My February box from Novel Editions came almost a month ago, but I honestly haven’t even had time to think about it in between all of the amazing books I’ve been reading this month! From finishing Ami McKay’s The Witches of New York to laughing my way through Aziz Ansari’s Modern Love, to now crying over V. E. Schawb’s Shades of Magic series, it’s been a busy few weeks.
But now, days away from receiving my March box(!!!), I have found the time to review the beautiful books and bookish items that were featured in the February box.
I was incredibly excited to receive last month’s box because it contained two books, both written by Canadian Aboriginal authors. I have been trying to challenge myself to read more Canadian authors, so this was a serious bonus for my personal library.
Now, I have a book nerd confession to make. I really wanted to know what these books were going to be, because I hate waiting. After seeing some photos of the books wrapped up on Instagram, I had to do some sleuthing to see if I could figure out what they were. I went on Twitter to see if Novel Editions had recently followed any new publishing companies or authors, and lo and behold, there were some clues!
I guessed that one of the books would be Joseph Boyden’s Wenjack, and I was right. This novella, which was released in October 2016, tells the heart-wrenching story of an Ojibwe boy who runs away from a residential school in Northern Ontario and tries to find his way home. It should be required reading for all Canadians, as it tells a haunting tale about part of our country’s brutal history.
The second book was The Break, by Katherena Vermette. This novel, which was released in September 2016, is a finalist for Canada Reads 2017, the 2016 Governor General’s Literary Award, the 2016 Rogers Writers’ Trust Fiction Prize, and has been featured on many other notable fiction lists. The story takes place in Winnipeg, and centers around a crime that was witnessed by a Métis woman, Stella.
Kudos to Novel Editions for including two amazing, enlightening novels!
The February box also included three other items related to the featured stories: 3 wildflower seed bombs from Botanical PaperWorks (which I can’t wait to plant!), 2 birch coasters from NatureOnTheInside, and a wolf decal from InfinityStickers.
The February box has sold out, but there are still some March boxes left if anyone is interested. This month’s theme is “Dark Love” and will feature a psychological thriller. I’d seriously recommend ordering one if you are interested, because Novel Editions seems to sell out faster and faster each month!
April boxes are also now on sale; their theme is “Sweet Spring” and the box will feature a historical fiction novel. And yes, I will likely be doing some literary sleuthing to try and guess what this one will be.
Novel Editions has done nothing but impress me so far, so if anyone is interested in this amazing literary subscription box, I highly recommend ordering. Plus, there are monthly book discussions on Facebook that you can participate in as well.
If anyone is interested in purchasing a subscription to Novel Editions, please feel free to put “Referred by Elizabeth DiCesare” in the “note to sender” section when purchasing.