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** Christmas gifts** for #Bookworms #BookBloggers #BookishGifts

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Whohooo it’s nearly December, which means it’s time to share my annual Christmas gifts for bookworms post. As these posts have been so popular over the last couple of years I thought I would put together another post for those looking for gifts for a bookworm. 🎁🎄🎅🏻

In the name of research and my own Christmas list (although I have a feeling I maybe on Santa’s naughty list 🤣) I spent hours trawling the Internet (no change there then) to find some amazing gifts that I’m sure every book worm would love to receive on Christmas Day 🎄 Here are some of my favourites.

**I would like to point out although I’ve included links to the items I’ve mentioned, I did not receive any kind of payment for the products in this post and nor are the links affiliated to my blog**

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Christmas candle bundle

 

Combining 3 Christmas candles, these look striking together and would make a gorgeous gift for anyone.

This box includes The Snow Queen candle (candy cane scent), Sugar Plum Fairy (sugared plums scent) and Narnia (pine and berries scent).

Each candle is handmade and poured in very small batches so there might be very slight differences between each one, making it all the more unique!

Eco friendly, vegan and vegetarian, cruelty-free soy wax and the best in scent oils.

Buying link: Christmas Candles

ALICE IN WONDERLAND BOOK COVERS HOODED BLANKET

 

 

  • Features a premium suede polyester print for beautiful color vibrancy.
  • Interior lining is constructed from an ultra-soft polyester wool-like fabric for warmth and comfort.
  • Edges are embroided with a handmade stitch for maximum durability and a homemade feel.
  • Comes in 2 sizes:
    Adult: Measuring 80″ wide x 60″ tall
    Youth: (Age 4-10) Measuring 45″ wide x 60″ tall

Buying link: Hooded blanket

Penguin Mug Collection

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These six porcelain mugs, featuring original Penguin covers, are perfect for tea and book lovers!

This mug set includes:

– A Room of One’s Own
– Great Expectations
– Man and Superman
– Country Life
– The Common Reader
– The Case-Book of Sherlock Holmes

Buying link: Penguin mug collection

Books make me happy travel mug

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Each mug is powder coasted and then laser etched in a bookish design with twice the heat and cold retention of plastic tumblers, and a double wall vacuum insulation degisn, ensuring your drink stays hot for a chapter or two.

The narrow base ensures this travel mug will fit in your cup holder!

Buying link: Travel Mug

vegan bookmarks

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This is for one bookmark.

Buying link: Bookmarks

One hundred postcards from Ladybird

 

One hundred postcards in a gorgeous book-shaped box. Each one features a different and iconic Ladybird book from the whole history and range. Titles include How it Works: Television and Great Men and Women.

  • 100 postcards in a sturdy box.
  • Pack measures 17 x 11.5 x 6.5 cm.

Buying link: Ladybird postcards

Agatha Christie cuff bracelet

4332E9D2-965F-4752-9707-3C57B8B50141This cuff style bracelet features hand rolled paper beads made from a vintage Agatha Christie book: Miss Marple The Complete Short Stories. The beads are strung on galvanized steel wire. This bracelet is about 7 1/2″ from outside end to outside end. The steel wire frame the bracelet is strung on is flexible enough to have enough give to fit a variety of wrist sizes, but strong enough to keep its shape. The bracelet will be made to order, so it will differ slightly from the pictures.

Buying link: Agatha Christie bracelet

Penguin Books – Virginia Woolf A Room Of One’s Own, Black Framed Print

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A classic Penguin Books cover for writer Virginia Woolf’s 1929 work ‘A Room of One’s Own’. A literary and design classic rolled into one, this representation of the Penguin Books cover is perfect for any lover of literature.

Buying link: Framed picture

Just one more chapter t-shirt

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* Made of premium quality ring spun cotton for soft and comfortable feel
* Fabric: 100% Ring Spun Cotton
* Weight: 150 – 180 g/m2
* Designs are printed via thermotransfer vinyl method. This print will not crack or fade which ensures your garment stays looking fantastic.

