November's #owlcrate arrived on Monday, but I didn't get the chance to sit down and write this unboxing post until today, because last Friday my pre-ordered copy of Pokémon Sun arrived so I have been obsessively playing that instead of writing or doing my copyright course work. This month's theme was Wonderland and here's the spoiler card:
As I have mentioned many times over, I am a HUGE Alice in Wonderland fan, I love adaptations, re-tellings and just anything to do with and Alice. My desktop lock screen is the 45th anniversary wallpaper of the Mad Tea Party ride at Walt Disney World, a ride which I also have another illustration of (that I bought while I was there this year) framed and hung on my wall. I've even had an Alice in Wonderland tattoo, although it was temporary, it was part of a project done by Litographs. I'd link to it but the website is down, so just look at one of my photos from it.
Anyways, being as big of an Alice fan as I am, obviously I was extremely excited for this month's box. I believe I said as much at the end of my post for the October box. I spent the entire month wondering what new Alice adaptation/re-telling I was going to receive because I haven't been following new books very closely lately so I had no idea what was on the horizon. I was also curious to see what other tidbits there would be and I was secretly hopeful that there would be a Funko Pop, because I love them so much.
And on that note, now it's time for what I thought of each of this month's items, with my 8-bit Alice shirt as a backdrop, I totally wore that to work today:
1. Mad Hatter's Wonderland Elixir exclusive tea blend from Riddle's Tea Shoppe and Adagio Teas
This tea smells SOOOOOOO good that it's actually making me consider trying tea. I don't drink hot beverages, I am much more a cold beverage girl, but I really am tempted to give this a try because of how good it smells and because it's Wonderland themed. The tin it comes in is AWESOME, look at the inside of the lid!!
2. the fancy Alice in Wonderland bookmark from Authored Adornments
I'm not sure if every single one given out was unique but the one I got happened to have one of my favourite bits on it, where Alice says curiouser and curiouser. Here's a close up because you really can't see it well in the big shop up top:
3. Alice in Wonderland magnet from Evie Bookish
I love magnets. I show off most of my magnets on my desk at work because my above the desk hutch is metal! So currently I have a magnetized photo of me and Angie on there, Figment from Walt Disney World, the 10th Doctor, and Star Lord, Alice will definitely be a good addition. I really love this magnet in particular because of the artwork and colours but most especially because of the quote: "Imagination is the only weapon in the the war against reality." it's a great quote, I love quotes about imagination. I have a few framed quotes above my desk as well including the one from Alice about doing 6 impossible things before breakfast, so this will definitely fit the theme I seem to be going with at work.
4. The custom illustrated edition of the original Alice's Adventures in Wonderland & bookmark from Rock Paper Books
I was not expecting 2 books in this box! I was absolutely over the moon to see they'd also sent us a copy of the original Alice stories in addition to the pick of the month. I have at least 2 editions currently, but it never hurts to have another, especially one with such fun, whimsical artwork on the cover!
6. Heartless by Marissa Meyer + quote card
I had heard about this book! But not enough to know it was an Alice adaptation! I am so damn excited to have it! I know a lot of bloggers were trying to get ARCs for it. There's been a lot of hype about this book if I remember correctly? I love seeing the classic stories told from the villains point of view, and I've always like the mad Queen of Hearts. One of my favourite Alice adaptations to date was actually another one from the Queen's POV, Colleen Oakes's Queen of Hearts. I can't wait to get to this book now. I think as soon as I finish the Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them screenplay, and the Kelley Armstrong trilogy I just started, that I will read this one!
Overall I really enjoyed this box, everything was as promised 100% Alice so I really couldn't have asked for more. I was disappointed that there was no Alice funko pop but given that out of the ones that exist I have the 2 I really wanted I am okay with that. I'm already looking forward to December's Epic box.