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August 2021

August 2021

Book: Ghosts

A timely read about online dating and life in your thirties. You will love the character of Nina Dean and her experiences in London, England. Follow her and her friends through the many life changes, including a Dad struggling with dementia. While often dealing with heavy topics, we found the story both humorous and touching. Set in one of our favourite cities and rich with characters and story Ghosts is a novel you will want to talk about.

What is in the box?

*Salted Caramel Cashews – Handfuel – We loved the cashews in the Beach Reads box so much that we had to include one of their other flavours. Enjoy while reading or add to your next charcuterie board.

*Lemon Royal – Zappyo – A bright lemony Yerba Mate tea. If you haven’t enjoyed this type of tea before, it is fantastic hot or iced.

*Sweet Reads Dad Cap – Peace Collective – A new custom SRB product! Fun, cool, and perfect for reading outside, we hope you love this cap and show off your book love with pride!

*Doodle Pad – Doodle Lovely – The perfect take-along companion for fun doodles to engage your mind instead of scrolling through your phone. Perfect for waiting at restaurants, for a date to show up, travel, or as a de-stressing mind break.  

*Custom Note Cards – I’ll Know It When I See It – Our friends at IKIWISI designed these beautiful notecards just for you. With bookish quotes and stunning illustrations, we know you will be eager to send these to friends and family. Nina often feels distanced from those at different life stages than her. We think she would have loved these note cards. 

*London Book Mark – Woodly – We love this company that creates art from salvaged wood on Vancouver Island. We couldn’t resist including this beautiful bookmark they created for us showing the London skyline.

Strawberry and Poppyseed Cleansing Bar – Dr. Botanicals – Whether you are getting freshened up for a night out or relaxing at home, this soap bar (from England) smells like summertime! 

Author letter – Penguin – we’ve included a Q&A with the author for additional perspective on the novel. 

 *Indicates a Canadian company

July 2021

July 2021

Book: The House Guests

An easy summer read with captivating characters and a storyline that will leave you guessing how it will all turn out. Two women whose lives are brought together after a stolen change purse leaves one of them destitute. An unexpected act of kindness brings these two women and their lives together to face the questions of their past. Set in Florida this book combines a tropical Florida setting with the rich heritage of Greek culture and food. While you might not want to open your home to a stranger, we think you will enjoy this story about doing just that.

What is in the box?

*Lemon Shortbread Cookies – The Shortbread Company – The perfect pop of citrus makes these cookies a light summer treat. Enjoy them with friends, or keep them for your secret reading snacks. 

*Skyhawk Dark Roast – Propeller Coffee – A rich, beautiful coffee that is perfect for making iced coffee this summer. Use the enclosed card for tips on how to make the perfect iced coffee. Don’t love iced coffee? Use it hot whichever way you’d like to brew it!

Oasis Tea Towel – Tag – Bring the Florida vibe home with a beautiful summery tea towel. A great accent to your kitchen.

*Sweet Orange Bath Bomb – SOAK Co. – We just love this scent for summer. Fresh, citrusy and perfectly hydrating for your skin. Relax and unwind with a great bath in all-natural ingredients.

*Greek Salad Mix – Gourmet du Village – An easy mix to create your own Greek salad at home. Perfect for outdoor meals on the deck/patio.

*Assorted Zipper Pouch – Danica – You will receive one of a variety of designs of a small pouch. Included to tie into the stolen zipper pouch that is the catalyst to Cassie and Amber’s relationship.

*YiaYia’s Kouzina Tzatziki Dip – Walton Wood Farms – Created specially for this box this Tzatziki Dip is named after the Greek restaurant owned by Cassie’s family. Serve with warm pita, and veggies or as a side to souvlaki. 

House Guests Keychain – Harper Collins Canada – A fun and practical tie-in to the novel. Great for your spare set of keys to give to your next house guest.

 *Indicates a Canadian company

June 2021

June 2021

*Book: The Good Father – Wayne Grady  

The first contemporary novel by Canadian author Wayne Grady. A story of a Father, his daughter, and their relationship through the years. Told from both the daughter (Daphne) and father’s (Harry) point of view, we see two sides of the same relationship. This novel is a unique look into a strained parent-child relationship that helps us understand compounding emotions of regret, loss, and addiction. In the end, redemption, family, and love take center stage, but the journey is not easy. This novel is set in both Toronto and Vancouver, showing us varying perspectives on family, geography, and experience.

What’s in the Box?

*Double Caramel Popcorn – Comeback Snacks – We love the story of Comeback Snacks and their focus on second chances. Perfectly fitting for Daphne and Harry’s stories. And perfectly delicious too!

*Me Time Tea – Woash Wellness – The perfect tea for Sweet Reads! Me Time tea is focused on giving you a chance to calm the mind and release stress. Fitting for our characters’ stories and matching our mission too.  

*Rose Journal – Do Good Paper Co. – These remarkable journals were special ordered for our subscribers. They are the ultimate in journaling. This journal ties into the novel, as Daphne takes to journaling as part of her therapy. We also love the motto of this amazing Canadian brand that focuses on mindful environmental choices and giving back.  

Pastel Retro Pen – Ooly – Both Daphne and Harry have writing as part of their careers/schooling. Grab this comfy and retro-cool pen for your journal and more.

