Top 13 Best Book Subscription Box Recommendations

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Subscription boxes have become insanely popular. Now, you can find a monthly subscription box for just about any hobby or interest, whether that’s growing houseplants, crafting with the kids, exploring your spirituality, or finding your next favorite book.

I searched for the best monthly book subscription boxes in a variety of genres and age ranges to compile this list. To make the cut, each box had to score an average of at least 4.5 stars and have a minimum of 50 customer reviews to ensure consistently high quality.

If you’ve been looking for the best subscription box for children’s books, young adult, romance, fantasy, self-care, and more, here’s my breakdown of the top book subscription boxes on Cratejoy (in no particular order).

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Introverts Retreat (Adult + Self-Care)

Introverts Retreat – Go Big & Stay Home – $38.99

Give the gift of self-care with a thoughtful subscription box to increase joy, relieve stress, and find a better you.

Introverts Retreat created a self-care subscription box for a relaxing night in. It contains a new paperback novel, a bookmark, an 8 oz soy candle, 1 lb of bath salt, one 4 oz bar of handmade scented soap, and a sweet treat. You have the option to select your book from a list of options. Or, if you prefer a surprise, the company will choose the novel for you based on your preferred genre(s). You can select from general fiction, mystery/thriller, romance, or science fiction/fantasy.

Introverts Retreat was named USA Today‘s Readers Choice Best Book Subscriptions for 2021 and 2022, and it also won Cratejoy’s Best of 2020 and 2021. It currently holds a 4.5 rating with more than 275 customer reviews. A warm, candle-lit bath with a good book and a sweet treat every month? Yes, please!

Unplugged Book Box (Adult/YA + Self-Care)

Unplugged Book Box – $43.99

Get lost in the best sci-fi and fantasy books with a monthly subscription

Customers say they’ve tried multiple book subscription boxes but keep coming back to Unplugged because it’s the best bang for your buck with high-quality gifts delivered every month. This box is available for either young adult or adult fiction and comes with a ton of goodies, including:

  • 3-5 exclusive self-care products (i.e. candles, tea, coffee, other drinks, lotions, bath/shower products, etc.)
  • 2-3 usable novelty products to help you unwind (i.e. journals, mugs, games, blankets, writing/journaling prompts, cooking utensils, etc.)
  • 1 new book release per month, including author exclusives (i.e. signed novels, bookplates, author letters, etc.) and occasionally some author swag!

The Unplugged Book Box supports small, women-owned businesses and artists. It was originally created by a psychology/literature expert and teacher with the goal of supporting mental health and encouraging reading. This box holds a 5-star average rating with over 225 reviews. In addition to loving the quality of the boxes every month, customers also rave about the exceptional customer service team behind this subscription.

Chocolate and Book Box (Adult/YA)

Chocolate and book – $14.99

Satisfy your sweet tooth with your very own monthly chocolate box!

Cozy up with a monthly book subscription box that includes a beautifully wrapped and ribboned new book, a hot drink, and gourmet chocolate that is handmade, award-winning, and/or bestselling. You can mark any allergies or dietary requirements on a list so the company knows what they are able to send you. For book genres, you select from thriller, scif-fi/fantasy, romance/chick-lit, hidden gem, award-winning, surprise, or young adult categories.

This subscription is based in the UK, but they do deliver to the US. The Chocolate and Book Box holds an impressive 5-star average rating with 135+ reviews from happy customers. One bit of caution: this might not be the best choice if you live somewhere hot. Some reviewers have noted that the chocolate melted during transit!

Once Upon a Book Club (Adult/YA)

Once Upon a Book Club – $64.99

Dive into your next favorite book with a book subscription box that includes a fiction novel, literary bonus items, self-care goods, and even more.

Once Upon a Book Club is available in an adult version or a young adult edition. This fun book subscription box makes reading an interactive experience by including 3-5 wrapped gifts that are labeled with page numbers. You can’t open the gifts until you reach certain parts of the story! The box also includes a 5×7 quote print, discussion questions, read-along dates for a live discussion, and more.

Once Upon a Book Club received the Top Rated 2022 award from Cratejoy. It holds a steady 4.5 rating with over 500 customer reviews.

The Book Drop (Indie Bookstore Picks)

The Book Drop – $23.98

Dive into your next favorite book with a book subscription box that includes a fiction novel, literary bonus items, self-care goods, and even more.

The Book Drop brings an independent bookstore to you every month. This environmentally conscious company ships from a little shop in Fenwick Island, Delaware where your monthly book is hand-wrapped in tissue and lovingly packed with a handwritten gift note.

The company says, “We know you can purchase bestsellers and Top 10 books from those big box stores & websites so we don’t send anything you’ll easily find unless you’re in an independent bookstore.” The books often come with a letter from the author.

If you want to support a woman-owned indie bookstore that holds a strong 5-star average rating with 300 customer reviews, this is a great book subscription box to check out!

Reveal Book Box (Romance)

Reveal Book Box – $13.95

Curl up with your favorite romance novels with these monthly book subscriptions

Do you like to collect autographed books? Do you love romance? Then this book subscription box was made for you!

The Reveal Book Box doesn’t come with swag or extra goodies… but it DOES deliver a signed romance book to you every single month. Many of the books come from New York Times and USA Today bestselling authors, while others might introduce you to amazing new writers. When ordering your box, you have the option to select romance subgenres/tropes you love to make sure you enjoy your monthly selection.

