One of our favorite recent trends is bookish subscription boxes. Every few weeks a box is delivered to your door packed with literary goodies, from books to mugs to totes to jewelry. But with so many subscription boxes to choose from, it can be tough to know which is the best fit for you. Never fear, readers. We tested them out and rounded up five of our favorites.
OwlCrate is one of our all-time favorite subscription boxes. Each month they reveal a theme inspired by the new young adult release they’re sending out. In addition to the book, the boxes are filled with bookish treats, such as posters, mirrors, mini Funko Pop! figures, and more. OwlCrate excels at finding items that perfectly pair with the box’s featured book and theme, and that connect to a variety of different fandoms. For example, the Wanderlust box had items that referenced Lord of the Rings, Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, the Shades of Magic series, and John Green. Young adult fans truly can’t go wrong with this one.
What’s in each box: A young adult book, a letter from the author, about six surprise goodies, and often a signed bookplate
Perfect For: The fandom fanatic
Our favorite feature: Exclusive covers. OwlCrate frequently pairs with publishers to release limited edition covers of popular new releases. These designs are only available to OwlCrate subscribers, and they’re always gorgeous.
Cost per box: $29.99
Readers looking for a box that caters to a specific genre will love PageHabit, which allows you to choose between nine different genres. Once the box arrives, you’ll find a new release inside that has been annotated by the author—offering readers exclusive insight into the characters, plot, and writing process of the book. PageHabit is ideal for readers who want to connect with their favorite authors in brand new ways.
What’s in each box: A new release annotated by the author, a letter from the author, a bookmark, and two other goodies
Perfect For: The director’s commentary junkie
Our favorite feature: Each month, PageHabit partners with a new organization to donate books to children around the globe. Each box contains a postcard with more info about the organization PageHabit is partnered with that month. They also donate every time a reader uses the hashtag #mypagehabit on social media.
Cost per box: $29.99
For picture book fans, we’d recommend Powell’s BOOX. Every eight weeks a box arrives with two picture books hand-picked by the staff at Powell’s and other surprises (ranging from stuffed animals to stickers to puzzles). This is the perfect way to encourage a love of reading from a young age and to support one of your favorite bookstores. Adult Powell’s fans, never fear, they have a box for you too: Indiespensable, an indie publisher-focused box that comes with a signed first edition, slipcase, and more goodies every six to eight weeks. It’s a must-have for readers who collect first editions.
What’s in each box: Two hardcover picture books, one postcard, two other fun items
Perfect For: The budding bibliophile
Our favorite feature: We love the staff picks tables at bookstores, and this box feels like having that table come right to you. The only thing better than the fantastic books are the looks on kids’ faces when they open their boxes.
Cost per box: $35.95
Young adult fantasy fans, this is the box for you. Unicorn Crate is a monthly subscription service with boxes curated around a theme inspired by a YA fantasy novel. Themes are announced on social media and offer hints to the book and goodies inside each box, but the contents will remain a surprise until your package arrives. In addition to the novel, the boxes also include literary items inspired by that month’s book, such as notebooks, art prints, magnets, and jewelry. Some boxes even include signed bookplates and notes from the author.
What’s in each box: A young adult fantasy book (usually hardcover, first in a series or standalone), four-six bookish goodies inspired by the book
Perfect For: The reader still waiting for their Hogwarts letter
Our favorite feature: The unicorn! Each box features one unicorn item, such as a bookmark or candle. It’s an adorable way to tie in the crate’s name with the boxes’ fantasy themes.
Cost per box: $36.95
Every season, Quaterlane puts together a collection of themed subscription boxes. Readers can choose from themes like fiction, memoir, or passport (which celebrates the joy of traveling). The contents of the box are listed on the site, helping you to select the box that best suits your reading tastes. Subscribers will receive three books each season, one literary item (such as a tote or diary), and a custom print from that season’s Quaterlane artist-in residence. All of the contents have been curated by founder Elizabeth Lane. Parents should also check out Quaterlane Kids for seasonal boxes curated for readers from ages six to twelve.
What’s in each box: At least three books, one piece of custom art, and one literary item
Perfect For: The artsy reader
Our favorite feature: The presentation. If you love to treat your self, this is the box for you. The books arrive in a stunning white box, closed with a giant bow. It truly feels like unwrapping a gift created just for you.
Cost per box: $105 – $125