Uncategorized Archives | TBR

15 Mystery Book Club Recommendations for Your Group

Are you in the market for some mystery book club suggestions? Mysteries and thrillers are fun picks for book clubs because they offer plenty of suspense and conversation around plot twists and turns, and it’s fun to compare theories of who committed the crime! Whether you belong to a crime and thriller book club, or just need some mystery books for your next club meeting, we’ve got 15 thriller and mystery book club recommendations for you!

mystery recommendations for book clubs

The best mystery book club recommendations

As Long as We Both Shall Live by Joann Chaney

If a woman dies under suspicious circumstances, it’s always the husband–right? When Marie Evans falls to her death on a hike, her husband Matt is questioned by the police. The death looks like an accident, but years ago Matt’s first wife died violently, as well. As the detectives investigating try to determine if Matt is responsible for his wives’ death, they uncover explosive secrets about both of his marriages.

Miracle Creek by Angie Kim

When an experimental medical treatment device explodes, killing two people, everyone has questions about who is to blame. The owners of the device? A parent of a patient? The story is centered around a murder trial that exposes secrets and lies in a small community, where people have already made desperate sacrifices in order to survive.

Something in the Water by Catherine Steadman

Erin and Mark are a picture-perfect couple on the brink of marriage. When Mark’s career falters and money grows tight right before their extravagant wedding, the couple cuts back a little bit, but isn’t too concerned. But while honeymooning in Bora Bora, they fish a suitcase of money and diamonds out of the ocean and make the life-altering decision to keep it. Erin is certain this is the solution to all of their problems, but it turns out some very powerful people will do whatever it takes to recover the contents of that suitcase.

American Spy by Lauren Wilkinson

Marie is working for the FBI in New York in the late 1980’s when she’s approached by the CIA. Because she’s Black and can speak French, they want her to get close to the president of Burkina Faso. Why begins as a simple, one-off mission turns into something much more complicated, with long-lasting consequences for Marie as she reckons with her role in United States meddling and international politics.

The Lost Man by Jane Harper

Brothers Nathan, Cameron, and Bub own and operate remote cattle stations in the Australian outback. Here, it’s not uncommon for your closest neighbor to live three hours away, and no one goes anywhere without provisions and supplies, just in case. So when Cameron left for dead in the desert, Nathan and Bub know someone killed him. Discovering who and why forces Nathan to face the past he’s been running from for years.

My Lovely Wife by Samantha Downing

Millicent and her husband live a charmed life in the suburbs, with two children, fulfilling and successful careers, and a nice social life. But they’re harboring a dark secret: they are serial killers, and they plan their murders together. At turns creepy, clever, and satirical, this is a dark book that will have you squinting at your neighbors.

Alice’s Island by Daniel Sánchez Arévalo

Alice thought she had the perfect marriage, but when her husband Chris is found dead miles away from where he said he’d be, the newly single mother can’t get shake the feeling that she didn’t truly know him. She becomes absorbed in the mystery of her husband’s death, tracing his last movements to an island near Nantucket. As she investigates, she must reckon with aspects of her husband she always brushed aside.

The Mother-in-Law by Sally Hepworth

At the start of this family drama, Lucy and her husband have just learned that her mother-in-law Diana has been found dead. The death appears to be a suicide, but questions linger. Weaving in between the past and present, and Lucy and Diana’s points of view, Hepworth exposes a family with secrets, resentments, and plenty of contention over a large fortune, culminating in one final question: Who killed Diana?

The Better Sister by Alafair Burke

Chloe and Nicky are opposites. Chloe went away from home on a scholarship and got a plum publishing job. Nicky stayed in Cleveland, married Adam, and gave birth to a baby boy. Fifteen years later, the sisters are strangers, Chloe is married to Adam, and Adam has just been murdered. As Nicky returns to Chloe’s life, the sisters will face long-simmering resentments and concealed truths when Nicky and Adam’s son is accused of his murder.

The Scholar by Dervla McTiernan

When Dr. Emma Sweeney finds a victim of a hit-and-run in the parking lot of the lab where she works, her first phone call is to her boyfriend, Detective Sergeant Cormac Reilly. Cormac spearheads the investigation, which quickly turns into a murder inquiry, shielding his partner. But the victim had ties to Emma’s lab, and the more Cormac digs, the more he doubts that Emma is simply a bystander in the wrong place at the wrong time.

The Night in Question by Nic Joseph

Paula works as a ride share driver to bolster her income and pay for her husband’s mounting medical bills. While working one night, she realizes that one of her passengers is a famous musician, and he’s meeting a woman who is not his wife. Sensing an opportunity, she asks for money in exchange for silence. But when a woman is murdered days later, Paula’s deal becomes much more complicated–and deadly.

The Silent Patient by Alex Michaelides

Alicia is a painter, married to a fashion photographer. From the outside, their life seems glamorous and perfect, until the day that she goes home and shoots her husband five times, and refuses to speak a single word. Theo is a psychotherapist fascinated by Alicia and her case, and becomes determined to get her to speak–even at the cost of his own safety and sanity.

They All Fall Down by Rachel Howzell Hall

Miriam is surprised to receive an invitation to a private island off the coast of Mexico, and thrilled by the extravagance. But not long into her visit she discovers that she and the six others strangers on the trip have been invited for a very specific reason, and when strange accidents begin to befall the others, it’s apparent that someone is harboring murderous intent.

The Missing Years by Lexie Elliott

When Ailsa inherits her mother’s half of a house in the Scottish countryside, she is left with a dilemma: She can’t sell it without the other owner’s consent, but that would be her father, who disappeared years earlier. Instead, she temporarily moves in with her younger half-sister. But strange break-ins and odd accidents immediately unsettle Ailsa, leaving her to wonder if the house is haunted, or if her father didn’t disappear after all…

Find your next mystery book club recommendations

Are you looking for more personalized mystery book club recommendations? Check out TBR: Tailored Book Recommendations. TBR is a personalized book subscription service that gives readers three personalized book recommendations per quarter!

Just fill out the reader survey, and you’ll be assigned a Bibliologist, who will pick out three books just for you, based on your preferences and past reading. You’ll have the option to receive these recommendations via email, or receive three new books in the mail, from our partner bookstore. Get started now!

