For as long as I’ve been a part of the online book community, I’ve watched many subscription unboxings longingly, wishing that we had a bookish subscription box service in South Africa. And then last year The Book Case was born. I know this unboxing is a bit late, but last month I decided to buy my first box. Just look at this baby:

January’s theme was Myths and Magic, so you can imagine how excited I was. As soon as I saw the box I was impressed by the simple, yet bold packaging. I was surprised by how full the box was, I really didn’t expect so many items.

Here’s what’s in the Myths and Magic Box:

  • The Yeti – Bath Fizz Ball by The Soap Den
  • Harry Potter pencil bag by PaperCUTe
  • Hermione’s colouring pencils
  • A bookish Vinyl Sticker by PaperCUTe
  • Harry Potter “colour-me” postcard
  • The Mythical Lands hardcover notebook
  • A Babushka bookmark
  • “Make a wish” by Bee-autifully Yours

And the featured book for the month was:

The Bear and the Nightingale by Katherine Arden

At the edge of the Russian wilderness, winter lasts most of the year and the snowdrifts grow taller than houses. But Vasilisa doesn’t mind—she spends the winter nights huddled around the embers of a fire with her beloved siblings, listening to her nurse’s fairy tales. Above all, she loves the chilling story of Frost, the blue-eyed winter demon, who appears in the frigid night to claim unwary souls. Wise Russians fear him, her nurse says, and honor the spirits of house and yard and forest that protect their homes from evil.

After Vasilisa’s mother dies, her father goes to Moscow and brings home a new wife. Fiercely devout, city-bred, Vasilisa’s new stepmother forbids her family from honoring the household spirits. The family acquiesces, but Vasilisa is frightened, sensing that more hinges upon their rituals than anyone knows.

And indeed, crops begin to fail, evil creatures of the forest creep nearer, and misfortune stalks the village. All the while, Vasilisa’s stepmother grows ever harsher in her determination to groom her rebellious stepdaughter for either marriage or confinement in a convent.

As danger circles, Vasilisa must defy even the people she loves and call on dangerous gifts she has long concealed—this, in order to protect her family from a threat that seems to have stepped from her nurse’s most frightening tales.

I am super happy with this box, it was everything I wanted and more. The book was even accompanied with a note from the author! I can’t wait for the February box, which is themed “Let the Games Begin”. I am sure pretty sure I know which book we’re getting. It’s a book I’ve been itching to buy…

If you loved this unboxing please go and check out The Book Case website and Instagram @thebcase. It is definitely worth the purchase!

The Book Case Unboxing – Myths and Magic
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