subscribed?!

#Unboxing The Bookishly Classic Crate – Alice In Wonderland edition #spoileralert

Last month, the fabulous Bookishly announced that their Classic Crate for January 2019 would be the Alice In Wonderland edition! How could I not treat myself to one of those?!  I adore anything Alice related so my order went in straight away!

And now the box of Wonderland goodies has arrived – and it’s even better than I could have imagined!  So I thought I’d share with you what I got – and to let you know that their February Crate is a Jane Eyre edition….. just in case you’re interested!  Pre-order link here 

all the goodies!!!

Here’s a closer look at everything!

Fabulous mug!! A bookworm can never have too many mugs!!

A pack of ‘Drink Me’ Tea from Jenier World of Teas

gorgeous bookmark!

Fab badge! ‘why is a raven like a writing desk?
gorgeous card print – curiouser and curiouser

love this framed alice page/saying! Bookishly are famous for these!

set of gorgeous cards that I might need to frame and keep for myself!

And then two books – 

Lewis Carroll – O Frabjous Day – Little Black Classic Version

‘I cried, “Come, tell me how you live!”
And thumped him on the head.’

Conjuring wily walruses, dancing lobsters, a Jabberwock and a Bandersnatch, Carroll’s fantastical verse gave new words to the English language.

And a beautiful edition of ALICE’S ADVENTURES IN WONDERLAND 😍

‘Contrariwise … if it was so, it might be; and if it were so, it would be but as it isn’t, it ain’t. That’s logic.’

‘I had sent my heroine straight down a rabbit-hole … without the least idea what was to happen afterwards,’ wrote Lewis Carroll, describing how Alice was conjured up one ‘golden afternoon’ in 1862 to entertain his child-friend Alice Liddell. His dream worlds of nonsensical Wonderland and the back-to-front Looking-Glass kingdom depict order turned upside-down: a baby turns into a pig, time is abandoned at a disordered tea-party and a chaotic game of chess makes a seven-year-old girl a Queen. But amongst the anarchic humour and sparkling word play, puzzles and riddles, are poignant moments of nostalgia for lost childhood. Original and experimental, the Alice books give readers a window on both child and adult worlds.

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#Unboxing Bookishly September Classic Crate – The Jungle Book Edition!

Hello!  More things bookish today and that involves me sharing an unboxing of a fabulous #classicbookcrate that I recently treated myself to!  The lovely people at Bookishly have put together another wonderful box of goodies all centred around the classic THE JUNGLE BOOK by RUDYARD KIPLING. How could I  NOT treat myself when I saw details of this! So here’s a look at what I received this week – and if you click on the Bookishly link above I think they still have a few left now if you want to treat yourself or know of somebody who would love it!

It arrives beautifully parcelled up!! Time to delve in…                                                                                                                                                                                

Goodies galore!!  

                               

Beautiful print!

                   

                                                     I do love a mug!!

the book itself with a stunning exclusively designed cover! 

 Another fab print

                                            

                                                           Postcards and tea!! Two of my favourite things!

 

         

Stunning calendar full of lovely images and quotes throughout!!

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Huge thanks again to Bookishly for creating yet another great set of products and another stunning book to add to my bookhselves! Really looking forward to seeing what other Classics get the Bookishly treatment in their monthly Classic Crates…. and wondering if my bookshelves have room for a few new additions …….😉

Book Subscription Services – May treats!

 I know you will all agree that there is nothing better than a day which brings ‘bookpost’ your way! Whether it be a lovely ARC copy sent by a publisher, some books that you’ve ordered yourself – because you deserved it!! – or one of the lovely Book Subscription services boxes arriving each month/bi-monthly – it is a day worth celebrating!  Although maybe at times your local Postman is cursing your name everytime he has to stop by!!

Well, today was a double treat day and much needed as I’ve been feeling pretty poorly, as both my Moth Box parcel arrived, along with my Bookishly monthly ‘tea and book’ subscription parcel!!  A simple way to put a smile on my face – it doesn’t take much does it!!