The Best Mystery Book Subscription Services

Do you enjoy the suspense of finding a mysterious package on your doorstep every month? Maybe you also need some help finding great mystery book recommendations? Investigate no more! We have compiled a list of the best mystery book subscription services and mystery subscription boxes for whodunit fans! Whether you are a fan of literary suspense, procedurals, domestic thrillers, cozy mysteries, espionage tales, or just the latest great mystery that everyone is talking about, there is a service for you! These are subscriptions that are either entirely devoted to all things mystery and thriller, or book subscription boxes that give you the option to choose the mystery/thriller genre!

mystery book subscription services

TBR: Tailored Book Recommendations 

TBR offers readers the most personalized book recommendations for every budget. The beauty of TBR is that each reader is matched with an expert Bibliologist who will recommend books based on genre preferences, past reading, and what the reader wants to explore more of. This is great if you love mysteries, but have specific content you wish to steer clear of, or if you want to just receive books in certain sub-genres, or if you’re thinking about branching out into a new sub-genre of mystery. Readers can also offer their Bibliologists feedback on the individual books and selections, to better personalize the experience! You can choose to receive just three mystery recommendations via email ($15 per quarter), or receive three brand new hardcovers ($75 per quarter) from our partner independent bookstore!

My Thrill Club 

Perfect for fans of the mystery, thriller, and horror genres, this service lets readers choose between mystery, thrillers, and horror books and delivers two hardcovers and an ebook each month. If you’re a fan of all three of those genres, you can choose to receive a mix of books, all for $18.99 a month. This is a great deal for voracious readers who don’t discriminate when it comes to reading medium and are willing and able to read both print books and ebooks.

Black Heart Books 

If you can’t get enough true crime reading in your life, this is the subscription service for you! For $30 per month, you will receive a true crime book, plus a few items related to the mystery in the book. These could be replicas of police evidence or objects that help readers better relate to victims of the crimes. This is a great selection for people who not only love true crime, but interactive mystery puzzles as well!

Mysterious Bookshop Crime Clubs 

Mysterious Bookshop is brick-and-mortar bookshop in New York City, and they offer seven different “crime club” subscription services for every type of mystery reader: Crime Collectors’ Club, First Mystery Club, Hardboiled & Noir Club, Thriller & Espionage Club, Traditional & Historical Club, British Collectors’ Club, and Unclassifiable Club. Each title is a new signed edition, and the British Collectors’ Club is especially cool for American readers who want to experience crime books that might not make their way across the pond. Prices start at $99 per quarter for each crime club!

Giftlit Mysteries and Thrillers Club 

The Giftlit Mysteries and Thrillers Club is great for readers who want to stay in the know about the biggest mystery and thriller releases, but also want some flexibility in their picks. Subscriptions start at $85.95 per quarter, and the service tells you upfront which new release is the pick of the month (twelve books are picked in advance, so there’s no surprise about what you’ll receive). If you’re not super excited about the particular book of the month, you can substitute it with Giftlit’s back list of mystery picks!

Mysteriosity 

If you like to receive goodies with your book subscription service, Mysterioisity is the pick for you! They offer you one hardcover pick per month, plus a fair trade goodie to consume while you read! Subscriptions start at $29.99 per month!

Murder, She Sent 

If you’re all about cozy mysteries and terrific puns, Murder, She Sent is a subscription service for you! At a very affordable $15.95 per month, you will receive a new cozy mystery, exclusive content from the author, plus a handmade bookish item from an Etsy artist!

Chocolate and Book Thriller Subscription – chocolate, book

Chocolate and Book is a British subscription service that, as you might guess, offers a new book and carefully selected chocolate, plus a fun beverage. They offer a Thrillers category for readers who want some thrills and chills in their reading lives! Readers can choose between paperback and hardcover selections, with pricing to match.

Bookcase.club Thrill Seeker – thriller or cozy

Starting at $9.99 per month, Bookcase Club is an affordable subscription for readers who want to choose between thrillers, cozies, or a mix of both. Readers receive two books each month, making this service a great cost-efficient option if you devour mysteries faster than your library holds can come through!

The Book Hook-Up: Mystery and Suspense 

From the iconic Strand Bookstore in NYC is a subscription service that offers a brand new, signed first edition hardcover, a paperback, and exclusive goodies that go along with the book or are from the Strand merchandise line. The cool thing about this service is that you can get a preview of each month’s new release pick, and choose to buy a one-time box, a recurring subscription, or a year-long subscription. Pricing starts at $50 per month!

Just the Right Book 

For a very customizable subscription service, check out Just the Right Book, which allows you to choose between adult, teen, or children’s fiction and decide how many books you want to receive and how frequently. Once you’ve purchased your subscription, you can designate which genres you like to receive in your shipment. You can get started for as low as $29 per quarter!

15 Funny Romance Novels for Your TBR

Funny romance novels aren’t just for summer reading lists! Romantic comedies make for perfect reading any time of the year, and we’ve rounded up fifteen light, funny romance books that make for the perfect escape from real life!

funny romance novels

The best funny romance novels

Red, White, and Royal Blue by Casey McQuiston

When Alex’s mom is elected president of the United States, he becomes a celebrity. All of that attention gets complicated when Alex has a beef with a British prince, Henry. The media frenzy puts the relations between the two countries at risk, so a reconciliation is staged. But Alex is shocked when he finds that Henry isn’t so bad, after all–and maybe his feelings for Henry are deepening into something more.

The Only Thing Worse Than Me is You by Lily Anderson

Trixie is very proud of her academic standing at her high school for highly gifted teens–she’s been consistently tied for third with her nemesis, Ben. Her goal for senior year is to cinch her place in third, and never let Ben forget it. But when her best friend begins dating Ben’s best friend, she finds herself hanging out with him an awful lot, trading barbs. And when her best friend is implicated in a cheating scandal, Trixie will have to set aside her contempt and team up with Ben to clear her name.

Josh and Hazel’s Guide to Not Dating by Christina Lauren

Hazel is too much for most guys, but she’s okay with that. Josh is recently single after being spurned by a cheating girlfriend. These two long-time friends decide to set each other up on increasingly ridiculous blind dates to distract each other from their single statuses. Because as long as they’re dating other people, they can ignore their growing romantic feelings for each other…right?

The Proposal by Jasmine Guillory

What Nikole thought was going to be a chill afternoon at a Dodgers game with her boyfriend turns into a media spectacle when he proposes–publicly–and she turns him down. They’ve only been dating for a few months, after all! When she needs to escape the stadium quickly, charming doctor Carlos Iberra comes to her rescue, and Nikole and Carlos embark on a sexy rebound romance that has Nikole second-guessing fast relationships.

Welcome to Temptation by Jennifer Crusie

Sophie Dempsey is the oldest sibling in a family of con artists, and has spent her life protecting her younger siblings. She’s drawn into helping her younger sister out with one last thing before she leaves town for good, but along the way she meets Phin, a young mayor with integrity and sex appeal in spades. As the two tangle, Sophie’s plans are completely upended.