*Canada Insulated Water Bottle – Danica – With two of Canada’s iconic cities as the setting for this novel, we wanted to include some Canadiana. This remarkable water bottle will be your go-to summer refreshment vessel.

Wine Tasting Notes – Chronicle Books – Harry’s work centers around his love of wine and wine tastings but just never seems to get them set up. These tasting notes will help you turn any night into a wine tasting experience.

*Denotes a Canadian company.

Summer Suspense 2021

Summer Suspense 2021

*Book: Not a Happy Family

We are excited to bring you this brand-new thriller from Canadian author Shari Lapena. If you’ve read her other work, you know you are in for a fantastic read!

Family is at the center of this novel. After Fred and Sheila Mercer are killed, their children are set to inherit millions. Are they responsible? What secrets does this family have to hide?

What is in the box?

*Summer Fun Mix – Bon Bon Gummies – We know you will find this mix the perfect summer snack while enjoying your novel. 

*Garden Party or Bradshaw Mix – Fuse & Sip – Get ready to fall in love with this fantastic drink mix. Your infusion kit is made of 100% natural ingredients, is free of any additives, and can be made with alcohol or water. Get ready to enjoy a fun cocktail or mocktail.

Frankenstein – Mary Shelley – We love to surprise our subscribers with an occasional two-novel box. We chose the classic novel Frankenstein (1818) as a thoughtful and suspenseful summer read. Written as a Ghost Story, Frankenstein’s themes and messages still ring true today.

*Sunglasses Sunshine Bookmark – Crafted Van – Channel your summer cool with this sunny bookmark. Sure to bring a smile to your face even when reading the really suspenseful parts! 

Bottle Candle – Fred – The perfect spooky light to add to your favourite wine bottle. Voila! Instant ambiance.

Spy Glass Bookmark - *If – A useful and a fun addition to any suspense read. Will this spyglass help you uncover the truth?

Ouch Toothpick Holder – Fred – Take your charcuterie tray to the next level with this conversation-starting toothpick holder.

Author Letter – A special letter just for Sweet Reads subscribers!

 *Indicates a Canadian company

Beach Reads YA 2021

Beach Reads YA 2021

Book: Hurricane Summer  

A debut novel by Toronto’s Asha Bromfield best known for her role on Riverdale and her work with the Dove Self-Esteem Project. This novel takes place between Toronto and Jamaica and deals with tough emotions as Tilla tries to gain love and acceptance by her father, herself and her extended family.

What is in the box?

*Flamingle Gummies – SQUISH – These fun and fruity vegan gummies are packed with tropical flavours. Perfect for summertime snacking 

*Lemonade Mix – Gourmet du Village – The perfect summer beverage and a great accompaniment to the novel.

*Give it a Whirl Sprinkles – Sweetapolita – Bring summertime to your baking or use to top a campfire cone. These sprinkles are the best quality sprinkles out there.

Lemon Body Butter – Dr. Botanicals – A refreshing citrus scent in a perfect on-the-go size. 

*Pool Party Ankle Socks – Friday Sock Co. – A fun summer length allows these socks to accompany you on your next summer get together or pool party!

*Lemon/Lavender Lip Balm – Lip Service Beauty – Plant based products made in small batches is one of the reasons we love this lip balm. The other is it is fantastic! 

*Unicorn Girl Body Whip – Walton Wood – Simply the best there is. Spread sparkles and joy everywhere this summer!

*Handmade Scrunchie – @BugsandHails – Made locally, these are our favourite scrunchies. Perfect for holding  your hair back on a hot summer day.

*Indicates a Canadian company

Beach Reads Box 2021

Beach Reads Box 2021

Book: The Invisible Husband of Frick Island

A book to bring you seaside to a small crab fishing town with a host of characters to fall in love with. The story of Piper Parrish and her beloved husband Tom. Piper believes that Tom is still alive and going through life with her and the people of Frick Island support her in this belief. Enter a ambitious young journalist and you have an imaginatively captivating story. Perfect for the beach, the dock or the deck. A great seaside read.

What is in the box?

*Coconut Cashews Handfuel – We promise these cashews will have you dreaming of tropical locations. We best you can’t eat just one!

*Coco-Lime Margarita Mix – Gourmet du Village – A tasty Margarita mix to enjoy in the summer. You can make it with or without alcohol.

8Hummingbird Napkins – Native Northwest – Perfect for a poolside escape or a light summer lunch. We love these napkins designed by a Canadian Indigenous artist.

*Beach Babe Sugar Scrub – Walton Wood - Get your skin beach ready with this deliciously scented scrub

Sandal Wipes – If your sandals need a freshen up after a day at the beach, or a year in the closet these handy wipes will have them back to new in no time.

Vacay Mode Key Chain – Slant Accessories – Bring the summer vibes all year long with this beachy vacation key chain.

Just Chill Acrylic Cup – Slant Accessories – Fun in the sun is guaranteed to make you thirsty. Bring this reusable cup along to enjoy your drink beach/pool side.

Watermelon Cleanser 2 in 1 Makeup Remover/Cleanser – Dr. Botanicals – The ideal summer scent for rinsing off after a day outside. We love this double duty cleanser and makeup remover. Great for sunscreen removal!

Author Letter – Colleen Oakley A special letter just for our subscribers by the author. We just love these letters and hope you do too!

 *Indicates a Canadian company

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