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    Mar 28, 2020

    17 Book-Themed Subscription Boxes To Keep You Company While You're Stuck At Home

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    1. Once Upon a Book Club transports you into the characters' world with gifts that fit the book's theme and actually correspond to different pages in the book. The dusty books you've already finished at home could never.

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    What you get: A newly released book every month, and three to five wrapped, book-themed gifts to be opened at corresponding page numbers! There are also discussion questions and read-along dates for live discussion, and you can choose from a YA box (14+) or an 18+ box.

    Promising review: "I started this subscription two years ago to help get myself out of a book slump. I've continued to subscribe because this box really is one of the best experiences I've had. I look forward to my boxes each month (I get both the YA and adult boxes because I have no self-control lol). The gifts fit well with the story and are often useful after the book is done. I will continue to get this as long as I can!" —Hannah

    Get it from Cratejoy for $32.50/month.

    2. Coffee and a Classic brings you joy upon joy upon joy with a classic novel, fun goodies, a delicious hot beverage to sip — aka, everything you need to look forward to a Saturday at home.

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    What you get: If you go with the starter subscription, each month you'll receive a classic (based on the genre of your choosing), something delicious to sip on like coffee, and two book-related goodies. If you choose the standard subscription, each month you'll get a classic book (again, based on the genre of your choosing), something to sip on (choose between coffee, tea, hot chocolate, or be surprised!), a yummy snack, a bookmark, an awesome, usually hand-painted mug, and two book-related goodies based on a theme. Plus, this box comes in a super cool high-quality photo box!

    Promising review: "I've subscribed to several book boxes, but this is by far the best packaged one I've received. It arrived in a photo storage box, nicely packed and included a book, notebook, bookmark, bath bomb, tea cup, tea, and biscuit — all Pride and Prejudice themed. I'll definitely keep this subscription going. It's lovely!" —Amanda

    Get it from Cratejoy for $39.89+/month for the starter subscription (also available as a standard subscription; choose between three genres: classic literature, classic nonfiction, children's classic).

    3. Scribbler satisfies anyone who's ever dreamed of writing the kinds of books they love reading. In addition to a new book and goodies, you'll also have access to live chats with literary agents and publishers.

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    What you get: Each month your box will include a monthly writing theme, a recently released novel (middle grade, young adult, or adult), a collectible "writing passport" from the featured author, an invitation for an opportunity to connect with a publishing professional, and curated gifts.

    Promising review: "I got the June box and really loved everything I got. It came with a super cute tote, a book, pen, and some other things. It made my day and has also helped to inspire me to write again." —Felicia

    Get it from Cratejoy for $29.99+/month.

    4. Used Books Monthly provides subscribers with gently used books still in good condition — and for a fraction of the price you'd pay for brand spanking new ones. If you've never wanted to pay full price for a book because you weren't sure you'd like it, this service might introduce you to a cost-effective way to try new books.

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    What you get: First pick the genre of books you like reading the most, and you'll receive, depending on your chosen subscription, either one, two, or four randomly chosen used books from that genre.

    Promising review: "The books are mostly high-quality, good condition, best sellers. They are relevant to the subjects I have chosen. It seems like they actually pick out the books to my taste. I look forward to it every month. I have TWO subscriptions to this club. I am a big reader. Best $13 you can spend on a book club." —Terri

    Get it from Cratejoy for $5.79+/month for the one-book subscription (also available as a two- and four-book subscription).

    5. My Sci-Fi Club feeds your curious mind each month with two new sci-fi or fantasy releases. Quick trip to the future? Adventures with wizards? Journey back in time? You can do it all right from your living room.

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    What you get: You'll get to choose between receiving science fiction books or fantasy books. Plus, you'll receive a bonus eBook when you sign up.

    Promising review: "My Sci-Fi box is awesome!!! The quality of the books and book selections each month is phenomenal!! I can’t believe the quality I get for such a low cost. I will without a doubt be a lifetime member. If you are looking for a book subscription crate each month, you will not regret purchasing this crate! Its value far outweighs the cost." —Rachel

    Get it from Cratejoy for $16/month.

    6. Book of the Month Club sends you a hardcover book of your choosing each month at an affordable price. AKA the service your friends are always raving about when you ask how they can afford so many books.

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    What you get: Each month, you'll get to choose between five hardcover (mostly fiction, sometimes nonfiction) books — you can pick all five, just one, or more than one. And if you still haven't finished reading the previous month's picks, you can skip the following month until you're ready for something new.

