Eight Bookish Subscription Boxes for Your Literary Valentine

February 10, 2016
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Still looking for the perfect gift for someone you love this Valentine’s Day? Consider one of these eight wonderful bookish subscription boxes, and books and other literary goodies will be delivered to your loved one all year long. From indie book packages to bundles of mystery novels to boxes of vintage wonders, there is something on this list for everyone.

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Book Riot Quarterly
The popular book blog Book Riot has its own Quarterly box! This is their general book box, but they also offer a Young Adult Quarterly.
What you get: 1-2 books, bookish accessories and artwork, notebooks, and other literary goodies!
How much? $50 per package
How often? Once every 3 months

This recently Kickstarted project just sent out its first subscriptions this year. The curators focus on experimental literature from independent presses and unique writing tools.
What you get: 1-2 indie press books, writing and bookmaking tools, and creative prompts and experiments.
How much? $37 per month, lower monthly rates for longer subscriptions
How often? Once a month

Brilliant Books Monthly
This subscription is a personalized service that chooses books for you based on your preferences. Plus, if you receive a book you don’t like or have already read, they give you the option to exchange it.
What you get: One book selected for you
How much? $185 – $295 per year, depending on format
How often? Once a month

Each month, BookCase sends a box of handpicked books from a certain genre. They offer six themed boxes, including romance, thriller, and young adult.
What you get: 2 books from your chosen genre
How much? $9.99 per month
How often? Once a month

Muse Monthly
The curators behind Muse Monthly believe that nothing beats “an afternoon spent curled up with a good story and a hot cuppa.” Because of this, each month they share their favorite books and teas with their subscribers.
What you get: One book and one box or tin of tea
How much? $21 per month
How often? Once a month

Powell’s Indiespensable
Portland’s favorite indie bookstore offers their own subscription box that often contains signed copies and first editions. They are currently closed to new subscribers, but will soon be offering more opportunities to join.
What you get: One special edition book, and additional related goodies.
How much? $39.95 per package
How often? Once every 6 weeks

Signed First Club
This is the perfect subscription for hardcore collectors. Previous signed first editions have included Donna Tartt’s The Goldfinch and Amy Tan’s The Valley of Amazement.
What you get: One signed first edition of a new release
How much? $420 per year
How often? Once a month

Prudence and the Crow
This subscription specializes in vintage books (at least twenty years old), collected from used bookstores everywhere.
What you get: One vintage book and a selection of bookish curios
How much? £12 (~$17) per month
How often? Once a month

by KM Bezner


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