Signal Boost: Novel Tea Club

Hey all, Dani here.

Welcome back to Signal Boost and I’m sorry I missed you last week. I was excited to share this boost with you too, since my newest subscription box arrived last Friday. But I ended up spending the day sleeping and then I went to see a production of Beauty and the Beast.

Oh, but a quick little bonus Boost, if you enjoy these sorts of posts, and you’ve already watched all of the episodes of Geek & Sundry’s show Signal Boost, you can also hop onto social media and search for #BoostersBoost and find a whole bunch of other wonderful geeks and nerds who are also sharing things they love.

Anyway, on to the main Boost for today. I know a few weeks ago I did a Signal Boost for the bookish subscription box, LitCube, and now I’m going to share with all of you the other bookish subscription box I subscribe to, and that is Novel Tea Club.

Much like the name suggests, in this subscription box you will always find a book and some tea. But then they’ll also throw in a snack and then something like a candle or a bath bomb or something else to help you have a relaxing night in.

I absolutely LOVE this idea. Plus it allows me to try all sorts of delicious tea that I might not have tried before.

There are three different options for your Novel Tea subscription box: Fantasy, Young Adult, and Romance. And the great thing is, you can change which box you receive each month if you’d like. Plus there are different options for your subscriptions as well: you can do a month-to-month subscription or a 3-month prepay subscription.

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The exterior of the subscription box is simple but I still like it. And nothing beats that eager anticipation of wondering what will be inside.

For the month of July, both the Fantasy box and the Young Adult box had the same book, but I’m happy because it was a book I had debated buying for a little while now. It is a fairy tale retelling, a style of book that has become quite popular in recent years. I remember vampires being uber popular, and then the dystopian craze, and a brief fairie phase as well as the short-lived (for now) mermaid period. Now apparently re-tellings are “in.”

I think I’ve made you wait long enough. Here’s what came in the July box:

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The book is: Once Again by Liz Braswell and Cameron Dokey. It is actually a bind-up of two novels: Snow, and Beauty Sleep. One is a retelling of Snow White and the other is Sleeping Beauty. I’m looking forward to a relaxing evening in with this book at some point. (I had to stop utilizing a TBR pile and instead have written all the book titles on slips of paper and put them into a TBR mug and I just randomly select what book(s) to read next.

The tea is Tega Organic Rooibos tea, with six bags of red tea and six bags of green tea included. It is a Canadian tea company and the tea is organic and free trade. According to the “What’s Inside” paper this tea is supposed to be light, refreshing, and caffeine free. I’m looking forward to making some.

The snack included in this month’s box is Koukla Delights Matcha Tea Macaroons, which are made in Quebec, Canada, and they are vegetarian, organic, gluten free, and healthy. I tried them and they are actually pretty good, though I have decided I’m not a huge fan of macaroons, because I just have to be in the mood for coconut to eat it. Still, I’m glad I got to try these.

Also included in this box is a Wedderspoon Lavender and Lemon Organic Honey lip balm, made in BC, Canada, and it smells really nice. I’m typically not a big user of lip balms, but with summer heading towards its end, I know lip balm will be handy as the temperature cools and the winter air brings chapped lips, so this is great.

And did you see those cute fruity pineapple bookmarks? They are so adorable. As a book lover, I know that you can never have too many bookmarks, so these are a welcome addition to my collection.

Finally there is the relaxation item, which this month is two bath bombs from Natural Soul Skincare, which is located on Vancouver Island, BC, Canada. These bath bombs are in two scents: lavender and eucalyptus, and I look forward to trying them out as soon as I can find a bathtub I can actually soak in.

Oh, and I should probably say that the August box from Novel Tea Club has a theme, and it is Night Owl. I don’t exactly know what that will mean in regards to the book and/or the other contents of the box, but I can’t wait to find out.

Novel Tea Club boxes start at $35.99, but may cost more depending on where you live. They also have a few specialty boxes which go to benefit Canadians affected by the Fort McMurray fires, so when you buy a box for $34.99, Novel Tea Club also donates a book to a family in need. Possibly book donation options include: a Kids Activity Book, a Kids Reading Book, a Young Adult Book, or an Adult Book. I bought one of the boxes a few months ago, and I’m glad to see a company that participates in charitable institutions and also looks for great small businesses and local businesses to support by including them in these boxes.

So, if Novel Tea Club sounds like a box you would be interested in, hop on over to their Web site and purchase your first box today. If you use the code NOVELTEACLUB at checkout you’ll also receive 10% off your order. What are you waiting for? Grab your own subscription box today!

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