& Fridays: December Uppercase Box

I mentioned Uppercase Box in my almost-belated gift-giving guide for the holidays for book lovers. In the past year or so, I feel like book subscription boxes have really taken off. Which is exciting. And also dangerous. For my wallet.

One of my lovely Christmas gifts was a few months’ subscription to Uppercase Box, one such service that sends you a hardcover YA book and a couple of book-themed goodies. Let the unboxing begin!

One

Yes, I did use Christmas tissue paper as a backdrop. It felt appropriate.

I love the cloth bag it comes in. They could just throw everything in a cardboard box and call it a day but this adds a nice touch. Now to find a way to repurpose it.

 

 

 

Two

Ahhh the spoils – look how colorful everything is!

The book goodies this time are a gorgeous, wooden bookmark in the style of a cherry tree, and a great calendar with fun, graphic quotes of various YA books. I have a thing for bookmarks (future Friday post on that later!), and this one is almost too pretty to use (just kidding – what’s the point of a bookmark if you don’t use it?!). The calendar is a great size – compact so it won’t take up too much space on your desk or wall, but big enough to see the quotes and the books they come from. This is a great way to get reading suggestions, too!

Four

The book, Not if I See You First by Eric Lindstrom sounds super interesting. I was just ruminating the other day on the thought that becoming blind would be so devastating to me. So many of the things that I love – reading, traveling, writing – involve sight. Not that I couldn’t do and appreciate all of those things if I were blind – in fact, I think I might enjoy them better, in new and different ways. But I have never read a book from the perspective of a blind character. I am excited to get to this new book on my to-read shelf!

 

Five

As an added bonus, there are these neat notes every so often as you read that can unlock cool content. When I entered this code on Uppercase’s Reading Experience page, a video from the author popped up explaining some of the main character’s motivation. The page also makes sure to inform you that the video is spoiler-free, so you don’t have to worry about flipping through the book and typing in all of the codes before you have finished the story. It reminds me a little of Night Film, one of my favorite books, which also involves multimedia content to enhance its story.

So far I’m loving it all! Packaging, book goodies, and book! Anybody else get a subscription box for the holidays?

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