Illumicrate Unboxing – May 2016


This month I received my second Illumicrate subscription box. Illumicrate is a quarterly subscription box service for book lovers with boxes arriving in February, May, August and November. Illumicrate costs £29.99 per box which includes free shipping in the UK. There are additional shipping costs applied for international customers.

I really liked the items included in the February box (unboxing here) so was very excited to find out what was in May’s. Here is what was inside this month!


This month’s book was When We Collided by Emery Lord. This is a paperback edition with some very nice, bold cover art. Below is further information about the story taken from the back cover:

‘Seventeen-year-old Jonah Daniels has lived in Verona Cove, California, his whole life and only one thing has changed: his father used to be alive, and now he’s not. Reeling from the tragedy, Jonah must take care of his family.

Enter Vivi Alexander, new girl in town

Vivi is in love with life. A gorgeous, unfiltered hurricane of thoughts and feelings, she transforms Jonah’s family and changes his life.

But there are always consequences when worlds collide…’

This is not a book I had heard of before but I like the sound of it and am looking forward to reading it. Also included for this book was a set of four postcards and a signed bookplate which is great to have.


Along with a book each month, each box contains a selection of book themed gifts. My favourite this month was a ‘To Be Read List’ notepad by Goodnight Boutique. As a blogger this will come in handy for when I am planning my reading order and it also has sections for books to review and to buy. Another item that made me smile was a book club mug by The Art of Escapism which is printed with the phrase ‘What happens in book club, stays in book club’ This is a plastic mug and I usually only use ceramic mugs but will make an exception for this one!


Next up there is a Bookworm book clip by My Bookish Mark which is a very sweet design! I will be sure to find a place to put this. There was also an ‘Ex Libris’ stamp from Little Stamp Store. The design features a stag’s head with some books in the background. I am going to give this a try on some cards. The final item is a very nice enamel pin badge by Literary Emporium. This is very well presented on a library card style backing. The pin itself carries the phrase ‘Readers Gonna Read’ and is a lovely gold and midnight blue colour. I am a fan of bookish badges so will be pinning this on one of my many tote bags!


The box also featured some extra promotional items. There was an extract and cinnamon muffin recipe for The Square Root of Summer by Harriet Reuter Hapgood. There was a sampler for Laini Taylor’s forthcoming novel Strange the Dreamer. The box is finished with a postcard for Mystery and Mayhem and a set of four badges from the Ladybird series.

All in all I was pleased with this box. When compared with February’s box I think that February’s felt like better value for money with the inclusion of the hardback. However, I was once again pleased with the lovely items included in this box. Most of the items included have been created exclusively for Illumicrate and it is clear to see the love and effort that has been put into the creation. I am looking forward to using them and am eagerly anticipating the next box which is due in August.

If you would like to find out more about Illumicrate, you can check out their website here!

4 thoughts on “Illumicrate Unboxing – May 2016

  1. If anyone is looking for a service like this in the U.S., I would recommend The Rumpus Book club. You get a book each month that hasn’t been released yet. The group get together online to discuss the book. At the end of the month, there is a discussion with the author, too, so lots of perks! Here is the link: 🙂 If anyone decides to try it out, I would love to hear what you think.


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