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Can You Return Kindle Books? Our How-To Guide

It’s all too easy to make the mistake of accidentally clicking “Buy” while scrolling through books on your Kindle, and many major bookworms have certainly gotten excited about purchasing a Kindle deal only to realize, whoops, you already have that book on your shelves! In these cases, many people wonder–can you return Kindle books? The answer is yes! While you won’t be able to return all of your unread books on your Kindle, the Amazon Kindle book return limit allows customers to return Kindle books within seven days of purchase. Here’s your breakdown of how to return Kindle books, complete with step-by-step instructions and screenshots!

First off, let’s address when you accidentally click “Buy” on a book while using your Kindle. These slips of the finger are the easiest to correct because your Kindle will automatically show you a page confirming the purchase of your Kindle book. They will also include a little link that reads, “Purchased by accident? Cancel order.” One you click on the link, the purchase will be automatically reversed and you will not be charged for the Kindle book. 

This is great for accidental purchases, especially if a little one gets a hold of your Kindle and goes on a spending spree! Amazon also offers parental control options to limit unintentional purchases in the app or on your Kindle. If you or your child use a Kindle Reader, you may change your settings to require a password for every in-reader purchase. If you or your child use a Kindle Fire, you may set limits and require passwords for purchases. This is managed in settings.

But let’s say you make an accidental purchase and the confirmation page vanishes, or your buy a Kindle book from the browser and then change your mind! You may still return the book, as long as it is done within seven days of purchase. Keep in mind that while return will be processed immediately, your refund may not take immediate effect–Amazon must review the refund request to decide if a book is eligible for return. This is to prevent speedy readers from purchasing books, reading them, then returning them for a full refund.

In order to return a Kindle book, you must first log into your account. Then, click on your Account & Lists to bring up a drop-down menu, and click on Your Digital Content & Devices. 

The page that should appear is a list of all of your digital book content purchased from Amazon. To the left of each item on the list should be a gray square with three dots inside it. Find the book you wish to return and click on the square next to the title.

A pop-up will appear with a list of options as well as the purchase price and the date purchased. If the book is one that you’ve purchased within the last seven days, one of the options on the list should be “Return for Refund.” if you are certain that you want to return your Kindle book, click on that link.

Another pop up will appear, asking you to confirm that you would like to return the book for a full refund. It will also include a drop down menu of reasons why you would like to return the book. Select a reason.

Once you’ve selected your reason for the return, click Return for Refund!

The report will be sent to Amazon, and someone will review your refund request. You will receive an email when the return is approved and your refund will be processed within 3-5 business days!

If you want to return a book that you purchased more than seven days previously, you will not find the “Return for Refund” option in the drop down menu, even if you have not read or opened the book. The window for return has passed.

How to return Kindle Unlimited books

Now, what about Kindle Unlimited books? The process is exactly the same, only you can return Kindle Unlimited books at any time! That’s because technically, you do not own Kindle Unlimited books–you are simply borrowing them from the Kindle Unlimited library, and Amazon does not enforce a due date.

If you want to see how to return books on Kindle Unlimited, follow the instructions above–only instead of clicking “Return for Refund” you will find an option that simply says “Return”! Then you are free to find your next great read! If you want to learn more about canceling Kindle Unlimited, check out our guide on how to cancel Kindle Unlimited.

Find your next perfect book (no return required!)

Speaking of finding your next great read…if you’re looking for high-quality, personalized ebook recommendations or quarterly subscriptions of print books, check out TBR: Tailored Book Recommendations! TBR is an amazing service that takes into account your personal reading tastes, likes and dislikes, what you’ve read before and what you want to read next to offer you the most personalized book recommendations ever!

To get started, simply fill out our reader survey. Then, you will be assigned to an expert Bibliologist that will review your responses carefully and even check your Goodreads profile (if applicable) to find three new books that you will love! You can choose to receive your recommendations in two different ways–as a digital recommendation letter in your inbox, or as three new hardcovers delivered straight to your door! Go the digital route, and you can then download your ebook recommendations right away from Amazon (hopefully you won’t be returning them!). If you choose the Hardcover level, you’ll receive three brand new hardcover books and a personalized recommendation letter from us within two weeks! The books ship from our partner bookstore, Print: A Bookstore in Portland, ME.

Life is too short to waste time on books you don’t love or aren’t going to read–clean up your digital library and get great personalized recommendations with TBR today!

25 Fascinating EDUCATED Book Club Questions

Has your book club picked Educated by Tara Westover as your next read? This inspiring memoir about one woman’s tough upbringing in a survivalist family and her fight for escape and education is arguably one of the most talked about books of the last year–but just in case you need some help getting the conversation going, we’ve compiled a list of 25 Educated book club questions for your next meeting! Pick and choose which questions are most interesting to you, make sure your book club snacks and drinks of choice are ready to go, and get talking!

Educated book club questions

Why do you think that Tara Westover chose the Virginia Woolf epigraph at the beginning of her story?

What’s your favorite quote or passage from the book?

What aspects of Tara’s journey do you most relate to?

Were there any gaps to Tara’s story you wish she had filled in?

Tara’s pursuit of education often feels like a rebellion toward her family and upbringing–how does it differ from her other siblings’ acts of rebellion? How is it the same?

Often we like to talk about how birth order affects development–do you think that Tara’s life would have been different if she were the oldest, or middle child, rather than the youngest?

Growing up so far removed from the world and conventional education, Tara had many gaps in her knowledge of the world, including not understanding the meaning of “holocaust.” Discuss how the moment when she realizes this gap impacted her. Are there any other significant knowledge gaps that you discovered in your own education journey?

Throughout the book, Westover works to challenge and sometimes dispel the “truths” that are presented to her by her father, in order to make up her own mind about the world. Was there ever anyone in your life whose words you took to be true but then later found yourself disagreeing? How do you know if something is true?

Consider what obtaining an education entails. Oftentimes, when we think of the word, we think of school: classes, lectures, study groups. But much of Tara’s education occurred outside of the classroom. Who else, aside from her teachers, helped educate Tara? 

A significant moment in the book is when Tara asks a professor for advice and he encourages her to apply to Cambridge, claiming that she must learn what she is capable of and then figure out who she is. Do you agree with that advice? Was there ever a time in your life when you received similar advice? How did it work out for you?

Tara’s father asserts that his homeschooling can’t have been that bad, considering Tara went on to do so well in her education and obtained her PhD. Do you think that she succeeded academically because of him, or in spite of him? Were there any lessons he imparted to her that helped her succeed academically?

Tara’s mother also strove to impart many lessons on womanhood and how women ought to act or behave. Were there any lessons that Tara took to heart? What did Tara reject? How did this affect her relationship with her mother?

Discuss the effect of the Westover parents’ faith on the family. Do you think that their faith had the desired impact on the family’s growth and development? How did it affect the Westover siblings?

How do you think Tara’s relationship with her father changed throughout the book? Her relationship with her mother? Did your perception of her parents change as you read? Did your perception of her relationship with them change at all?

