Because I was a slacker last month, today you’re going to get a peek into both the May and June UpperCase boxes. Let’s start with May. I wasn’t super excited to review it, because I was pretty disappointed in what I received. But in the spirit of fair and impartial journalism, I needed to share the bad along with the good. The first item was 2 oz of Loose Leaf Tea Blend from NovelTea Tins. I love the packaging, but I’m not a huge drinker of tea (especially loose tea). I’ll be passing this along to a friend. Next up was a set of Book Paradise Postcards from Eric Nyffeler, which was an Uppercase exclusive. Cute, but I’m not a big sender of post cards, so not something I would’ve chosen for myself. This month’s book was The Girl Against the Universe (and it’s a signed copy, which is always cool). I hadn’t heard of it, but it sounds interesting. Not a book that I typically would’ve chosen for myself, but that is part of the reason why I subscribe to these boxes, to get books that I otherwise wouldn’t be exposed to. Also included was a sticker and bookmark from the book, and the usual codes for questions, polls, and videos that correspond with certain parts of the book. Overall, I was really disappointed with this month’s selections. It didn’t feel like a cohesive box, the items felt very random. I didn’t feel like it was a good value, but considering how much I enjoyed the April box, I decided to give it another chance. Fast forward to June. I opened the Uppercase box with a little apprehension after my previous disappointment, and I was pleasantly surprised. The first item was a wooden Deathly Hallows magnet from Juniper & Ivy Designs. I love magnets, and anything Harry Potter is automatically a win. This immediately went on my fridge. Next up was a custom tote bag by Risa Rodil, which was an Uppercase Exclusive. Love! She has so many awesome designs, and I love tote bags. Although instead of using this one right away, I hung it in my home office, beside a bookcase. The June book was My Lady Jane, by Cynthia Hand, Brodi Ashton, and Jodi Meadows. Three authors? Interesting. The cover? Eye-catching. The premise? Intriguing! I admit, I’m not usually one for historical fiction, but this sounds like a really fresh and interesting take. The book was signed by all three authors and also included a bookmark and the usual codes. I was much happier with the June box than I was with May. So far, Uppercase is 2 for 3, and for now, I’m sticking with it and trying another month. I don’t feel like it’s the best value, though, priced at $23 (+shipping) for a book and 2 items. But I love the personal touch of the handwritten note, the signed books, and the surprise of getting something in the mail each month. I’m really hoping that next month will be amazing, so I can justify keeping this subscription. For the record, I pay for this myself, and am in no way compensated for my opinion.
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