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Book Blogger Hop: Subscription Boxes

subscription box.jpgThe Book Blogger Hop was originally created by Jennifer @ Crazy-For-Books in March 2010 and ended on December 31, 2012. With Jennifer’s permission, I relaunched the hop on February 15, 2013. Each week the hop will start on a Friday and end the following Thursday. There will be a weekly prompt featuring a book related question. The hop’s purpose is to give bloggers a chance to follow other blogs, learn about new books, befriend other bloggers, and receive new followers to your own blog.

November 9th – 15th – Do you subscribe to any book subscription boxes?
(submitted by Billy @ Coffee Addicted Writer)

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So I actually subscribe to two subscription boxes! I subscribe to Owlcrate and the Romance Reveal box. I’ve been subscribed to Owlcrate for a year and I recently started getting the Romance Reveal box right before summer 2018. In this Book Blogger post I’m going to break down the cost of each box, items that come in and why you should subscribe to these boxes! Enjoy!

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Owlcrate is a monthly subscription box that focus on Young Adult books and bookish goodies! From Owlcrate’s website: “Each box will contain one brand new hardcover Young Adult novel, as well as 3-5 other bookish keepsakes to help set the mood for your literary adventure. Every box will be built with a super fun and creative theme in mind, and will also include special goodies right from the author!” 

Each month there is a different theme for the box, for example of 2018’s themes have been: once upon a dream, wonderland, epic, classic remix, run away with the circus, sailors, ships and seas, wanderlust, mythical creatures just to name a few past box themes. The book and items center around the theme which have been really interesting in cool! 

The price of Owlcrate depends on what subscription you want. For example I subscribe to the monthly payment of $29.99 plus shipping. But there are options as well, there is a 3 month option plus shipping for the total cost of $86.98 (you will be charged this price every 3 months) and the other plan is 6 months paid for $167.95 plus shipping. 

I really love Owlcrate and it is such a nice way to treat myself every month! It has introduced me to new books and the bookish goodies are so much fun! There are Owlcrates where I don’t like the theme, book or items included in that month’s box but it’s always made it up to me in another box! If you love Young Adult books and bookish goodies you should definitely check out Owlcrate! 

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Romance Reveal Book Box is a once a month subscription box that focuses on romance books and their authors. There aren’t a lot of bookish goodies like there are in Owlcrate, there are author focused goodies like pens and bookmarks, sometimes signed by the author.  I really wanted to subscribe to this box because one of the main genre of books I read is romance and I’ve really enjoyed it so far. 

It is not as known as well as Owlcrate and again the stuff that is included is completely different. For example I’ve gotten little coin purses, artwork, bath bombs and other bookish items from Owlcrate. For the Romance Reveal box their goodies are usually small pieces of candy (jaw breakers, lollipops) little tea cup candles, signed bookmarks and other author related items. Owlcrate also just recently started to include signed books in their boxes whereas Romance Reveal Boxes have ALWAYS had their books signed by the author which is super neat. 

I’m a bit frustrated because I went to the Romance Reveal Box site and I struggled to find payment plan information. For me I pay a monthly fee at the  end of the month of $29.99 plus shipping which gets me two signed books and bookish goodies. Now when I originally signed up there were different plans varying on what sort of box you wanted. Two signed books vs one signed book for example. On their site it does say there is a one time payment for a Romance Reveal Box for $29.95 but that is the only information. I do believe their sign ups for limited as well so you’ll have to pay attention to that too.

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Those are the rundowns of the two subscription boxes I get every month! Two different genres, different boxes, books and goodies but both have pros and cons. If you want to subscribe to a box that has amazing bookish goodies I would suggest Owlcrate. If you’re looking for a subscription box that is new every month again I would suggest Owlcrate. If you aren’t big on bookish goodies and prefer more focus on the book, I would suggest the Romance Reveal box. Both subscription boxes have signed books too which is awesome! 

If you’re interested in checking out more here both
subscription box sites to check them out:

Owlcrate: https://owlcrate.com/
Romance Reveal Box: https://bit.ly/2FrPBGk

Do YOU subscribe to any subscription boxes? If not do you want to?
What are your favorite ones? I would love to hear your thoughts! 

katy
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Book Blogger Hop: It’s getting close to Halloween. If you HAD to read one of these two genres, which would you prefer — urban fantasy, or horror, and why?