The Kiss Quotient by Helen Hoang

The only thing that makes sense to Stella is math: reliable, orderly, predictable math. Love and romance are the opposite of that. So she decides to hire Michael, a professional escort, to teach her all there is to know about kissing. And romance. And sex. And she discovers that the feelings that develop between them, while unpredictable, are consistent and reliable enough to prove that there might be something spectacular between them.

Can You Keep a Secret? by Sophie Kinsella

Emma has a lot of secrets. She also has a fear of flying. When a turbulent flight unsettles her, she begins spilling all of her secrets to the handsome stranger seated next to her, thinking she’ll never have to see him again. But when he turns out to be the CEO of her company, she doesn’t think she’ll ever recover from the humiliation. Except, rather than putting him off, Emma’s secrets have seemed to have the opposite effect on him.

Intercepted by Alexa Martin

Marlee is excellent girlfriend material–she knows nearly everything there about football thanks to dating her NFL star boyfriend for ten years. But when their relationship implodes after his cheating is exposed, Marlee decides to take a break from athletes. Then Gavin Pope, the flashy new quarterback, comes along, forcing Marlee to reconsider if she’s ready to dive back into the world of dating an athlete (and all that comes with it).

The Duchess Deal by Tessa Dare

The Duke of Ashbury has been a bit of a hermit ever since returning from war, but now he’s in need of an heir. Emma Gladstone is a discarded vicar’s daughter turned seamstress. When strange circumstances find Emma in the Duke’s study, wearing a wedding gown, he decides she’ll make a perfect wife for his purposes. But Emma has other things in mind for him, and before long the two clash in a spectacular, sexy battle of wits.

Unmarriageable by Soniah Kamal

Alys Binat doesn’t see the point of marriage. Too many of her students have shown promise, only to marry in their teens and waste all of their academic potential. And when the wedding of the year brings her in contact with one rude Mr. Darsee, she’s glad for her resolve. Except her older sister has fallen for Darsee’s best friend, and the more she gets to know Darsee, the more she realizes that perhaps her first judgment of him was unfair. Satirical and ridiculous, this is a heartwarming retelling of Pride & Prejudice set in Pakistan.

Her Royal Highness by Rachel Hartman

When Millie discovers that her best friend and kind-of girlfriend has been kissing other girls, she does what any reasonable, heartbroken teen girl would do–she applies to boarding school abroad for a change of scenery. But she gets a shock when she discovers that her new roommate Flora is an actual Scottish princess, and what’s more, they have some serious chemistry. When sparks fly, Millie will have to decide if it’s worth taking a risk on love once more.

The Hating Game by Sally Thorne

Lucy and Joshua can’t stand each other. They both work as executive assistants to the co-CEOs of their company, but they couldn’t be more different. And when a plum promotion is up for grabs, their antagonism is ramped up as they compete for the dream job. Except, along the way they slowly begin to realize that maybe they don’t actually hate each other so much after all…

A Girl Like Her by Talia Hibbert

Ruth prefers comics to people, which is a bit awkward in a small town where people love to gossip and everyone knows everyone’s business. But she doesn’t care–and that’s exactly what makes her so intriguing to her next-door neighbor, Evan. Ex-military and exceedingly patient with Ruth’s prickly nature, he slowly works his way into Ruth’s heart, bringing her to take the ultimate risk with her heart.

Sweet Tea and Sympathy by Molly Harper

Margot is an elite event planner looking for a second chance after an event went terribly wrong in Chicago. She finds herself in quirky Lake Sackett, Georgia, planning an event for one of the most prominent families in town. Unfamiliar with Southern living, she gets a crash course from cute elementary school principal Kyle, but finds that  event planning and romance can be equally surprising when small town communities get involved.

When Dimple Met Rishi by Sandhya Menon

Dimple has no intention of letting her parents arrange her marriage. The only thing standing in the way of her and college is a summer and an elite coding camp that she plans to crush. But when Rishi, the boy her parents want to set her up with, shows up at the program as well, Dimple realizes that ducking her parents’ plans won’t be so easy. And what’s more, Rishi is kind of cute, and more than supportive of her aspirations. If she’s not careful, she might just fall for him anyway…

Find more funny romance novels

Want even more funny romance novels and book recommendations? Sign up for TBR: Tailored Book Recommendations! TBR is a book recommendation service that provides you with personalized book recommendations, based on what genres you like to read.

Just fill out our survey, tell us what you love and what you want to read more of, and we’ll match you with an expert Bibliologist who will recommend three books for your TBR! Choose between email recommendations, or a hardcover book subscription! It’s the perfect way to find even more funny romance novels! Get started now!

The Best Personal Growth Books for Becoming Your Best Self

You don’t have to wait until January to change your lifestyle and habits for the better. The best personal growth books will help you become the person you envision at any time. We’ve rounded up a list of the 15 best personal growth books and best self help books to help you unlock your dreams!

personal growth books

Braving the Wilderness: The Quest for True Belonging and the Courage to Stand Alone by Brene Brown

Social scientist Brene Brown explores what it means to truly belong, especially in a society and culture that relies on outside markers of success, which can often be polarizing. By leading readers through the wilderness of self-reflection, she can help people connect to their true selves–and their communities.

Brave, Not Perfect: Fear Less, Fail More, and Live Bolder by Reshma Saujani

If you’re feeling weighed down by the ridiculous expectations of others and the impossible standards perpetuated by social media and our society, Saujani has written the book fr you. Inspired by her popular Ted talk, Saujani breaks down how girls are conditioned to be afraid, and inspires readers to be brave rather than perfect.

You Are a Badass: How to Stop Doubting Your Greatness and Start Living Your Awesome Life by Jen Sincero

You are a badass, and Jen Sincero will make sure that you won’t forget it in this impassioned, witty, and sometimes curse word-laden manifesto on how to stop doubting yourself and live your best life. This book is full inspirational quotes and practical advice for you to change your ingrained bad habits today.

My Friend Fear: Finding Magic in the Unknown by Meera Lee Patel 

Author of the bestselling journal Start Where You Are, Patel brings readers into a deeper exploration of themselves and fear, so that they can find the courage to make important changes in their lives. With her beautiful watercolor artwork, Patel gives readers reflections, questions, and quotations to inspire them to face their fears and embrace changes.

