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The 16 Best Book Subscription Boxes – 2021 Readers’ Choice

Every year we ask you, our readers, to tell us your favorite subscription boxes. The results of the 2021 Readers’ Choice Awards are in! This list features our fellow subscription fanatics’ top choices for great reads!

From bestsellers to guilty pleasures, there’s a book subscription box for every genre and every reader. If you’re thinking of supporting your reading habit with a book subscription box, look no further than these recommendations from the My Subscription Addiction community!

To find the right monthly book club subscription for you, consider these tips: First, look for boxes on this list that ship books in your preferred genre! There are lots of options for new releases and YA and even romance, but it’s harder to find good subscriptions for non-fiction. (We’re listing the represented genres here so it’ll be easy to find a club for you.) Second, consider your personal reading speed. If you don’t always finish 1 or more books in a given month, be sure to look for subscriptions that allow you to skip if needed– or those that let you add-on books if you’re a voracious reader! Finally, decide if you want to keep the focus on the text or look for boxes that send extra goodies, too. If you love to read in the morning over a cup of coffee, you might even consider a coffee or tea subscription to really elevate your routine!

Our Most Popular Book Subscription Boxes

Here are the top reader-recommended monthly book subscriptions of 2021, spanning various genres and age ranges:

1. Book of the Month

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Genres: Book of the Month has the widest selection of all the book clubs on this list, and includes new releases, fiction, young adult, non-fiction, and more.

The Cost: $14.99 per month. Subscribe here!

COUPON: Limited Time Only! Use code BOOKBUD to get your first book for $9.99!

What Our Readers Say:

Your no fuss box. Just a great book choice for a great price.” – Nikkiaust17

Couldn’t be happier with Book of the Month!” – Ellie

From one of the original book subscription boxes that remains head and shoulders above the othes. I tried several but went back to the Book of the Month Club because of their offerings.” – Debra

About the Box: Book of the Month does it again! A recurring favorite among our community of readers, this monthly book subscription works like this: the BOTM team selects 5 new hardcover books for subscribers to choose from. You pick which title you’d like to receive on the first of the month (or let Book of the Month choose for you), and if you’re not ready for a new title yet, you can choose to skip the month. Alternatively, if you’re tearing through books, you can add up to 2 additional books to your order for $9.99 each! You can browse each month’s selections before you sign up; they include new and early releases, Oprah’s book club selections, Young Adult picks, and more: you can browse from a huge library of selections to make your monthly choice, including thrillers and nonfiction, too.

Read our Book of the Month reviews or check out this Book of the Month info to learn more. Ships to the U.S. for free.

 

2. Lillypost

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Genres: Board books and picture books for children aged 0-7 years.

The Cost: Plans start $18.95 per month plus $4.95 shipping. Subscribe here!

COUPON: Use code READING30 to save 30% off your first box!

About the Box: Lillypost is a children’s book club for ages 0-7. Depending on your child’s age, you can choose to receive a selection of 4 board books, 3 picture books or a mixture each month, plus fun extras like stickers featuring their mascot Finley the Fox and details on their monthly coloring contest. For every box they ship, Lillypost also donates a book to a child in need.

Read our Lillypost reviews and details to learn more. Ships to the U.S. and Canada.

 

3. OwlCrate

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Genres: Young Adult (YA)

The Cost: $29.99 per month. Subscribe here!

COUPON: Use code OWLCRATEMSA10 to save 10% off your order!

What Our Readers Say:

95% of the items in the OwlCrate box are actually things I currently use. If not, it is perfect to gift. I have not been disappointed by one box yet in over a year.” – Yolieville

OwlCrate almost always give me a book I was wanting to read, or a book I never wanted to pick up but ended up loving. The extra goodies are more substantial and useful than other book boxes I’ve tried.” – Sofia

You get some fun items along with the book.” – JodyE

About the Box: OwlCrate may be a YA book subscription, but adults love it, too! With your monthly membership you’ll receive a box featuring a new young adult title, accompanied by bookish items such as pins, accessories, small home goods, and other treats relevant to the theme. It’s a whole literary experience designed to surprise and delight!

Read our OwlCrate reviews and details to learn more. Ships worldwide.

 

4. Once Upon A Book Club

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Genres: Varies; past books have included mystery, historical fiction, contemporary fiction, and magical realism. They also offer a Young Adult box that features fantasy, sci-fi, contemporary, mystery, and more.

The Cost: $32.59 per month. Subscribe here!

COUPON: Use code ADDICTION10 to save 10% off your first box!