Buying link: One more chapter t-shirt

My chronicle book subscription boxes

 

 

♥ Monthly or quarterly ♥ Choice of genres: Crime & Mystery and Science Fiction & Fantasy

Prepaid Subscriptions
♥ Perfect for Gifting ♥ One simple payment ♥ Gift up to 12 months of deliveries ♥ Free personalised gift card

Author & Artisan Celebration Boxes
♥ Special occasion and celebration boxes to showcase books, local artisans and authors we loved so much they deserved their own box.
♥ Perfect for Gifting ♥ Free personalised gift card

Buying link: My chronicle book box

Wuthering Heights Umbrella

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Just about room for two under this umbrella, even on a blowy Yorkshire moor. Part of the growing range of gifts inspired by Penguin’s iconic cover designs.

  • Collapsible umbrella with matching sleeve.
  • 110cm diameter when open.
  • 100% polyester.

Buying link: Umbrella

Book/travel journal

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This travel journal features a vintage world map design and an inspiring quote about the importance of adventure and exploration. A wonderful leaving present that’s bound to delight any friend of family member off to travel the world.

“The world is a book and those who do not travel read only one page.” 

A5 writing notebook that’s as beautiful as it is functional. It’s chunky with lots of room for doodles, sketches, lists and ideas.

Your journal will come gift-wrapped in a lovely old road map.

Buying link: Book/travel journal

Kindle classic book covers

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A beautiful vintage hard back book style ereader and tablet cover handmade in England using 40 years of bookbinding experience. The perfect coming together of old books and new technology make this the ideal gift for kindle and ereader owners that miss the feel of a book in their hands.

We have recently improved our cases by adding the capability to fold backwards for one-handed reading. This includes a strong magnet closure that keeps the kindle cover closed in transit and also in position when the case is folded backwards.

Please note that our covers do not have sleep/wake functionality because they are a universal fit for any eReader. The power button can be accessed easily when open or closed.

Made using locally sourced materials by highly skilled craftsmen and women in England, our cases are of the highest quality and have a lovely back story that makes them the ideal present and conversation piece.

Each case is wrapped with a beautiful antique paper band as standard, for an extra special personal touch.

Buying link: Kindle classic book covers

Book spine tote bag

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The classic tote with a modern twist: all-over-print allows for 100% customisation, bringing the basic tote to the next level. Your next shopping trip just got a little more earth-friendly and a lot more stylish!

  • Dimensions: 40.6 cm l x 40.6 cm w; Strap: 71.1 cm l
  • Material:
    • Exterior: 100% sturdy brushed polyester
    • Interior: 100% polyester nonwoven laminate
  • 100% cotton web handles
  • Printed then sewn for edge-to-edge designs
  • Black laminated lining for extra support
  • Spot or dry clean only
  • Made in the USA

Buying link:     Book spine tote bag

Book lover gift set tin

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Gift Set includes:
* hinged storage tin with quote on lid
* reading journal featuring matching quote
* matching ruled notebook
* stainless steel or black resin fountain pen (please specify your choice or one will be chosen for you at random)
* 4 mixed quote ex libris bookplate labels
* 4 mixed quote bookmarks
* OPTIONAL Add a notecard & envelope featuring matching quote (packaged separately to tin contents, for gifting purposes)

Buying link: Book lover gift set tin

Book sleeve

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This sleeve will protect the edges of your favorite novels. Don’t worry about the damaged corners, or scratched cover!

It has one foldable side that will adjust to your book thickness. This book cover is perfect for books up to 600 pages (this cover can be used with a 200 pages book or 600 pages book).

You’ll find 4 height size options, depending the size of the books you usually read.

Buying link:  Book sleeve

The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood’s poster

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The first edition cover design of Margaret Atwood’s The Handmaid’s Tale – the groundbreaking work of speculative fiction that shocked people not because it was prescient, but because it described what societies have already done.

  • A1 size, 84 x 59.4 cm. Dimensions include 5cm white border.
  • Printed on 150 gsm silk matt paper.
  • The poster is delivered rolled.

Buying link: The Handmaid’s Tale Poster

Bodleian High Jinks Jigsaw Puzzle

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A stunning jigsaw featuring beautiful decorated cloth editions of 19th Century children’s books from the Bodleian Library, with an emphasis on plucky schoolgirls. Perfect for jolly japes with madcap friends!

  • 1000 pieces.
  • Comes in a box.
  • Box measures 25.4 x 25.4 x 5 cm; finished jigsaw measures 73.5 cm x 51 cm.

