The Book Fairy Box: A Look Back at our January/February edition

It’s time to reveal the contents of our January/February Book Fairy Box and to mark a year since the introduction of our subscription box!

What was inside our first 2020 Book Fairy Box?

  • Before the Coffee Gets Cold by Toshikazu Kawaguchi
  • Letter from a Book Fairy
  • Mini Handmade Bath Fizzers
  • Secondhand Paperback
  • Solid Shampoo in Tin
  • Alice in Wonderland Badge
  • Footnotes Socks
  • Soap Nuts

We discuss all of these items below, using photographs shared on social media by our subscribers!

The featured book: Before the Coffee Gets Cold by Toshikazu Kawaguchi, published by Pan Macmillan

The featured book for Jan-Feb 2020 Book Fairy Box

About the book:

In a small back alley in Tokyo, there is a café which has been serving carefully brewed coffee for more than one hundred years. But this coffee shop offers its customers a unique experience: the chance to travel back in time.

In Before the Coffee Gets Cold, we meet four visitors, each of whom is hoping to make use of the café’s time-travelling offer, in order to: confront the man who left them, receive a letter from their husband whose memory has been taken by early onset Alzheimer’s, to see their sister one last time, and to meet the daughter they never got the chance to know.

But the journey into the past does not come without risks: customers must sit in a particular seat, they cannot leave the café, and finally, they must return to the present before the coffee gets cold …

Toshikazu Kawaguchi’s beautiful, moving story explores the age-old question: what would you change if you could travel back in time? More importantly, who would you want to meet, maybe for one last time?

Book Fairy Box Item: Letter from a Book Fairy

We love adding personal touches to our subscription box, so each edition contains a new handwritten letter. This one is from a book fairy in France, who wishes all book fairies around the world a happy new year!

Book Fairy Box Item: Mini Handmade Bath Fizzers

We are thrilled to once again team up with PlasticFreeZone (on Etsy), whose solid shampoo featured in one of our boxes last year. These are beautiful handmade bath fizzers! You can see them featured below. We used a variety of scents and they are to be dropped into a bath for a truly relaxing break.

Why we chose this item:

We love these because they have no plastic packaging and are handmade in the UK! Eight million tonnes of plastic end up in our oceans every year, killing and harming marine life, so any way we can cut out plastic is a good thing. Sourcing locally is also best in terms of a carbon footprint. We hope you enjoy this treat from ‘Plastic Free Life’ on Etsy.

Book Fairy Box Item: Secondhand Paperback

We love being partnered with World of Books, one of the largest online sellers of second-hand books in the world. Each subscriber gets one secondhand paperback in their box, and has a chance to discover a new author or genre as a result!

Book Fairy Box Item: Solid Shampoo in tin

Solid Shampoo featured in the Book Fairy Box

We teamed up with Battle Green to put this gem into the box! A solid shampoo bar in a reusable travel tin. Made with organic cocoa butter, jojoba and grape seed oil. Vegan and cruelty free. We featured three different scents Mint; Citrus; and Lavender & Tea tree.

Why we chose this item:

Using solid shampoo is a good way of losing the plastic packaging that often comes with bathroom items, and it comes in a tin too, which is great for travelling. One tip is to rub the shampoo bar with a little water in your hands, then rub the suds into your wet hair – this makes it last longer than if you rubbed it directly on hair. Replacing your bottled shampoo with a shampoo bar is a great way to transition your routine to one that is more eco-friendly. They’re free of toxic chemicals that can find their way into waterways and animals.

Book Fairy Box Item: Alice in Wonderland badge

To celebrate Lewis Carroll’s birthday at the end of January, we ran a ‘Book Fairies in Wonderland’ activity, hiding copies of his classic novel all around the world. To celebrate this inside the Book Fairy Box, we included a little badge! There were four different designs.

A particularly cute unboxing pic!

Book Fairy Box Item: Footnotes Socks

We’ve wanted for a while to include an item of clothing in the box, but it’s tricky to find the right one! However we just love these soft and comfy socks with a paper design!

Book Fairy Box Item: Soap Nuts

Book fairies are green – we like to find new ways to be better in every element of life. Using soap nuts instead of chemical detergent has been tried and tested by a group of book fairies – to great success!

Follow the rabbit…

Why we chose this item:

This is a washing detergent alternative that is grown on trees. The shells absorb water and release saponins which circulate as a natural surfactant in the wash water, freeing dirt, grime, and oils from clothing. Soap nuts can be used as a sustainable alternative to laundry detergent in washing machines. This saves on plastic packaging and prevents unnecessary chemicals from going into the sea. They are, naturally, fully compostable.

Thank you to our subscribers!

As we celebrate one whole year of running the Book Fairy Box, we want to say a big THANK YOU to those of you who have supported us along the way!

What do we love the most?

We absolutely LOVE seeing book fairies hiding the titles they receive in the Book Fairy Box! Always including a secondhand book means that there is a beautiful variety of books being released into the wild. Here are some pics of books that have been released after being featured!

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