A Year of Positive Thinking: Daily Inspiration, Widom, and Courage by Cyndie Spiegel

If you’re looking for a close guide to help you change your outlook and mindset, this book of daily affirmations if just the thing. It offers inspiration and tools based in self development and neuroscience to help you think more positively and get in the mindset to achieve your goals.

Year of Yes: How to Dance It Out, Stand in the Sun and Be Your Own Person by Shonda Rimes

Written by the trailblazing TV writer and producer, this book is about the power of challenging yourself to say yes to every unexpected thing that comes your way. Part memoir and part self-help book, Rimes chronicles how saying yes to the things that intimidated her transformed her life–and how it can transform yours, too! 

Do It Scared: Finding the Courage to Face Your Fears, Overcome Adversity, and Create a Life You Love by Ruth Soukup

If you’re dealing with a lot of fear in your life, Ruth Soukup can help. By identifying your Fear Archetype and adopting her Principles of Courage, you can begin to build the life that you want. Soukup delivers a book and a bold plan that’s inspirational, but also full of tough love.

The Self-Love Workbook: A Life-Changing Guide to Boost Self-Esteem, Recognize Your Worth and Find Genuine Happiness by Shainna Ali

Conventional wisdom says you have to know how to love yourself before you can take care of others, but if you’re stuck on figuring out how to get there, this workbook can help. With activities that will help you deepen your understanding of yourself, Ali gives you practical tools to embrace self-love.

How to Stop Feeling Like Shit: 14 Habits that Are Holding You Back from Happiness by Andrea Owen

If you like your self-help books with a side of sarcasm and a big serving of no-nonsense, this straightforward manual is for you. Owen isolated 14 habits that hold women back, and offers solutions to break those habits once and for all.

The Book of Forgiving: The Fourfold Path for Healing Ourselves and Our World by Desmond Tutu and Mpho Tutu

Archbishop Desmond Tutu and his daughter Reverend Mpho Tutu draw on their experiences working with the South African Truth and Reconciliation Council to offer a path to forgiveness and ultimate healing. By outlining practical guidelines on how to ask for and offer forgiveness and either maintain or release relationships, they give readers a healthy framework for healing through forgiveness.

The Self-Love Experiment: Fifteen Principles for Becoming More Kind, Compassionate, and Accepting of Yourself by Shannon Kaiser

If you have a tendency to self-sabotage, or feel as though you’re holding back from living your life, Kaiser makes a case that self-love can be the key to transforming your life. By sharing her own story and offering fifteen principals to help you overcome your own setbacks, she makes a strong case for self-love and offers a path to achieving your goals.

Be Fearless: 5 Principles for a Life of Breakthroughs and Purpose by Jean Case

If you want to know what makes a great leader and change maker, Case offer evidence that it isn’t wealth or power, but the courage to be fearless and take bold risks. With profiles, personal stories, and practical advice, Case presents an inspiring manifesto that anyone can take to heart.

The Four Agreements by Don Miguel Ruiz

Rooted in Toltec wisdom, the author explores various beliefs we may hold that are in fact self-limiting and harmful to achieving our dreams. Digging deep into words and belief systems, this book offers four essential pieces of advice to transform your life: keep your word, don’t take things personally, don’t make assumptions, and always try your best.

An Invitation to Self Care: Why Learning to Nurture Yourself is the Key to the Life You’ve Always Wanted by Tracey Cleantis

Often when we talk about self-care, it’s in the terms of indulgence: a massage, a fancy latte, an extravagant  purchase. Cleantis wants to reframe the discussion of self-care to move beyond these indulgences to including aspects that will help you nourish your body and mind in every area of your life, and build a lifelong practice that is more than just dessert.

The Happiness Project: Or, Why I Spent a Year Trying to Sing in the Morning, Clean My Closets, Fight Right, Read Aristotle, and Generally Have More Fun by Gretchen Rubin

Gretchen Rubin spent a year studying science, philosophy, and exploring real-life situations to try and understand how to be happier. Her discoveries are relatable and applicable to everyone’s lives, and include finding outer order, spending wisely, and trying new things. Part self-help, part-memoir, her story is inspirational and practical.

Find more personal growth books

If you want more suggestions for nonfiction books or your own personal reading journey, check out TBR: Tailored Book Recommendations. TBR offers readers personalized book recommendations, taking in account what they’ve already read and what they’re looking to read more of! Simply fill out a survey about your reading life, and we’ll match you up with an expert Biblioligist who will recommend three books each quarter. You can choose to receive your recommendations via email, or have three new books delivered to you from our partner bookstore. Get started now!

Your Ultimate Guide on Where to Buy Ebooks

With so many electronic devices at our fingertips, knowing where to buy ebooks can be both exciting and overwhelming! Luckily there are many options for readers of every type, genre, and budget, so we’ve rounded up this list of some of the best places to find and buy ebooks!

your ultimate guide on where to buy ebooks

Amazon Kindle

The largest online book retailer in the world, Amazon has many options for purchasing ebooks via their Kindle platform. Kindle books can be purchased individually from anywhere between $1-15 per book, which is how you’re most likely be able to buy bestsellers and new releases. Or, if you’re a mega reader, you can subscribe to Kindle Unlimited for unlimited access to over a million titles for $12.99 per month. Kindle Unlimited won’t have all of the new releases you might be looking for, but they have more than enough to keep you reading. Plus, Amazon Kindle is also one of the world’s largest self-publishing platforms, so you can download loads of indie books in addition to titles put out by major publishers. Kindle books can be read via the Kindle app, available on all major devices, or on Kindle Readers and Amazon tablets, available exclusively from Amazon. The only downside to Kindle ebooks is that they can only be read on Amazon devices or in the Kindle app, and they cannot be transferred to other apps or devices.

Barnes and Noble Nook Store

You can be an ebook reader and a supporter of the largest brick-and-mortar chain bookstore in the U.S.! Nook selections are very similar to what’s available on Amazon Kindle, and most books put out by major publishers will have very similar pricing. Nook does offer some deals that are exclusive to their platform and they boast over 75,000 free titles, but they don’t have a subscription-based program like Kindle Unlimited. Nook ebooks can be read on the Nook app, which is available to most electric devices, or on the Barnes and Noble Nook reader, which is available for purchase online and in Barnes and Noble stores.

Kobo

Owned by the same company that operates Overdrive for libraries, Kobo is another great ebook source similar to Amazon Kindle and BN Nook. It’s a global company, which means that Kobo is a great option if you live outside of the United States, or if you travel a lot, since you can choose your location from a list of 35 countries. Kobo’s selection is broad, and they carry audiobooks and self-published books as well as ebooks from all major U.S. publishers. You can read Kobo books on the Kobo app, which is available on most electronic devices, or you can shop the Kobo store for a variety of Kobo reading devices.

iBooks

If you are an Apple user, then iBooks is a great app for you! It works exclusively with Apple devices, and your account and all of your purchases sync across your iPhone and iPad. However, iBooks doesn’t work with your desktop or laptop. Their selection is on par with most of the services already listed, but they do not have a subscription-based program.