Buying link:  Book Jigsaw

 

Well that’s it folks my guide to Christmas gifts for bookworms, I hope I have given you some inspiration, is there anything on here that you would love as a Christmas present? Or is there anything I’ve missed? Please feel free to leave a comment

And now I’m feeling festive so I’m off to put the Christmas tree up 😂🎄

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My Chronicle Book Box #BookSubscription #Monthly @MyChronicleBB #Review #DiscountCode #CrimeMysteryBox #Mychroniclebookbox #NovemberBox

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Today I’m thrilled to be sharing my thoughts on The Crime & Mystery monthly book subscription box for November from https://mychroniclebookbox.com/ not only that but followers of my blog can get a 10% discount on their first box (details can be found further down this post). The Crime & Mystery monthly book subscription box, has everything you love about a quarterly book subscription box, but monthly!

**Please note I have not received payment for reviewing this book subscription, but I did receive a box in return for a honest and unbiased review**

I must admit I have been eagerly awaiting this box, I couldn’t wait to see what founder Louise of My Chronicle Book Box  had come up with. When it arrived it felt like Christmas, as you are never sure what lies inside these beautifully packed parcels.

Once again I was amazed at the amount of thought that had gone into this box, each gift has been carefully selected and fits the theme of the book. I’m sure you are eager to see what lies inside so without further ado, here we go……..E007457E-B714-4995-B395-00056F3C3EC0

First up……..

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As with the previous box, it comes with a welcome letter and this month’s theme is Cheating. Lying. Murder?  I loved the print with the book quote, which I’m going to frame and put on my bookshelves. There’s a Q&A with author Nicci French. There’s also a sample of Tidelands by Philippa Gregory.

 

Then there were the bookish themed gifts……

  • A handmade Liquid soap called partners in crime, which smells Devine, it’s a blend of  pink grapefruit and Neroli.
  • A cruelty free bath soufflé scented with lavender and fennel seed, I love a soak in the bath so this product is perfect.
  • A decorative key which I’m going to use as a book mark as it’s got a lovely little tag with a quote on it.

And if that wasn’t enough you also get a hardback signed copy of The Lying Room by Nicci French. I have never read a book by this author (I know it’s shocking!), but this books been on my ‘wishlist’ ever since I read the book description so I can’t wait to read this one.

 

I think these boxes are worth every penny, when you consider you get a signed book and other book related gifts. The books are beautifully wrapped,  there’s so much thought put into these boxes, I really am impressed. Not only do you get fantastic value for a monthly subscription fee of £25, UK delivery is also now FREE!

I’m not sure I could justify buying them every month  though, as I buy a lot and I mean a LOT of books each month, but I would definitely buy the odd one and if I was looking for a book related gift for a bookworm this would definitely be my first choice. These are the perfect gift for me (hint! hint! family and friends 😂🙈) and anyone who enjoys reading crime and mystery books.

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For more information and how you can subscribe, please visit https://mychroniclebookbox.com/ 

If I have tempted you to buy a box here’s a bonus, courtesy of My Book Box Chronicles….if you include the discount code CAFE10 it will give you 10% off your first box.

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My Chronicle Book Box #BookSubscription #Monthly @MyChronicleBB #Review #DiscountCode #CrimeMysteryBox #Mychroniclebookbox #OctoberBox

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I was invited to be an Autumn Ambassador for My Chronicle Book Box, so today I’m thrilled to be sharing my thoughts on a brand new book box from https://mychroniclebookbox.com/ not only that but followers of my blog can get a 10% discount on their first box (details can be found further down this post). The Crime & Mystery monthly book subscription box, has everything you love about a quarterly book subscription box, but monthly! Before I share my thoughts on October 2020’s Box, here’s some information about the boxes.

Monthly Book Subscription Box – Gift Options

£27.78 Inc. VAT

The first theme is ‘there’s a new Detective in Devon’ and will feature The Long Call by Ann Cleeves.

Each monthly box will contain a signed hard copy first edition new release, 1 – 3 luxury bookish goodies and author interview.

Your first box will be the October 2019 box, shipping around 15th October 2019. Boxes will then ship around the 15th of each month

Choose the length of the subscription 1, 3, 6 or 12 months.

Gift cards can be sent out with your own message printed on and explaining what has been gifted and when the boxes or boxes can be expected. Choose a design for any occasion and tell us where to send it, direct to the recipient or would you like to receive it to pass on?

Please note I have not received payment for reviewing this book subscription, but I did receive a box in return for a honest and unbiased review.

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There is nothing more exciting than receiving a gift in the post, and it’s even more exciting when it’s a book subscription, every bookworms dream. Personally I think these boxes would make the perfect birthday/Christmas or just a gift for someone special or even yourself!

