Once Upon a Book Club was created by the owner/designer Michelle Wolett of Chick Lit Designs. Always being an avid reader, and an entrepreneur, Michelle finds herself inspired by books.
Once Upon a Book Club was created after reading "The Nightingale" by Kristin Hannah. Michelle found herself in a different world when reading the book, and once it was over she immediately became inspired. What if she could create something that made you feel like you were physically a part of the world you were reading about? You become a part of your book and then open a package to find an item that was just described in the novel. It would feel like the reader is really there! Michelle started brainstorming and she came up with Once Upon a Book Club.
It not only allows readers to fully integrate into the story but also gives them a "Book Club" community. Where they can log onto Instagram and discuss the book with other members each month. There is something magical about turning words of a book into an actual physical object. It's like bringing the book to life.
Each box takes months of preparation. Every detail mentioned in the book is thought over to find the perfect spots to insert a gift. Subscribers can expect gifts to be anything from the book. It can be a piece that relates to that particular era, a journal that the character is writing in, a vase that used to hide something. We search something significant to the story line, to really make the reader feel like they have been pulled in and help tell the story first hand.
After five years of sending boxes, our team has blossomed! We have over a dozen team members that pour their hearts into every box that leaves our warehouse, and we are so proud of our crew!
Each month our team carefully selects specific items pulled from the book to enhance the reading experience. We want the reader to feel as though they are experiencing the story first hand.
Is a character in the book hiding a valuable necklace in an old tin can? It is important that readers do not open their gifts until they have reached the corresponding page.
We want the reader to open that same tin can as is mentioned in the book and pull out the exact necklace that is described in the book. It’s the experience of bringing the book to reality.