Illumicrate August Box 2017

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Hey guys! So I’m pretty sure that it’s obvious what this post is about. ūüôā

It’s time for an¬†Illumicrate¬†unboxing!

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If you haven’t heard about¬†Illumicrate, it is a UK-based quarterly bookish subscription box. Each boxes includes a newly released book and 3-5 amazing exclusive bookish¬†items. And sometimes it includes an Advanced Reader Copy. Like with the last 2 boxes (February and May) and this one. If you’re living in the UK then you’re lucky because you don’t have to pay for the shipping.¬†Additional shipping costs will be applied for international customers but don’t worry because this box is¬†worth every penny.

This post contains spoilers so if you haven’t received your box yet and you hate spoilers then I suggest you to stop here and wait for your box. I don’t want to ruin¬†the surprise.

But if you’re okay with spoilers then let’s start!

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Anthology Candles : Themed candles with a dash of Whimsy!

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Hi guys! I hope you’re all doing great. Lately, I’ve been thinking about¬†starting to post/feature some of my favorite stuff (bookish and non-bookish related) here on my blog. What do you think? It’s also a¬†way to keep my blog updated as well as to share great stuff with you guys since my reading this (and last) month is a total failure. I hope you’re all okay with it. If not then I can’t do anything about it. ūüėÄ Thank you for staying though. ‚ô•

So, I want to introduce you guys to my latest addiction. Don’t worry it doesn’t have anything to do with drugs. It¬†has something to do with scented soy candles from Anthology Candles. I received the candles few days ago and since then, I can’t stop myself from lighting (and smelling) them. I promise you guys, they¬†smell¬†absolutely amazing.

Anthology Candles is a husband and wife duo – Stephen and Rheney Williams – in Charleston, SC who are as passionate about all things “whimsical” as we are about candles.

Relationship goals, right? ‚ô•¬†Their scented candles are made with all-natural soy wax and original scents they’ve developed. The exciting part is that all the candles are themed! From Grimm’s Fairy Tales, Walt Disney, C.S. Lewis, Tolkien, Lewis Carroll, to JK Rowling.

I chose¬†the Baker Street Flat (because¬†Sherlock. Need I say more?) and Mad Hatter’s Tea Party (because I love Mad Hatter and want to experience having a tea party with him.) I have to admit that I had a hard time choosing only two candles because they have a lot of great themes.

BAKER STREET FLAT (scents: Sweet Tobacco, Wood, Leather)

Our Baker Street Flat candle smells exactly like you’d expect: Sweet and smooth tobacco from Sherlock’s pipe, leather-bound books and leather chairs, and notes of earthy wood from his violin.

I was excited with this one because I love the smell of leathers and earthy wood. And guess what? This instantly became my favorite. I love the combination of the scents. I can stay the whole day at home reading a good book (of course, one of Sherlock Holmes books) smelling¬†this scent. Like what I said on my Instagram post, all that’s missing is Benedict Cumberbatch.

MAD HATTER’S TEA PARTY¬†(Chamomile Tea, Bakery Cakes with Vanilla Icing, Twist of Cinnamon)

Once you light our Mad Hatter’s Tea Party Candle, unlike the guests at the tea party in Wonderland, you won’t want the party to end! The delicious aroma of sweet bakery cakes, vanilla and Chamomile tea with a hint of cinnamon in this “mad” orange candle fills the room with the scent of a fantastical tea party… with a twist.

It’s not only the smell that is delicious but also the color of the candle. Honestly, I thought at first I will not like the smell of it because it’s a bit too sweet for me but it changed when I started lighting it.¬†The smell became less sweet and more yummy.¬†I’m okay if it’s always tea time if the scent of this candle is present.

I’m using (burning) these candles almost every night but they still look like brand new. I can say that aside from the wonderful scents of the candles, the quality of them is also superb.

Head over to www.anthologycandles.com or @anthologycandles if you also want to have your own whimsically inspired soy candles.

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I’m back with a Fandom Subscription Box called The Monthly Prophet!

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Hi everyone! Guess who’s back?¬†Wow! It’s been a while. I apologize for being inactive here for quite a long time and thank you for not leaving. I’ll try my very best to update my blog starting today. And with that, I want to share some exciting news to you guys.