Google Play Books

Android users, Google Play Books is a great service for where to buy ebooks! It’s owned and operated by Google, but functions similarly to iBooks in that it is app-based and will allow you to access your books across multiple Google and Android devices. However, you cannot download Google Play Books onto your PC–you’ll have to read them in a browser. But, with over 5 million titles, including access to the free digital Google Library, it boasts one of the largest selections in the world.

Scribd

While Scribd was first recognized mainly as an open publishing platform, it has since morphed into a great subscription-based source for books, audiobooks, magazines, and other documents. For only $8.99 per month, you can access their full collection of ebooks and other available content. The selection is pretty wide, but not everything is available on this platform–like Netflix, some things may come and go. However, there are also thousands of free, self-published books to download. You also do not get to keep the books you access on Scribd, but you can return to the books you love as long as your subscription remains active. At less than $10 per month, Scribd is a great option for voracious readers who may not have access to a public library with a robust digital collection.

Playster

Like Scribd, Playster is another subscription-based service for ebooks and audiobooks, but they also have access to movies, games, and music. The beauty of Playster is that, depending on what sort of content you are interested in, you can pick a subscription plan that’s right for your needs and budget. That means no paying for access to audiobooks if you only want to read ebooks, or vice versa. The starting cost for books only is $14.95 per month, and like Scribd, you don’t get to keep the books, just access them. The selections might vary slightly, but one sure thing is that Playster won’t have absolutely everything you’re after. It is slightly more expensive than Scribd, but depending on what content you’re looking for, it might be a slightly better deal if they have the books you want to read, and if you are looking for a more inclusive entertainment subscription service.

Bookbub

If you are all about those ebook deals, Bookbub is a great service for you to know about! While they don’t sell ebooks themselves, per se, they are a website that finds you great deals on ebooks, both independently and traditionally published. You can browse ebooks by category, price point, and genre in order to find trending deals, and then BookBub gives you links to the retailer of your choice–Amazon, Barnes and Noble, Apple iBooks, Google Play Books, or Kobo. They will also help you find free ebooks in your chosen genres.

TBR: Tailored Book Recommendations

If you are looking for ebook recommendations that are handpicked for you by an expert, then check out TBR: Tailored Book Recommendations! Here’s how it works: Readers start out by taking our reading survey and answering questions about what kind of books they’re looking for, what genres they love, and their most recent favorite books. You can even share your Goodreads page! Then, each reader is matched with a Bibliologist who makes three personalized book recommendations. Readers can choose to have these books delivered in hardcover for $75 per quarter, or you delivered via email for only $15 per quarter! If you’re looking for your next great ebook recommendation, get started now!

25 Great Book Club Suggestions for 2019

The year is almost halfway over, which means a lot of great book club suggestions for 2019 have been released. Which is good news for you! Below you’ll find a new list to help you with your book club picks for 2019. Because, really, there are millions of books in the world, yet somehow choosing one for the group is hard. Especially because you know that no matter what you pick, not everyone is going to like it. (We’re looking at you, Susan.) But with this handy guide for book club recommendations for 2019, you’ll have the best options out of anyone!

book club suggestions

The best book club suggestions in 2019

Daisy Jones & The Six by Taylor Jenkins Reid

Written to mimic a tell-all oral history, this is a compelling novel about the rise and fall of a 1970s rock group and their enchanting lead singer.

From Scratch: A Memoir of Love, Sicily, and Finding Home by Tembi Locke

Locke’s beautiful memoir about her marriage to an Italian chef, the challenges they faced, the family they started, and his devastating illness. It’s one of the best book club suggestions for those groups who love a good cry.

As Long as We Both Shall Live by JoAnn Chaney

A twisty, dark page-turner, about two detectives trying to bust a man who appears to have gotten away with murdering two of his wives.

Sabrina & Corina: Stories by Kali Fajardo-Anstine

Powerful stories about mothers and daughters and meditations on home, featuring Latinas of Indigenous descent living in the American West.

Rough Magic: Riding the World’s Loneliest Horse Race by Lara Prior-Palmer

Prior-Palmer’s gorgeously-written memoir about entering – and winning – the Mongol Derby, the world’s longest, toughest horse race, at age nineteen.

Sooner or Later Everything Falls Into the Sea: Stories by Sarah Pinsker

Unique, wildly imaginative stories for fans of speculative fiction, ranging from a prosthetic arm that thinks its a road, to a murder mystery at a writer’s retreat with several versions of the same author..

The Bride Test by Helen Hoang

Charming – and smoking hot – romance, about a young woman who flies to California from Vietnam at the request of a woman who hopes to find a bride for her sun. 

The Last Romantics by Tara Conklin

Wonderful novel about four sibling who raise themselves after their father dies and their mother gets in bed and stays there for three years. 

The Valedictorian of Being Dead: The True Story of Dying Ten Times to Live by Heather B. Armstrong

True story of Armstrong’s experience with a new treatment for suicidal depression, in which patients are put under until they are clinically brain dead for several minutes, and then brought back.

Miracle Creek by Angie Kim

Amazing debut about an experimental medical device that catches fire and kills two people, and the courtroom drama surrounding the injured, the owners, and person believed to be responsible for the incident.

The Honey Bus: A Memoir of Loss, Courage and a Girl Saved by Bees by Meredith May

May’s touching memoir about being abandoned by her parents and growing up with her grandfather, who taught her a love for the natural world through the honeybees he raised.

Exhalation: Stories by Ted Chiang  

Profound science fiction stories from the acclaimed author of Stories of Your Life and Others—the basis for the Academy Award–nominated film Arrival.

I Miss You When I Blink: Essays by Mary Laura Philpott

Funny, relatable essays about Philpott’s experience with OCD and perfectionism, and how her life changed when she started allowing herself to mess up.

Lanny by Max Porter

A haunting parable about a young boy, a famous artist, a spooky legend, and the quaint village where they all reside.

American Spy by Lauren Wilkinson

Based on a true story, this outstanding novel is about a young African American woman, who is ignored and mistreated at her job as an FBI agent in the 1980s, so instead goes undercover on assignment for the CIA.

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

In this wildly interesting book, Gottleib, a therapist, discusses her own experiences with therapy, and the practice in general.

