Find Your Perfect Bookish Subscription Box

POSTED ON August 5, 2017 BY Austine IN Discussion

Since I love making lists so much, I was asked to make one of book subscription boxes over on Twitter earlier this week so here you go! Though, a disclaimer: I’ve only tried some of these boxes so can’t attest to the quality of each box. This list is compiled from a combination of my own experience and research!

But first… what IS a book subscription box?

It’s all in the name, really. You pay a monthly fee and receive a box filled with bookish goodies once a month on your doorstep. Some offer plans where you pay every 3 or 6 months, and some also let you skip months where the theme doesn’t interest you.

This list is likely incomplete, both in the boxes listed as well as their various info. I’ve compiled what I’ve been able to find so if you see something listed as unknown and you know the answer, please tell me! Also, if you know of any boxes not listed, let me know!!

Please note that due to the length of this list, I could not include information about everything but each box’s website is linked if you want to learn more!


Subscription Plan Key:
  • Monthly: subscription renews each month on a certain date
  • 3-month: subscription renews every 3 months but you receive a box each month (you pay the cost of 3 boxes at once)
  • 6-month: subscription renews every 6 months but you receive a box each month (you pay the cost of 6 boxes at once)
  • 12-month: subscription renews every 12 months but you receive a box each month (you pay the cost of 12 boxes at once)
  • Bi-monthly: subscription renews once every other month and you receive a box every other month
  • Quarterly: subscription renews every 3 months and you only receive a box once every 3 months
  • One-time: no subscription, purchasing a single box with no renewal

price values

Prices listed for each box are for the lowest cost subscription available (typically, but not always, the cost per month). This does not include the cost of shipping which will depend on your location, nor does it include any discounts for subscribing to a multi-month plan.

Some boxes are based internationally (non-US) so I used Google to convert prices to the rough equivalent in USD as I know I do have many US-based readers. The prices are still listed in the original currency.

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Pictures!

I don’t have any pictures here because I don’t want to steal from the companies’ pages BUT I’d love to include some! If your company is listed or you subscribe to one of the boxes below and posted an unboxing somewhere, send me your picture (I’ll link to you, of course) so I can add it!

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Book Boxes

These are boxes that include a book in them. Boxes are listed based on base cost from lowest to highest. To find a specific box, use the Ctrl + F feature (Windows) or Command + F (Mac).


the book drop

Book + extra content

  • Price: $9+ (varies by plan)
    • Plans: monthly, 3-month, 6-month, one-time
    • Shipping: INTL
  • Genre(s): Various
  • Skip Month?: Yes
  • Website: https://www.bookofthemonth.com

Book of the Month

Book of choice based on genre


Bookcase Club

2 books of choice based on genre

  • Price: $9.99
    • Plans: monthly, quarterly, one-time
    • Shipping: US
  • Genre(s): Mystery/thriller, SFF, YA, picture books, romance, cookbooks (Q), military history (Q)
  • Skip Month?: unknown
  • Website: http://www.bookcase.club

Romance Reveal Book Box

1-4 books + goodies


My Sci Fi Club

2 books + DVD

  • Price: $14.99
    • Plans: monthly, 3-month, 6-month, 12-month
    • Shipping: US (free) & Canada
  • Genre(s): Fantasy / sci-fi
  • Skip Month?: unknown
  • Website: http://www.myscificlub.com

My Lit Box

Newly released novel from a writer of color + 1-2 items

  • Price: $17
    • Plans: monthly, one-time
    • Shipping: US
  • Genre(s): unlisted
  • Skip Month?: unknown
  • Website: http://mylitbox.com

uppercase

Newly released novel + exclusive content + extra items


Comic Bento

Graphic novels

  • Price: $25
    • Plans: monthly, 3-month, 6-month, 12-month
    • Shipping: US and Canada
  • Genre(s): YA, adult
  • Skip Month?: unknown
  • Website: https://comicbento.com

The Bookish Box

Shirt + book + goodies (customize box)


OwlCrate Jr.

Newly released book + themed items

  • Price: $27.99
    • Plans: monthly, 3-month, 6-month, one-time
    • Shipping: INTL
  • Genre(s): MG
  • Skip Month?: Yes
  • Website: https://owlcrate.com

Uncut Book Box

Newly released hardcover novel + 3-5 themed items

  • Price: $28
    • Plans: monthly, 3-month, 6-month, 12-month, one-time
    • Shipping: INTL
  • Genre(s): YA
  • Skip Month?: unknown
  • Website: http://www.uncutbookbox.com

OwlCrate

Newly released book + themed items

  • Price: $29.99
    • Plans: monthly, 3-month, 6-month, one-time
    • Shipping: INTL
  • Genre(s): YA
  • Skip Month?: Yes
  • Website: https://owlcrate.com

LitJoy Crate

Newly released book + 2-3 themed items

  • Price: $29.99 – $34.99 (monthly and quarterly boxes available)
    • Plans: monthly, 3-month, 6-month, quarterly (can pay for 1 or 2), one-time
    • Shipping: INTL
  • Genre(s): YA, MG, Picture books (different boxes)
  • Skip Month?: Yes, monthly plan only
  • Website: https://litjoycrate.com

SpearCraft Book Box

Newly released novel + 4+ themed items

  • Price: $29.99/month
    • Plans: monthly, 3-month, 6-month, 12-month, one-time no book, one-time with book
    • Shipping: INTL
  • Genre(s): YA
  • Skip Month?: Yes, monthly plan only
  • Website: https://spearcraft-book-box.cratejoy.com

