Uppercase announced a while ago that July 2019 would be its last box. I was pretty bummed because I enjoy the books they sent as well as the extra goodies (less junk). It was around the same time the Mishibox went MIA (seriously...no idea when or if they're coming back) so it was a double bummer. I think they're my longest running subscription boxes.
Being a perfectly sane person, I signed up for the Strand Book Hookup to see how that went and also a smaller indie box. The indie box is from the Bookshelf in Thomasville, Georgia. They have my favourite bookish podcast because the two hosts have soothing voices. I have no idea why other bookish podcasts drive me crazy but I just need something chill on while I work. They mentioned they have a bookbox as well so I signed up for that. These are short (one month and three month) subs to see how I like them.
I really don't need anymore books (ha!) or skincare and makeup but I also checked out Macy's beauty box. It's mostly samples for skincare and makeup but it seemed okay. I might go back to Mishi if they ever show up again or try out a different k-beauty box but I have a massive backlog of skincare. Like...sending boxes to my friends backlog. I really don't need anymore but I'm a junkie apparently.
Everything is on trial since I've been forsaken.
I uh...wasn't paying any attention when I was editing because I was on the phone and I kinda over-sharpened the picture. The only other picture I had is blurry but uh...yeah. Sorry.
The book included is a fantasy, which I thought was my favorite YA genre (usually kick ass female characters, etc.) but lately the main lady characters are very wooden and Mary-Sue fill-ins. No personality to these characters at all. The books I've kept from Uppercase actually have been contemporary fiction with difficult themes. Go figure.
The book is Sorcery of Thorns by Margaret Rogerson. Rogerson also wrote An Enchantment of Ravens, which was sent in another Uppercase box. I liked Rogerson's book (and appreciated that it was a standalone).
Also included were:
I still don't have a bloody fudging clue what to do with pins. Why. Are. They. So. Popular? I have given away ALL the pins I've been given. I don't know what else to do with them! I've kept my pin frustration to myself and then my BFF sent me a besties pin. Dying.
I'm going to turn it into a needle minder I think. It's the only one I've kept.
The last box evah!
This book is a contemporary fiction by an author I have never read. I think this is a great 'ending' book (since I tend to like YA contemporary books better now) plus it's a new author for me to try out. Total win.
Except it being the last. That's not a win.
Other than the book (which is a hardcover, signed edition like all books Uppercase sent):
Three motherpucking pins. Whhhhhhhyyyyyyy?!?!?!
The bag is legit though. Sturdy, cotton, beautiful design.
I've gotten more mail from Uppercase since they stopped the box. Lisa (the owner) is continuing book recommendations via social media and email so if that's of interest. I'm not really sure how to sign up for the emails if you're not a past subscriber, but I assume messaging them via social media would do it.