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The Book Blogger Hop was originally created by Jennifer from Crazy-For-Books in March 2010 and ended on December 31, 2012. With Jennifer’s permission, I relaunched the meme on February 15, 2013. Each week the hop will start on a Friday and end on Thursday. There will be a weekly prompt featuring a book related question. The hop’s purpose is to give bloggers a chance to follow other blogs, learn about new books, befriend other bloggers, and receive new followers to your own blog. All credits & info go to this page <—

October 5th – 11th – It’s getting close to Halloween. If you HAD to read one of these two genres, which would you prefer — urban fantasy, or horror, and why? (submitted by Maria @ A Night’s Dream of Books)

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Oh my goodness! As I’ve stated before in a previous book blogger hop post I am NOT into horror, AT ALL. It stresses me out and gives me anxiety so I will definitely not be choosing horror if I had to choose a genre I had to read forever! One of my favorite genres to read is fantasy so I think reading urban fantasy would even be more fun to read about. 

I actually googled the description of urban fantasy and this is what Google came up with: Urban fantasy is a sub genre of fantasy in which the narrative has an urban setting. … A contemporary setting is not strictly necessary for a work of urban fantasy: works of the genre may also take place in futuristic and historical settings, actual or imagined. (via Wikipedia.) 

I think from just reading that description that reading urban fantasy over horror would be an absolute for me because picking urban fantasy gives me more options. I feel like horror is just one genre you really can’t add or stray from, whereas urban fantasy could branch off into so many other things and scenarios when it comes to books and reading so I definitely would pick urban fantasy.

What would you choose if you could choose one one of these genres: horror or urban fantasy? 

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Book Blogger Hop: What’s your proudest blogging milestone or achievement?

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The Book Blogger Hop was originally created by Jennifer from Crazy-For-Books in March 2010 and ended on December 31, 2012. With Jennifer’s permission, I relaunched the meme on February 15, 2013. Each week the hop will start on a Friday and end on Thursday. There will be a weekly prompt featuring a book related question. The hop’s purpose is to give bloggers a chance to follow other blogs, learn about new books, befriend other bloggers, and receive new followers to your own blog. All credits & info go to this page <—

July 20th – 26th – What’s your proudest blogging milestone or achievement? (submitted by Cathy @ What Cathy Read Next)
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I have two proudest blogging milestones and achievements!

My first is that I created and made my own website (with the help of my wonderful husband of course!) amorettereviews.com! Huge, huge milestone for me because I am not tech savvy and I created everything myself so this site honestly feels like my baby!

My second proudest achievement was on May 24th 2017 when I got the email from Katy Evans that I was chosen to become one of her blogger team members. First of all, it was my first time EVER that any author has directly contacted me and asked me to do anything for them (example: promote or review) but on top of that…she asked me to become part of her blogger team! I was so excited because for the rest of my book blogging career I’m going to have access to all of her books and will always have the opportunity to review for her! How amazing is that?!   

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Those are my proudest milestones and achievements! If you are a book blogger or reader tell me some of your proudest milestones or achievements, I would love to hear them! 

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Book Blogger Hop: What author have you read the most in the past two years?

Book Blogger Hop (Final)

The Book Blogger Hop was originally created by Jennifer from Crazy-For-Books in March 2010 and ended on December 31, 2012. With Jennifer’s permission, I relaunched the meme on February 15, 2013. Each week the hop will start on a Friday and end on Thursday. There will be a weekly prompt featuring a book related question. The hop’s purpose is to give bloggers a chance to follow other blogs, learn about new books, befriend other bloggers, and receive new followers to your own blog. All credits & info go to this page <—

June 8th – 14th Question – What author have you read the most in the past two years? (submitted by Elizabeth @ Silver’s Reviews)
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I think this is a very interesting question because I like as a blogger that my interests when it comes to reading and reviewing have changed A LOT. When I first started Amorette’s Reviews in the fall of 2016 I was solely focused on the romance genre; but two years later I feel like my blog isn’t solely based on the romance genre or it’s authors. So it’s interesting to go back down memory lane and see who I’ve read the most and honestly if you follow my blog…you should KNOW by now who I read the most.
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I’ve said it before and I’ll probably keep saying it for the rest of my life but I am a Katy Evans fangirl. I fell in with her first book Real in 2013 and I’ve been hooked ever since. She has this wonderful gift of connecting with her readers in each and every one of her books and I just adore her. Her books are well written and each story’s plot is intriguing with different backgrounds and wonderful stories that will touch and melt your heart. 

