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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 PACKABOOK to get your first book for just $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 Killer

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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 (194)

  1. I feel like Boxwalla is calling my name. I just started collecting hardcover favorites, classics and books Ive really been wanting to read.

    Fingers crossed!

  2. Hands down, it looks like owlcrate is going to be the winner for me.

  3. I would love to try litjoy box

  4. I haven’t done a book subscription yet. I would probably try Boxwalla or Coffee and a Classic.

  5. Fab fit fun

  6. They all look awesome! Book of the Month and Owlcrate look really interesting.

  7. I’ve never tried any of these and I’d like to try the Bookcase Club for my daughter. She’s a huge reader and I can never keep enough in stock here and it’s a great idea to keep kids excited for reading!

  8. I love the curation of Owl Crate and Bookish Box! So many fun goodies tucked in along with the book.

  9. I’d love to try Boxwalla.

  10. Once Upon a Book Club or the Bookish Box

  11. I would love to try Bookish Box

  12. Either lit joy or owl crate

  13. Owlcrate, litjoy or Fairy Loot! Those all look amazing!!

  14. Book of the Month club

  15. I’ve only tried BOTM but it’s a good box. They curate a good lineup of books to choose from, and the info on the site are helpful for choosing a book I’d like. My biggest complaint is that the payment is around 25th the month before, and you can only cancel by calling.

  16. I have never subscribed to any of these book boxes before but from just reading reviews on here my favorite one would probably be The Bookish Box because alot of the books they include seem like books that I would enjoy, plus I love how they include gifts along with the book and the gifts are usually bath products which is the kind of stuff that I enjoy receiving in a box.

  17. I’ve had BookCase.Club and Fresh Fiction and they were favorites of mine. Very good for the price. I would like to try Once Upon a Bookcase, the Bookish Box or The Bookworm Box. They all 3 look great!

  18. I would love to try the Bookish Box!! That seems fun!!

  19. I would love to try OwlCrate Jr or Coffee & a Classic!

  20. I would like to try a few! Coffee and a classic looks good!

  21. Boxwalla or Owlcrate! I am new to this type of a subscription box but would definitely love to try it out. 😊

  22. book of the month is classic but i always love the look of owl crate!

  23. Would love to try both Boxwalla and Powel ‘s .

  24. I like LitJoy

  25. My Thrill Club subscription box looks like something I will enjoy.

  26. I had a subscription to bomc, for awhile and liked it. I would be interested in trying once upon a book for the 1st time tho…

  27. I would like to try Bookish, Bookworm, or Once upon a book club. They all look n sound like good book subs.

  28. I love the value of BookCase.Club and the selection of Book of the Month. I most want to try Powell’s Indiespensible!

  29. I’ve never had a book subscription and Coffee and a Classics looks very interesting!! As I become older my interestes have changed and I now like coffee and tea more, I’m starting to appreciate nature and I’ve noticed that I am very more interested in reading a good book. (I’ve never liked to read in my life) Definitely I would try that one or Boxwalla!

  30. Once upon a bookcase sounds cool, as does coffee and a classic

  31. Would love to try Owl Crate or Lit Joy.

  32. I am a current BOMC subscriber, have subscribed to Boxwalla and loved it, have given my reader-granddaughter the YA version of Once Upon a Bookclub (she loves it), and would LOVE a subscription to Powell’s or a resub to Boxwalla. (That’s a lot of “loves”!!)

    I’m so excited by this contest — I’ll take more books over more beauty products any day of the week!

  33. I’ve not tried any of these book subscriptions but I would like to try Book of the Month or Once Upon a Book

  34. I had to cancel most of my subscriptions due to budget and lack of living space for all the stuff, but I miss Owl Crate the most!

  35. My Thrill Club looks interesting

  36. I love BOTM, but I would like to try Uppercase — I never get tired of reading YA fiction

  37. I really like what I see in Owlcrate, but Bookish Box and Book Of the Month look really interesting as well. Each of these boxes seem to bring something unique and intriguing! Book lovers, unite!

  38. I would probably try about any of them they all look good.

  39. I haven’t tried any of them yet, but Coffee & a Classic looks good!

  40. If I had to choose, Once Upon a Bookcase, but I’d like to see a subscription service with ebooks and items pertaining to the books.

  41. Book of the month is my favorite. It affordable and they have a good selection.

  42. I haven’t tried any but I would love to try Owlcrate or Bookish.

  43. i like using the BOTM selections to figure out what other books to read

  44. I’ve had my eye on Boxwalla and Bookish.

  45. Interested in OwlCrate, LitJoy and Boxwalla (or Uppercase, Bookish Box or Fairy). Guess that is why I haven’t tried any – I can’t make up my mind 🙂

  46. I’ve tried book of the month club! I’d love to try once upon a book club or bookworm box – coffee & a classic sounds good as well as litjoy crate.

  47. I have tried BOTM and Owlcrate in the past. I would love to try Coffee and a Classic,and Once Upon a Book Club. Actually they ALL look good to me:)

  48. to keep my school shelves stocked with cool stuff owlcrate tends to be my favorite

  49. I haven’t tried a Book box yet so no favorites. I would love to try Boxwalla, Powell’s, or Bookishly.

  50. I’d most like to try Once Upon a Bookcase.

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