Unplugged Book Box is a monthly subscription box that sends a new release young adult or new-adult book plus items to help you unplug from your daily life and recharge. Self care goodies AND a book? Yes, please! I think one of my favorite things about this box is that it is curated to the season. There are 3 boxes per season and they are marked “Autumnal Equinox”, “Winter Solstice”, and so on. What can you expect to find in the box?
- 4-6 bookish self-care or novelty products
- Exclusive activities to help you unplug and focus on you!
- Self-care & gratitude tools to help you reflect
- One new release YA (hardcover) or Adult Fiction (hardcover or paperback) book per month
- Adult or young adult books
NOTE: This subscription now lets you choose between an Adult Box or a Young Adult Box. This is effective with the March box! The Adult Box is $38 with 4-6 items, and the Young Adult Box is $33.25 with 3-6 items.
The February 2019 Winter Solstice Box theme was Listen To Your Heart. This is the last of the three Winter Solstice boxes.
The back of the card listed the “spoilers”, or items in the box. The items tie in with different fandoms, TV shows, and books. For instance, one of the items is inspired by Harry Potter. Most of the items can be found on Etsy. It also lists some unboxing challenges in case you want to share your photos on Instagram and possibly win a prize.
The contents were sealed with a heart sticker.
Everything in my box! I let my daughter unwrap the “gifts”, she has so much fun discovering the fandoms!
There was a card that gave tips on how to effectively communicate with others.
The back of the card has a gratitude journal, which could be placed in a bullet journal.
One thing I always appreciate is the playlist on Spotify! My daughter spotted Marina and the Diamonds right away – she can’t wait to see her in concert! I even know a few of these songs and love Of Monsters and Men.
The back of the playlist has a recipe to help you recover when a Dementor gets too close. Expecto Patronum!
Finally, there was a card with the theme reveal for the March Young Adult box.
The back of the card mentioned the upcoming new box option. FYI, the Adult box theme for March is Transformation.
Stranger Things Bookmark ($3.50) I knew precisely at midnight on January 1st that Stranger Things Season 3 would premiere on the 4th of July. I’ve never watched it but my daughter loves it and can’t wait!
The bookmark has a golden tassel and is printed on both sides.
Bookish Signs and More Etched Glass ($9?) I know the card says this is a wine glass but shh, I’m giving it to my daughter for juice or iced tea or something. It’s hard to tell in my picture, but the glass says “When in doubt…” on one side and “go to the library” on the other and is taken from Harry Potter and The Chamber of Secrets. It is the second glass sent in a series of 4.
Get Fictional Too Clever Fox Soy Hand-Poured Candle ($8.50?) Get Fictional offers candle scents inspired by popular fandoms, like Stranger Things and The Greatest Showman. I couldn’t find this particular scent on the website, but other 4 ounce candles are $8.50.
The scent includes notes of sweet tobacco, ocean mist, and cloves. The ocean mist scent is most prominent when the candle is cold, I didn’t notice any scent while it was burning. The candles are made of soy wax with a cotton wick.
Demoseà Peeta’s Disguise Face Mask ($5) In The Hunger Games, Peeta had to camouflage himself in order to avoid being found when he was hurt. Now you can try it out at home with this mud mask! Mix it up in a bowl with the liquid of your choice (water, hydrosol, yogurt) and let it sit on clean skin for 10-20 minutes before rinsing.
The next item came in its own drawstring bag.
Bubble Princess Rebellion Blood Hearts Soaps ($3?) Please note before visiting this website that there are adult themed soaps and it may not be suitable for viewing at work!
Inside were 3 soaps that would be perfect for a guest bathroom dish since they are small. They smell fruity and sweet. My daughter told me all about the red and silver blood going on in the book The Red Queen, which is the fandom featured here.
Spectacle by Jodie Lynn Zdrok (List Price $17.99, now $14.59) is a YA supernatural historical fiction mystery, which sounds like something I would like to read myself, but I will have to wait until Karina is finished with it. I know it will appeal to my teenager’s love of history, science, and mysteries.
Spectacle is a YA murder mystery from debut author Jodie Lynn Zdrok in which a young reporter must use her supernatural visions to help track down a killer targeting the young women of Paris.
Sixteen-year-old Nathalie Baudin writes the daily morgue column for Le Petit Journal. Her job is to summarize each day’s new arrivals, a task she finds both fascinating and routine. That is, until the day she has a vision of the newest body, a young woman, being murdered―from the perspective of the murderer himself.
When the body of another woman is retrieved from the Seine days later, Paris begins to buzz with rumors that this victim may not be the last. Nathalie’s search for answers sends her down a long, twisty road involving her mentally ill aunt, a brilliant but deluded scientist, and eventually into the Parisian Catacombs. As the killer continues to haunt the streets of Paris, it becomes clear that Nathalie’s strange new ability may make her the only one who can discover the killer’s identity–and she’ll have to do it before she becomes a target herself.
Here is a random sample from the book.
There was a signed bookplate inside the cover that you can fix into place if you wish.
At the back of the book I found a card.
The card had a reading journal so you can rate it and reflect on what you liked or didn’t care for about the story.
There was a letter from the author introducing us to this, her first novel!
Unplugged Book Box is always fun to get, it has such interesting items inspired by some wonderful fandoms! The book this month sounds fascinating and I can’t wait to get started. The other items are meant to encourage subscribers to relax and take some time for self care, to disengage from our busy lives for a moment to read, sit back with a face mask, drink a little something something, and so on. The products always work well and they are fun to use.
Are you getting the Unplugged Book Box?