First up I love the box, the blue and white theme looks fresh and inviting and perfect for a male or female I couldn’t wait to take a peek inside.

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The first thing I noticed was how perfectly wrapped everything was, and in keeping with the box.

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And then the unwrapping, I must say the gifts inside exceeded my expectations, they were all of a very high quality.

I did have one small quibble, I would suggest moving the card to the bottom of the box as it contains details of all the bookish gifts included, there is a warning saying **spoilers ahead** but it caught my eye immediately, so I spotted what one of the gifts was.

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First up the book, beautifully and individually wrapped, in a heavy quality coloured paper which is secured with a string bow.

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So what bookish gifts lay inside?

First up a signed  hard back, first edition of The Long Call by Anne Cleeves. The first book in a detective crime series set in North Devon. I haven’t read a book by this author before, so for me the beauty of these boxes is that it gives you the opportunity to read books that you might have missed out on. I also love that it’s also a signed copy, so this one will be added to my treasured signed book bookshelf.

 

what else was in the box?

Its obvious Louise has thought long and hard about the gifts to include with this book, and all the gifts fit perfectly with the theme of the book. Included were the following…

An author interview on sturdy card rather than paper, and I loved the photo on the front.

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A Devon inspired candle from https://happypiranha.com/ I do love my scented candles, so this was the perfect gift for me. It’s in a tin rather than a glass jar, which I prefer, it’s  hand poured, and exclusive to this box, it smells beautiful, it’s fresh rather than floral, I immediately thought of the sea, and I can’t wait to light this one (and it has a 35 hour burn time)

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Two glossy postcards, printed on high quality card of Devon, I love photos of the sea, I always find they evoke happy memories and relax me. I think these postcards will make excellent bookmarks as they are so sturdy, so an added bonus.

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My overall thoughts

 I think My Monthly Box Chronicle is onto a winner here, it’s obvious a lot of thought has gone into each box, they have definitely been packed with love and care. From the book, to the themed gifts there wasn’t anything in this book that I won’t be able to find a use for.

Personally I think it’s worth every penny, especially when you consider each box contains a signed first edition. I did think especially for the bookworms amongst us there is a chance you may receive a book you already have, but then I would keep the signed copy and give my other copy away, or keep both!  I love browsing bookshops, but there was something extra special about receiving a book subscription in this post, it felt like Christmas and my birthday all rolled into one.

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If you have never had a book subscription before and are seriously considering giving it a try then  I would definitely go for My Chronicle Book Box first.

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If I have tempted you to buy a box for someone or even yourself, here’s a bonus, courtesy of My Book Box Chronicles….if you include the discount code CAFE10 it will give you 10% off your first box.

If you would like to know more about the founder of My Book Box Chronicles, you can read my interview with her here…interview with My Box Chronicles

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#BehindTheBooks with Louise Driffield from My Chronicle Book Box @MyChronicleBB

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Today I’m thrilled to welcome Louise Driffield to the book review café. Louise is the founder of My Chronicle Book Box, and although I haven’t subscribed yet I can often be found drooling over readers photos of their latest My Book Chronicle Book Box. So without further ado here’s my interview with Louise……

Hi Louise and welcome to the book review cafe, before we begin tea or coffee?

It’s lovely to be here! A cup of tea please; I love the idea of coffee and yet somehow it always smells better than it tastes.

Congratulations on My Chronicle Book Box I love this idea, luxury subscription book boxes, what’s not to like?

Thank you! 

What inspired you to create your own book box business?

I love the whole idea of book subscriptions – always having something worthwhile to read, and helping others discover new books and authors. I saw some book box unboxings on blogs and social media which were mainly focused on young adult fiction and not on my favourite genres. Most of the books on my bookshelves are crime novels or science fiction and fantasy based, some of my favourites inevitably being a devilish combination of the two!

From this nebulous idea that I would like a book box tailored to my own interests the idea for My Chronicle Book Box grew. I began thinking about what I would like in my own book box – not just the best books but author exclusives and bookish goodies that add to the reading experience too! Through chatting with friends and family I found I was not the only one who might buy such a subscription box for themselves or as gifts for others.

Add to that a long-held desire to run my own business and have greater flexibility for my young family and here we are!

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How do you choose the books you feature?