Last month, I got chosen to be one of the brand representatives (TMP Army) for The Monthly Prophet Box. It’s a fandom subscription box so expect awesome bookish stuff/merch like toy/shirt, jewelries and collectibles. You can choose between Magic Box or Mystery Box or both. I got the Magic Box and I love everything in it. Unfortunately, I haven’t seen the owl who delivered it. So, let me show you the cool stuff I got!bd8bbc676fc6463c8b58c2831298cadfLet me start with the TMP Army badge (upper left). Yep, I’m an official TMP Army now.¬†A¬†Dark Mark temporary tattoo (bottom left) which I’m planning to use for Halloween this year in case we will be attending a halloween party.¬†A framable print of the Dark Lord’s return (right) with¬†the welcome letter and list of items in the box.

Next is my favorite, Lord Voldemort Funko Pop. ‚ô• It’s my first¬†Harry Potter funko and I am so happy to get You Know Who. He’s one of my favorite villains.¬†I think this is so far the cutest version of the Dark Lord? lol

Also one of my favorites, a handmade necklace of Tom Marvolo Riddle’s diary. I don’t normally wear necklace but I’ll make an exemption this time because this one looks so gorgeous and perfect. ‚ô•

Also, a large snake ring for Nagini and a metallic bookmark inspired by Voldemort’s time in the forests of Albania are also included in the box.

So there you have it! The TMP Magic Box is absolutely perfect especially if you love Harry Potter or magic. Don’t worry if you’re not into magic because you can still choose the Mystery Box.¬†The theme for the month of May is “Epic Battles” so…

Head over to www.themonthlyprophet.cratejoy.com for more info and to subscribe. Also, you can use the code KATHREADS to get 10% off on your first order. ♥

Don’t forget to follow TMP on Instagram, Twitter and Facebook page.

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Thank you so much again to the TMP team for this awesome chance. ‚ô•

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MYBOOKMARK – The craziest handcrafted bookmarks.

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One of the best things that happened to me last year was when I received an email from Ms. Anastasia of¬†MyBookMark¬†asking me if¬†I’d like to cooperate with them. I was so thrilled that I¬†immediately said yes without thinking twice! I’ve been dreaming of having one of their cool bookmarks eversince I saw them¬†on bookstagram community. And I’m telling you, the bookmark is more gorgeous in real life.

myBOOKmark is the most unusual book marker that’s not just a bookmark. It’s perfect topic starter, piece of fun, crazy gift for a bookworm and motivator to reading!

They asked me to choose any from their bookmarks (How cool is that?) which was hard because they have a lot of awesome designs. From Harry Potter to Game of Thrones, Alice in Wonderland to zombie and pirate.

I chose the cat paw bookmark because a cat paw between the pages of a book looks incredibly cute and I also love cats.

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It looks so perfect, right? All their bookmarks are handcrafted and you can really see that they put so much effort (and love) on them. The packaging itself is absolutely lovely and the quality of the bookmark is¬†excellent. You can also¬†choose what to print on the metal part. Mine says “Books make me smart”

For more of their crazy bookmarks, Check out:
MYBOOKMARKS’ ETSY SHOP
AMAZON.COM/HANDMADE/MYBOOKMARK
INSTAGRAM.COM/MYBOOKMARKS

If you’re running out of cool ideas of a perfect gift¬†(for any occasions) for someone or you just simply want to treat yourself or make a bookworm happy, then you’ve found the one!¬†‚ô•

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Trashy Crafter Recycled Book Jewelry : “Don’t Just Read It, Wear It!”

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Hi everyone! You might be wondering¬†what this post is all about. Well,¬†this is not a book review or a weekly meme but still book related. I want to share you guys how awesome Trashy Crafter is. Yes, that’s the name of their jewelry shop.

Miss Kimberly, the owner/crafter and a book-lover, emailed me and asked if I would like to review one of their products and as a person who loves books and accessories, who am I to say no, right?

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After a few days, I received a very cool two-piece bracelet set made out of Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban by J.K. Rowling.¬† Aside from this is so far my favorite book from the series, I chose this because Harry Potter books make me feel young. Reading these books makes me believe in magic and it’s a great experience.

One of the things I¬†like about this shop is¬†its uniqueness. From the packaging (all envelopes are handmade from old maps/atlases) to the product itself. The idea is so clever. Used beads together with pages of a damaged book turned into beads . How cool is that? Plus, I was shocked with how fast the package came in our mail. To think that I’m here in Germany.

