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5 Book-Themed Subscription Boxes We’re Signing Up for ASAP

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I recently binged a bunch of monthly subscription boxes. From jewelry to clothing to artisan cheeses, I became obsessed with delivered boxes filled with handpicked goodies. It felt like someone was sending me a special present every month, and the surprises and originality kept me coming back for more and more. But I soon discovered that the best monthly subscription boxes are definitely book boxes.

Compiled by clearly devoted readers, book-themed subscription boxes bring you the best of everything lit-related. Not only do you get actual, physical books, but you also get a bunch of other things guaranteed to appeal to any reader. Including bookmarks, figurines, fancy tea, stickers, and so much more. Every box is different, catering to your own specific reading tastes. And they change up every month, delivering a new reading experience, fun surprises and unique trinkets that are usually themed to the book. So if you get a Harry Potter novel, you might also get a Time Turner necklace, Butterbeer flavored candy, or a sorting hat quiz to decide your house. The possibilities are endless.

With prices ranging anywhere from $10 to $50 a month, finding a great subscription box can be hard to navigate. But don’t worry, we’ve got you covered. Here are five awesome subscription book boxes, handcrafted for every type of reader:


uppercase box

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For all you young adult fiction lovers, Uppercase is an awesome choice. Not only does it feature some of the top YA titles, all the books are also signed by the author. The box promises a bunch of “surprises,” which range from things like book-themed socks, to fantasy-inspired maps, to advance copies of must-read books. Seriously, the swag in this box is out of control. Harry Potter cookie cutters! Quotation mark earrings! I would invest in this box for the goodies alone (not to mention that signed book!).

The Book Drop

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Created by an independent bookstore called Bethany Beach Books, The Book Drop aims to bring lesser-known titles to a wider audience. The books are hand-selected by the bookstore staff, and are all books they’ve personally read and loved. You can pick between four different boxes, including “The Jane,” which delivers heartfelt emotional stories, and a children’s box that offers up new and loved books for ages 8-12. While The Book Drop might not have all the swag of the other boxes, it does have that special, personal touch of knowing that the book you’re receiving is well loved by voracious readers like yourself.

Novel Tea Club

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Everyone knows that a good book goes hand-in-hand with a good cup of tea. Which is exactly the premise of Novel Tea Club, a box that includes an awesome novel and a unique type of tea. There are also lots of other goodies, like coasters, candy, bath bombs and more. This box screams cozy night in with a good book. You can also choose between three different genres: young adult, fantasy/scifi and romance. The hardest part might be choosing just one!

Owl Crate

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Owl Crate has two options: the junior version for middle grade readers, and a young adult version for readers 14 and up. Both are completely adorable, featuring monthly themes and exclusive items from authors and publishers. Not only do you get a new, hardcover book, you also get all kinds of cool swag. Things like Funko figurines, literary-themed temporary tattoos, and even Game of Thrones coasters. The tagline for the box is “Magical Monthly Reads,” which should tell you everything about how whimsical and adorable it all is.

Paper Street Books and Comics

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If you love graphic novels and comics, then the Paper Street box might just be for you. Shipping every two months, the box features all sorts of comic-related items, graphic novels, books, swag and more. There are three options, including Book Addict, Comic Addict and Book Warrior. Each receive different items, with the Book Warriors taking home it all – an adult fiction novel, a graphic novel and a few fun surprises as well. This box is a great way to discover more artists and novelists who just might become your new fave.

Rachel Carter grew up surrounded by trees and snow and mountains. She graduated from the University of Vermont and Columbia University, where she received her MFA in nonfiction writing. She is the author of the So Close to You series with Harperteen. These days you can find her working on her next novel in the woods of Vermont.

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