This budget-friendly book subscription box holds a steady 5-star average rating with 150+ reviews from happy customers who enjoy getting autographed romance books with no frills.

Success Crate (Self-Care & Entrepreneurship)

Success Crate – $39.95

Be your own boss with a monthly subscription box geared towards entrepreneurs, leadership, and boosting productivity.

If you prefer self-care and entrepreneurial books over fictional reads, you’ll want to check out Success Crate. This kit includes a helpful guidebook, a journal to track your progress, a New York Times bestselling book selection based on the monthly theme, and 3-4 extra items such as office supplies, stationary, tech gadgets, etc. The subscription box also comes with an exclusive USB every month containing ebooks, workbooks, and seminars.

Success Crate is designed to help you become successful while also learning to take care of yourself in the process. No surprise, this insanely helpful and valuable box holds a 5-star average rating with 95 reviews.

Scribbler (Writers)

Scribbler – $25.00

Shop our most unique subscription boxes for the coolest gifts and fun monthly surprises.

Scribbler is a book subscription box geared toward writers working on their own books. Each monthly box includes teaching materials from a bestselling author, a novel with an autographed bookplate, 3-4 writing gifts (i.e. notebooks, pens, snacks, etc.), an exclusive writing contest, and the opportunity to participate in a live group chat with editors and/or literary agents.

The box is designed for fiction novelists, but other writers such as playwrights, poets, etc. could still benefit from the themes, tips, and resources in each box. Scribbler holds a steady 4.5 average rating with more than 165 customer reviews. It also won Top Rated 2022 from Cratejoy.

Bookroo (Kids & Tweens)

Bookroo – $24.95

Keep storytime fun with a monthly kid’s book subscription box.

Bookroo is an excellent choice for kids and tweens. (They also have a Baby & Preschool Book Club.) More than 235 parents, gift-givers, and guardians have given this kids book subscription box a 5-star average rating.

You can tailor your book selection based on age range, and then you’ll receive two books in every box you receive. The company’s goal is to make kids excited about reading by combining the excitement of receiving a fun new package every month with the discovery of treasured new stories to read as kids build their own home library over time.

Bookroo has a 100% money back guarantee if you’re ever unsatisfied with your order. The company is a preferred Cratejoy seller, and Parent Magazine listed it as a Top 10 Subscription Service in 2017.

Peace & Pages (Adult/YA + Beauty)

Peace & Pages – $27.00

Get new makeup, skincare, and more with a monthly beauty subscription box

Peace & Pages was designed for reading and relaxing while supporting small shops across America. Each book is carefully researched before selection to ensure it has positive online reviews from readers. Only books with a publication date within the last three years are considered. You can select which genre(s) you like from a list of options, including YA and Christian fiction.

Peace & Pages offers two subscription options to fit your needs and budget. The Basic option includes a book, a full-sized bath/body product, and an aromatherapy item. The Deluxe version includes all of those, plus a special gift item and a snack or drink. The goodies in each version are sourced from small businesses. They’re unique and usually handmade.

This book and self-care subscription box boasts a 5-star average rating with more than 130 reviews. Peace & Pages sells out fast, so you might need to keep checking if you want to secure a subscription.

Bookishly’s Tea/Coffee & Vintage Book Club

Bookishly – $29.00

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Bookishly offers a fun Tea & Vintage Book Club and Coffee & Vintage Book Club. The books are genuinely vintage, so they show some signs of love from past owners. The luxury tea is carefully selected and tested from Jenier World of Teas, while the coffee is locally roasted and ground in the UK. Boxes usually come with extra paper goods such as bookmarks or stationary.

These Bookishly subscription boxes hold a 4.5 average rating with almost 60 reviews and more than 4,200 sales. If you’re looking for brand-new books, this subscription box isn’t the one for you. But if you appreciate the charm of giving secondhand books a new home while sampling blends of tea or coffee, then Bookishly is right up your alley!

Owl Post Books (YA Fantasy)

Owl Post Books – $43.99

Discover your new favorite young adult books with these monthly boxes

Owl Post Books is an award-winning subscription that has been featured in several publications, including Buzzfeed, Town & Country, and Book Riot. They were also named Best of the Best in Austin, TX and Best of Cratejoy. Owl Post Books holds a 5-star average rating with 150 reviews.

This subscription comes in two options. The YA Fantasy Imagination Box includes three brand-new hardcover books. The budget-friendly mini box version has only one hardcover. Shipping is free, and the boxes are curated by an educator with more than 15 years under their belt. If you love YA fantasy, Owl Post Books will deliver.

Little Bookish Wardrobe (Kids)

Little Bookish Wardrobe – $36.99

Shop the best monthly subscription boxes for kids to give them a gift that keeps giving!

This one is such a fun idea for kids! Each Little Bookish Wardrobe box comes with a new book to read and a unique costume piece that matches the theme and/or characters from the book. The monthly subscription box also includes interactive games, hands-on crafts, challenge cards, and accessories.

No surprise, this creative box has a 5-star average rating with over 110 reviews from happy parents.

What do you think of this list? Which monthly book subscription box are you most excited to try? Let me know in the comments!

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