Hello readers! For today’s post, I will be unboxing this month’s Books That Matter book box and I am particularly excited for this one. Not only is it the box’s First Birthday (Happy Birthday guys) but in order to celebrate, it has an extra special, magical theme and one which could not be more up my street. This month, the theme is (drum roll please) ‘Myths, Goddesses and Legends’, celebrating the women of Greek mythology. As a fan of mythology and legends, I could not wait to tear into the box. Before we see what is inside, remember you can use MARIE10 to save on a box all your own.
First and foremost, this month’s featured book is critically acclaimed Circe by Madeline Miller. This book was shortlisted for the Women’s Prize for Fiction this year and I have heard nothing but positive things about it. I know they say not to judge a book by its cover, but it’s hard not to swoon over this beauty. The cover is a stunning metallic, which I am always a sucker for, and perfectly captures it’s Greek, mythological inspiration. So what’s it about?
Woman. Witch. Myth. Mortal. Outcast. Lover. Destroyer. Survivor. CIRCE.
In the house of Helios, god of the sun and mightiest of the Titans, a daughter is born. Circe is a strange child – not powerful and terrible, like her father, nor gorgeous and mercenary like her mother. Scorned and rejected, Circe grows up in the shadows, at home in neither the world of gods or mortals. But Circe has a dark power of her own: witchcraft. When her gift threatens the gods, she is banished to the island of Aiaia where she hones her occult craft, casting spells, gathering strange herbs and taming wild beasts. Yet a woman who stands alone will never be left in peace for long – and among her island’s guests is an unexpected visitor: the mortal Odysseus, for whom Circe will risk everything.
So Circe sets forth her tale, a vivid, mesmerizing epic of family rivalry, love and loss – the defiant, inextinguishable song of woman burning hot and bright through the darkness of a man’s world.
This one has been on my to be read list for a while and now I really have no excuses not to read it. Have you read this one? What did you think? As an extra special treat, there is an exclusive Circe postcard, beautifully frame worthy should you wish to express your love of Greek mythology.
As always, along side this month’s read, there is an array of perfectly picked goodies and in this box, that metallic theme continues with a stunning 22ct gold plated star charm bracelet by CaruSer. This really is one of those rare and extra special finds in a subscription box. It is beautiful and I have no doubt it will become one of my go to jewellery choices. There are also two metallic, and made hair ties by Cabellobands. I am a firm believer that a girl can NEVER have enough hair ties (where do they vanish to) and I love the luxurious look of these. Finally, there are two appliqué stickers of the Goddess Aphrodite and the nymph Daphne, along with a book mark featuring Medussa and Calliope, designed by the brand Myths and Tits. I adore the style and vibrancy of these beautiful images and I am already seeking a place to stick the stickers.
As always, Books That Matter present a thoughtful and inspirational box that not only sparks the joy in any reader, but delivers a clear and impactful feminist message. This box is about giving the females of Greek mythology their rightful place. No longer are they merely plot devices but feminist icons, given their own well deserved narratives. Thank you so much for gifting me the box guys and remember, if you love it as much as I do, you can use discount code MARIE10 to save 10% on your own!