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The 15 Best Book Subscription Boxes – 2020 Readers’ Choice

The Best Book Subscription Boxes & Clubs

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 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 2020, spanning various genres and age ranges:

1. Book of the Month

Book of the Month box This Tender Land by William Kent Krueger

Image from our review.

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 (less with 3- and 12-month subscriptions). Subscribe here!

COUPON: Use code SAYBOOK to get your first book for $9.99!

What Our Readers Say:

“This is my favorite subscription of all time and the only one where I get multiples of a box. The choices are on point and for new hardback copies the prices are often cheaper than even the ebook version.” – BC2

“I love to read and BOTM is probably my favorite subscription!” – amyr

“I like that you get access to new releases before release. And I like that you get to pick or skip, if nothing tickles your fancy.” – Amy

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 US for free.


2. OwlCrate

OwlCrate with all contents on display.

Image from our review.

Genres: Young Adult

The Cost: $29.99 per month. Subscribe here!

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

What Our Readers Say:

“Really well-curated and awesome customer service. Great value for the price.” – Aleen

“Love this one.” – Amelia Y.

“Good reads.” – William R.

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 or check out this OwlCrate info to learn more. Ships worldwide.


3. Fresh Fiction Box

Genres: New genre fiction including romance and suspense

The Cost: $24.95 per month. Subscribe here!

What Our Readers Say:

“I love getting new, just released books every month. My friends and I can’t wait for the next one.” – Daisy

“I always receive a great selection of books that suit my reading tastes.” – Suzie Q.

“Great assortment of books at a great price.” – Mandy

About the Box: Can’t get enough of imaginative storylines, and need more than one new book to dig into every month? Fresh Fiction Box sends 3-5 new fiction titles each month and 2-4 downloadable ebooks from various sub-genres like mystery, romance, and beyond. With so many books each month, this box is most popular with those who always have a book on-hand to read in their downtime.

Read our Fresh Fiction Box reviews or check out this Fresh Fiction info to learn more. Ships to the US and Canada.


4. Once Upon A Book Club

Once Upon A Book Club May 2019 - All Contents Review

Image from our review.

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: $34.99 a month. Subscribe here!

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

What Our Readers Say:

“Super great book selections and fun, usable gifts to go with them.” – Mishy D.

“Great immersion into the story!” – Jess

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 or check out this Once Upon a Book Club info to learn more! Ships worldwide.


5. Bawdy Bookworms

Bawdy Bookworms corner of box with Let's Get Cheeky note shown.

Image via Bawdy Bookworms.

Genres: Romance

Cost: Boxes start at $44.95. Subscribe here!

What Our Readers Say:

“Love the books and toys!” – Bookishj

“This has been an outstanding subscription box and I love it.” – Anonymous

About the Box: Here’s an adult book subscription for the romance readers out there! This box sends subscribers a steamy title, paired with a selection of sexy surprises that go along with the storyline. Each delivery has a theme such as “Breaking the Rules” and “Trouble in Paradise.” Monthly and quarterly options are available!

Check out this Bawdy Bookworms info to subscribe. Ships worldwide.


6. The Bookworm Box

The Bookworm Box displayed with a flower arrangement and all items unpacked.

Image from The Bookworm Box.

Genres: Choose from Romance or Young Adult

The Cost: $29.99 per month. Subscribe here!

What Our Readers Say:

“Excellent items.” – Jennifer W.

About the Box: Not sure which YA or romance book to read next? The Bookworm Box will decide for you! They send one title each month (autographed by the author!), plus bookish items such as stationery, keychains, pens, bookmarks, 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.

Read our The Bookworm Box reviews or check out this Bookworm Box info to learn more. Ships worldwide.


7. Boxwalla Book Box

Boxwalla book subscription with succulent and cup of coffee.

Image via Boxwalla.

Genres: Classics and new releases, curated around compelling worldly themes.

The Cost: $29.95 every other month. Subscribe here!

What Our Readers Say: 

“I discovered a new favorite author through them and every box is filled with intelligent, thoughtfully-curated books of real literary value.” – inkchick

About the Box: Our readers adore the curation of the Boxwalla Book Box. Featuring compelling, unique literature, each bi-monthly shipment includes a mix of both classic and new authors and titles. This subscription is a beautiful way to read your way through all the finest niches literature has to offer, as well as familiarizing yourself with names that have remained relevant through the ages.

Check out our Boxwalla Book reviews and our Boxwalla Book info to learn more. Ships worldwide.


8. Coffee & A Classic

Coffee and a Classic June 2019 - Starter Box (Children's Classics)

Image from our review of the Starter Children’s Box.

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

The Cost: Starts at $38.89 per month. Subscribe here!

What Our Readers Say:

“They offer different flavors of coffee made in small batches (or you can choose tea or cocoa). Bonus, a great read is included!” – MizzMo

“She chooses great books and the curation for the bookish items is wonderful.” – Jess H.