Tara talks about how a person’s actions and inactions add up to shape the course of their lives, but her life was also affected by many seemingly random accidents. To what extent are we shaped by our choices, and by events that happen to us?

Tara talks about “recasting” her mind in college–do you believe that one’s mind can be completely recast? Do you think Tara remade herself, or is she still the same girl she was as a teenager, with more perspective?

Does this feel like this book is an honest depiction of what actually happened? How important is objectivity to you when it comes to reading memoirs? What are some examples of moments where you believe Tara was being extra truthful, or when she might have been bending the truth slightly?

After reading Educated, has your perception of what makes up an education changed?

Tara writes, “You could call this selfhood many things…Transformation. Metaphorosis. Falsity. Betrayal. I call it an education.” What do you make of this? Do you agree with her assessment?

If you could ask Tara anything after reading her memoir, what would it be?

Which character, aside from Tara, would you most like to meet?

What did you know about Educated before you read it? What questions do you still have after reading?

Can you think of any other hard-hitting memoirs about transformation or family that are similar to Educated? What would you recommend to readers who enjoyed this book? What would you recommend to readers who might not have enjoyed Educated?

If this book were to be made into a movie, who do you think should play Tara? How about the other characters?

Would you read another memoir or book by Tara, if she wrote one?

Find your next book club pick

If it’s your turn to pick the next book club pick and you’re stumped for options, check out our list of the best 2019 book club recommendations! If you still need help finding great reads, sign up for TBR: Tailored Book Recommendations! TBR is a subscription service that offer personalized book recommendations either straight to your email inbox, or we’ll send brand-new hardcover books straight to your door every quarter.

Simply fill out our reader survey and let our expert Bibliologists pick out three books tailored exactly to your reading tastes. You’re sure to love them–and your book club will, too! Here’s an in-depth look at how it works!

OwlCrate vs TBR: Which One Is Right For Me?

Are you ready to invest in a book subscription service? With so many options out there, it can be hard to make a decision! If you’re trying to choose between Owlcrate vs TBR: Tailored Book Recommendations, we’ve broken down the details of the two services so you can see which book subscription service is the best one for your literary lifestyle, and make an informed decision!

TBR: Tailored Book Recommendations

Format: Choose between the Digital or Hardcover levels. The Digital level gets you three recommendations via email, delivered as a personalized recommendation letter. The Hardcover level includes three handpicked, new hardcover books, delivered to your door with a personalized recommendation letter!  The Digital level is available worldwide, but the Hardcover level is available to U.S. residents only.

Frequency: Quarterly, cancel or change your subscription at any time.

Price: The Digital level costs $15 per quarter, or $50 annually. The Hardcover level is $79 + $4.99 shipping per quarter, or $300 annually, with free shipping! 

How It Works: Start by filling out our reader survey. We’ll ask you about your reading tastes, your favorite books, authors, TV shows, and movies. You can also tell us how adventurous you want to be in your recommendations, what you might want to read more of, and link your Goodreads profile to your account. You’ll be matched to an expert Bibliologist who will read your responses carefully and check your Goodreads account, if applicable, and then recommend three books to you. If you’ve picked the digital level, you’ll get your recommendations via email in about a week. If you’ve picked the hardcover level, you’ll get three new hardcovers delivered to your door within two weeks, shipped by our partner Print: A Bookstore in Portland, ME.

Gifting: Available soon! Sign up to be notified when gifting options become available.

Feedback: After you receive your recommendations, you can log into your TBR account and give feedback on the books you received or were recommended, and general feedback to your Bibliologist. You can also rate your recommendations. This is an important part of the process as it allows the Bibliologists to pick the best books for you!


Format: A box with one new YA hardcover book published within 45 days of delivery, and three to five bookish goodies, and occasionally exclusive content from the author. Available worldwide.

Frequency: Monthly, cancel your monthly subscription any time.

Price: $29.99 per month, or $86.96 for three months, or $167.94 for six months, plus monthly shipping (varies according to country). 

How it works: It’s super easy to subscribe to OwlCrate! Simply choose your subscription plan, and then wait for your box to be shipped. Every month you’ll receive a brand new YA hardcover, often with an OwlCrate exclsive cover and signed book plate, plus a goodie from the author, such as a note about the book. You’ll also receive 3-5 bookish goodies from other small businesses or created by the OwlCrate team as exclusives for subscribers. These include tote bags, pins, beach towels, pens, cups and mugs, and more! Each box is curated around a theme, and often includes objects from other YA fandoms.

Gifting: Gift subscriptions are available for monthly, quarterly, or six-month subscriptions.

Feedback: While OwlCrate boxes are nonreturnable and nonrefundable, the OwlCrate team has curated a large bookish online community so that you can connect with other readers, and they do their best to listen to the community. However, their selection process for books happens many months in advance due to the fact that they work with publishers to develop exclusive editions of new releases for their boxes.

OwlCrate vs TBR: Which one is right for me?

While OwlCrate and TBR are both book subscription services, they offer different experiences. OwlCrate is a great subscription service if you love getting monthly mail and you like exclusive book editions, signed bookplates, and the goodies that come with the subscription! You won’t be able to find their goodies anywhere else online, and they’re perfect for mega YA fans! The downside is that you don’t get much say in what you receive. OwlCrate does a good job of including books across genres, although they tend to skew towards fantasy and speculative fiction, and their boxes are nonreturnable on the off chance you’ve already read or purchased the book or don’t care for the goodies included. You may skip a month if you have a monthly subscription, but you can’t skip when you have a 3-month or 6-month subscription.

TBR, in contrast, is a highly personalized service that gives readers the power decide what they want to receive. With two subscription tiers, it offers affordable options, and you can change your subscription level at any time. While the books and subscriptions are nonrefundable, you can give direct feedback on what you receive so that your Bibliologists can better recommend new and new-to-you titles next time, and Bibliologists take every step to ensure that they don’t recommend something already on your radar or in your read stack! TBR also is not just a YA book service–Bibliologists recommend books in all age categories, in all genres–it is entirely up to the reader to decide what to receive. TBR does not come with signed books or exclusive editions, though. It’s a just-the-books service!

From a financial standpoint, TBR and OwlCrate are fairly comparable. OwlCrate and the Hardcover level of TBR each offer the equivalent of a book per month. OwlCrate is slightly more expensive, even if you buy a 3-month or 6-month plan, but you get a bit more: extra bookish goodies. TBR offers two subscription levels, which OwlCrate does not. The Digital level is great for people who might not be ready to fork over $30+ per month on a subscription service, but the Hardcover level is slightly less expensive than OwlCrate and while it doesn’t have the frills and exclusives, you get more of a say in which books you receive while still getting a surprise! When you buy a subscription from OwlCrate, you are supporting indie designers of the bookish goodies and publishers directly with your purchase. When you buy a Hardcover level subscription from TBR, your book purchases support our partner independent bookstore, Print: A Bookstore in Portland, ME.

