Picture this: a brightly colored package arrives outside your front door. Inside is a new book picked just for you with custom gifts to enjoy while you read. And you didn’t have to lift a finger. What more could a book lover ask for?
With the growing popularity of subscription box services, book subscriptions are on the rise. With options to match every reader, genre, and budget there’s no reason not to invest in one of these monthly gifts. Find the perfect match for you or pick out the ideal holiday gift for every book lover. Keep reading to find out which service is best for you.
Book of the Month
If you’re looking for a classic book-delivery subscription service, Book of the Month is perfect for you. Book of the Month reaches out to you each month with five suggestions, and you can pick the one that interests you most. This way, Book of the Month ensures that you’ll never be sent a book you already own or won’t enjoy. Your subscription is easy to customize by providing options to add additional books into your box or to skip a month whenever. Book of the Month aims to help you “treat your shelf” by introducing you to five new authors across many different genres each month.
Book of the Month costs $14 per month or $169 per year.
TBR: Tailored Book Recommendations
If you’re looking for recommendations for your To Be Read list, then Tailored Book Recommendations is the subscription service for you. After signing up, TBR will contact you with a questionnaire about your bookish preferences. Once they know more about you, TBR can pair you with a professional book nerd who will tailor your book recommendations just for you. By paying close attention to your individual reading style, TBR is able to curate a reading list of recommendations just as diverse and exciting as books and readers are. Your TBR will come with three recommendations each quarter. You can choose whether you would like just recommendations or if you’d like the high-quality, hardcover books mailed directly to you!
Book recommendations are $16 per quarter or $52 per year.
Hardcover deliveries are $85 per quarter or $315 per year.
If you’d like a subscription service that brings you more than paper books, Owlcrate may be for you. Each monthly box from Owlcrate includes a newly released hardcover book in addition to exclusive gifts picked by the author. The themed gifts may include anything from socks to mugs to handwritten letters. Owlcrate also offers a Jr version for kids!
Owlcrate subscriptions are $33 per month or $372 annually.
If you’d rather have a genre-specific subscription and you love fantasy novels, Fairy Loot is the subscription service for you. Each box from Fairy Loot includes one hardcover YA fantasy novel along with four to five themed gifts. Previous gifts include exclusive letters from the author, tapestries, and enamel pins.
A subscription to Fairy Loot is $34 per month or $383 per year.
Once Upon a Book Club
If you’re looking for a more immersive experience, try Once Upon a Book Club. Along with your monthly new release, each box will include three to five unique gifts. Each item is strategically designed to correspond with a particular event in your book, and readers are encouraged not to open their individually wrapped gifts until they reach the page number marked on each item. By telling each story with the addition of these elaborative gifts, Once Upon a Book Club creates an interactive experience by allowing readers to become the characters. Once Upon a Book Club also offers a free, online community to discuss your reading experience with. You can order your subscription in either YA or adult fiction.
A monthly subscription to Once Upon a Book Club costs $49 or $570 per year with free shipping to all orders in the US.
Call number celebrates contemporary Black literature and authors of the African Diaspora by mailing subscribers a hardcover book from your favorite genre along with some themed bookish gifts once every three months. You can pick a subscription for either fiction, nonfiction, Indie, or YA. You can further customize your subscription by choosing a book-only option. Call Number also provides a custom kit for book clubs if you’d like to go through the box in a group setting.
The standard box is $40 per quarter or $156 yearly.
The book-only box is available for $23 per quarter or $88 yearly.
Used Books Monthly
If you’re looking for a more affordable or sustainable option, Used Books Monthly may be the right fit for you. Used Books Monthly carefully curates your box each month based on your favorite genres, sending you one, two, or four high-quality used books. Used Books Monthly claims to be the most inexpensive and environmentally sustainable way to read.
Monthly subscriptions start at $7 a box with yearly subscriptions starting at $85.
We hope you find these book subscriptions just as exciting as we do! Be sure to check back in with Bookstr for more recommendations on products, services, and content about all things bookish.