Lot: Stories by Bryan Washington

Unbelievably incredible short stories centered around a Texas neighborhood, featuring examinations of family, crime, and sexuality.

Furious Hours: Murder, Fraud, and the Last Trial of Harper Lee by Casey Cep

The true story of author Harper Lee’s attempt to write her own true crime book – and why it never happened.

Thick: And Other Essays by Tressie McMillan Cottom

Delightful and smart essays about everything from Saturday Night Live, LinkedIn, and BBQ Becky to sexual violence, infant mortality, and Trump rallies.

Naamah: A Novel by Sarah Blake  

Blake’s surreal, sensational novel looks at Naamah, the wife of Noah, who was the voice of reason when her husband started talking to God.

With the Fire on High by Elizabeth Acevedo

For young adults fans, a fantastic story about a teen mom who wants to be a famous chef, and how she has a shot at reaching her dreams, but isn’t sure she should.

Flowers over the Inferno by Ilaria Tuti, Ekin Oklap (translator)

For lovers of detective novels, this is a great first book in a series about an aging Italian detective who is starting to lose her memory, and the young officer who helps her on a particularly gruesome case.

A Memory Called Empire by Arkady Martine

For fans of hard science fiction, this is a perfectly plotted novel about the new ambassador to the multi-system Teixcalaanli Empire, who arrives amid political turmoil, and discovers her predecessor’s death wasn’t an accident.

The Silent Patient by Alex Michaelides

A gripping thriller about a famous painter who murders her husband, and then stops speaking, and the doctor at the facility where she is jailed who thinks he can get her to talk.

Trust Exercise by Susan Choi

And last, but not least, if you want the year’s most divisive book, that members will either really LOVE or really HATE, go with this fabulous, thought-provoking novel about high school love and predatory behavior.

For more great book club suggestions, or reading ideas for yourself, visit mytbr.co to sign up for personalized book recommendations sent straight to your inbox or mailbox! Forget about pleasing Susan: Treat yourself to books tailored to your own tastes.

A Guide to Book Riot’s Subscription Service, TBR: Tailored Book Recommendations

At Book Riot, we believe there is nothing better than finding the perfect book recommendation at the perfect moment in time! That’s why we created TBR: Tailored Book Recommendations, a Book Riot subscription service that provides readers with three personalized book recommendations per quarter. If you’ve been thinking about investing in a book subscription box, or are in need of expert book recommendations to spice up your TBR, then Tailored Book Recommendations is made for you! Here is a behind-the-scenes glimpse at how it works!

guide to Book Riot's TBR service

What is TBR?

TBR offers two subscription levels for readers to choose from. The first is the digital-only level. For $15 per quarter, you will receive three personalized book recommendations delivered to your email inbox.

If you love book mail and want to start reading your picks ASAP, you can opt into the hardcover level for $75 per quarter (plus shipping), and you will receive three new hardcover releases picked just for you. Each level includes a recommendation letter that explains why we think you’ll like your three picks.

How does TBR work?

How do we go about personalizing your recommendations? It all starts with our reader survey. We’ll ask you  your favorite genres, if there is anything you’d like to explore more of in your reading life, the last few books you loved, and if you’re looking for recommendations centered around a specific theme.

We’ll also ask you to rate how comfortable you are with reading outside of your comfort zone. You can rate this from “keep it familiar” to “mix of familiar and stretch” to “spice it up!” You can also share a link to your Goodreads account with us, if you have one, so we can see what you’ve read and rated, and what might already be on your radar.

From there, your survey responses are delivered to our Pigeon-in-Chief, who reads them carefully and then assigns matches you up with one of our expert Bibliologists. Our Biblioglostis are carefully selected from our pool of Book Riot contributors based on their experience recommending books to people as librarians, booksellers, and other book professionals. They have a diverse and varied spectrum of reading preferences and passions, and careful thought and consideration goes into assigning each reader a Bibliologist.

Once your Bibliologist has been selected, they receive your survey responses and link to your Goodreads account. They read your responses and check out your Goodreads shelves, and they start brainstorming! Generally speaking, the more information you can give your Bibliologist, the better! In the past, our readers have asked for a wide variety of recommendations, such as fantasy novels that remind them of their childhood, books that will help them escape from the stress of jobs and life, and books that will open their eyes to places and experiences they know little about. While Bibliologists aren’t book magicians and cannot give you a book that doesn’t exist, they welcome specific requests such as “I’d like to read more diverse westerns,” or “Give me lesbians in space!”

Once your Bibliologist has selected three books they think you’ll love, they cross-reference them with your Goodreads account to make sure you haven’t read or shelved the books before. If you picked the digital-only subscription level, your recommendations will include mostly new books, with the occasional backlist title. If you are a hardcover subscription member, your picks will only be brand new hardcover books that have been released within the last year. Once the picks have been finalized, your Bibliologist will begin to compose your personalized letter, which explains why they chose the books they did based off of your survey responses. If you’d like to see an example, here are a few. 

Once the letter is composed, we mark it as ready for our Pigeon-in-Chief! If you picked the digital-only subscription level, she gets your letter ready for email delivery within a week! If you have chosen the hardcover delivery option, then the Pigeon-in-Chief orders your picks from our partner independent bookstore, Print: A Bookstore in Portland, ME. Your three books and recommendation letter should arrive at your doorstep within 3-4 weeks of TBR receiving your order. Then, enjoy your personalized book recommendations!

How to refine TBR selections

About a month after you receive your picks, you will get a notification encouraging you to log into your TBR account and leave feedback on your books, and your Bibliologist. You can give each book a star rating, write a few words about why the book did or did not work for you, and even leave general feedback about the picks and process for your Bibliologist.

It is music to our ears when readers write to tell us if a recommendation was the perfect book for them, or that they never would have heard of a certain book if it hadn’t been recommended by TBR. Some readers have even called their Bibliologist their “book soul mate”! The feedback process is a really fun and enriching part of TBR, as it allows readers to think about what they like in books and why, and that helps Biblilogists to hone in our redirect in their pursuit of finding you the perfect book.

Can you return books?

Because of the personalized attention that goes into each recommendation, your picks and books are non-returnable and non-refundable. However, if you don’t like your picks, please do give your Bibliologist feedback and update your Goodreads profile!

The more information your Bibliologist has, the better! If you’d like to switch Bibliologists, you may–just leave a comment in your feedback survey and the Pigeon-in-Chief will assign you to someone new!

Can I sign up for TBR?

