So I've been getting Owlcrate for 4 months now. With their themes and carefully curated items, I always get a little giddy when I see the infamous Owlcrate box at my door. Recently, I've taken on to Uppercase, also another young adult book subscription service, along with some cool items.
OWLCRATE: A monthly subscription box service. Every month, a theme is chosen (for the month of March, it's 'Writer's Block'), and a carefully selected brand new Young Adult novel (new or soon to be released), along with 3-5 bookish items to keep. Many times, they will work with designers to custom design something exclusively for Owlcrate to tie into the month's theme. You can order personal or gift subscriptions starting with 1, 3 or 6 months at $29.99 + shipping for one month. Subscribing to several months at a time will save you a little more money. More plan options are available online.
Personally, love the bookish items included. There's always at least one item I fall in love with, and others that are nice to have. The specially designed Owlcrate card that comes in each box, with the back giving a little description and where it came from of each item are always pretty and great for collecting, and maybe frame. So far, with 4 boxes, there's only one book that doesn't interest me at all, but the others are on my TBR list and I will eventually get to them.
UPPERCASE: A monthly subscription box service. Every month a carefully selected brand new Young Adult novel (new or soon to be released) that includes a signed bookplate (or signed in the book) by the author. Along with the book, 1-2 "high quality" custom and exclusive bookish items to keep. There's also a bookmark/card with exclusive content and special reading experience related to the month's book that you can check out online (link and password provided on said bookmark/card). A special handwritten and personalized note about the book or the items. Like Owlcrate, it is available in a various quantity of months you choose. The difference is that with Uppercase, you are able to choose a subscription of just the book (Book Exclusive Plan - $17 + sh) or the book with the goodies (Expert Plan - $23 + sh).
So far, I'm excited for the book I received, since it was already on my TBR list, and a signed bookplate with it! The items are definitely good quality, and though I haven't tried the reading experience yet, but for a booknerd, it sure sounds like fun! Unlike Owlcrate, Uppercase "box" really isn't a box, but a drawstring bag that holds everything. It comes in a USPS priority bubble bag to ensure safety. For the first month, I'm genuinely impressed with the book and the items.
O, but I must mentioned that the "gifting" process was quite a headache. An Uppercase subscription was on my wishlist, and it took a lot of confusion on the gifter's part to finalize it. There doesn't seem to be a "gift note" to send it directly to me, but it went to the gifter's to finish processing. Owlcrate's gifting option was easier.
- Owlcrate's Writer's Block Theme Card
- Brand new The Serpent King by Jeff Zentner
- A letter from the author and quote card
- Out of Print banned books socks (1 pair)
- Bookworm Boutique Button Pins (set of 3)
- Kikkerland Quill Pen (in white or black)
- 642 Tiny Things to Write About (journal/notebook)
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