Still not sure? Check out this in-depth look at how TBR works, and this break down comparing TBR vs Book of the Month! No matter which service you choose, you’re guaranteed to discover more great books! Sign up for TBR here.

The Best Romance Book Subscription Services

Do you like your books packed with dreamy love interests, romantic tension, swoony kisses, and wrapped up neatly with a happily ever after? If you can’t get enough romance in your life, consider signing up for a romance novel subscription box so that you can get romance novels delivered directly to your door on a regular basis! We’ve compiled a list of various romance book subscription services, comparing the perks, pricing, and sub-genres so you can find the perfect romance novel subscription for your reading life!

Totally Booked

Totally Booked offers two options–romance and YA! The romance option is called My Guilty Pleasures, but we don’t think you need to feel guilty at all for snagging this subscription at $25. You’ll get two new releases each month, plus a candle, an edible treat, and 1-2 bookish goodies that promise to be useful! If you are picky about your sub-genres, you may choose between historical romance subscription, or New Adult or traditional romance! If you love all three genres, you can pick the “surprise me!” option.

Bubbles & Books

If your favorite pastime is reading romance while relaxing in the bathtub, this is the perfect subscription service! The standard box starts at just $24.99 per month, and each box includes one new release in print and five ebooks (choose from contemporary, paranormal, or historical romance subscriptions), plus five luxury bath items that include bath salts and bombs, face masks, handmade soaps, lip balms, and other items to pamper yourself. Go premium and get an additional print book and even more bath items! It’s the perfect subscription to keep you well read and maybe a little pruny.

The Bookworm Box

Created by bestselling romance author Colleen Hoover, this subscription service is awesome because it offers a range of options for all budgets, and each purchase contributes to charities. The focus of these boxes is also on discovering new and indie authors, so you’ll likely find great reads before anyone else! Starting at just $9.99 per month, you can choose from ebook and print book options, and all boxes come with letters from the authors. The swag options are great, too, making this a great choice for the ultimate romance fan!

Fresh Fiction Box

If you’re a romance fan who loves it all and just wants the best books at the best price, the Fresh Fiction Box is the way to go. For just $25.95 per month, you will receive three to five print books and one to three ebooks (you’ll get a download link). Each box is packed at random, so everyone’s box differs slightly, but books are picked from a wide range of new titles each month. This box is just the books, so if you’d rather not collect lots of goodies and just want a source for great books, this is a great way to do just that!

Let It Bee Love Box

Let It Bee is a great service that offers a romance/chick lit box in addition to kids and teen boxes. Each box is lovingly put together with a a new release book signed by the author, an exclusive book mark or art print, bee themed goodies and reader merchandise, all with an emphasis on handmade and cozy products. Plans start at just $32 for the Love Box, and you can even add on a box for your young (or young at heart) readers!

Until Midnight Box

If paranormal romance is your jam, this box is the perfect way to treat your shelf–and yourself! Although it comes in at a little higher cost ($45 per month), it’s packed with a new paranormal romance novel, a piece of jewelry, chocolate or other treats, a bookmark, a tea, and one other goodie, such as a bath bomb. All of the items are dark and moody and picked to align perfectly with the theme of your book!

Book Case Club

For an inexpensive and no-frill option, Booking for Love from Book Case Club is an affordable option. For just $14.95, you’ll receive two romance novels. This service allows you to pick between contemporary, paranormal, and historical fiction to ensure you get just the type of romance you’re looking for!

Romance 911

Harlequin, the publisher of romance novels, is a true pioneer of the romance subscription service! They offer both print and ebook services that are highly customizable to your reading tastes and plans start at $11.99 per month. Choose between their various romance lines, and enjoy lots of free bonuses such as two free books when you sign up. The downside is that you’ll only receive books published by Harlequin, but when they publish so much you’ll never run out of reading material!

Big Reads

Are you a romance reader who enjoys print books but struggle with the tiny print in mass market paperbacks? This is the service for you! Big Reads has a romance-only option where they deliver one new large print romance novel to your doorstep each month. You’ll also get the occasional bookish goodie for being a long-time subscriber! Large print books can be expensive and most subscription services don’t offer them, but this service makes it easy to bulk up your large print library at only $18.75 per month!

The Ripped Bodice Blind Date With a Book

Although not a subscription service in the strictest sense, this is an amazing service from the U.S.’s only romance-only independent bookstore, The Ripped Bodice in Los Angeles, CA! At $8 per mass market paperback and $12 per trade paperback, you can get a surprise book in the mail, wrapped with a little teaser with what the book is about! The surprise is half the fun, and The Ripped Bodice makes it affordable to treat yourself to a carefully curated book. The perk of this not being an ongoing subscription service is you can indulge as often or as infrequently as you like!

And if you need even more romance recommendations, check out our list of the 15 best funny romance novels! Want even more romance book subscription services? Happy to oblige! Sign up for TBR: Tailored Book Recommendations! TBR is the only book subscription service that gives you handpicked, personalized book recommendations. To get started fill out our reader survey and let us know what you want more of, what you don’t like, and tell us some favorites. You can even link us to your Goodreads page so we don’t recommend something you’ve already read. Then, we’ll deliver three book recommendations either to your email inbox, or as new hardcover books straight to your doorstep.

Want to find out more? See how it works in detail.

15 of the Best YA Book Club Recommendations

Whether you’re looking for your next great read for a teen book group, or your book club is full of adults who are young at heart, YA books make awesome book club picks! Short YA books and books with fast plots are great for busy readers, and they’re just as entertaining and rich for discussion as that literary tome you pretended to finish. We’ve compiled a list of 15 of the best YA book club recommendations of 2019 so you can spice up your next book club meeting!

Darius the Great is Not Okay by Adib Khorram

Darius has always felt like he’s not enough–not Persian enough, not American enough, not good enough for his dad. When his family makes a trip to Iran to visit his mom’s extended family, Darius gains a new perspective on his family and identity, and especially on his relationship with his white father. This is a wonderful pick about friendship, family, and living with mental illness.

Sadie by Courtney Summers

For the true crime pordcast-obssesed members of your book club, pick up this novel about Sadie, a young woman who goes missing after her younger sister is murdered. The book is told in alternating chapters: from the POV of a podcast producer who is writing a podcast about Sadie’s disappearance and attempts to track her down, and from the POV of Sadie as she remains one step ahead of the podcaster. This book will spark discussions around story, true crime as entertainment, and how young women are preyed upon.

Scythe by Neal Shusterman

In a futuristic world where death has been eradicated and people can “reset” themselves down to a younger age, Scythes randomly “glean” people to control the population. Two teens become apprentices to a legendary Scythe, and find themselves drawn into a power struggle among Scythedom. Will they turn against each other, or will they remake the world? This high-concept book has thrilling world-building details and big moral questions that make it ripe for discussion!