In terms of availability, the digital-only level is open to readers worldwide! Because of shipping rates, the hardcover level is only available in the U.S. You can switch between digital-only and hardcover levels from quarter to quarter, and if you sign up for the hardcover level for an entire year, we’ll give you free shipping!

Gift subscriptions are a work in progress, but should be available very soon! (If you want a notification when gifting becomes available, join our waitlist!)

Are you ready to discover your next favorite book with TBR, a Book Riot subscription service? Take our reader survey and sign up for TBR: Tailored Book Recommendations today!

12 Best Selling Ebooks of 2019 to Read Right Now

Are you looking for something great to read? A great place to start looking for your next favorite book is the best selling ebooks of 2019. You’ll find out what’s popular right now, and you can join in on the conversations unfolding online and in your local book clubs. You might also find your next favorite author, and expand your horizons by trying a new book in a different genre! Here is a selection of fifteen Kindle best sellers 2019, taken from Amazon’s list of top 100 Kindle bestsellers. 

bestselling ebooks

The Storyteller’s Secret by Sejal Badani

In the wake of a miscarriage and facing the dissolution of her marriage, Jaya takes a trip to India to better understand her family’s history. There, she meets her grandmother’s friend, who reveals the surprising story of her family’s strength and resilience, giving Jaya the confidence to face her life back home.

The Handmaid’s Tale by Margarat Atwood

Atwood’s dystopian novel is a modern classic about a near-future where women and their bodies are harshly controlled in a fiercely patriarchal society, told from the point of view of a handmaiden who can’t forget her past life. The Hulu TV show has caused a resurgence in popularity, and a sequel called The Testament will be released this fall!

Say You’re Sorry by Melinda Leigh

When Morgan returns to her home town after the loss of her husband, she’s grateful to be living at a quieter pace. Then her babysitter is murdered, and her friend’s son is accused of the crime. Drawn in by her personal connections, Morgan begins investigating, uncovering shocking secrets about her town. 

Educated by Tara Westover

This inspiring memoir tells the story of Tara’s early years growing up in a survivalist family that cut itself off from the rest of the world, eschewing education, government, and modern medicine. It’s ultimately a triumphant story as Tara works her way through school, finding freedom in education.

Becoming by Michelle Obama

One of the biggest books of 2018, the former First Lady’s memoir is still a very popular book in 2019. Michelle Obama tells candid stories from her youth and adulthood, revealing for the first time her struggles with infertility and her initial thoughts and reactions when her husband first became a presidential candidate.

1984 by George Orwell

This dystopian classic is a favorite in school-assigned reading lists, and has experienced a resurgence in popularity thanks to current events. It tells of a totalitarian government that’s always watching, and one man’s gamble at joining the resistance.

Where the Crawdads Sing by Delia Owen

Kya Clark has survived for years on her own in the marshes near a small town on the North Carolina coast, but when her curiosity about the outside world and her desire for human connection draw two people into her world, it’s with devastating consequences.

The Broken Circle: A Memoir of Escaping Afghanistan by Enjeela Ahmadi-Miller

Life is good for Enjeela growing up in Kabul, until her mother leaves for India for medical treatment and the Soviet invasion intensified violence in her home country. Risking everything, Enjeela and her siblings and father make the difficult decision to leave, embarking on a years-long journey to reconnect with her mother.

The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up by Marie Kondo

Now a popular Netflix show, Marie Kondo’s essential guide for decluttering and organizing your home is gentle and encouraging. Kondo urges readers to let go of items that don’t spark joy, and offers practical solutions to storing and organizing every item in your home.

The Overdue Life of Amy Bylar by Kelly Harms

When single mom Amy gets an unexpected summer to herself, she picks up and heads for New York City for a few months of fun and rediscovery. But her trip isn’t a simple escape, and soon she’s reconsidering everything in her life, until a crisis puts both aspects of her life at risk.

Bad Blood: Secrets and Lies in a Silicon Valley Startup by John Carreyrou

A Washington Post investigative journalist tells the stranger-than-fiction story of Elizabeth Holmes, a young woman who conned Silicone Valley investors with her company Theranos, which was built around revolutionary blood-testing devices…that never actually worked.

I’m Fine and Neither Are You by Camille Pagan

Penelope can barely keep her life together, which is why she’s so jealous of her friend Jenny, who seems to have it all without breaking a sweat. But when a crisis reveals the truth about Jenny’s life, Penelope decides it’s time for a change. She and her husband make a list of things to change and tackle it head-on, with unexpected results.

Find more best selling ebooks

If you’d like a more personalized approach to book recommendations, sign up for TBR: Tailored Book Recommendations! You’ll start by filling out our reader survey, which asks you about your reading preferences, favorite books and authors, and what you’re looking forward to reading more of. You even have the option of requesting specific genres or themes, plus the opportunity to point out what you don’t like in a book. If you have a Goodreads page, you can share that with us as well! Then, our Pigeon-in-Chief will assign an expert Bibliologist to pick out three books perfectly tailored to your reading preferences and write you a personal recommendation letter!

TBR offers two subscription levels to accommodate every budget: digital-only recommendations, and hardcover recommendations. For $15 per quarter, you’ll receive your three personalized book recommendations via email. This is ideal if you are an ebook reader or library power user, as you can then check the books out from the library, or buy the ebook (or print) version yourself! For $75 per quarter (plus shipping), your Bibliologist will pick out three brand-new hardcover recommendations, and you’ll receive your books from our bookstore partner, Print: A Bookstore in Maine! Both subscription levels offer you the opportunity to leave feedback about your picks for your Bibliologist, so that they can continue to offer you the best book recommendations! 

If you’re reading to receive your tailored book recommendations, get started now!

How To Cancel Audible

It’s all too easy to sign up for Audible believing that you’re going to absolutely redeem your audiobook credit each month, and listen to it. But life can get busy, you can fall behind on your reading, stumble into a reading slump, or maybe you realize that Audible is just not the service for you. If that’s the case, then it’s time to look into how to cancel Audible. But before you cancel, there are a few things you should know! 

how to cancel audible

How to cancel Audible on iPhone or Android

First off, if you’re looking for how to cancel Audible membership on iPhone, or how to cancel Audible membership on Android, unfortunately it is not possible. Simply deleting the Audible app from your phone won’t work either–you must cancel your subscription by logging into your account on a web browser.

Another consideration is that you must use all of your credits before canceling, or you forfeit them. Cancelling your membership also means that you will no longer be able to purchase the members-only deals that Audible offers, either through their Daily Deals emails or through their periodic sales. But if you’re ready to make a change to your reading life, here’s how to cancel Audible!