I personally love the bracelet because¬†it’s easy for me to pair it with any of my¬†outfit. It’s comfortable to wear because it’s¬†light and I can also wear it in any occassions because it looks classy.

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This is a perfect gift for all occassions! Aside from bracelets, Trashy Crafter also have necklaces, earrings and lanyards. There is a wide variety of themes you can choose from. Either you love novels, children books, comics, maps or music.

– also, YOU GUYS CAN GET “15% OFF” ANYTHING IN THE SHOP.
JUST USE THE COUPON CODE : BOOKLOVER
(SEPT 24 – OCT 24)


¬†So, let’s get to know the shop and the team.

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How It ALL Began

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“Books are magical, they give you the ability to go on a jungle safari one minute and a deep see dive with mermaids the next, but what happens when books has gotten lots of love from years of use? The pages get creased, dog-eared and ripped, the bend or even start to fall off. That‚Äôs where my Mom Helen and I come in, and this is where the story of Trashy Crafter begins.

One day while I was in my senior year of college and my Mom and I went to the local thrift store. While there we noticed they had these auction bins out front of the store full of damaged and outdated books. We found out that when books would not sell at the thrift store because of being damaged or outdated, they auctioned them off, and if the folks sifting through the auction bin thought could not sell the book or it was too damaged it was just thrown away. Needless to say my Mom and I were heartbroken that all those beautifully illustrated children’s books were just thrown away… so we grabbed about 25 books each in our arms and took them home.

I was very lucky to have a 3rd grade teacher that was very crafty, her name was Mrs. Bryant. She had taught us how to roll magazines pages into paper beads (I‚Äôm sure many of you have done this in girl scouts or grade school). I made my first few beads and knew from then I was hooked, the most magical part about it to me is that you not only create beautiful, colorful unique beads made from something that was going to be thrown into a landfill, but you know what book or item it was made from!” – Ms. Kim

The Process

Trashy-Crafter-Recycled-Paper-Bead-Jewelry.jpg-1024x1024“My Mom Helen and I gather the books from a lot of different places, sometimes we find them in cardboard boxes outside of library‚Äôs, in thrift stores on the clearance shelf or in the bins, and even get books, maps or sheet music donated from folks that love and support our mission. Once we gather all of the books we measure and hand cut the book pages into long narrow triangle strips and roll them one at a time onto lollipop sticks. Once they are on there we coat each bead 3-5 times depending on the thickness of the paper. Once that is done we spray them with a matte finish and then we start to make them into the finished jewelry.

We purchase damaged necklaces and bracelets from the local thrift store and strip them apart to repurpose the beads. We create the jewelry with a mixture of the paper book page beads we made along with the repurposed beads. Once that is finished, we hand cut recycled cardboard bracelet holders and place the book labeling on to each set so folks know what book their bracelets were made from.” – Ms. Kim

the Reason behind all of these

“Everyone has stories, and connects with them so well, the reason we continue to create recycled book beads, map beads and sheet music beads is that when people purchase a set at a local craft show or online they have a story behind what they wear‚Ķ. Perhaps they went on a road trip across the country, and that map bead bracelet they wear reminds them of the fun they had, or they had a band teacher that taught them to play an instrument, so they give them a sheet music bracelet as a token of appreciation‚Ķ or even a gift for a mom or teacher that read you a book as a child that connected with you and stayed in your memory to this day. As humans we all connect universally with stories, and it‚Äôs a beautiful thing to throw away, so my Mom and I plan on fighting the good fight and continuing to turn old books into beautiful, wearable works of art.” – Ms. Kim

How much do you love books/reading?

“I grew up on Dr. Seuss that was what I read with my Grandma every day before and after school, Hop on Pop was my favorite, but I loved many others too. Pretty much from a young adult to now I love non fiction books, I am an audio book fanatic, I like to be doing something while I listen to books. My favorite books are self help books, motivational books and business books. It’s such a treat to get home from my day job and listen to a book by Napoleon hill, Daren Hardy or Seth Godin among others. I have always been the nerdy kid that loved the boring non fiction books haha :)” – Ms. Kim

Check out :
TRASHY CRAFTER’S ETSY SHOP
WEBSITE¬†‚Äʬ†INSTAGRAM¬†‚Äʬ†FACEBOOK


I would like to thank Ms. Kim and the team for being so generous and for giving me this opportunity. You guys are amazing! ‚ô•

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