    Get it from Book of the Month Club for $9.99 for your first book, then $14.99/month after that.

    7. Beacon Book Box lets you keep up with the latest in YA books by sending you a recently released hardcover each month. You'll pretty much become the point person for all young adult book knowledge.

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    What you get: You'll receive one newly released *signed* hardcover novel along with an author letter, three to five book-themed accessories, and handsewn book sleeves on a bimonthly basis.

    Promising review: "Beacon Book Box is amazing! I get books in it that I never would have picked myself and I love them! The goodies are amazing! Best book box ever. They are very helpful and very nice." —Bayley

    Get it from Cratejoy for $17/month.

    8. Unplugged Box makes sure you stop scrolling through Instagram five hours a day and start getting back into reading a good book (and relax while you do it, too).

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    What you get: They'll send you four to six self-care products to help you wind down, activities to help you unplug, gratitude tools to help you reflect, and one young adult or adult fiction book per month.

    Promising review: "This box is my absolute favorite that’s around! I love that they focus on the environment by working to better their packaging and use recycled products. The fact that they have two options (Adult Fiction and YA) gives more of a range, and they have yet to disappoint with book choice for either! Their products are some of the highest quality, most unique, and USABLE I’ve received! I am a very happy Unplugger and will continue to support them and their mission/journey for as long as I can!" —Savana C.

    Get it from Cratejoy for $33.25+/month.

    9. Fresh Fiction Box satiates your need for great romance and mystery books while you stay cuddled up on the couch with a glass of wine and a big bowl of popcorn.

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    What you get: You'll receive three to five brand-new romance or mystery releases and two to four downloadable ebooks.

    Promising review: "I love this subscription! The book choices vary from historical and contemporary romance to women's fiction. I like not knowing exactly which genres will be included each month because it gives me a chance to read books I might not have chosen or known about. The additional e-books add to the value of the box, which is generally way above the cost. I would recommend this box to anyone who likes a wider range of genres and appreciates a higher value subscription." —Jaime A.

    Get it from CrateJoy for $24.99/month.

    10. Or Bawdy Bookworms indulges you in diverse, ~steamy~ romance books you'll easily snuggle up to.

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    What you get: You can pick from a monthly subscription or quarterly subscription. The monthly box includes one ~hot~ romance book from an Indie or traditional author, a sex toy (batteries included!), and a surprise item. For the quarterly box, you'll receive a romance book, a *deluxe* sex toy, and three to four surprise lifestyle accessories.

    Get a monthly box from Bawdy Bookworms for $27.95+/month (available as a monthly box or quarterly box).

    11. Peace & Pages sends subscribers a book from 10 different genres along with some relaxation products that'll put the ~peace~ in Peace & Pages.

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    What you get: You can pick from three different subscription options: the basic box (includes a book and two lifestyle items); the deluxe box (includes a book and four lifestyle items); or the product-only box, which doesn't include a book but instead includes just accessories and lifestyle items. The items included in the box are all-natural and handmade items.

    Promising review: "I love it! As a mom, I rarely get time to myself so a good book and a bath are basically a mini vacation. I ordered the basic box which had full-sized bath and aromatherapy items and a brand new paperback book. I like that there is a theme for each box so the items go well together. August was lavender, September was apple and I can’t wait to see what they have for October!" —Laureen R.

    Get it from CrateJoy for $20.99+ (available in three box options and either monthly or bi-monthly boxes).

    12. My Book Box delivers two new books of your favorite genre straight to your doorstep. And, they even throw in a surprise gift to keep things extra exciting. It's pretty much a win-win-win.

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    What you get: For each book, you'll choose between women's fiction, mystery, non-fiction, young adult, and books for children ages 3–7 or children ages 8–12. This means you can pick a dynamic romance for yourself and a fun picture book for your little one to enjoy. You'll also receive a little gift!

    Promising review: "This is a wonderful idea and well worth the money. I love receiving two books a month in the genres I pick. Plus, there is always a surprise gift. I have received a book bag, book light, candy, a candle, and more. I have never been disappointed and look forward to receiving this each month." —Shirley

    Get it from Cratejoy for $39.95/month.

    13. Elephant Books helps your young bookworms at home discover new, entertaining releases — perfect if the two of you have already read every single bedtime story together at least five times each.

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    What you get: Choose between a one-, three-, six-, or 12-month subscription. Each month's package will include two to three recently published children's books along with a couple of fun, interactive extras.