Patron Saints of Nothing by Randy Ribay

Jay is looking forward to a chill summer before starting college, but when he learns that his cousin in the Philippines has been murdered, his world is rocked. What’s worse, his family refuses to talk about the murder, and so he heads to the Philippines to discover the truth…and learns a shocking amount about government policy and his own complicity from the other side of the world. Great for a discussion that takes readers outside of the U.S.!

Internment by Samira Ahmed

Set in the near future where Muslim Americans are forced into internment camps, this book follows Layla Amin and her parents. As they adjust to their new reality, Layla makes friends inside the camp and struggles to maintain contact with her boyfriend on the outside. Together, they spark a rebellion against the camp director that will have far-flung consequences. With eerie echoes of American history, this book is timely and a great source of discussion.

The Things She’s Seen by Ambelin and Ezekiel Kwaymullina

Beth, an Aboriginal teen girl, is a ghost. Her detective father has been wracked with grief ever since the car accident that claimed her life, and she can’t move on until she knows he’ll be all right. She decides that he needs a case to connect him to the world once more, and so she encourages him to look into a small town fire and the unidentifiable body it left behind. But their investigation turns up dark secrets about this small town that will have a direct impact on Beth’s ability to move on. Otherwordly, but with a unique perspective, this is a slim but powerful book.

A Heart in the Body in the World by Deb Caletti

When Annabelle experiences a traumatic event, she decides to go on the run. Literally. She decides to run from Seattle to D.C., followed by her Grandpa Ed in his RV. As the miles drop past and Annabelle gains a unique support team, she finds the courage and the strength to confront her past. This is a timely book to add to your #MeToo discussion line-up.

With the Fire on High by Elizabeth Acevedo

Printz Award and National Book Award winner Elizabeth Acevedo returns with a second powerful novel about Emoni, a teen mom weighed down with responsibility for her daughter, her abuela, and her school and work. Her escape and her passion is cooking, but she must be realistic–and how can she make a career from her passion? This is a book by Acevedo, so you know it’ll be a beautifully written coming of age story with strong emotion and family ties.

Dig by A.S. King

A.S. King’s novels are surrealist explorations of life, society, and important issues affecting teens. Her latest novel is no exception–it’s about five teens who are struggling in their own ways, and whose lives could be enriched by money. Their grandparents have money, but since they consider themselves “self-made” they decline to pass it on. This is a powerful book about privilege, race, money, and what it really means to make your own way in the world.

Shout by Laurie Halse Anderson

If your book club is familiar with the work of YA superstar Laurie Halse Anderson, her new memoir is a great read! Part personal history of her teen years, and part memoir of finding her voice years after her assault, this is a powerful and poetic book about not just speaking out, but shouting your truth.

The Art of Breaking Things by Laura Sibson

Skye likes to party hard and can’t wait to get out of high school. She’s got her eye on art school in the fall, but her plans fall apart when her mom’s ex-boyfriend walks back into their lives. She never told anyone about what he did to her when she was younger, and now she’s torn between getting as far away as possible or staying to protect her little sister. But with some support and courage, she might be able to find a third option–speaking out.

The Best Lies by Sarah Lyu

If your book club likes pyschological thrillers, then this twisty book about a girl, her boyfriend, her best friend, and a murder is perfect. Remy thought that she had the perfect boyfriend and best friend in Jack and Elise…until Jack is murdered and Elise is arrested. Now, she must revisit everything she thought she knew about their friendship to determine the truth about Jack’s death.

The Downstairs Girl by Stacey Lee

For a feminist and unflinching book, pick up the latest historical novel by Stacey Lee. Set in 1890’s Atlanta, it follows Chinese American Jo Kuan who starts an anonymous advice column to cope with a difficult job as a lady’s maid to a young white woman. As her column gains in popularity, it becomes even more difficult for Jo to keep her identity secret, especially as she tackles difficult issues of racism, class, and society.

Dear Rachel Maddow by Adrienne Kisner

Brynn hits rock bottom after a break up and family tragedy, and finds herself enrolled in remedial classes. She copes by writing emails to Rachel Maddow, and watching her show daily. When an injustice in her school gets Brynn riled up, she decides to take a page from Rachel’s book and take a stand–with surprising consequences. The unique structure of this book, and what it reveals about the characters, will be a fun discussion.

Death Prefers Blondes by Caleb Roehrig

For a really fun book club romp, pick up this audacious story about socialite Margo Manning who, along with her gang of drag queen friends, pulls off daring heists in order to bankroll more noble pursuits. If your book club needs some laughs along with some surprisingly insightful discussion points about diversity and privilege, this book is for you!

Are you in need of even more great YA book recommendations? Check out TBR: Tailored Book Recommendations for personalized book picks based on your tastes and reading history! You can fill out the reader survey, designate what you’re looking for, and expert Bibliologists will pick out three books based on your responses. You can even choose to receive your picks as recommendations in your inbox, or sent directly to you from our partner indie bookstore, Print: A Bookstore in Portland, ME! Get started now!

The Best Subscription Boxes for Book Lovers

Are you ready to treat your self and your shelf to a book subscription service? With so many subscription boxes for book lovers out there, it can be hard to keep up with which subscription services are the best, or even just find the best book subscription for you! That’s where we come in! We’ve come up with a list of the best book subscription boxes of 2019 with everything you need to know before you subscribe!

Best Subscription Boxes for Book Lovers

TBR: Tailored Book Recommendations – mytbr.co

If you are all about the books and you want recommendations that are personalized to YOU and your reading, TBR is the service for you. With flexible pricing, it’s even affordable for everyone! Here’s how it works: You fill out a reader survey with your interests, favorite genres and books, and what you want to read more of. You can even include a link to your Goodreads page! Then, expert Bibliologists read your survey responses carefully and pick three books, just for you! You can choose to receive your recommendations via email (digital subscription) or as three brand-new hardcover books, which come from Print: A Bookstore in Portland, ME. You’ll be given the opportunity to provide feedback to your Bibliologist on your picks, and can change your survey responses at any time! The digital-only subscription costs $15 per quarter, and the hardcover subscription is $79 per quarter.

Introverts Retreat

This is the subscription box for the proud introvert and has everything you need to enjoy a cozy night in–a paperback general fiction book written by a female author, an exclusive bookmark, and 5-6 goodies to help you relax while you read! Pricing starts at $13.99, and they even offer one-time surprise boxes if you want to just try it out!

Literati Culturo & Insisto

Literati Bookstore is an indie bookstore in Ann Arbor, MI offering exclusive, signed editions of hardcover books (Culturo) and paperback books (Insisto). They pick literary releases for their hardcover club, and indie press first edition paperbacks for their paperback club. All books are signed, and the pricing is exactly the cost of the book, plus shipping. As a bonus, if you’re a Culturo subscriber, you’ll get free one-of-a-kind art prints from Wolverine Press at random times throughout the year!

