BOOKISH SUBSCRIPTION BOXES
Subscriptions boxes have been on a rise lately, and among them there are a lot of book subscriptions available. Most of them feature a newly published book plus some bookish gifts related to that book. Some subscriptions have a monthly or quarterly theme, and others have are focused on a specific genre; in any case, the variety available is sure to deliver to all tastes. Let’s have a look at some of these subscriptions.
Illumicrate is one of the most well known subscriptions catering to YA audiences. It’s a quarterly subscription box (boxes are sent in February, May, August, and November) which features a new YA release, as well as bookmarks, stationery, jewellery, or other bookish accessories. It costs £29.99 per box, with free delivery in the UK, but if you live elsewhere, there are going to be shipping costs depending on where you are.
OwlCrate is a monthly subscription box based in the U.S. Each box costs $29.99, but you can a slightly better price if you subscribe for a 3-month or 6-month plan. In addition to that, there are shipping costs: $6.99 for the U.S., $10.59 for Canada, and $19.99 for the rest of the world (except Mexico…they don’t ship to Mexico). The box will feature a YA novel, and also gifts like jewellery, bookmarks, stickers, prints, toys, accessories, and who knows what else.
Once Upon a Bookcase is a rare case as it doesn’t send its subscribers a book. Instead they focus on phone cases that bibliophiles will surely love. The subscription is monthly, and each box features a phone case that looks like a book, plus some goodies in theme with the case. The fun part is that you don’t choose which book you’re going to get. You just select between a Manly Man, Girly Girl, or an Anything & Everything box, but you won’t know what’s going to be your next phone case until it arrives. The box costs $26.00 a month, but you can also choose a 3-month or a 6-month plan to save some money in the long run. You can check out the post I wrote after I tried this box myself.
The Restricted Section is one of the coolest subscription boxes out there. It’s a monthly subscription which focus is on banned books. Here’s what’s in the box: a book from the American Library Association’s list of challenged works, a fun surprise extra inspired by the book or promoting the fight against literary censorship, and a note from the curators of the box with a short summary of the book, details on where and why it was censored, and some info on the extra goodies. It costs $34.99, plus shipping costs, but sadly they only ship within the U.S.
Uppercase is a monthly subscription box based in the U.S. and focuses on newly released YA books. They have two plans: the Expert plan at $23.00, and the Book Exclusive plan at $17.00. Boxes include YA hardcovers, sometimes signed by the author, bookish gifts, and a personal note. There are additional shipping costs, but they only ship to the U.S. and Canada.
The Bookish Box is a monthly subscription box that also doesn’t feature a book, and caters to bookloving women. As it says on the site, it’s a literary themed box with the geeky woman in mind! Each month has it’s own theme, and the box features a shirt and 3-5 home, beauty, and fashion items designed around the theme. Each box costs $29.99, and they ship internationally for a relatively small shipping fee.
These are some of the bookish subscription boxes that I know of, and have been tempted to subscribe to (but haven’t because my TBR pile is big enough for me to start my own subscription service). I will let you know if I hear about any other interesting subscription boxes, or if I try any of the above.