OwlCrate March 2016 Review

OwlCrate is a relatively new subscription based service that delivers a book inspired box surrounding a central theme on a monthly basis.  Specifically, “each OwlCrate will contain one new Young Adult novel, as well as 3-5 other bookish treats to help you get your nerd on.”  Pricing is as follows:

$29.99 + $6.99 shipping (to US) for one month

$86.98 + $6.99 shipping (each month) for three months

$167.94 + $6.99 shipping (each month) for six months


I think it’s just about time for the April OwlCrate!!  I better get this one reviewed soon then!!


Each box always arrives with a card that tells the theme for the box and details the items.  This month’s theme is “Writer’s Block”.


(1) Bookworm Boutique Set of 3 Pins, 1.5″ each in diameter, $10 – These pins say, “I start a new adventure every time I open a book”, “Let’s live in fictional worlds”, and “I read to live I live to read”.  These are really cute pins.  They were designed exclusively for OwlCrate.  I have plans to split up the set and give each one to a different person.  I know they will love them!!  I couldn’t find pins in their shop, so this is purely a guess on the value.

(1) Kikkerland Faux Quill Pen, 9″, $2.50 – I love this faux quill pen!  The feather part is very flexible and made of silicone.  I know a certain special Harry Potter fan who would adore receiving this for some upcoming holiday.  Don’t tell her!!  Oh and since it’s a gel pen, it writes like a dream!!!


(1) Out of Print Banned Books Socks, $10 – For those of you that don’t know, my mom was a legal librarian for most of her career.  Her first major was English literature, though.  Those two combine to make almost everything from “Out of Print” a perfect gift for her!!  She will adore these.

(1) 642 Tiny Things to Write About By The San Francisco Writers’ Grotto in Paperback, $6.87 – This mini book measures about 5″ x 4.5″.  Inside are printed writing prompts such as, “Write a haiku about your favorite food”, “What’s in your thought bubble right now?”, “Write about something you stole”, and “Describe the perfect job for you, even if it doesn’t exist yet”.  I might have to share some of these with some of the language arts teachers in my building.  They’re quite interesting and I can see them being helpful for writer’s experiencing writer’s block, as well as students preparing for standardized testing.


(1) The Serpent King by Jeff Zentner in Hardcover, 372 pages, $10.58 – I read the jacket for the book, but I’m actually not quite sure what it’s truly about yet.  I guess the very broad description would be about a young man named Dill, who is the son of a minister.  The novel focuses on his senior year of high school and what Dill thinks of as an ending, rather than a beginning.  The book came accompanied with a letter from the author, as well as a a “contest” that challenges readers to write their favorite quote or inspiration on the “column” to win a free OwlCrate.

Overall Impressions: My calculated value this month comes to around $40, which is pretty decent for a box that cost me $35 with my multi-month subscription.  There are a couple of things that I really like about OwlCrate.  The first being that they are trendy and I mean trendy in a good way.  Their books and “bookish” items are right on par with what is current.  Second, they’re just cool!  My daughters are quite close to the right age level for reading young adult novels and OwlCrate is absolutely, positively a box I would encourage them to subscribe to.   I almost feel like OwlCrate has something to say and wants to be heard, but also that their message is positive in nature.  Love them!  I’m not sure how long I’ll be able to hold onto this subscription, but I’ll keep it for as long as I can.  🙂

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