Feminist Book Club

If you want a subscription book box that is so much more than just books and things, the Feminist Book Club is for you! You’ll receive a book that will depend your understanding of intersectional feminism plus 2-4 products created by women-owned businesses. The magic of this box is that you’ll also gain exclusive entry into a secret Facebook group where there are expert-led discussions and members can weigh in on the next month’s book pick. Books + community + feminism = perfection. Boxes start at $45.

Fresh Fiction Books

Geared toward female readers, Fresh Fiction Books offers an expansive subscription that combines both print and ebooks to deliver 5-7 books in each box. While Fresh Fiction is open to any genre, their focus is on romance novels of all type! While this box in not customizable (all boxes are packed at random), it is affordable with plans starting at $25.95 per month!


If you read for personal growth, CoachCrate will help you take your journey to the next level! Each box contains a self-help book along with an exclusive reading guide developed by CoachCrate and 3-6 items that fit with the theme of the book and are intended to help you either relax, grow, or challenge yourself. Each box will also give you exclusive online access to 2-4 recorded coaching videos, helping you go deeper into the book and your reading experience. The box also promises an extra coaching session, either in a live call, worksheets, or guided meditations! Pricing starts at $40 per month!

Book of the Month

If you want a subscription service that will deliver brand new books, then Book of the Month is the way to go. Each month, their judges pick a small selection of new releases to choose from. They vary in genre, but they tend to be adult books in literary and general fiction categories, with an occasional genre book slipped in for good measure. For $14.99, you get a new book each month, and you can add a book to your shipment for an additional $9.99.

Unplugged Book Box

Unplugged wants to you put down the phone and get lost in a good book! Choose from YA or adult books, and receive one book (hardcover or paperback–you choose!), plus 4-6 self-care products and exclusive activities designed to help you unplug and be more present in your life! Plans start at $33 per month!

The Strand Books: The Book Hook Up

If you want a first edition signed book club subscription, plus goodies, then The Strand Bookstore’s The Book Hook Up us for you! Prices vary by genre, which you can choose, but most start at $55 per month. The bookstore picks out a brand-new release, which is signed, and they pair it with a paperback and assorted goodies from either the Strand or their partner companies! 

The Wordy Traveler

Perfect for the reader afflicted with wanderlust, The Wordy Traveler offers international fiction, free-trade goodies, a limited edition art print, and special products made by women from all over the world. This quarterly service has two box options: The Backpacker, which contains one book, and the Suitcase, which contains three books. Pricing starts at $38 per quarter.


Powell’s Books in Portland, OR offers a fantastic subscription service for readers who want to read the best that independent presses have to offer! A new box is available every 6-8 weeks, and each one contains a new book from an indie press, an exclusive slipcase, a Q&A with the author, plus goodies. The goodies could be anything from another book (paperback or ARC), journals, pens, or tea or snacks!

Coffee and a Classic

Coffee and a Classic offers just that–a classic book, something to sip, and two bookish items and a bookmark. This service offers a Starter box with all of those items, and the Standard box comes with all of those items, plus a snack and an exclusive mug. You can choose from Classic Fiction, Classic Nonfiction, and Children’s Classics. This is an excellent box if you want to work more classics into your reading life, plus they have tea and hot chocolate options if coffee isn’t your jam! Pricing starts at $28 per month.

My Lit Box

My Lit Box celebrates books by writers of color! It’s a quarterly service that offers a brand new book, plus 2 bookish goodies. The ordering window is very limited–you can only order in February, May, August, and November–so we recommend signing up for their newsletter for a reminder when ordering opens up!

Call Number

This fun monthly service is library-themed and celebrates contemporary Black authors! It contains four options–book only, complete box, fiction, and nonfiction! With the book-only subscription, you’ll get the book and library packet containing a catalog card, spine label, and logo sticker. The complete box will get you that, plus 2-4 goodies! Pricing starts at $19 per month!

Culture Carton

Designed for men, Culture Carton is a monthly service that includes a lifestyle book and a few luxury lifestyle items. Past items have included wallets, grooming kits, ties, and hats. The books are a range of newer paperbacks and classics. Monthly subscriptions start at $45 per month.

My Coffee and Book Club

Perfect for the coffee-loving reader, this service offers a 12 oz bag of coffee (whole beans or grounds), plus two hardcovers in the genre of your choice! This service adds new coffee blends monthly, plus they send you an ebook for on-the-go reading! Starts at $31.99 per month.

Go Love Yourself

This is a service with a unique tier of self-help options! The most basic plan gives you the book, plus customized guides and reading questions. The Deluxe box gives you all of that, plus 3-5 goodies and access to a “courage” community to help you along in your journey. The Group Coaching option gets you all of this, plus an hour-long coaching session. All of the books chosen are based in science, and actionable. Starts at $30 per month.


Are you a writer as well as a reader? This box is for you. Each box includes a new fiction book, plus writerly gifts, an invitation to chat with a publishing professional, and a craft lesson from a bestselling writer! This is the perfect box to satisfy your itch for good books while also keeping you motivated as you pen your own bestseller. Starts at $27.50 per month!

Bookish Box

If you love the goodies that come in many subscription boxes, this is the service for you! Choose between Adult or Young Adult books, and then customize your experiences so you can get book and goodies, book and a t-shirt, or all three! Plus, this service has an add-on shop, ensuring that you get everything that you want! Boxes start at $18 per month.

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The 25 Best Book Recommendations in 2019

With so many different best books of 2019 lists to choose from, it’s hard to know which books are truly the best! Never fear! If you’re looking for the best of the best recommended books to read, we’ve gone through and picked the most-mentioned books in a variety of lists in order to give you the best book recommendations in 2019!

American Spy by Lauren Wilkinson

A young Black woman is hired by the CIA to spy on the president of Burkina Faso in this fast-paced thriller set in the 1980’s. The mission will challenge everything that she understands about what it means to be a good person and a good American.

Daisy Jones & the Six by Taylor Jenkins Reid

Written as an oral history, this novel is about Daisy Jones, an aspiring singer, and The Six, an up and coming band in the 1970’s. When Daisy and The Six’s lead singer come together, their stardom is legendary. So, too, is the fallout from their collaboration.

The Collected Schizophrenias: Essays by Esmé Weijun Wang

When Wang was diagnosed with schizophrenia , she was inspired to take a deep look into the myriads of experiences that those who have schizophrenia face. This collection of essays explores the nuance of the disorder, the challenges for diagnosis, the stigmas, and how society understands the collected schizophrenias.

Good Talk: A Memoir in Conversations by Mira Jacobs

This graphic memoir tells of Jacobs’ conversations with her son about a myriad of complicated issues from race, sexuality, oppression, and politics. As Jacobs figured out how to be honest with her son, she also examines the conversations she’s had herself about these big topics.

Miracle Creek by Angie Kim

A couple own an experimental medical device that is rumored to be a miracle cure for numerous ailments–until it explodes, killing two people. The ensuing court case will expose secrets and make a small community examine the lengths people will go for those they love.

On Earth We’re Briefly Gorgeous by Ocean Vuong

Written from the point of view of a twenty-something man as a letter to his single mother, who cannot read, this is an elegantly written novel about immigration, family, and sacrifice.

