One of the fastest growing branches of the book world is subscription boxes. They generally include a book plus some goodies that could relate to the book or genre. There are boxes where you can get multiple books, some where you know in advance. Mostly, the books are hinted at, but not explicitly said – some sleuthing is involved or you can just be surprised. These boxes also often come with a letter from the author and/or a signed book plate, which is great for people who can’t always get to author events.
Basically, there are boxes for everyone. You can even use some boxes to explore outside of YA – romance boxes, adult fiction and genre – some of the bigger subscription boxes even have separate MG box options.
Today, we’re telling you about some of our favorite YA book boxes, both ones you’ve heard of and ones you might’ve missed.
Owlcrate ($29.99 + shipping) is one of the most well-known boxes, selling tens of thousands each month and showing up at bookish events. Owlcrate started in March 2015 and grew quickly, including specialty and exclusive items from a number of shops. Each box is packed with high quality goodies that are beautiful and useful. Bonus: as of December 2016, there’s also an Owlcrate Jr box for middle grade readers!
Lit Cube Box ($34.95 + shipping) focuses on a lot of indie books with occasionally more well-known authors. They come with a lot of exclusive goodies and even have their own line of coffees. Know what else? They make a Stars Hollow box jam packed with Gilmore Girls inspired goodies every month. So, whether you love books . . . or the Gilmores . . . or coffee, there’s some good options for you here.
Mirror Book Box ($34.99 + shipping) is a newer YA box that focuses on diverse books, particularly ones that make readers think. Along with a diverse book, they’ll send a few themed goodies and some recommendations for other books you might like. They’re smaller and sometimes run behind, but their boxes all look fantastic.
ShelfLoveCrate ($29.99 + shipping) is a sci-fi and fantasy themed YA book crate that’s always jam packed with goodies and most of them are exclusives. Artwork, maps, prints, candles, mugs, bookmarks. You name it! They also make an exclusive postcard with a gorgeous print on one side for every box. In 2018 they’ll be launching ShelfLoveReads, which will provide more variety – contemporary reads, middle grade, and more.
Red.Blk.Grl ($34.95 + shipping) is a YA-focused book box that only features contemporary books written by black authors, about black characters. The books are sometimes slightly older, but they come with fun goodies like snacks, makeup and other treats that promote self-care.
MyBookBox ($39.95) is a slightly more customizable subscription box that allows you to select your favorite genres (Women’s Fiction, Mystery, Non-Fiction, Young Adult, Children 8-12 and Children 3-7) and they’ll send you two books that match the genres you like, plus a goodie. If you already have a book, you can send back the box to get credit for a future box or exchange one book for another in the shop.
PageHabit ($29.99 + shipping) has a variety of genres and categories for you to choose from, and the book you get will be annotated by the author (on post-it notes, for those of you who don’t want writing in your books). Some treats are thrown in there too, like a custom bookmark, online content, and a short story. For every box that’s purchased, part of the proceeds are donated to a charity that provides books for children.
The Bookish Box (Starting at $18 + shipping) offers a variety of packages, with their main package offering a book, a shirt, and other fun swag. They also have a store where you can buy some of the exclusives they designed for their boxes and do some one-off boxes that are pop culture based (think: Outlander, Doctor Who, and Harry Potter).
My Fanmail Box ($21.99 – $23.99 + shipping) is a bimonthly subscription box that generally caters to all things nerdy for women – pop culture items from lots of different fandoms. But they’re worth keeping an eye on because they’ll do one-off boxes based on specific books full of exclusive items. Some recent examples include a Warcross box, a Geekerella box, and an All the Crooked Saints box. These special boxes can get pricy, but they’re curated in partnership with the author or publisher. The boxes themselves are pretty gorgeous too.
LitJoyCrate ($29.99 + shipping) is a book box for all sorts of children’s lit – YA, MG, picture books, and even board books. From time to time, they also do special themed boxes for a new release and sometimes even work with the author to curate the box. Additionally, they feature an artist in every box and it’s gorgeous.
The Bookie Box ($30.00 + shipping) is a smaller box that comes from a candle shop. While there are many candle subscription boxes, each of these includes the book plus an exclusive candle and bookmark in addition to a few other themed goods. They’ve only done a few boxes, but they’ve done a stellar job with the ones we’ve seen so far.
There are dozens and dozens of other boxes out there, proving there really is a box for everyone! Do you have a favorite? Planning to check one of these out? Tweet us @piquebeyond and let us know.