    Promising review: "I'm so happy to have found something that I can send new babies and little kids for their birthday that is truly a special gift and not something that will be outgrown in a month or broken in two days. Books are simple yet sophisticated....and the packaging is way cool. I love this subscription!" —Katherine F.

    Get it from CateJoy for $17.99+/month (available as a picture book package or a board book package).

    14. Call Number specializes in highlighting black literature for lovers of both fiction and non-fiction. It'll arrive on your doorstep on a quarterly basis and it's actually curated by a librarian, so you can expect extra ~unique~ goodies like catalog cards and spine labels with your boxes.

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    What you get: Pick between a book-only and complete subscription. Then, you can choose whether you want to read fiction or non-fiction books. The book-only option includes one book and a library packet (which, BTW, includes a catalog card, a spine label, a label protector, and a logo sticker). The complete subscription includes one newly released book, two to four book-themed items, and a library packet.

    Promising review: "I got my partner a three-month subscription to this Call Number for her birthday and we just decided to renew our subscription indefinitely. We love the thoughtfulness of these boxes, and we love the books in them. We've recommended this box to many people and have loaned many of the books we've received from Call Number to friends, especially this month as friends ask us for book recommendations to celebrate Black History Month. We get excited every time an email notification comes that a box has shipped. Subscribe to this box." —Sara D.

    Get it from CrateJoy for $34/quarter (every three months).

    15. Mystic Box shakes things up with a selection of dark, taboo, mafia, and erotica novels, and they have three different subscriptions to suit your delivery preferences.

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    What you get: Choose between three subscription options: the limited edition box; the regular box; and the monthly mini box. The regular box brings you two signed books and three to five lifestyle items (like jewelry, tote bags, candles, and more), the mini box includes one signed book and one to two lifestyle products, and the limited-edition box brings you signed books by international authors.

    Promising review: "I am a huge reader of dark and twisted romances and just received my first box. It featured one of my favorite authors and I was so excited. The extra goodies in there were awesome too. I definitely recommend giving this box a try if you are considering it!" —Skye A.

    Get it from CrateJoy starting at $17.99+/month (available as a monthly mini box, regular box, and limited edition box).

    16. The Wordy Traveler sends you on travels and explorations all over the world — no plane ticket needed. The souvenirs and travel-themed books satisfy any adventurer with a serious case of wanderlust, and part of the proceeds go toward a great cause.

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    What you get: There are two (appropriately named) quarterly subscription options: the backpacker and the full suitcase. The backpacker comes with one travel-themed book (written by a travel writer), a fine art print, free-trade organic tea, and a few extra little gifts. The full suitcase includes everything the backpacker option comes with but delivers three travel-themed books instead of one. And guess what? A portion of proceeds gets donated to help women and children around the world have access to education and healthcare.

    Promising review: "There are truly no words that can describe the joys that this 'book club' family has meant to me. I am a disabled veteran, and I am at home, more so than not. The Wordy Traveler has allowed me to go on many a journey and has sent me on adventures that I could never dream of. I have learned many interesting things and love sharing tidbits of trivia with family and friends. Thank you, my friends, for all that you do for us, your 'readers,' and for all of the support you send to those in need." —Cindy L.

    Get it from CrateJoy for $38/quarter (every three months) for the backpacker and $90/quarter for the full suitcase.

    17. Introverts Retreat creates the ultimate stay-at-home mood (whether you're a true introvert or not). The monthly box — filled with books, beverages, and relaxing self-care items — just makes it too easy to ignore all your text messages and give yourself some much-needed me-time.

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    What you get: There are three genres (general fiction, romance, and mystery/thriller) and five subscription options to choose from: read and gift; read and snack; read and relax; read, relax, and recharge; and the introvert essentials mystery box. The read and gift box includes a book, a bookmark, and a little self-care gift (think journals, coloring books, bubble baths products, or skincare items). The read and snack subscription sends you a book and bookmark plus the option to choose between three beverages to sip while you read (loose leaf tea, ground coffee, or cocoa/flavored coffee). The read and relax box throws in a book and bookmark along with a hand-poured candle and bath salts. And, the read, relax, and recharge box includes everything in the read and relax subscription PLUS a sweet or savory snack and the option to choose between loose leaf tea, ground coffee, and cocoa/flavored coffee.

    Promising review: "I chose the read, relax, and recharge box selection. It was packed full of awesome product that I will definitely use and enjoy. I liked the book selection. This product was definitely worth the price and more. Thank you!" —Lori L.

    Get it from CrateJoy starting at $14.99+/month (available in five subscription options and three genres including general fiction, romance, and mystery/thriller).

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