What Our Readers Say:

Once Upon A Book Club is amazing. The work and details gone into this box are outstanding. A true treat.” – Hallie

Curated specifically toward the new release picked for the box, Once Upon a Book Club’s gifts are perfect for anyone from the avid reader to the newbie. Once Upon A Book Club has great customer service and an extensive array of social media platforms that are fun, engaging, and helpful for the customer.” – A

Fantastic! I love how Once Upon A Book Club really brings the books to life!” – Wendy Waltrip

About the Box: If you think opening a literary subscription box each month is fun, just wait ’til you see what Once Upon A Book Club has in store! This sub sends a new book each month, paired with small gifts and surprises to coordinate with pages. Open each gift as you read and get ready to feel fully immersed in the story. This unique take on a monthly book club is great for readers young and old, and makes an exciting gift subscription, too!

Read our Once Upon a Book Club reviews and info to learn more! Ships to U.S., Canada, U.K., and Australia.

 

5. Coffee & A Classic

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Genres: Classic literature, classic non-fiction, and children’s classics

The Cost: Starts at $39.89 per month. Subscribe here!

About the Box: This subscription is just as cozy as it sounds! Coffee & A Classic sends a monthly pairing of a great book and something to drink, plus an on-theme extra or two. Note that coffee isn’t your only option—you can choose from single-serve tea or hot chocolate (with a “surprise me” option!), too. And you can also customize your book genre between Classic Literature, Classic Non-Fiction, or Children’s Classics. One last choice to make is between the Starter subscription ($38.98/month) or the Standard ($49.39/month)!

Read our Coffee & A Classic reviews and details to learn more. Ships worldwide.

 

6.  Hunt A KillerHunt A Killer

Genres: Murder Mystery

The Cost: Plans start at $30.00 per month + $3.95 shipping. Subscribe here!

COUPON: Use code HAKFRIDAY25 to cYBER MONDAY SALE 25% OFF YOUR 1ST BOX. USE CODE HAKFRIDAY25 AT CHECKOUT.

What Our Readers Say:

I love the concept of Hunt A Killer.” – Lola

About the Box: Hunt A Killer is not your typical book subscription box. It’s more like an Escape Room in a box! Each month, you’ll receive a box of police files, autopsies, photos, audio files and other evidence to help you solve an ongoing murder mystery. You’ll also gain access to their online community where you can play along with over 100,000 active members.

Read our Hunt A Killer reviews and details to learn more! Ships worldwide.

7. The Bookish Box

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Genres: Young Adult or Adult options available; each send a number of different genres within romance, fantasy, mystery, and thriller.

The Cost: $12.00 per month for The Basic box or $30.00 per month for The Elite box. Subscribe here!

About the Box: Ready for a reading adventure? Bookish Box has a plethora of subscription options, inviting you to sign up for the literary experience you’re looking for. Offering many combinations of YA and adult books, The Basic box includes one book per month, while The Elite box offers one book plus 3-5 bookish novelty items too, including shirts, stationery, skincare products, candles, and more. All centered on an exciting theme each month—this box celebrates the reader’s lifestyle.

Check out our Bookish Box reviews and details to learn more. Ships worldwide.

 

8. Introverts Retreat

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Genres: General fiction, romance, mystery/thriller, or young adult.

The Cost: $39.99 per month plus shipping. Save with a longer subscription. Subscribe here!

COUPON: Use code 30PERCENT to save 30% off your first box with a 3, 6, or 12-month subscription.

About the Box: Read, Relax & Recharge by Introverts Retreat is a book subscription box that sends you a novel written by a female author each month in your genre of choice along with your choice between coffee, tea, or cocoa, and soap or bath salts to round out the experience and create your perfect night at home. Select from general fiction, romance, mystery/thriller, young adult, or a surprise genre, and this option can be changed at any time.

Read our Introverts Retreat reviews and details to learn more! Ships to U.S. for $9.49 and Canada and Canada for $17.99.

 

9. The Bookworm Box

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Genres: Choose from Romance or Young Adult

The Cost: $9.99 per month for the Digital Box subscription (also available in YA), $29.99 forThe Author Stalker Box, and $39.99 for The Swag-tastic Box (also available in YA). Save with longer subscriptions. Subscribe here!

About the Box: Not sure which YA or romance book to read next? The Bookworm Box will decide for you! This box sends one title each month (autographed by the author!), and if you sign up for the one of the more hearty subscription tiers, inside you’ll also find bookish items, and author letter, access to the e-book, and more. We also love that The Bookworm Box is a 501c3 non-profit and donates a portion of the proceeds from each box to charity.

Check out our Bookworm Box info to learn more. Ships to the U.S. for free, and for $14.99 to all other international destinations. 

 

10. FairyLoot

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Genres: Young Adult Fantasy

The Cost: Plans start at $33.90 per month. Subscribe here!

About the Box: The FairyLoot box is a fantasy-themed YA book subscription from the UK, intended for teens who love magical and mysterious literary worlds. Monthly boxes contain 5 to 6 exclusive, book-related surprises, in addition to a new YA novel. Teens will love reading along with the FairyLoot community!

