I am so excited to receive my first PageHabit box. I have been shopping around at various book boxes, but was unable to decide on which one I wanted to subscribe to. Then a saw BookTube videos unboxing PageHabit and I was hooked. I signed up right away and have been anxiously waiting until it was time for it to ship.
My first impression: excitement.
I have been thinking about doing this for a while, and for once I went to the mail and picked up something for me - that was not bills.
When I opened the box I was a little to fan girl. I took a picture of everything, including the side. I probably will not in the future. However, it was all still new to me.
I love how I am supporting a cause by buying a box. The cause for this month is Books for Africa, which is providing books for students in Ethiopia. The short statistics and the qualitative story were very effective in portraying a picture of why this area needs to be supported. I cannot imagine an area where only 15% of children attend secondary school. I also love that by sharing my unboxing I allowed another book to be donated.
I was surprised that when I opened the box that so much was visible. I wanted to be surprised as I pulled items out. I actually moved the paper back so it covered most of the items before taking the picture.
The first item that I pulled out was Mark My Words bookmarks. It contained two bookmarks. One reads "MEANWHILE..." and the other reads "TO BE CONTINUED..." These bookmarks are plastic, there is a thinner plastic piece that slides between the pages, and the thicker plastic piece that stays at the top of the book. So far, they have worked really well. They are also really awesome.
When I first saw the black object in the plastic bag I thought it was a bag of some kind. Then I picked it up and saw that it was a thick beanie hat. That is cool. Then I noticed that the tag said Bookworm. I fell in love. This is my new favorite hat. It is also perfect timing with winter. Yes it is winter in Southern California. I mean we almost reached freezing.
Ironically enough, I just read Rip Van Winkle the end of last year. I am not really up for reading it again so soon. However, it is a nice start to a collection of the PageHabit short story books. I really like the concept, and look forward to receiving more.
The book is. . . Mission To Methone by Les Johnson
I was not sure about this book until I read the letter from the author. (Sorry for the congested voice.) However, reading how the author approached his book, and his main character, seeing him antagonize writing a character from the autistic community, but also seeing him as a unique individual lead me to be extremely curious about the book. There are not many (any?) autistic characters in science fiction. Then to hear how his own scientific expertise was incorporated into the book made me even more excited. I am annoyed when authors just make stuff up. Authors who do research but do not have first hand experience is not quite the same as someone who actually works in the field. Now I am beyond excited to read this book.