Mailbox Monday: 5/8/2017

Mailbox Monday is a weekly meme started by Marcia years ago, and has since jumped to different hosts.  It's a post to showcase books and book-related items gathered through the previous week.

Warning: Mailbox Monday can lead to envy, toppling TBR piles and humongous wish lists. I started doing Monthly posts instead of weekly.

   October 2016 Literary Book Box:

I was ecstatic to receive a monthly themed Literary Book Box ran by Literary Box. The monthly subscription box lets you choose the genre of your choice, then sends you a mix of books and bookish swag to make the reading experience even more enjoyable.

I didn't get this in the month of October - I'm late taking pictures and talking about just the box itself, but trust me when I say I'm not THAT late!

The new release was The Mothers by Brit Bennett. Not only was the book good, but it was 'different'.  (The link goes to my review.)

The box included two other books, as well as a bookish related tea, Pride and Prejudice from First Edition Tea Co. I'm such a tea enthusiast, but this is the first literary-styled tea I've had. Fun! Visiting their website I see a lot of other literary tea collections - Looks like Pride and Prejudice is the herbal and roasted mate, Sherlock Holmes English Breakfast, Alice in Wonderland Roobios with black tea and fruits, Jane Eyre the black tea blend with flavors, and the Great Gatsby a green tea blend. They come in adorable tins too; I see a future order happening soon.

Besides the book, The Mothers, you receive an introduction card from the author and the book is filled with sticky notes to offer an interactive experience while reading the story. Everything from the author's inspiration on locations, names, what's left out of the book, ideas of where the story is going (Spoiler-free), and other comments on the story, writing, and publishing.

'We should all be Feminists" is a small book that is actually a published essay from Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie. I need to do a small review of the book, but it was a delight to read, intelligent and insightful. The author makes excellent points about what feminism really is, misconceptions that seem to follow it around, examples that illustrate the importance of this mission and the education of it, personal insights to keep it personal, and a few humorous situations to keep it even more enriching.

Sula I haven't read yet, but it has great reviews and the plot synopsis sounds so fascinating that I seriously can't wait to dig into it.

I have a thing for literary and reading mugs, so it was fun to get a free coffee cup. Technically it probably should be used for tea, but I sipped a latte in it. It is a quote alluding to secrets, which fits in well with The Mothers and perhaps Sula.

Overall this book box subscription thing was such fun, the box was amazing, the reading choices intriguing, the cup cute, the tea exciting, the little diamond sticker fun, and the notes unique. Highly recommended.

   Pop Figures:

Most people love these things, and I'm not exception. I had Superman, Harry Potter and Creature from the Black Lagoon, but my Pop figure collection is seriously lacking for the bookshelves. I couldn't resist the Sookie Stackhouse - even if I was disappointed with the last two books, I loved the series and Sookie is in her waitressing outfit with a True Blood glass. The Hannibal Lecter is impossible to pass up - love the humor in it. Batman and Magneto - have to have two of the greats.

   Used Books:

Two classics I received in the mail as part of some group reads.


   Netgalley Approvals:

As always, happy reading!