Reading is a favorite pastime for many. Offering one of the best excuses to get a little peace and quiet, we’re celebrating every bookworm's right to grab a good read and a warm hot chocolate, find a cozy spot to curl up, and throw around the occasional "shh."
In an effort to make sure everyone can start (or grow) their TBR list, the Cratejoy team perused the digital bookshelves to find our favorite monthly book boxes. From early readers to the wisest among us, we’ve found book subscriptions for all age ranges and lovers of every genre!
Monthly reading subscriptions can help you ward off analysis paralysis, add an element of surprise to any IRL book club, or bring a virtual book club right to your front door. From fiction to nonfiction, young adult, romance, or science fiction and fantasy, there's a book subscription box for everyone. So, without further ado, here are some of the best subscription boxes for book lovers!
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The Best Book Subscription Boxes for Every Reader
Price: Starts at $33.00/month
What’s Included: Looking for a monthly subscription box that will help you relax and unwind? Read, Relax & Recharge by Introverts Retreat is a great way to make self-care intentional. Select your favorite book from available options or choose a favorite genre and get a curated selection, along with plenty of pampering goodies like body care products, softly scented candles, gourmet treats, chocolates, and a warm, comforting drink.
Why Subscribers Love It: "What a great box! I'm so pleased! I like the option to be able to pick the book that you would like sent or have it curated for you. The snacks were awesome!" - Tracy A.
Shipping: Ships worldwide from the U.S. about 6-8 days after ordering
Price: Starts at $21.25/month
What’s Included: Romance readers, rejoice! Bubbles & Books sends a slew of romance novels to subscribers each month, with 1-2 paperbacks, 5+ bonus romance ebooks, and an assortment of premium bath and spa products for a truly relaxing evening. Each month is a welcome surprise, delivering luxe items such as sheet masks, bath salts and bombs, handmade and whipped soaps, candles, teas, and (of course) bubble bath.
Why Subscribers Love It: "Great subscription for reading and relaxing! Perfect for those who love to soak!" - Juliana J.
Shipping: Ships worldwide from the U.S. between the 18th-21st of the month
Price: Starts at $45.00/month
What’s Included: Stoke the self-help guru within with a monthly book subscription from CoachCrate! Like a monthly check-in with a personal life coach, every box focuses on a specific theme and directs your attention to a personal growth topic, like happiness or vulnerability. Whether growing a business or working on self-love, each box comes with a self-help book with a practical reading guide, productivity or self-care items, and access to an exclusive community and online coaching sessions.
Why Subscribers Love It: "I tried other personal growth boxes and they don’t even start to compare to CoachCrate." - Janell D.
Shipping: Ships worldwide from the U.S. between the 23rd-25th of every month
Price: Starts at $38.00/month
What’s Included: Plant yourself firmly in "the book was better" camp with a subscription to the Unplugged Book Box. Some people just know that screens can't compare to the mind's eye, and those readers will love combining stories with self-care. Bringing a new YA book or adult fiction hardbound novel, and a mix of bookish goodies like candles, aromatherapy essentials, and herbal teas, this monthly subscription is all about empowering body and mind.
Why Subscribers Love It: "The box truly lives up to its name in helping one unplug from the buzz and stress of daily life. They also take special care in supporting local small businesses." - Anita K.
Shipping: Ships worldwide from the U.S. except for select countries between the 2nd-8th of the month
Price: Starts at $16.00/month
What’s Included: Thrillers, mysteries, and horror, oh my! For all the fans of hair-raising, palm-sweating genres, the My Thrill Club! serves up everything you need. Every monthly box sends 2 hardcover books, plus a bonus ebook, in the category of your choosing. Turn the lights on, lock the doors and try not to let the nightmares creep in as you read harrowing stories written by some of the best horror authors.
Why Subscribers Love It: "My Thrill Club! was a huge hit with me! I got two new hardcover books that I absolutely love and can't wait to read! So excited! Such a great box!" - Chelsea H.
Shipping: Ships within the U.S. within 2 business days from ordering
Price: Starts at $32.50/month
What’s Included: Support Black authors and entrepreneurs with BlackLIT! This thoughtful book subscription box––curated by an educator––features a brand-new book by an author of color every month, with 3 different subscription options for fiction, nonfiction, or Christian readers. In addition, subscribers receive a discussion guide for each month's featured book, plus lifestyle products from Black-owned small businesses. You'll find over $100 in retail value in every box!
Why Subscribers Love It: "I love the message and the mission of this box: black lives matter, literacy empowers communities, and your spending power can reflect that. The box came with excellent products that were great quality and unisex. The book was a collector's edition, which was AMAZING!" - Sydney R.
Shipping: Ships worldwide from the U.S. on the 15th of the month
Price: Starts at $48.00/month
What’s Included: This unique book-of-the-month club carefully curates a selection of high-quality gifts and bookish goodies for the five senses. Every month, you'll get a soy candle in a new scent, a newly-published hardcover novel, a unique tea or cocktail, an exclusive playlist to go along with the month's book, and a couple of self-care products to round it out! Kick back, relax and enjoy a unique sensory experience.
Why Subscribers Love It: "Just got my first box and I love everything in it! The concept of the box is so perfect and I love all the little goodies that tie into the book I chose." - Emma F.
Shipping: Ships worldwide from the U.S. in the last week of the month
Price: Starts at $14.00/month
What’s Included: Free your mind and relax with Coloring And Classics, a monthly box of good reads and fun. Interesting activity books can help you reduce stress and refocus. Each box contains over $40+ in retail value and brings a new hardcover book, a relaxing coloring book designed for adults, and a brain-teasing activity book to keep you sharp and on your toes.