 Check out our FairyLoot details to learn more! Ships from the U.K. to most countries around the world for a variable cost. Shipping to the contiguous U.S. is $7.99, U.S. territories and military addresses for $18.99, and Canada for $16.99. for varying rates per country.

 

11. The Mental Wealth Box

Genres: Self-help and Journals

The Cost: $44.95 per month. Save with a longer subscription. Subscribe here!

COUPON: Use code MentalWealth to get $5 off your first box!

About the Box : The Mental Wealth Box is a subscription box aimed at providing creative tools to help subscribers explore mental health and practice self-care. Each box comes with 4-6 carefully curated items that provide knowledge, tools, and activities to better understand topics surrounding anxiety, depression, and PTSD. Select between the Anxiety Box, Depression Box, or PTSD Box, and receive books, journals,  and other wellness products such as healthy snacks and strengthening activities. Each themed box aims to improve self-care and understanding of oneself, while also extending kindness and serenity through various beauty products, essential oils, yoga techniques, journaling, and more.

 Check out our The Mental Wealth Box details to learn more. Ships to the U.S. for $9.99.

 

12. My Thrill Club

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Genres: Thriller, Horror, and Mystery.

The Cost: Plans start at $18.99 per month. Save with a longer subscription. Subscribe here!

About the Box: My Thrill Club is a monthly subscription box that sends two hardcover books you are certain to love. Select between Thriller, Horror, Mystery, or a Surprise Me! option, and dive right into a world of literature surrounding crime, espionage, and heaps of excitement.

Read our My Thrill Club reviews and details to learn more. Ships for free to the U.S.

13. The Book Drop

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Genres: Options for children, middle grade, YA, and adult readers, with options in large print.

The Cost: Book plans range from $8.00 to $17.99, and the Jigsaw Puzzle of the Month for $24.00 (500 pieces) or $26.00 (1,000 pieces). Subscribe here!

About the Box: The Book Drop is a subscription from independent bookstore Bethany Beach Books. They offer options for adults (including large print), young adults, middle grade readers, and children. With multiple subscriptions to choose between, some plans include tea, coffee, or bubbly, where others offer a monthly jigsaw puzzle. Each book comes with a note from the shop explaining why they’re eager to share the book with subscribers. Sign up to receive the genre group you’re most interested in, then wait for your lesser-known title to arrive in eco-friendly packaging!

Check out our The Book Drop reviews and details to learn more. Ships worldwide, except to Brazil, Colombia, & Peru.

 

14. Totally Booked Crate/My Guilty Pleasures Book Crate

Genres: YA  (Totally Booked Crate) or Adult Romance (My Guilty Pleasures)

The Cost: $23.00 per month. Save with longer subscriptions. Subscribe here!

COUPON: Use code SEXYFIRST10 to save 10% off your first box!

Why We Love It: In the mood for bodice-ripping and shirtless hunks? Here’s a monthly romance subscription box for romance readers! My Guilty Pleasures Book Crate comes with one newly released or best-selling book, up to 5 book-inspired goodies, a candle for ambiance, and occasional exclusive items direct from the author. Perfect for getting your monthly dose of literary man candy! They also offer the Totally Booked Crate for YA readers.

Check out our My Guilty Pleasures details for more info on subscribing. Ships to the U.S. and Canada.

 

15. and the Story Begins

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Genres: YA Fiction, Teen Fiction, Fantasy/Sci-Fi, Mystery/Thriller or let them surprise you.

The Cost: $17.95 per month. Save with a longer subscription. Subscribe here!

COUPON: Use code SPRING25 to save 25% off your subscription!

About the Box: and the Story Begins surprises readers with 2 books in their favorite genre each month, giving you a chance to discover new authors and stories in your favorite genres. Even better, the books are beautifully hand-wrapped in 100% recycled materials.

Check out and the Story Begins reviews and details to learn more. Ships free to the U.S.

 

16. BookCase.Club

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Genres: YA, Sci-fi/Fantasy, Paranormal Romance, Mystery/Thriller, Picture Books, Cookbooks and Military History

The Cost: Plans start at $9.99 per month. Save with a longer subscription. Subscribe here!

COUPON: Use code CRATE50 to save 50% off your first box!

About the Box: BookCase.Club is a subscription service for book lovers. There are eight different options: six monthly options are Teenage Dream (YA), Strange Worlds (science fiction/fantasy), Blind Date (paranormal romance), Thrill Seeker (mystery/thriller), Booking for Love (romance) and BookCase.Club for Kids (picture books), there are also two quarterly options that ship every three months: Quarterly Cookbooks and Quarterly Military History. You’ll receive two hardcover books and a free gift each month. With this wide-ranging list of genres, this subscription truly offers something no matter what you love to read.