Save Me the Plums: My Gourmet Memoir by Ruth Reichl

Ruth Reichl’s memoir about her time as editor of Gourmet magazine is full of reflections and anecdotes from the food world at a transformative time in both the print magazine and food worlds. Accompanied by recipes and their stories, this warmly written memoir is one to savor.

Searching for Sylvie Lee by Jean Kwok

When Sylvie vanishes during a trip to Switzerland, her younger sister Amy becomes determined to learn what happened to her, and begins to look into the mystery. What she uncovers will force her to reconsider her sister and her family.

A Woman is No Man by Etaf Rum

Spanning from Palestine in 1990 to Brooklyn in 2008, this multigenerational story details the live of three generations of women–their hopes, dreams, and gritty determination to make their own lives, despite what culture and tradition dictate.

Mrs. Everything by Jennifer Weiner

Weiner’s latest novel is a tale of two sisters, Jo and Bethie, who grow up in the 1950’s into rigid gender roles and expectations. When tragedy strikes, they take diverging but ultimately unfulfilling paths. In order to be truly happy, they must each dare to create a life they never could have imagined.

The Care and Feeding of Ravenously Hungry Girls by Anissa Gray

When Althea, the oldest sister in a well-respected family, is faced with the scandal of her husband’s arrest and trial, her younger sisters come together to help her care for her daughters. Once together, the three sisters must discover what exactly happened and find the courage to forge a new path forward.

Gingerbread by Helen Oyeyemi

Harriet Lee is not who she appears. Although she and her daughter Perdita may seem average enough, Harriet is from a mysterious country that may or may not exist, and her talent for baking gingerbread is well-known. When Perdita seeks out a childhood friend of her mother’s, Harriet’s life story unfolds in surprising twists. 

My Lovely Wife by Samantha Downing

Told from the point of view of an unnamed man, this novel is a beguiling and thrilling story of a suburban couple who appears to have it all. They also share an unconventional hobby: murder.

Bowlaway by Elizabeth McCracken 

Bertha Truitt is found unconscious in a cemetery in the early 1900’s, baffling the local townspeople. Their gossip is fueled by Bertha’s next move: marrying the town doctor, and opening a bowling alley that becomes a landmark. When Bertha dies and a man claiming to be her son shows up to take over the bowling alley, the town is thrown yet again into gossip.

The Silent Patient by Alex Michaelides

Alicia’s life is seemingly perfect–until the day she goes home to murder her husband and then refuses to utter a single word. She’s put into a secure facility, and that’s where she meets Theo, a young psychotherapist determined to get Alicia to speak, even if it means crossing a few lines to do so. 

Maybe You Should Talk to Someone: A Therapist, HER Therapist, and Our Lives Revealed by Lori Gottlieb

Lori Gottlieb was a therapist with a thriving practice in LA when personal tragedy sent her reeling, and she wound up with a therapist of her own. The experience of being a therapist while in therapy led to to make some surpyringing connections between herself and her patients, and helped her gain a deeper understanding of the human condition, which she details in this memoir.

The Things She’s Seen by Ambelin and Ezekiel Kwaymullina

Beth Teller is dead, and her father, a policeman, is wallowing in his grief. There’s nothing Beth can do about her death, but she can prod her father to investigate another murder and get justice for another girl, killed in a remote Australian town with twisting secrets.

City of Girls by Elizabeth Gilbert

At eighty-nine, Vivian Morris recalls with fondness the days of her youth, when in the 1940’s she moved to New York City and discovered true freedom in her relationship with the showgirls employed at her aunt’s playhouse. As she comes of age, a personal mistake becomes public, giving her a clear-eyed view of what kind of life she wants to lead.

With the Fire on High by Elizabeth Acevedo

Teen mother Emoni is shouldering a giant load of responsibility: caring for her infant daughter, being a good granddaughter, a good student, and finding a practical future. But cooking is her calling and passion, and if she can only just take a chance, she may be able to find that it can sustain her for whatever comes next.

Mostly Dead Things by Kristin Arnett

When Jess-Lynn’s father dies by suicide, he leaves behind a failing family business in taxidermy and a devastated family who all fall apart in different ways. Jessa-Lynn steps up, determined to save the business, even as she has to find more creative means of making money and is pining for her brother’s wife.

Magic for Liars by Sarah Gailey

Ivy and Tabitha Gamble are twins, but they are not close. Tabitha was born with magic, and Ivy without, and this fact has always caused a rift between the sisters. When a murder shocks the school where Tabitha works, Ivy is called into investigate, which may bring the sisters together or drive them apart once and for all.

Black Leopard, Red Wolf by Marlon James

The first in an epic fantasy trilogy that draws on African myth and legend, Marlon James’s new book tells the story of Tracker, a man known for his abilities to track and find anyone. When he’s tasked with finding a young boy who went missing years earlier, he garners the strange attention of unseen forces who would stop his search, calling into question the fate and importance of the missing child.

Naamah by Sarah Blake

This novel is a bold imagination of the life of Naamah, the wife of Noah, who is the unsung heroine of the story of Noah’s Ark, and must endure hardship, isolation, and temptation in order to ensure the survival of her clan and the many lives rescued in the rising flood waters.

Trust Exercise by Susan Choi

In this mind bending novel, Choi presents readers with two characters, David and Sarah, who meet at a performing arts high school in the 1980’s and fall in love–but their relationship is manipulated by everyone, including their teacher, and the consequences will leave readers debating truth, ethics, and the responsibilities we have to each other.

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The 10 Best Book Recommendation Sites

If you’re looking for book recommendations, you’ve come to the right place! Finding good book recommendation sites can be difficult because a lot of places rely on algorithms or just list the same bestsellers over and overIf you’re looking for recommendations that go deeper, or you need a personalized book recommendations website or  a book recommendations quiz to help you find just the right book for you, check out these 10 book recommendation sites!

10 best book recommendation sites

TBR: Tailored Book Recommendations (mytbr.co)

Truly the most personalized of book recommendation services, TBR offers readers two tiers of recommendation services! The digital-only subscription gives readers three personalized book recommendations per quarter, delivered directly to their email inboxes. The hardcover subscriptions takes it to the next level by delivering three hand-picked new hardcover releases directly to their doorsteps! Here’s how it works: Fill out the reader survey, which asks a wide variety of questions about favorite genres, books, and authors, and inquires as to any themes or dealbreakers in your reading life. You can even share your Goodreads page so that TBR can see what you’ve already read, or what’s already on your radar. Then, pick a subscription tier. Sit back and relax while expert Bibliologists read your survey responses, check out your Goodreads page, and brainstorm your perfect book recommendations! In about a week, you’ll receive three amazing book recommendations!