Oh my goodness, it is soooo difficult! There are so many great books out there all of which I would love to include 😊

I spend a lot of time reviewing publisher schedules, reading ARCs, finding out author availability, drinking tea, chatting with book-loving friends, reading book blogs and keeping up with industry news to identify trends and possible book choices.

Then I have to consider what combination of books will work together, what will physically fit in the box, the budget (sadly), the time frame needed by publishers, etc, etc…

I do have a few guiding principles for my choices: 

  1. I read all the books that go into the boxes before making the final decision. I must love the books!
  2. The books are new releases. 
  3. The books must also standalone, I don’t want to include books that would require our subscribers to go and read previous books in order to enjoy the book they receive from me. 
  4. In terms of goodies I like them to add to the reading experience and I like to include things that tie in to the selected books and/or the genre of the boxes whenever I can.

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 How do you think your service helps authors?

I search high a low for new great books and feature authors both new and established, through our boxes we introduce books and authors to new readers they may not otherwise have found. 

We also help create a greater connection through author exclusives. By including an interview or letter the subscribers learn more about the author and can feel more connected with the author becoming not just fans but loyal fans.

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Why should readers buy a My Chronicle Book Box?

I find something very comforting and satisfying about reading a printed book. It is a precious gift to have the chance to lose yourself in a tactile print book, free from the interruptions of emails, adverts and notifications and I want to help people create that chance.

A book subscription is a great way to discover new books and authors and always have something ready to pick up and read. We like to take that a step further and add to the reading experience with signed books, author interviews and thoughtful bookish items.

I like to give the boxes a personal touch too, each one contains a personalised letter and envelope sealed with a wax seal which we stamp ourselves. I also gift wrap every book that goes into the subscription boxes and take great care on the packing so that every box is like receiving a gift (even if it’s to yourself!). I also really want the experience of receiving the box, unwrapping the books, unsealing your letter and revealing the bookish goodies to be all part of the fun!

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I have seen some fantastic photos of your boxes on social media, how important do you think social media is for your business?

It’s not an easy thing to prove but I think it is very important! Most of our growth has been by word of mouth and I really appreciate all the unboxings and sharing our wonderful subscribers do. It really means the world to me when people take time to tell us and others how much they have enjoyed our book boxes.

I’m not that great at the social media aspect myself, its actually one of my aims for 2019 to get better at it which makes all the posts other people post and share even more important and valued.

What makes My Chronicle Book Box different to other subscription boxes?

There are a few things that give our box its own character and set us apart from some of the other subscription boxes. We only include the latest releases and every box has author exclusives such as signed books, signed book plates, interviews and letters making the boxes extra special.

Then we complement the books with thoughtful related items to add to the reading experience. 

The genres we offer set us apart from other book boxes too, you can choose between crime & mystery and sci-fi & fantasy themes (my favourites!).

Being a small business, we put great care and attention into every box I like to give the boxes a personal touch and it means every customer is really important to us.

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How much does a book subscription cost and what does this include?

Each My Chronicle Book Box costs £45. This includes 3 recently released books, author exclusives and around 3-4 lovely bookish goodies. 

You can also gift a subscription and for £5 we send out a printed gift card for the recipient. This is personalised with your special message and explains what they have been gifted and when they can expect to receive their box or boxes.

Our boxes are quarterly and arrive in the first week of February, May, August and November each year.

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You must read so many books, which books would you recommend to readers?

I do – it’s one of the best things about my job! I don’t just read books that are potential titles for our book boxes either. Sometimes I want to read a book just for the fun of it.

I would like to recommend Murder by the Book by Claire Harman. A fascinating true crime book I read just recently about the murder of Lord William Russell in 1840 and its literary connections. This isn’t a candidate for our boxes because it is non-fiction.

I would also like to recommend the All Souls Trilogy by Deborah Harkness. It’s a wonderful historical fantasy series which captured my heart and imagination. The first in the series A Discovery of Witches was recently adapted for television and features witches, daemons and vampires hiding within plain sight. 

Also anything and everything by Agatha Christie and Sir Terry Pratchett!

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website: http://www.mychroniclebookbox.com/

Twitter: @MyChronicleBB

Facebook:  https://facebook.com/mychroniclebookbox/

My thanks to Louise for taking the time to answer my questions and for allowing me to use photos from My Chronicle Book Box website.

Special limited edition My Chronicle Book Boxes

Mothers Day Box

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Book Sleeve Box

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