Birchbox. Ipsy. Dollar Shave Club. Subscription box services are all the rage these days. Food, toiletries, beauty products, novelties — you name it, there's a box for it. But what about literary subscription boxes? Do they exist? And are they really worth it?
First off, yes. There are a lot of literary subscription boxes out there, probably more than you realize. The bookish corners of Instagram love OwlCrate and Book Riot's two quarterly boxes, but have you heard of Storyed Crate? The Cozy Reader Club? How about Sci-Squad?
Literary subscription boxes are as plentiful as those offering cute novelty items and snacks from Japan. Unlike most box services, however, many literary subscription boxes allow you to tailor your monthly shipments to your reading tastes. Some offer just two categories — adult and YA — while others give you children's, paranormal romance, and classics options as well.
Whether you have one, two, or 10 subscription boxes, you'll always be tempted to tack on another fun postal surprise to your roster. I'm not saying you have to sign up for all 12 of these literary subscription boxes, but I'm not not saying that, either. Check out the services listed below, and share your favorites with me on Twitter!
This brand-new literary subscription box pairs Ghirardelli Intense Dark Chocolates with signed copies of the season's best books. (Yes, chocolate + books.) The Savor the Dark Book Club is available in one-time or three-month subscriptions, with the first boxes shipping out in May 2016. Each box is $40, plus $5 shipping.
OwlCrate's themed boxes have taken Instagram by storm. Each month, subscribers get a new YA hardcover, bookish goodies, and handmade items. Past boxes have included Funko POP figurines, tote bags, and magnetic bookmarks. Plans start at $29.99 per month, plus shipping.
This literary subscription box ships each month with a T-shirt and assorted home and fashion items, all with book-nerdy themes. If you want mugs, candles, and shirts delivered to your door every month, Book(ish) Box is just right for you. Like OwlCrate, Book(ish) Box plans start at $29.99.
Book Riot Quarterly ships two literary novels and an original letter to you every three months. Past boxes have included notebooks, organizers, flasks, fashion accessories, and more. For all you get, the $50-per-package price point is a steal.
If you're all about experimental writing, hipster-ish crafting, and treats for aspiring writers, you need LitKit. The first box shipped in January 2016, and contained a literary journal issue, a chapbook, bookmarks, a story postcard, a writing prompt calendar, and "recycled rainbow paper pencils." Pay in advance for LitKit and get your boxes for less than $28 each.
The Book Drop offers four different subscriptions: The Austen, The Ernest, Young Adult, and Children. For as little as $9 a month, you'll get a hand-picked paperback delivered to your door. Past books include The Mango Bride and The Man Who Spoke Snakish.
BookCase.Club subscribers get to pick their genre before signing up to receive two titles each month. Pay monthly, quarterly, semi-annually, or yearly — the discounts get bigger as you go along!*
*Hot guy with loads of books not included.
Station One series writer Justin McLachlan curates this literary subscription box service. Every shipment comes with 20 free writing prompts from McLachlan, plus books, tools, and inspirational items to get you started. A month-to-month Storyed Crate subscription costs $20.
Just like the adult version, Book Riot YA Quarterly costs $50 per shipment and comes four times each year. Inside, you'll snag books, a letter, and assorted high-quality goodies.
10. Novel Tea Club
If you love the hug-in-a-mug that is tea, the Novel Tea Club is right for you. Starting at $24.99 per month, this literary subscription box contains a book, a package of tea, and extras, such as bubble baths, cookies, and candles.
11. Cozy Reader Club
On the more expensive side of things is the Cozy Reader Club, which bears a $64.95 per month price tag. But that gets you a book, artisinal hot beverage, a handmade clothing item, and a gourmet treat. If you're looking to indulge, this is a great place to start.
I haven't forgotten you, sci-fi fans and comic book readers. For $30 per month, Sci-Squad will send you a brand-new graphic novel or trade paperback — sci-fi and fantasy only — and themed goodies. Pre-order now through Indiegogo.
Image: Courtesy of Savor the Dark Book Club and Ghirardelli Chocolate Company