Shelflove Crate

Newly released YA book + 4+ themed items

  • Price: $29.99
    • Plans: monthly, 3-month, 6-month, one-time
    • Shipping: INTL
  • Genre(s): YA fantasy / sci-fi
  • Skip Month?: Yes
  • Website: http://www.shelflovecrate.com

PageHabit

Annotated new release + themed items

  • Price: $29.99
    • Plans: monthly, quarterly
    • Shipping: INTL
  • Genre(s): Literary Fiction (M/Q), mystery (M), fantasy (M), YA (M/Q), romance (M), horror (M), historical fiction (M)
  • Skip Month?: unknown
  • Website: https://pagehabit.com

Reel Bookish

Newly released novel + movie themed items


The Book Hookup (The Strand Box)

Newly released novel + items


The Bookie Box

Newly released novel + 4-5 items


BookLoot

Newly released novel + 3-5 items + new/unpublished story

  • Price: $32.99
    • Plans: monthly, 3-month, 6-month, 12-month, one-time
    • Shipping: INTL
  • Genre(s): YA
  • Skip Month?: unknown
  • Website: https://www.bookloot.org

The Bookworm Box

Autographed book + items


The YA Chronicles

Newly released novel (Austrailian edition) + bookmark + 3-6 items

  • Price: $39.99 AUD (~$32 USD)
    • Plans: monthly, 3-month, 6-month (none renew)
    • Shipping: INTL
  • Genre(s): YA
  • Skip Month?: unknown
  • Website: http://theyachronicles.com.au

FairyLoot

Newly released book + 5-6 themed items

  • Price: £26 (~$34 USD)
    • Plans: monthly, 3-month, 6-month, one-time
    • Shipping: INTL
  • Genre(s): YA fantasy
  • Skip Month?: No
  • Website: https://www.fairyloot.com

Whimsify Box

Newly released novel + 4-6 themed items

  • Price: $34.95
    • Plans: monthly, 3-month, 6-month one-time
    • Shipping: INTL
  • Genre(s): YA fantasy / sci-fi
  • Skip Month?: No
  • Website: https://whimsifybox.com

Lit-Cube

Book (new release or backlist) + themed items

  • Price: $34.95
    • Plans: monthly, one-time
    • Shipping: INTL
  • Genre(s): All
  • Skip Month?: unknown
  • Website: https://lit-cube.com

Nocturnal Reader

2 books (new release+ backlist) + bookmark + art print + other items


Unicorn Crate

Newly released book + goodies

  • Price: $36.95
    • Plans: monthly, 3-month, 6-month, one-time
    • Shipping: INTL
  • Genre(s): YA fantasy
  • Skip Month?: Yes
  • Website: https://theunicorncrate.com

Book Box Club

Newly released book + goodies (option to get just book)


Enchanted Book Box

New(ish) novel + 5-7 themed items


Illumicrate

Newly released novel + items

  • Price: £29.99 (~$39)
    • Plans: quarterly
    • Shipping: INTL
  • Genre(s): Various
  • Skip Month?: Yes
  • Website: http://www.illumicrate.com

MyBookBox

2 newly released books from genres of choice

  • Price: $39.95
    • Plans: monthly, 3-month, 6-month, one-time
    • Shipping: INTL
  • Genre(s): Children, MG, YA, non-fiction, mystery, women’s fiction
  • Skip Month?: Yes
  • Website: https://www.mybookbox.com

Mark the Page

New book + related items

  • Price: $40
    • Plans: monthly, one-time
    • Shipping: INTL
  • Genre(s): YA/adult
  • Skip Month?: unknown
  • Website: https://markthepage.com.au/

Book bath Box

Book + bath product + 2+ extra items

  • Price: $44.95
    • Plans: quarterly (1 quarter, 2 quarters, 4 quarters)
    • Shipping: unknown
  • Genre(s): Various
  • Skip Month?: unknown
  • Website: http://www.bookbathbox.com

Book Riot Literary Box

3 books including new, annotated novel + more items


Cozy Reader Club

Novel + 4-6 items

  • Price: $64.95
    • Plans: monthly, 3-month, one-time
    • Shipping: US and Canada
  • Genre(s): Women’s fiction
  • Skip Month?: Yes
  • Website: https://cozyreader.club
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Bookish Swag + Other Products

These are boxes that don’t contain a book in them but are either book- or fandom-related. Boxes are listed by price from lowest to highest.


Fandom of the Month

Fandom jewelry


Nerdy Post

Fandom artwork

  • Price: $13.95
    • Plans: monthly, one-time
      • Option to receive just art, just a t-shirt, or both
    • Shipping: INTL
  • Skip Month?: Yes
  • Website: https://nerdypost.com

LootCrate

Pop culture fandom items


Charm with me club

Jewelry – fandom-inspired bead charms


FanMail Box

Fandom-themed boxes + t-shirt

  • Price: $21.99 – $23.99
    • Plans: bi-monthly, one-time
    • Shipping: INTL
  • Skip Month?: Yes
  • Website: http://myfanmail.com

Once Upon a bookcase

Book-themed phone cases (only available for certain models) + themed items


DIsney Treasures

Disney funko pops

  • Price: $30
    • Plans: monthly, 3-month, 6-month (all plans are sent bi-monthly)
    • Shipping: US and Canada
  • Skip Month?: unknown
  • Website: https://disneytreasures.funko.com/

Stars Hollow Box

Gilmore Girls Stars Hollow inspired boxes


Wizarding World Crate

Harry Potter inspired crate (select Hogwarts House) – 5-7 items

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Did I miss one? Let me know!


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