Now that our first boxes of 2018 are officially out in the post and we are excitedly watching our social media accounts like hawks for people’s unboxing photos, we thought that we would post about the beautiful items we included in our December Winter Fairytales box.
We think that there is nothing more Christmassy than a book that is both wintery and magical, so we were thrilled to have the chance to include these two amazing books. Seriously guys, the world building in our December reads is just so rich and full of folklore and ancient magic and the writing is beautiful! As soon as we read The Bear in the Nightingale and its sequel The Girl in the Tower, we were already full of ideas for the perfect items to include in our box! We had the chance to work with some brilliant designers, illustrators and… marshmallow makers last month and we’d like to thank them all for all their hard work and for helping make our Winter Fairytales box one of our favourite Book Box Club boxes so far!
So without further ado, here’s what we included…
The Bear and the Nightingale & The Girl in the Tower by Katherine Arden: In the wintery wilderness of Northern Russia, free spirit Vasya doesn’t suit the life laid out for her. With her strange looks and bold ways, the people of the neighbourhood think her a witch, but Vasya knows that the forest is home to creatures that others are blind to and now the entire village is in danger. Interwoven with magic and fairytales, our featured reads for December will take you on a snowy fantastical adventure!
Scrolled invite: Meet your fellow Book Box Club members AND Katherine Arden – the author of our December featured reads – in our cosy online Clubhouse. You’ll get the chance to ask Katherine your questions and to make new unashamedly bookish friends.
Fairy Godmother Notebook by TJ Lubrano: Sometimes fairytales need a little helping hand to make the magic happen. Enter the Fairy Godmother: granter of wishes, mentor of muddled princesses and the face of this exclusive notebook, illustrated by our lovely bookish buddy- the very talented TJ Lubrano. www.tjlubrano.com
Festive forest scarf by Hazel & Pip: Wintery adventures can get rather chilly, wrap up warm with this sparkly, stylish tree-print scarf, from creative Cornish fashion and accessory designers Hazel & Pip. www.hazelpip.co.uk
Baba Yaga’s wishing bracelet by Charmed Delight Co: Inspired by the fairytale roots of our featured reads, and created especially for Book Box Club members by super-sweet jewellery pro Alana of Charmed Delight, this little matryoshka doll is a nod to the original Russian story of Vasilisa the Beautiful. Quick! Tie it on your wrist and wish for more books! www.etsy.com/uk/shop/CharmedDelightCo
Hansel & Gretel’s gingerbread mallows by Bonboosh: This time of year has us dreaming of gingerbread houses and candy canes. Munch through your reading snacks Hansel & Gretel style with these delicious gingerbread flavoured marshmallows, created by artisan mallow wizards Bonboosh! www.facebook.com/bonboosh
Fairytale pencil by Book Box Club: Take note of all of your magical thoughts with this pretty pencil, created for you exclusively by Book Box Club.
We have loved seeing all of your unboxing photos, blogs, stories, tweets and videos for this box and knowing that so many of you had a magical Book Box Club box under your Christmas trees filled us with a serious case of the warm fuzzies. Thank you to everyone for sharing, spreading the word and being so lovely – all of your amazing feedback was the perfect Christmas present!
Love, Libby and Kate xx