If the very idea of seeking out new books to read every month fills you with overwhelming anxiety, a book subscription can eliminate the stress of deciding what to pick up amid a sea of seemingly limitless options. Book of the Month Club ($10 for the first month; $15 each subsequent month), for instance, presents five hand-selected reads every month from which members can choose one. And if you see more than one that catches your eye, you can choose up to two add-ons; alternatively, if you’re traveling or you’ve found yourself up to your eyebrows with a stack of unread books, you can skip months too.
There are also tons of genre-specific subscriptions available for virtually every taste: Literary Dream Crate ($6+/month) sends gently used mystery and romance novels, Fantasy Monthly ($17+/month) delivers books for fantasy YA fans, and My Thrill Club ($16+/month) offers horror, thriller, and mystery reads. And then, of course, there are plenty of book subscriptions tailored for children, like Reading Bug Box ($18+/month), Our Little Book Club ($14+/month), and OurShelves ($15+/three months). Coffee and a Classic ($40/month) ups the ante by sending a classic novel every month, along with a beverage like coffee or tea, two “bookish” items, and a bookmark. Cute! For e-books, Book Riot offers a subscription called Tailored Book Recommendations (TBR) that, after you’ve filled out a profile, matches you with a real-life bibliologist who suggests personalized books that might interest you; there’s a hardcover subscription plan but also one for digital-only recommendations ($15+/quarter).