Hey folks. If you follow me on Twitter or Instagram you’ve heard me talk about the Faux Book Box: a monthly post in which I select a few bookish or otherwise awesome items all centered around a newly released queer book (probably often YA, since that’s a genre I read a lot of). I want to feature queer makers as much as possible, so if you think that might be you, let me know!
Without any further ado, let’s “unbox” this!
The theme for this month’s post is The Shoreo, which means you probably already know what the book is… so let’s start with that!
Leah on the Offbeat by Becky Albertalli
In this sequel to Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda, we follow Leah and her friends through their senior year. Leah is a fat bisexual drummer, and that alone sold it for me. Plus, look at this cover! Find it online here or at your local library.
Ember’s Rainbow Rings
So the picture above may not look very rainbow, but that’s because Ember can do any of her designs in any set of colors. That means your jewelry can rep any pride flag, Hogwarts house, or sports team your heart desires. Ember is part of the queer community and she is amazing about making your order match your identity. I’ve worked with her on different projects for almost a year now and I can’t recommend her work highly enough.
This family-based Etsy shop has created a gorgeous scarf I think would be perfect for any lover of Leah on the Offbeat. Rainbows? Check. Musical themes? Check. Adorable accessory? Check!
What book box (even a fake one) would be complete without a gorgeous bookmark? This one comes in two different designs, both with the same amazing quote from Albertalli’s first Shoreo book: “The way I feel about him is like a heartbeat: soft and persistent, underlying everything.”
Joycean Book Nerd
While we’re on the subject of quotes, I’m a big fan of this design featuring an Upside quote. I especially love it on a notebook, since that’s the view I try to take with my creative endeavors. Plus, since this is on RedBubble, you could get this same design on a whole slew of stationary, clothes, and other items… whatever fits your wants and needs!
I am absolute in love with this new bookish candle company. They’ve been active for a few months now and have such a variety of candle options. They also just started preorders for their Dare to Be box, which is all candles based on queer books! Though their candle box ships internationally (this shop is based in the UK), the listing says their Simon vs. candle will only ship to UK customers, so keep that in mind when browsing the shop.
And that’s it! That’s the first Faux Box. What did y’all think? What was your favorite item? Do you think you might get any yourselves?
As I said above, if you’re interested in having your shop featured please let me know on Instagram or Twitter! I’d love to find some queer makers/crafters/artists that I haven’t heard about before. If you’re a fan of the Faux Box idea, let me know what books/items you might like to see in future posts.