Why Subscribers Love It: "The value on this box is crazy! A hardback novel, 2 activity books—big ones, a package of colored pencils, a bookmark and a lollipop! And I got it so fast!" - Jodi M.
Shipping: Ships within the U.S. within 2 business days, then on the 1st of future months
Price: Starts at $18.99/month
What’s Included: Ready to try the book club experience without all the in-person action? Now you can enjoy the reading experience with other people without ever having to leave home by joining the book-of-the-month club from The Chaptr. Whether you want just the book or the book plus goodies option, which includes special themed cocktail recipes and other bookish items, you'll join a community of readers who meet monthly for a virtual book chat.
Why Subscribers Love It: "I'm super excited about joining this book club! You can curl up and actually hold a book to read!" - Hazel J.
Shipping: Ships within the U.S. between the 24th-29th of every month
Price: Starts at $16.00/month
What’s Included: Ideal for sci-fi lovers on a tight budget, My Sci-Fi Club makes it easy for you to get your fantastical fiction fix by sending 2 new hardcover titles to the front door every month. Simply opt for Sci-Fi, Fantasy. or a mix of both at checkout, and keep the TBR stack on your nightstand stocked with good reads. And, if you breeze through each book before the next monthly installment, email them to get an additional ebook for free!
Why Subscribers Love It: "Publisher overstock does not mean bad at all! The first two books I got sound amazing and I am sure that the next ones will be as well. That's right! I resubscribed!" - Daniel L.
Shipping: Ships within the U.S. within 2 business days, then on the 1st of future months
Price: Starts at $17.50/month
What’s Included: Want a monthly book box that delivers that familiar indie bookstore vibe with each month's selection? The Book Drop is a unique monthly box that's manned by a team of avid readers who dig up just the right literary hidden gems to send to their subscribers. Available in a whopping range of 17 options, including everyone from early readers to adult fiction lovers, every delivery is like getting the best book recommendations from those in the know.
Why Subscribers Love It: "Can’t praise this service enough! The book selection is superb and always interesting. Supporting a small local business is also a plus." - Brennon B.
Shipping: Ships worldwide from the U.S. except to select countries between the 16th-20th of each month
Price: Starts at $39.99/month
What’s Included: If witty, bookish, and a little bit nerdy describes you to a T, get in on a bookish box––and a whole lot of fun––with I Smell Books. Simply choose your preferred genre, either a classic or the YA book-of-the-month, to get a captivating story, along with a stylish enamel pin, cozy socks, and extra bookish goodies. Run by a team of brilliant bookworms, you can count on them to choose a good read and curate themed goodies that are cute and useful!
Why Subscribers Love It: "I got the I Smell Book Classic Book Box for May, and I absolutely love it! Not only is there a classic book, but there is a second book! And the bookish goodies are adorable." - Kayla G.
Price: Starts at $16.66/month
What’s Included: Focused on delivering newly released YA fantasy titles, happy subscribers attest to the quality packed into every box from Fantasy Monthly Classic. Enjoy a fun-filled unboxing experience that includes a YA fantasy book, a pair of artist-created bookmarks that coordinate with the story, and a literary quote printed on heavy cardstock. Plus you'll gain entry into an active online community to discuss your latest book.
Why Subscribers Love It: "I was EXTREMELY pleased with this box. The candle smelled great, the bookmarks were high quality, and I love the tea samples so I can snuggle up on a rainy day." - Leah T.
Shipping: Ships worldwide from the U.S.
Price: Starts at $33.33/month
What’s Included: Hate for a book to tie up all those loose ends into the perfect happy ending? For those who prefer books that explore darker themes, Down The Rabbit Hole Book Box is here to deliver a delightfully macabre reading experience. Get a new book and numbered, individually wrapped gifts of anything from stickers to textiles, each designed to be opened at specific parts in the story.
Why Subscribers Love It: "I got this for my 16-year-old daughter, she received the box about 10 minutes ago. She was so excited that she has already read the book to the first gift and it gave her the chills! She can hardly wait for gift 2! I don’t know who came up with this premise, but they are brilliant! Talk about getting into the story! One of my best purchases EVER!" - Lisa H.
Shipping: Ships worldwide from the U.S. on the 21st of the month
Price: Starts at $6.79/month
What’s Included: Used Books Monthly is a book box that thrifty bibliophiles can really get behind! Perfect for those who love a good book at a great price, with 3 easy and affordable options, everyone can get amazing titles for less. Choose to get either 1, 2 or 4 gently used books, all handpicked to match your preferred genres, and sent out in a simple, protective mailer.
Why Subscribers Love It: "This was the coolest little box to get! I’ve been wanting to expand my library and they did not disappoint. I got two books I haven’t read from a favorite author, a book I kept meaning to pick up but never did, and two new books to branch out into new topics! I’m hooked." - Christina J.
Shipping: Ships within the U.S. within 10 business days of ordering
Price: Starts at $14.99/month
What’s Included: Promoting strong women leads and a diverse cast of characters, each monthly box from Now in Books features an interesting social theme and an immersive playlist curated for your listening pleasure. Open to find a beautifully gift wrapped first edition YA novel, with a letter or signed bookplate when available, a vanity bookmark, and a physical or QR code-accessible playlist of music designed to stimulate the senses and capture the mood of each story.
Why Subscribers Love It: "I loved my first box! It came in a lovely box with quality materials. I downloaded the music list immediately and binge-read the book. I would not have selected the book or the music on my own." - Allyson T.
Shipping: Ships to the U.S. and Canada on the 15th of every month