Thursday, 21 April 2016

Spring Into Horror Read-A-Thon

This week I'm taking part in the Spring Into Horror Read-A-Thon, which runs from April 18th - 24th. Guidelines for the read-a-thon can be found here. A huge shout-out and thanks to the organiser, Michelle. 

It's a long time since I read a true horror novel, so this will be fun. Did I say fun? Cue sinister music and gut-wrenching fear. My chosen read is one I've been meaning to read for a couple of decades - Mary Shelley's Frankenstein

Opening Line:

You will rejoice to hear that no disaster has accompanied the commencement of an enterprise which you have regarded with such evil forebodings.


A stunning, enduring horror story about the dangers of Science, as the ambitious Victor Frankenstein takes his powers of creation too far and pays a terrible price when he gives life to a terrible monster. Heartbreaking, darkly funny and full of striking gothic images, FRANKENSTEIN is a true classic.

Now that is my kind of blurb. *Shudder* 

I'll let you know what I think of Shelley's masterpiece next week. In the meantime, have you read Frankenstein? What was your opinion of it? If I were to read any more horror classics, which do you recommend?

Monday, 11 April 2016

Gifts for Readers: Book Subscription Boxes

Have you heard of book subscription boxes? I hadn't until a couple of weeks ago. I'm not talking about book clubs that send you one or two books a month. Book boxes generally contain a book released that month and extra items related to the book. Examples of items included are bookmarks, bookplates, signed letters, posters, book bags, badges, and items of clothing.

Over the last week I've searched the internet for book box subscription services. Here's a list of the ones I liked. 

Ship to USA & Canada only

February's book box © Upper Case

Ship worldwide

February's book box © OwlCrate

Quarterly book box © Book Riot

© Book(ish)

You'll notice there is a distinct lack of UK-based book box providers. I'm not sure if this is because it's not yet taken off in the UK or because I didn't look hard enough. Either way, it means I won't be signing up for a book box subscription service any time soon. While the international shipping cost isn't generally too expensive, if my delivery gets picked up by customs, I'll get stung with a nasty import fine. A real shame for UK readers like myself. Still an awesome service for US-based readers, though!

If you know of any UK-based book boxes, or I've missed any US or Canada-based services, please let me know in the comments.