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 or check out our Coffee & A Classic info to learn more. Ships to the US for free.


9. Once Upon a BookCase

Genres: Classics

The Cost: $26.00 per month. Subscribe here!

About the Box: Already have a full bookshelf or love reading on your Kindle? Once Upon a BookCase is for book-lovers, but it leaves the reading list to you and sends you fun bookish goodies instead! Each box comes with a novel-inspired phone case (choose your phone’s size) and a small literary gift such as a bookmark, notepad, or print, and an accessory. What a great way to flaunt your love for literature!

Check out our Once Upon a BookCase reviews and Once Upon a BookCase info to learn more. Ships worldwide.


10. Powell’s Indiespensable

powell's indiespensable unboxing all items

Image from our review.

Genres: New releases, with special attention to independent publishers

The Cost: $44.95/box, sent every 6 to 8 weeks. Subscribe here!

About the Box: Every avid reader dreams of a visit to Powell’s Books in Portland, Oregon. Well, the Indiespensable book subscription brings a taste of the place straight to you! Shipping every 6-8 weeks, this box sends another amazing, autographed book to subscribers. Included is a small info booklet, author interviews, and other info & insights related to the book you’ve just received.

Check out our Indiespensable reviews and Indiespensable info to learn more. Ships to the US for free, worldwide for $12.00.


11. Amazon Prime Book Box

Prime Book Box September 2019 - All Items Unboxed

Image from our review.

Genres: Children’s, from birth to age 12

The Cost: $16 for your first box, renews at $19.99 every 1, 2, or 3 months. Subscribe here!

What Our Readers Say:

“It has a nice variety.” – Jennifer W.

About the Box: Prime Book Box is a children’s subscription box exclusively for Amazon Prime members. They send books tailored to your child’s age to help families inspire a love for reading. The options are baby-2, ages 3-5, ages 6-8, and ages 9-12, and the offerings are as such: babies to age 2 receive four board books chosen from a curated selection of eight books. Kids ages 2-12 receive two hardcover books chosen from a curated selection of four books.

Check out our Amazon Prime Book Box reviews and Amazon Prime Book Box info to learn more. Ships free with Prime 2-day shipping.


12. The Bookish Box

The Bookish Box “A World Between the Covers” May 2019 - All Items Unboxed

Image from our review.

Genres: Young Adult or Adult options available; each send a number of different genres within those categories

The Cost: Plans start at $18 per month. 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, shirts, and bookish goods such as 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 our Bookish Box info to learn more. Ships worldwide.


13. Peace & Pages Box

Genres: Adult or YA options, with a focus on books that have received great reviews

The Cost: Starts at $20.99 per box (monthly or bi-monthly). Subscribe here!

COUPON: Use code HIGH5WELCOME to get 5% off your first box!

About the Box: “Relax with a good book,” seems like a common enough idea, but are you really unwinding when you read? Peace & Pages promotes a chilled out reading experience by sending calming self-care items from small businesses, alongside a book that received great reviews. The Basic Box sends the book plus two items, and the Deluxe Box includes the book plus four items. You can also choose to receive YA books, or, if you already have a stack of reads to get through, you can sign up for “Just the Peace, Please” to get the goodies without the book.

Check out our Peace & Pages reviews and our Peace & Pages info to learn more. Ships to the US only.


14. The Book Drop

Genres: Options for children, middle grade, YA, and adult readers (including Large Print)

The Cost: Starts at $7.83 per month. 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. 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 Book Drop reviews and our Book Drop info to learn more. Ships worldwide, except to Brazil, Colombia, & Peru.


15. Used Books Monthly

Genre: Mystery, Action/Adventure, General Fiction, Romance, or Non-fiction

The Cost: Starts at $5.79/month for 1 book. Subscribe here!

About the Box: Here’s an affordable book subscription for the environmentally conscious readers out there! Used Books Monthly subscribers choose from a 1-book, 2-book, or 4-book subscription, and indicate genre preferences. Beyond that, the selections are somewhat random! You can expect quality used books to arrive on your doorstep, and are encouraged to pass along the titles you’re finished with.

Ships to the US only.


That’s it for the 2020 Subscription Box Award Winners in the Best Books category! Did your favorite literary subscription make the list?

Written by MSA


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Comments (191)

  1. 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.

  2. 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.

  3. 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.

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

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

    • I looooove Literati!

  6. 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.

  7. 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

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

  9. I would try Coffee & A Classic

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

  11. 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 🙂

  12. Always wanted to try one of these!

  13. 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?)

  14. 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.

  15. 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!

  16. 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.

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

  18. 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! :]

  19. 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!

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

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

  22. 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

  23. 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.

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

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

  26. I’d like to try OwlCrate.

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

  28. I would get uppercase

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

  30. I’d love to try fairyloot!

  31. OwlCrate looks fun to try

  32. I’d like to try Bookish Box

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