Book Riot (bookriot.com)

Book Riot is your one stop book recommendation site sort for any genre and any age category of books! As the largest book site in North America, they host tens of thousands of articles, including book lists and personal essays about the reading life. You can browse content by genre, sign up for their newsletters, and check out the many podcasts devoted to offering you the best book recommendations by real-life power readers who are passionate about the written word. The best thing about Book Riot? They have a strong commitment to diversity and they aren’t genre snobs, so no matter what you’re interested in, they have recommendations for you!

Book Page (bookpage.com)

You might recognize Book Page from their free print issues that can be found in many libraries and bookstores across the U.S., but they’re fully online as well! Their mission is inform readers of the best new books coming out each month, so if you’re looking for the best of the best in front list releases, definitely check out their website! They have monthly columns and features, interviews, and they give coverage to children’s and teens books as well!

BuzzFeed Books (buzzfeed.com/books)

BuzzFeed is known for their clickbait articles and funny quizzes, and their Books section has some really interesting content! You probably won’t find a lot of information about the latest and greatest literature on their site, but they do offer a lot of content and quizzes about books that are popular in the media and related to in-the-moment pop culture! They also frequently post curated book lists that were put together with suggestions from other readers, and you know readers are often great book recommenders!

Brightly (readbrightly.com)

If you’re looking for great book recommendations for kids, Brightly is devoted to everything kidlit! Written by parents, for parents, this book recommendation site offers tons of lists and recommendations that come with helpful age-level tags so you can find books for your littlest readers (infants/baby) to kids who are almost but not quite ready to launch into the YA and adult reading world (tweens). They also sort books by topics, helping adults find great books no matter what stage their kid is at, and no matter that they’re going through!

Epic Reads (epicreads.com)

Epic Reads offers great YA book recommendations for teens and those who are young at heart. This website is an offshoot of Harper Collins Publishers, so all of the books featured on the site are from one of their imprints, but if you peruse their blog you’ll find many book recommendation lists and quizzes that include books from other publishers as well, all in a wide variety of genres. The great thing about Epic Reads is that they embrace fandom and all forms of book nerdery, with frequent connections to pop culture!

Electric Literature (electricliterature.com)

Electric Lit is a non-profit website that began as a literary journal and now publishes book lists, interviews, essays, excerpts, and criticism, as well as literary news! They have a more literary slant than most of the book recommendation sites highlighted here. Some fun things you’ll find on their site include a weekly column where an author recommends a book, and free short fiction!

Tor Books Blog (tor.com)

If you’re a science fiction and fantasy fan, then the Tor blog is a wealth of book recommendations! Tor is a publisher of science fiction and fantasy novels, novellas, and short stories, so a lot of their content highlights their own books, but they also talk about a lot of other books in their reading lists, round ups, and guest articles. This blog is also peppered with fun throwbacks and free short fiction, so don’t miss out!

Bustle Books (Bustle.com/books)

Bustle is an online publication geared towards young female adults, and their content covers fashion, pop culture, lifestyle, and entertainment. They have a great books section that focuses on feminist literature that will appeal to the forward thinking reader! They prioritize works by women, and have a fun selection of book lists based on pop culture and essays about women’s reading lives!


There’s a reason why so many bookstores have displays that proclaim “As Heard on NPR”–NPR airs a huge selection of book reviews every week, along with features and the occasional book list. Even if you aren’t a frequent listener of public radio, you can go to their website and find a wealth of reviews and recommendations, mainly focused on new book releases and popular books in the media.

15 Funny Book Club Books to Liven Up Your Next Book Club Meeting

Does your book club need an infusion of laughter? Whether your group is in the mood for a palette cleanser from heavier reading or you’re just on the lookout for funny book club books for 2019, we’ve compiled a list of books that will do just the trick! Bring one of these funny nonfiction books or funny fiction books for adults to your next meeting for a good time!

15 funny book club books

We Are Never Meeting in Real Life by Samantha Irby

Irby is a writer on the TV show Shrill (based on a great book club book by Lindy West) and a brilliant and hilarious essayist. Her collection covers her early adult years as she struggled to figure out the whole “adulting” thing, dated some people who weren’t so great for her, fell in love, and figured out her career. From talking about contentious relationship with her cat to chronicling her complex relationship with her parents, Irby’s words are hilarious and insightful.

Evvie Drake Starts Over by Linda Holmes

Evvie is a woman who lost her husband in a car accident and won’t leave her house in Maine. Dean is a baseball player who can’t seem to pitch straight anymore, in need of escape. When Evvie and Dean  find themselves living under the same roof, they agree not to talk about Evvie’s husband’s death or baseball, but they also can’t seem to keep their distance, either. This is a funny and warmhearted book about love and second chances.

Everything’s Trash, But It’s Okay by Phoebe Robinson

Hilarious and straight-talking Phoebe Robinson gets real about feminism, race, beauty standards, money, and pop culture in this funny essay collection. Perfect for these confusing, scary, garbage-fire times we live in, Robinson’s real talk will give you comic relief but also make you think! Reading this book will feel a lot like a friend who is simply telling you about her life over coffee or wine–which is great for book club discussion!

How Not to Die Alone by Richard Roper

Andrew makes his living informing people of their loved ones’ deaths, a grim job that is alleviated by his happy home life–at least, that’s what his coworkers think. One little lie led Andrew to construct this at-work fantasy when in reality he goes home alone each night. The ruse is challenged when a new woman starts working in Andrew’s office, and she makes Andrew rethink everything he thought he knew about life. If you like your book club picks with a healthy dose of dark humor, this is the pick for your club!

This Will Only Hurt a Little by Busy Phillips

For fans of the actress and viewers of Freaks and Geeks and Cougartown, this is a must-read. Busy Phillips gets real about leaving Arizona to pursue an acting career in LA, the sexist structures she had to fight against, business heartbreaks, and the joys and struggles of motherhood. Phillips is a daring and bold comedian, and storyteller!

Star-Crossed by Minnie Dark

When Justine and Nick bump into each other after years out of touch, Justine falls hard for her childhood friend. And when she finds out that Nick religiously reads the horoscope that her magazine puts out, she decides to take fate into her how hands and use the horoscopes to convince him to fall for her–with hilarious and unexpected results! This is a great funny romance pick!

The Last Black Unicorn by Tiffany Haddish

Stand-up comedian and star of Girls’ Trip Tiffany Haddish regales readers with stories growing up a foster kid in Los Angeles, and how she learned early on to embrace humor as a survival technique. Her memoir covers her youth and early years in the industry, through today, as she learns how to manage newfound fame and all that comes with it. This is a hilarious and balanced memoir with plenty of heft for discussion!

Mostly Dead Things by Kristin Arnett

If dark humor is your thing, then this novel about taxidermy, death, and loss is a must-read. It follows Jessa-Lynn, the daughter of a taxidermist who must step up and take over the failing family business when her father dies by suicide, and somehow keep hold of her crumbling family while pining for her brother’s MIA wife. This is a funny, morbid, and compelling book.

