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Today’s topic is all about book subscription boxes! For anyone who doesn’t know, book subscription boxes are monthly boxes you receive which typically contain one new or upcoming release book and a handful of bookish items. Many of the book subscription companies also occasionally do special editions of popular books that are exclusive to them.
BOXES I’VE SUBSCRIBED TO OR BOUGHT
I’ve gotten book boxes from a few different companies over the years. My only current subscriptions are:
✨ FairyLoot – FairyLoot is renown for having beautiful sprayed-edges on their books. I don’t think I’ve ever been disappointed by any of their boxes. Occasionally the boxes include a book and an upcoming ARC, which is awesome! They are based in the UK, so if you’re in the US like me you will have to pay a bit more for international shipping.
✨ OwlCrate – OwlCrate books almost always have a unique cover from the original (typically the colors are different), and they’re always really pretty! They’re based in the US and I find their prices totally worth what comes in the box.
✨ LitJoy Crate – I cancelled my subscription simply because I realized I was skipping a lot more renewals than I was keeping. However, LitJoy has some of the coolish and most useful bookish items that I’ve gotten. Their items are also super high quality! I bought the Muse of Nightmares special edition box and wow was everything in there amazing. This company is also based in the US.
✨ Illumicrate – This was actually the first book box I subscribed to, and it got off to a rough start. My first box never arrived, although it was shipped, and my replacement box also never arrived. I never had a problem after that, but I ended up cancelling my subscription once they switched from quarterly to monthly boxes as it became too expensive. I’d definitely reconsider resubscribing to them in the future though. They’re based in the UK as well.
On top of monthly subscriptions, many companies also allow consumers to purchase one-time boxes or special edition boxes. There are also many non-book subscription boxes available.
✨ Alchemy + Ink – This company sells decadently dark and gothic candles, along with a few other bookish items. I bought a special edition box from them one time and to this day it was the best box I’ve ever received. I haven’t seen any on their site in a while so I’m not sure if they still do them, which is a shame. It looks like they started a monthly candle subscription box though.
✨ Fabled Merch – I loved buying candles from Wick & Fable long before they started a separate site dedicated to subscription boxes. The company offers monthly candle subscription boxes, which include bookish merch, and a monthly pin club.
FAVORITE ITEMS I’VE RECEIVED
My biggest issue with subscription boxes is that a majority of the things that come in the box are useless to me. I have an entire container in my closet packed to the brim with things I either don’t use, or don’t use often enough to leave out. However, I have also gotten some really awesome things as well! A few of my favorite items include:
✨ Strange the Dreamer Umbrella
✨ Hair Scrunchies
✨ Lord of the Rings & Narnia Metal Bookends
✨ Lavender Linen Spray
✨ Reading Journals
✨ Reusable Utensils
✨ Handmade Tiara
ITEMS I’D LIKE TO SEE MORE OF
A girl can only own so many tapestries, art prints, and stickers. There are a lot more other more useful items that I would love to see included more often in subsciption boxes:
✨ Stackable Charm Bracelets
✨ Fairy Lights
OTHER SUBSCRIPTION BOXES TO TRY
In addition to the “bigger” book subscription boxes mentioned above, there are a whole bunch of lesser-known companies who also have great bookish merch. Some of these boxes also end up doing special edition books that look really awesome as well. I ordered the FaeCrate Empire of Gold Recovery kit and I’m super excited to see what’ll be inside!
Do you subscribe to any bookish boxes? What’s the coolest item you’ve ever gotten? Let me know in the comments!