#Unboxing Reading In Heels Subscription Box – April 2019 #spoileralert #booksubscriptionbox

Hello! The postie has been again and brightened up a rainy day, so I thought I’d share another unboxing with you  of the latest READING IN HEELS box.  It’s a lovely company who each month send a box your way for £10 plus P&P, which includes a lovely paperback and a variety of other treats and goodies for you to enjoy!  What more could you want?! 

So here’s a little look at the book and goodies that came with the April box!

Limited Edition Bar of Chocolate!

Coco Chocolatier

Organic Tea

Joe’s Tea Company

DIAMOND EYE PATCH  – goodbye dark circles!!

 VitaMasques

Cute little pad of sticky notes 

 always very handy!! And in the Reading In Heels marbling!

And to the book…..

LIAR by AYELET GUNDAR-GOSHEN

I’ve not heard of this book at all – have you?!

From the award-winning author of Waking Lions, a novel about how one lie can change everything, when a teenaged girl’s scream — and the false assumption that comes from it — radiates through a street, a neighborhood, and a city, and turns lives upside down.

Nofar is an average — very average — teenage girl working in an ice cream parlor at the end of summer. Dozens of customers come to the shop every day, but no one gives her a second glance–she is not one of those girls that the eye lingers on.

But Nofar’s world changes completely when a well-known TV presenter comes into the shop. Bitter about his own failures, he insults and humiliates her and she flees in tears. The presenter, who is still waiting for his change, chases her and the girl screams. Nofar’s shouts alert the neighbors, and to her surprise everyone is convinced that the man tried to sexually assault her. And she decides to let them believe it.

For the first time in her life, Nofar finds herself the center of attention. Her lie turns her into a kind of Cinderella, as the plain, awkward ice cream seller becomes a media princess. Meanwhile, one of the only people who knows what really happened demands a price for his silence.

Written with dark humor and deep insight into the shadowy side of human nature, The Liar is a story about how one little lie can make a huge difference. In a world of media connectivity and alternate facts, the scream of one girl can make an entire city tweet and howl.

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Looking forward to trying all of this little lot out soon!

#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 Reading In Heels Subscription Box – October 2018

It’s my favourite time of the month again! Time to open up the latest Reading In Heels subscription box to see what goodies I’ve got this month!!  And they never fail to surprise me!!

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Time to take a closer look at it all!

Wally and Whiz – Nordic Winegums

Why have I never heard about these before?! YUM!

https://shop.wallyandwhiz.com/

Spacemasks – Interstellar Relaxation

Looking forward to relaxing with these!! Much needed!!

http://www.spacemasks.com/

Heath & Heather Tea

You can never have enough tea! Excited to try these flavours!

 https://www.heathandheather.co.uk/

Aromatherapy Associates – De-Stress Muscle Bath & Shower Oil

Even just sniffing it has chilled me out! Looking forward to using this in the bath later!

 https://www.aromatherapyassociates.com/

And to the book…Sympathy by Olivia Sudjic

An electrifying novel of blood ties, online identities, and our tormented efforts to connect in the digital age.

At twenty-three, Alice Hare leaves England for New York. She falls in love with Manhattan, and becomes fixated on Mizuko Himura, an intriguing Japanese writer whose life has strange parallels to her own.

As Alice closes in on Mizuko, her ‘internet twin’, realities multiply and fact and fiction begin to blur. The relationship between the two women exposes a tangle of lies and sexual encounters. Three families collide as Alice learns that the swiftest answer to an ancient question – where do we come from? – can now be found online.

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So there we have it! Really love this mix of goodies and yet another book that I’ve heard very little about but am eager to read after seeing that blurb!  Have you read it? Tried any of these products?

#unboxing Bookishly Classics & A Cuppa Tea

Hello! Just thought I would share another unboxing with you all – as I know how nosey we all are as bookish folk!

I’ve recently signed up for 3 months with Bookishly  for their Classics & A Cuppa subscription package.  So each month for 3 months you are sent 3 books from the Penguin’s Little Black Classics books, alongside a fabulous bookmark and a packet of yummy tea or coffee to suit your needs!  I’ve found this to be a fabulous way of adding to my bookshelves and discovering some new classics that I’ve shamefully not heard of or read!!

They arrive beautifully packaged up so you can pretend it’s your birthday when they arrive!!

And here’s what books I received this month…

 

Stancliffe’s Hotel by Charlotte Bronte

‘Reader, if you’re ready, so am I.’

These witty vignettes, set in Charlotte Brontë’s imaginary world of Angria, feature debauched aristocrats, high-society courtesans and the rakish, brooding hero Zamorna, and offer a fascinating insight into Brontë’s early writing.

One of 46 new books in the bestselling Little Black Classics series, to celebrate the first ever Penguin Classic in 1946. Each book gives readers a taste of the Classics’ huge range and diversity, with works from around the world and across the centuries – including fables, decadence, heartbreak, tall tales, satire, ghosts, battles and elephants.

Matilda by Mary Shelley

‘I gained his secret and we were both lost for ever’.

Mary Shelley’s dark story of a bereaved man’s disturbing passion for his daughter was suppressed by her own father, and not published for over a century.

The Beautiful Cassandra by Jane Austen

‘She has many rare and charming qualities, but Sobriety is not one of them.’

A selection of Austen’s dark and hilarious early writings – featuring murder, drunkenness, perjury, theft, poisoning, women breaking out of prison, men forging wills and babies biting off their mothers’ fingers…

And from Jenier World of Teas there is a sample of..

Fruit & Blossoms Rooibos in pyramid tea bags is a great way to enjoy this refreshing mix of luxury Rooibos tea, fruits and herbs including rosehips, dried red and black currants, lavender and rose petals. The taste is fruity and flavoursome with wonderful floral notes.

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Very happy again this month with the books, tea and bookmark I received! Roll on next month!!

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!!