Check out our BookCase.Club reviews and details to learn more. Ships to the U.S.


That’s it for the 2021 Subscription Box Award Winners in the Best Books category! Did your favorite literary subscription make the list?

Written by Erin Pullmann

Erin Pullmann

When Erin finds a new box she loves, she wants the world to share her joy, especially if it includes something sparkly. Her non-subscription addictions include knitting, reading, baking, running and dancing with her husband and daughter.

Comments (192)

  1. I have never tried a book box subscription but I want/need them all 😭♥️✨ They all look so beautiful and unique in their own way. Definitely going to have to give these a try

  2. I tried Booktoworm book box for this november & it was great for me(my opinion ) I tried YA category of the book box. I think it has both YA and adult categories. Try it as well. booktowrom.com

  3. Shocked Fairy Loot didn’t make this list, its a great book box on par with Owlcrate

    • Was very surprised not to see Fairyloot at number 2, Owlcrate/Owlcrate Jr at number 3 and Litjoy at number 1!

      Athough Litjoy is making some major changes in 2021 that will drastically change their subscription base sadly.

      Another one if you’re looking for books ONLY is bookcase club. It’s ridiculously affordable, customizable to age, genre and we usually get 3 hardcovers a month that we never knew existed. Sometimes you’ll get 2 hardcovers and 1 paperback but it has introduced us to many new authors for our little ones.

      If you homeschool I’d suggest ordering up a bit on age range depending on their reading level. Our elementary grader reads at a college level but I didn’t want to pick the YA or Adult boxes just yet. They have a preteen option that works.

  4. My Thrill Club sounds interesting.

    • I have been a subscriber to My Thrill Club for about a year and a half. I have really enjoyed most of the selections! And it is relatively inexpensive.

  5. Please review the non fiction and/or adult boxes from “coffee and a classic”!

  6. I would love to see Literati reviewed here! It’s like Stitch Fix but for children’s books!

    • I looooove Literati!

  7. I just subbed to unplugged, bookshop, and book of the month. I just received my unplugged and I really like it. The bookish box looks interesting.

  8. Has anyone tried Just The Right Book?? I found it on google but didn’t see it on the list.

    • I am actually going to be trying Just The Right Book Subscription Box for the first time this month

  9. I am most interested in The Bookish Box because they give the option to choose what I’d like to receive!

  10. I would try Coffee & A Classic

  11. I have never tried any but the My Thrill Club looks cool. I love thrillers.

  12. I haven’t tried any of them yet, but I love reading and they all look pretty awesome! I think Litjoy would be my first choice 🙂

  13. Always wanted to try one of these!

  14. I’ve never tried any which may seem strange since I’m such an avid reader…. I guess I have a hard time trusting others to choose for me…so I could be happy or unhappy with any of these…. that being said, I would love to hear what any of you guys would suggest (top 3 perhaps?)

  15. I would love to try the Bookworm box! My favorite book subscription that I have subscribed to is the Reveal Book Box. I extra-love subscriptions that offer signed books.

  16. I did not know about FairyLoot before reading this post and now I am Intrigued!!! It sounds excellent and the British covers tend to be prettier or more appealing in some way in my opinion so I love that we’d receive the British the version. I am also interested in Book of the Month and Owl Crate, but Fairy Loot is now at the top of my list after reading through these. I’d love to win this and give them a (timely) try!

  17. I’ve never subscribed to any of the book clubs but the Once Upon A Book Club sounds like it would be fun opening gifts that coordinate with specific pages.

  18. I haven’t tried any of them, but I would gift Once Upon a Book to my bff.

  19. I’d like to try out My Thrill Club and Coffee&A Classic. I love mystery/thriller books, and I like that the other comes with a book, gift and something to drink on-a few of my favorite things! :]

  20. I used to get BOTM and loved it! Why did I stop? I joined 2 Bookclubs and I didn’t have time to read a 3rd each month! I’ve just moved, so now I have time. Yay!

  21. I cant choose! Hahah. Ohh such a hard choice lol

  22. Coffee & a Classic is best of both worlds. I would love to try that one!

  23. I’d love to try the bookcase club since I’m really into the books and not the cheapie little trinkets found in most book boxes

  24. I don’t have any book subscriptions, but Bookcase Club, Coffee and a Classic, and My Thrill Club sound awesome! I think My Thrill Club would be my favorite.

  25. Powell’s!! I love Book of the Month but am willing to try new stuff;)

  26. Coffee and a Classic looks like a fun box. I’ve never had a book subscription box before.

  27. I’d like to try OwlCrate.

  28. I would subscribe to indispensible or maybe one of the YA ones for my kids.

  29. I would get uppercase

  30. I would really like to try Powell’s Indiespensable

  31. I’d love to try fairyloot!

  32. OwlCrate looks fun to try

  33. I’d like to try Bookish Box

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