It’s been a while since I reviewed a Novel Editions box. For the past year, I’ve told anyone who will listen to me how amazing this book box subscription is! It has opened my eyes to so many new authors and genres, and I’ve met a lot of amazing people through the online community that it has created.
December marked the second-last box that Novel Editions will be sending out. While it is sad to see this wonderful Canadian book box go, I am forever grateful for having been a part of it.
December’s theme was “Magic,” and it was the perfect box to usher in the holiday season. There are few things I enjoy more than curling up with a warm blanket on a chilly winter night while sipping a hot drink and getting lost in a fantastical book. If that’s also one of your go-to winter activities, then you need to get your hands on one of these boxes before they’re gone!
The featured book for December was The Cottingley Secret by Hazel Gaynor. I’d heard about this book well before its publication date, was was incredibly excited to finally get my hands on a copy.
This book is loosely based on the Cottingley Fairies; an incident that I learned about as a child and was immediately fascinated with. In 1917, two girls, Elsie Wright and Frances Griffiths, took five photographs of fairies outside of their home in Bradford, England. Today, we know these photos were fake, but back then, it was a big deal.
So big, in fact, that Arthur Conan Doyle, author and creator of Sherlock Holmes, used the photos to write an article about fairies for The Strand Magazine.
The photographs are still spoken about today, as they represent the power of childhood imagination. There’s even an episode of Drunk History outlining the story behind the Cottingley Fairies. It’s pretty hilarious.
The other items included in the December box were: chocolate mint tea from Tearrific Inc., Fairy Lights from Electric Crowns, a lavender bath bomb from Hazel Graynor, and an ornament made from pages of The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe from Novel Adornment.
There are still some December boxes available online, so make sure you order yours before they’re gone. Plus, past boxes from April, May, June, and October are on sale for $25+shipping, while quantities last.
January’s box will be the last one that Novel Editions sends out. The theme is “Famous Writers,” and I have a feeling it’s going to be the best one yet!