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I'm what they call a Bibliophile. A Bibliophile is someone who collects or has a great love of books. Seriously, I have a little section of my house that we call our library and it's overflowing with books. So much so, that we had to expand and now our bedroom is full of bookshelves that, of course, no longer have room on them. Even so, I really believe you can never have too many books. I feel the same way about tea. I have an entire pantry of tea and let's be real, I may be addicted to tea and books. I really don't think there has ever been a better combination of two things than tea and books. Every time I need to relax (ahem, every single night), I brew myself a nice mug of hot tea, crawl into bed, and open a good book.
I came across this subscription box company from Canada called Novel Tea Club and I was intrigued. Novels and tea? Heck yes! Not only do you get a book and some tea, but you get other small goodies that, together, makes it easy to sit back and relax. You could get anything from bath bombs, to candles, to snacks in your box, but all will go together like peanut butter and jelly, like macaroni and cheese, like yin and yang...you get the point. All the extra products in the box are handmade, artisan products from small, local businesses. So not only do you get cool stuff and a book to read (and tea to sip!), but you get to discover new companies that you may otherwise have never known about. Huzzah!
I had a chance to check out the March Young Adult box and it made my little heart go pitter patter with excitement. Novel Tea offers 3 different box options: Young Adult, Romance, and Science Fiction/Fantasy. You can choose a month-month option for $32.99 or a 3 month option for $90.00. Those prices include shipping to the US and Canada and it's totally worth it!
The Young Adult book for this month is Until Friday Night by Abbi Glines and is about two teens, both struggling with loss and and heartache. The two form a bond through their grief.
I also got a really nice "Dream Bigger, Darling" bookmark from Indigo.
Of course the box had tea in it! Yay!
This month's featured tea is from Teapigs is super fruit flavor. As soon as I opened the box and took this photo, I immediately brewed myself a cup of this tea. I typically don't use sugar in my teas, but this one I had to add sugar to. This may be because I let it steep too long, but it has a nice bold fruiy flavor that is very enjoyable. You should go check out the Teapigs web site. It's really cute design wise and when you "shop teas" you can shop based on mood!
The other little goodies in the box were cute little Easter stickers, which is funny because did you know I'm 31 years old and I still have a sticker book? What can I say? I *love* stickers!
It also came with a cute 100% all natural beeswax candle handmade by Fairhaven Farms in Erin, Ontario. The contents list included with the Novel Tea box states that the bees are housed in house and the candles are made to order as well as colored by natural vegetable dyes! And I don't know about you, but one thing besides tea and books that help me relax is candles. The last item was a package of delicious saltwater taffy made in Burnaby, BC, Canada at Charlie's Chocolate Factory.
Novel Tea Club makes a relaxing night in easier and a little more fun and they also make a great gift as well!
I thoroughly enjoyed this box and I absolutely love the idea of pairing books, tea, and other relaxing items in a box together each month.
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