Maybe You Should Talk to Someone: A Therapist, HER Therapist, and Our Lives Revealed by Lori Gottlieb

With wit and warmth, Lori Gottlieb tells readers about her life as a therapist helping patients in Los Angeles, and how a personal crisis sent her to seek out her own therapist. She and her patients are all seeking the same thing, and asking the same big questions about life. This memoir is a beautiful rumination on life, people, and the connections we make with others, told with humor and heart.

When Life Gives You Lululemons by Lauren Weisberger

Set in Greenwich, CT, this witty novel is about a former image consultant to the stars in desperate need to reinvent herself and liven up her career. She gets the chance when she meets a former supermodel with a shoplifting scandal and together with an attorney turned stay-at-home mom, the three band together for a hilarious comeback.

Dear Girls: Intimate Tales, Untold Secrets, and Advice for Living Your Best Life by Ali Wong

Readers will recognize Ali Wong from her Netflix special Baby Cobra, which she performed while eight months pregnant. Wong is back with more real-talk and over-the-top honest in this collection that is addressed to her daughters, and contains hard-earned wisdom and hilarious advice from her various misadventures in comedy, travel, and her dating life.

The Overdue Life of Amy Bylar by Kelly Harms

When overworked single mom gets the chance to leave her kids with their dad and head to New York City for the summer, she seizes it. And while she’s there, she wastes no time taking advantage of everything city life has to offer, going on dates. When one man in particular gets her heart racing, she’ll have to figure out how to balance both lives!

Look Alive Out There by Sloane Crosley

Crosley is a well-regarded essayist whose quick and sometimes acerbic wit has earned her comparisons to David Sedaris and Nora Ephron. In her latest collection, she details encounters with neighbors, a trip to a volcano, and other seemingly mundane experiences, but she does so with great hilarity that makes her stories remarkable and memorable.

The Misadventures of Awkward Black Girl by Issa Rae

Issa Rae is the creator of a web series by the same title, and she brings her funny and impactful insights on the perils of online dating and harassment, diet culture, beauty, and the self-love to this book. If you’re a fan of deadpan humor and awkward moments, you won’t want to miss this book.

I Might Regret This: Essays, Drawings, Vulnerabilities, and Other Stuff by Abbi Jacobson

Co-creator of Broad City Abby Jacobson chronicles her decision to move across the country to LA, and her journey along the way as she contemplates big life questions both serious and funny. Part road trip story, part healing journey, this is a wryly funny book about striking out on your own.

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To get started, all you need to do is fill out the reader survey! Share your favorite genres, recent favorite books, what you’re looking to read more of, any themes, and your dealbreakers and most-hated books for good measure! Then, sit back while expert Bibliologists pick out your perfect next read and get ready to read some awesome, funny books!

The Best Fantasy Book Subscription Boxes

Are you a fan of all things magical and fantastical? If you like your books dripping with sorcery and set in other realms, then you might want to be whisked away to another world with a fantasy book subscription box! It’s hard to pick just one fantasy and sci-fi book subscription box, so we’ve fallen down the rabbit hole for you and highlighted a list of the best! We’ll leave the difficult task of choosing the perfect one to you!

The Best Fantasy Book Subscription Boxes

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If you’re all about the books and finding the perfect novel for your tastes, then TBR: Tailored Book Subscriptions is the service for you. TBR offers readers personalized book recommendations, ensuring that they get exactly what they want each time. That’s no small feat, considering the range of fantasy books to choose from. If you’re looking for low or high fantasy, romantic or political thrillers, diverse characters, or anything in between, just tell the expert Bibliologists what exactly you’re into when you fill out the reader survey. Then, they’ll pick out three personalized book recommendations just for you, and you can choose from two subscription tiers for delivery: the digital-only tier delivers your recommendations straight t your inbox, and the hardcover level sends three brand-new hardcovers straight to your door! Pricing starts at $15 per quarter.

Fantasy Monthly

Fantasy Monthly is a service that provides subscribers with one new YA hardcover each month and lots of great artwork, including bookmarks, an art print, and a book club card. You also gain access to an exclusive community of readers for book club discussions. They also offer a deluxe version of the club, which comes with everything in their standard boxes, plus a candle, tea, bath bomb, and other goodies! Pricing starts at $16.99 per month!

The Strand: The Book Hook Up Sci Fi & Fantasy

The Strand Bookstore in New York City has an amazing collection of subscription services called The Book Hook Up, and they have a science fiction and fantasy box! Each box includes a brand new, first edition, signed hardcover, plus a paperback book and assorted goodies from their store or partner stores. Boxes start at $55 per month!

Magic Chest

If you’re looking to keep it simple, grab Magic Chest, which is a monthly subscription service for one brand new fantasy hardcover, plus 3-6 goodies. This is a German-based box, and although it does ship to the U.S., delivery might be a little slower than if you live in Europe. You can also choose to just receive the book and skip the goodies! Starts at $20 per month.

Fairy Loot

Fairy Loot is a UK-based company with operations in the U.S., and they are all about YA fantasy! Each box has a brand new YA fantasy hardcover (often an exclusive edition in partnership with a publisher), plus 5-6 exclusive goodies. They have an artist on staff, so you know that their content is gorgeously illustrated. Boxes start at $32 per month.

Caffeine and Legends

Caffeine and Legends gives readers just that–eight ounces of a delicious coffee or tea, an amazing new fantasy book, plus one bookish item. This subscription is great for adult fantasy readers  who like the swag of subscription boxes, but don’t want too much of it cluttering their house. Plans start at $32 per month.

Shelflove Crate

Shelflove is a YA fantasy and science fiction box with one brand new hardcover book and at least four (but sometimes more) bookish items. Past items have included tea, socks, notebooks, bath bombs, candles, bookmarks, tote bags, and more! Get just the book subscription starting at $17.99 per month!

Chamber of Fables

This is a Canadian-based box (that ships worldwide) and includes a new novel in the fantasy, science fiction, or dystopian genres, plus 3-4 goodies each month. Bonus, the goodies are made by Canadian artists and vendors! We also love the pun in the box name! If you want just the book, you may choose a mini box version which includes the book and a bookmark! Plans start at $22 per month.

Unicorn Crate

Calling all unicorn fans! This subscription box includes a brand new YA fantasy release, 5-6 bookish items, plus one unicorn item in each box! Each box is themed, and past themes have included Heart of a Dragon, Enchanted Objects, and Hidden Realms. You can buy past boxes in single purchases, or subscribe for just $36.95 per month!

Another World Escapes

Is reading fantasy a form of self care for you? Then subscribe to this box, which includes a fantasy novel, a themed bath product such as a bath bomb, and 2-3 other treats (edible or relaxing) to help you escape in an immersive fantasy novel! Escape to another realm starting at just $29.99 per month.


Illumicrate has a monthly subscription that guarantees you a brand new fantasy release, plus 3-5 goodies. They frequently work with publishers to create exclusive editions of their picks, and they also release fandom boxes full of fun items related to various books and series. They even have an exclusive enamel pin subscription! With flexible subscription options, plans start at $32 per month.

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