Her characters are strong, individual, compassionate, passionate, smart and courageous. All of her leading ladies are relatable with different backgrounds, goals and dreams and I have literally been able to relate to each and every one of them and I’ve read all seventeen books of Katy’s. Evans Alpha males are hot, sensual, sexy, bad, swoon worthy and literally leap off the page and into your heart and soul. Her couple’s chemistry is just everything you want to read about in a romance book: carnal, loyal, deeply in love and personal. Katy Evans is my favorite author and since 2013 she has definitely filled my Kindle and bookshelves with the magic that is her books. Even after her new books release I continue to go back to all her different series and standalones. 

To see the Katy Evans’ books I’ve read and reviewed, book blurbs and buy links click here

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The other author that I’ve read over and over and will never get sick of is Sierra Simone. I stumbled upon her New Camelot series and was completely blown away. She is an amazing writer; I really can’t fully explain it but she has this way of writing that just transports you like you are IN the book. Every time I want to escape the harsh realities of the crazy world we live in, I grab a Sierra Simone book. The New Camelot series is one of the most intense, emotionally, charged books I have ever read. This book series actually made me cry and want drink at the same time. Sierra has no qualms about tearing her reader’s hearts but she also has this fabulous way of putting them back together too. 

Her Priest series is probably the diriest and sexist set of books I have ever read in my entire life. Sierra most definitely has the gift of dirty writing and she should probably have dozens and dozens of awards for it. Sierra Simone is one of the most talented and gifted romance authors around right now and I can guarantee you won’t disappointed by her books. 

To see the Sierra Simone’s books I’ve read & reviewed, book blurbs & buy links click here

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What are some of the author’s you read the most? I would love to read about your favorites! Comment below and let me know! 

katy

 

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Book Blogger Hop: What kind of blog do you have?

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The Book Blogger Hop was originally created by Jennifer from Crazy-For-Books in March 2010 and ended on December 31, 2012. With Jennifer’s permission, I relaunched the meme on February 15, 2013. Each week the hop will start on a Friday and end on Thursday. There will be a weekly prompt featuring a book related question. The hop’s purpose is to give bloggers a chance to follow other blogs, learn about new books, befriend other bloggers, and receive new followers to your own blog. All credits & info go to this page <—

This week I chose a question from February: do you prefer to blog about (a) specific book genre(s), or do you have an eclectic blog? 

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Wow! I honestly feel like this question could be answered in several ways but I honestly think that my blog is eclectic. When I first started book blogging in September 2016 I honestly was just focused on the romance genre. I used to read all different genres of books but something just shifted in the Spring of 2016 and it honestly disappointed me. 

I’ve always been a fan of Young Adult (YA) books but there were two books that I read during the Spring of 2016 that literally made me stop reading YA all together. They were THAT bad. My other issue with Young Adult books is the fact that they take FOREVER to release! By forever I mean a year up to two years. I understand that logically it makes sense to release books that way but I lose interest really fast and I don’t like waiting! I am a very impatient person and even more of an impatient reader. Unless a book or series really captures my heart, I usually lose interest. 

So when I first started blogging I mainly focused on the romance genre which I love! Most books end with happy endings, most releases take a few months and NOT years to release the second book in the series which is huge to me. There’s just something about romance books that I love; ever since I was little I was infuriated with love so I also think that has something to do with it. Another reason I love the romance genre is also because there are SO many different kinds of love and with every book I read I find something new to read about it. It’s also a genre that I feel like that in some shape or form that everyone can find something to relate to. Which is a bit difficult when it comes to YA genre because how we are supposed to relate to things like The Hunger Games or aliens invading our planet? I mean I don’t get right sometimes I do feel like we live in a dystopian world but we aren’t there quite yet

 For the longest time I focused on the romance genre when it came to reading, reviewing and promoting books. I tried to get back into the YA genre lots of times but everything I kept reading just disappointed it. It took a year and a half ,but I finally started reading and reviewing the YA genre again in July 2017, I haven’t stopped since AND I haven’t disappointed so maybe I just needed a break from that genre! 

Overall I would say Amorette Review’s is a eclectic blog. I love romance but this past year I’ve really tried to get back into YA, fantasy, mature adult and I feel like overall I’m slowly but surely achieving that. That’s the best part of loving and reading books is that you can fall in love with any genre type book, at the end of the day no matter what genre is you essentially just adding another genre to your book collection! 

When it comes to blogging, what kind of genres do you focus on when it comes to your blog? Comment and let me know! I would love to hear your thoughts! 

katy