January 2018 – Shelf Love Reads Cozy Reads box!

Rate: 3.5/5

Price: $37.99, with shipping it was $45.98. Of course you save some money when you subscribe and use a coupon code as well.

Products: Usually this box will include seven bookish items including a book, but for the first 7 months there will be an extra addition to the boxes.

Ships to: USA and most countries.

I was so excited to see ShelfLove Crate come out with an alternative box for those of us who don’t like fantasy/sci-fi books (which is not me, I love sci-fi and fantasy lol). ShelfLove Crate is becoming one of my favorite boxes and can easily be considered a heavy competitor to OwlCrate and Fairyloot. This month’s theme was Cozy Reads and when I read “scarf” I was like “OMG I NEED THIS BOX NOW!” The items in the box were:

  • Blanket Scarf (maker unknown)
    • Estimated Price: Anywhere between $9.99 – $25.
  • Cozy Socks (maker unknown)
    • Estimated Price: About $5.
  • Reverie Library Candle named Cozy Reads
    • Estimated Price: $9 and this was an exclusive item made for the box.
  • ‘Fell Asleep Here’ Bookmark (created by ShelfLoveCrate)
    • Estimated Price: About $1.
  • Mug Cake (Duncan Hines!)
    • Estimated Price: About $1. You can buy little pouches like these at Target and Walmart if you want to make your own Mug Brownie!
  • ‘Sweater Weather’ Mug (maker unknown)
    • Estimated Price: About $4.
  • Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone Book Jacket (maker unknown)
    • Estimated Price: Cannot estimate. I’m unsure if this product is like a dust jacket or a book sleeve. I’ve yet to actually receive the product as well and the info card does not list a maker so I can spy on what mine would actually look like.

And the book in this box was Love and Other Train Wrecks by Leah Konen. Here’s a blurb:

Noah is a hopeless romantic. He’s traveling home for one last chance with his first love, and he needs a miracle to win her back. Ammy doesn’t believe in true love—just look at her parents. If there’s one thing she’s learned about love in the last year, it’s that it ends.

That is, until one winter night when Noah and Ammy find themselves in the same Amtrak car heading to Upstate New York. After a train-wreck first impression between the two of them, the Amtrak train suddenly breaks down—in the middle of a snowstorm.

Desperate to make it to their destinations, Noah and Ammy have no other option but to travel together. What starts off as a minor detour turns into the journey of a lifetime, but come morning their adventure takes an unexpected turn for the worst.

Can one night can really change how they feel about love…and the course of their lives forever? – Amazon.com

The book can be purchased from Amazon for $12.32.

Estimated Price of the Box: $42.31 with the lowest prices used and without the price of the Harry Potter Book Jacket.

Verdict: When I received my box I was left without an info card and there wasn’t any packaging worms in it (which makes me think that maybe mine was just skipped over, so complete accident lol). I didn’t realize that there was a missing product as everything in the box worked well without it. The box was very well color coordinated and everything screamed “cozy reads”. I received this box about a week ago and I’ve not received the final product. I was under the assumption that the items were all at the headquarters and it was then that they realized that there wasn’t enough room in the box for all of the items, but maybe I misunderstood and the book jackets haven’t arrived yet. Although when I contacted ShelfLoveReads the other day about my missing info card I received it fairly quickly (and I’m grateful they sent me one, but I would have been fine if they just presented me with the info in the DM). I’m also really confused about what is meant by Book Jacket. Does it mean like a dust jacket or a book sleeve? The info card states: “We are SO excited to share the first in our series of seven custom book jackets made exclusively for @Shelflovereads! Subscribe every month to complete your collection and form the full illustration on the spines.” It makes me think that these are dust jackets which I’m confused about and would probably never use if they are. Furthermore, I received a post card that I’m not sure was supposed to be included. It wasn’t mentioned on the info card and it didn’t really fit the theme. I don’t believe I’ve seen anyone else unbox one.

Overall, I loved the box as is without the extra item and I think the book is a super cute contemporary romance that I can snuggle up with on this snowy day and read.

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