I’m happy to read anything and everything. All different genres, from all different kinds of authors including books published in different kinds of ways. Of course my most read type of books are traditionally published but I am definitely not impartial to a self-published or Indie book (I actually wrote a post on that here!) I’ve read some wonderful self published books since I started book blogging and met, albeit virtually, some of the incredible authors behind them. I’ve worked with Cratejoy before on their Fresh Fiction: Box Not to Miss box and their Nerdy Bookworm Box but today I’m reviewing the Go Indie Now! box and my god, what a treat it was! And make sure you scroll to the bottom for the giveaway to win a Cratejoy box!
Now the main components of this box go together as like a set… sort of. I’ll get to that in a minute so it makes sense but first I’ll share with you the additional items in the box – which have no connection to anything else. I realise this makes no sense. Firstly, there was the Bookish Adult Colouring Book by Martha Sweeney.
Now you may know that colouring books aren’t really ‘my thing’. At least, I don’t think they are. I’ve only ever bought one before and it was really small and really hard to colour in and to be frank, caused me more stress than it was worth. But despite not being the biggest colouring book enthusiast, the pages in this book really are beautiful. And they’re all book-themed too so I think this would be a lovely gift for a book lover or a creative person. I would love to give adult colouring books another go – maybe I wasn’t ‘in the zone’ last time.
The second thing I received in the Go Indie Now! box was a book called The Surrendered by Case Maynard. You can read the blurb of this book here and I absolutely love the sound of this and the cover is absolutely stunning. I’m such a sucker for a gorgeous book cover. This is definitely my kind of book and I can’t wait to read it!
Now, onto the ‘multi-sensory’ part of the box. This… Oh this is clever. And very unique. Round of applause for this. The idea of the Go Indie Now! box is firstly, to showcase some fabulous self or independently published books and secondly, is to ‘create a reading experience that tantalises all 5 senses’ (stole that line from the website, soz). The book I received for this part of the box was The Cogsmith’s Daughter by Kate M. Colby (you can read about the book here). I’m a fan of Dystopian books and films but as far as I’m aware, I’ve never read any Steampunk before so this will be my first but I’m very much looking forward to it.
Along with this book came a whole range of what appeared to be seemingly random items but they definitely weren’t. For the sensory experience to go along with this book, there is something to smell, to hear, to touch, to see and to taste which all has some sort of significance to the book. I thought this was an absolutely beautiful idea! Along with a playlist to play in sync with certain chapters, a steam-frog art print and a rustic steampunk recipe, you can completely immerse yourself whilst reading this book. One of the most prominent things is the rustic smelling sent pack (pictured below) which you can smell from the other room!
I think this box would make a wonderful gift (Christmas is coming, cough cough wink wink) for a book lover because it’s so unlike anything I’ve seen before. It’s so unique and the books sound great. You can check out the Go Indie Now! box on the Cratejoy website here but how do you fancy winning a Cratejoy box for yourself?
The awesome people at Cratejoy are offering one subscription box to one of my lucky readers! All you have to do is head on over to the RAFFLECOPTER GIVEAWAY HERE and enter! It’s only running for 10 days so get your entries in quick! Good luck!
What do you think of the Go Indie Now! box? Are you a fan of Indie authors? If so what are your favourite self-published books?
Products in this post have ben sent to me in exchange for an honest and unbiased review. All thoughts and opinions are my own.