So I thought I’d share what goodies I’ve got along with links to the sites in case you are tempted to take a peek for yourself and treat yourself!!!  You know you want to…… 😉

MOTHBOX

This is a fairly recent addition to the Book Subscription market and is run by the lovely Mercedes – book vlogger on Youtube, and can also be found on Twitter at @MercysMusings.  She knows her books and this is a great service of finding lesser known books from independant publishers and I’m yet to have a box from her that I haven’t enjoyed!  It is normally sent out every 2 months but I’m not sure if she is looking to change this as it has proved so popular.  Check out the website at MothBoxBooks for  more information as I can highly recommed it as a great treat for all bookish folk!

 

 

The 2 books arrived beatifully packaged with free bookmarks that have a quote relating to the books inside on each which is a lovely touch.

 And the May books were these two….

Star-Shot by Mary-ann Constantine

Part fable, part mystery, Star-Shot is a stylish debut novel set in and around Cardiff’s National Museum in a time that is almost, but not quite, our own. As their paths cross in a circumscribed world of benches, parks and galleries, a handful of characters reveal their stories of obsession, loss and recovery, creating a fragile network of relationships which will help to resist the inexorable channels of silence eating into the city.

A brittle young woman sits on a bench in Gorsedd park, conscious of the powerful building behind her; a tall man carries a box full of a strange organic substance up the entrance steps; a young father explains the formation of stars to his tiny son. As university researchers try to map and understand the destructive silence snaking around them, it becomes clear that the linked lives of these and other marginal characters offer ways of countering its effects. Poignant and humorous, Star-Shot is an exploration of how objects and images can focus our grief and desire; it is also a meditation on the regenerative power of garden ponds, and the cosmic significance of frogs.

Beautifully illustrated with woodcut-style motifs by Clive Hicks-Jenkins, this is a subtle urban novel with a supernatural twist.

Ties by Domenico Starnone

 

Luminously translated by Pulitzer Prize-winning author Jhumpa Lahiri, Ties is the searing new novel by bestselling Italian novelist Domenico Starnone.

Ties is the story of a marriage. Like many marriages, this one has been subject to strain, to attrition, to the burden of routine. Yet it has survived intact. Or so things appear. The rupture in Vanda and Aldo’s marriage lies years in the past, but if one looks closely enough, the fissures and fault lines are evident. Their marriage is a cracked vase that may shatter at the slightest touch. Or perhaps it has already shattered, and nobody is willing to acknowledge the fact.

Domenico Starnone’s thirteenth work of fiction is a powerful short novel about relationships, family, love, and the ineluctable consequences of one’s actions. Known as a consummate stylist and beloved as a talented storyteller, Domenico Starnone is the winner of Italy’s most prestigious literary award The Strega.

Winner of The Bridge Prize for Best Novel 2015

BOOKISHLY

And then there is Bookishly!  I’m a recent convert to their Tea and Book Club, where they send you a different variety of tea each month alongside a fabulous vintage book and some rather gorgeous stationery which includes cards, bookmarks, notebooks etc…. Now what bookish fan doesn’t love the mix of books, tea and stationery??!! 

They also run a Coffee and Book Club for those of you who aren’t a fan of Tea – what is wrong with you people?! – and they also have an amazing website full of wonderful book related gifts that are well worth checking out if you are looking to find a present that is a little something different than you’d find in a shop!

This months parcel included some rather gorgeous sounding  Sunshine Orange Rooibos Tea, a gorgeous Peter Pan quote bookmark, 2 lovely greetings card and a Penguin copy of The Path to Rome by Hilaire Belloc.

Considered by Belloc himself, and by most critics, his greatest work, this classic book is the delightful story of the pilgrimage Belloc made on foot to Rome in order to fulfill a vow he had made to “…see all Europe which the Christian Faith has saved…” In his Life of Hilaire Belloc, Robert Speaight states: “More than any other book he ever wrote, The Path to Rome made Belloc’s name; more than any other, it has been lovelingly thumbed and pondered… The book is a classic, born of something far deeper than the physical experience it records.”

Do any of you subscribe to any of the book subcription services?  Do you have a favourite? Or one to avoid?! Would love to hear about anymore out there to check out!

HAPPY READING!!