I’ve been drifting away from YA these last few months. I’ll still occasionally read the genre, but have really been gravitating toward adult fiction – and enjoying it a lot more. As much as I love Owlcrate, I’ve been itching for an adult book box to try out.
Not surprisingly, most of my book and box recos come from my fellow bookstagrammers. So, when Novel Editions appeared in my feed a few weeks ago, I just had to give it a shot. It’s local (!!) and features a paperback adult novel each month. September’s theme is Old Hollywood, with nods to Breakfast at Tiffany’s, The Great Gatsby and The Seven Year Itch.
- Breakfast at Tiffany’s eye mask by The Sleepy Cottage
- The Green Light Great Gatsby candle by Hearth & Hammer
- Champagne bath bomb by Call Me Sugar Cosmetics
- Marilyn Monroe The Seven Year Itch bookmark by Steel Pinky
- The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo by Taylor Jenkins Reid
I love how some of the items reference an Old Hollywood classic without being overly obvious. Like the eye mask being the same one Holly wears in Breakfast at Tiffany’s. Or how the Green Light candle doesn’t mention Gatsby on the label at all. They’re like cool little winks to those who have seen the movies and read the books. And all the items come from small Etsy shops – I like that.
The book itself came with a letter, explaining why it was selected. I’ve been eyeing The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo for awhile so I’m excited to jump into it. It was also wrapped in kraft paper with ribbon – a nice touch that protected the book in transit.
Overall, I’m impressed. Novel Editions is a thoughtfully curated box at a price point on the level of other popular boxes (especially once you consider the exchange rate and shipping). Single month purchases don’t roll over each month, but you can buy 3 or 6 month packages too. Right now it only ships within Canada, but they do hope to eventually open internationally. It looks like the September box is still available, and October has been opened up as well. October’s theme is Falling for Mystery. I’m an Agatha Christie nut, so I’m all in! If you do happen to order a box, drop my name (or Instagram handle) in the notes section of the order form – they have a referral program!