How to cancel Audible

Start off by heading to Audible.com and logging into your account. From the home page, you should see your name at the very top of the page, and right next to it should be an arrow. Hover your cursor over the arrow to bring up a dropdown menu with your account information and options, and then click on Account Details.

Once your Account Details page had loaded, you will be able to see how many credits you have, and what subscription plan you’re currently enrolled in. If your current subscription plan isn’t working for you, you have the option to click on “Switch Membership” and choose a different plan. However, if you’re ready to cancel Audible, click on “Cancel Membership.”

Be aware: If you have any unused credits, you will lose them when you cancel Audible! If you don’t want to lose your credits, go back to the Home page and redeem them for audiobooks. You do not lose access to the audiobooks you’ve already redeemed with your past credits. If you want to keep your credits but you don’t want to be billed for an Audible subscription, you do have the option to switch your membership option to Silver, which bills you for one credit every other month, or to suspend your membership for 30, 60, or 90 days–that gives your wallet a reprieve, and allows you time to catch up on your audiobook reading! Audible will warn you about losing your credits if you cancel, but give you the chance to switch your account settings so that you can keep them one more time before you cancel. 

If you’re set on canceling Audible, click Cancel membership. Next, Audible will ask you why you’re canceling. They want feedback on why customers choose to leave, so they can better improve their services. You don’t have to give them a precise reason–an “Other reason” option is available if you prefer not to say–but you do have to choose something from this multiple choice menu in order to continue canceling.

Once you click on Continue canceling, a final page will open with one last effort to get you to reconsider canceling your membership! If you have any remaining credits available, this is your last chance to redeem them or switch or pause your membership in order to save them.

Audible will offer to change your membership to every other month billing, and half the number of credits. You will also be given the option here to suspend your Audible membership, even if you have redeemed all of your credits. Either option is great if you want a break, but if you’re committed to canceling Audible, click Finish Canceling.

The final page that opens should be your account page with a message that says Audible is sorry to see you go, and informing you that your membership has been cancelled. It may be confusing, however, because below your membership status will indicate that you’re still enrolled and give you the date of your next bill. 

Don’t panic! Simply refresh the page to see your updated account details. Your cancellation date should appear, along with a link to your credit summary and an offer to start back up again whenever you like. You should also get an email confirmation that you canceled Audible.

Find your next book

That’s all there is to it! You will still be able to access all of your audiobooks, and you can start back up at any time. However, if you’re looking for a subscription service that is a little different and perfectly tailored to your reading habits and desires, consider signing up for TBR: Tailored Book Recommendations. TBR is designed to be the ultimate book recommendation and subscription service for every reader, no matter which format you read in!

Here’s how it works: You start out by answering a few questions about what you like to read, your favorite books and authors, what you’d like to read more of, and if you’re looking for any specific theme for your reading. You can even include a link to your Goodreads account. Then, our Pigeon-in-Chief assigns one of expert Bibliologists to hand-select three book recommendations for you! TBR has two subscription tiers: Digital-Only Level, and Hardcover Level. The Digital-Only Level costs $15 per quarter, and you receive your personalized book recommendations letter via email. The Hardcover Level costs $75 per quarter (plus shipping) and gets you three new frontlist hardcover books from our partner independent bookstore, Print, plus a letter from your Bibliologist.

TBR’s book selections are truly personalized for each reader, and the subscription levels are great for varying budgets. Plus, TBR gives you the opportunity to provide feedback to your Bibliologist on their recommendations, which in turn allows Bibliologists to provide you with the best recommendations and the best books you can ask for! To get started, head to myTBR.co!

The Best Horror Book Subscriptions

When you think of the perfect book box, do you imagine it dripping red onto the floor? The screams that might escape as you open it? If so, these creepy horror book subscriptions are for you.

best horror subscriptions

9 Horror Book Subscriptions

My Thrill Club!

For as low as $19.99 a month, you’ll receive two new hardcover books and an ebook. You choose the genre: thriller, mystery, horror, or surprise me. Past horror picks include Silence of Ghosts by Jonathan Aycliffe, Slade House by David Mitchell, and Season to Taste by Natalie Young.

Creepy Crate

If you’re wanting a box full of macabre collectibles along with your macabre books, this one may be the one you’re looking for. Each monthly box includes at least 1 horror or true crime book, and often a physical book as well. What makes the box special are the limited edition collectibles. Previous boxes have included a skull and crossbones flask, a creepy cooking apron that says “Tonight, I’m having an old friend for dinner,” and books like I’ll Be Gone In The Dark. It’s $39.99 a month.

Paperbacks From Hell

Horror writer Gary Hendrix teamed up with Valancourt Books for this limited, scream-filled book subscription. Starting in April, each month you’ll receive a new, limited edition release of a previously unavailable 70s and 80s horror paperback. There are only 5 books, so you’ll want to get on this right now if you want them. The ebooks are $6.99 each, or $29.99 for all five, and the paperbacks are $16.99 each, or $85 for all five. Pricing for the subscription service includes shipping for the US and UK. 

TBR: Tailored Book Recommendations

The most personalized option, TBR pairs each reader with a bibliologist that reads in their genre. After taking a reading survey and even linking to your spooky Goodreads’ account, the bibliologist will recommend three hardcover books tailored to you a quarter. You can sign up for the recommendations only plan, or for the three books to be delivered to you. Each quarter, you have the opportunity to update your reading preferences. This is perfect for the horror reader, who can be paired with a horror-reading bibliologist for the perfect recommendations. It costs $15 a quarter for the recommendations plan, and $75 a quarter for the hardcover books. 

My Coffee And Book Club

Do you like coffee? Only coffee as black as a raven’s wing and with a dash of powdered bone shavings? Well, okay then. My Coffee And Book Club doesn’t come with any bone shavings that I know of, but you do get a hardcover book from a genre of your choice and 12 oz. of delicious gourmet coffee, whole bean or ground, to help you stay awake while you read, though who falls asleep while reading horror? We’re an awake bunch. We know what’s out there. They also email an ebook so we can bring our horror wherever we go, like the dentist office. Horror novels in previous boxes include Silence of Ghosts by Jonathan Aycliffe and The Penny Dreadfuls. Plans start at $31.99 a month.

Abominable Book Club

This abominable UK subscription includes an online forum to discuss their new horror picks. Each month, you’ll receive a new horror or thriller novel, a used mystery book, an indie ebook or magazine, a delicious snack, and some hot drinks. Past books include Gallery of the Dead by Chris Carter with a used copy of The Survivor by James Herbert and The Lingering by SJI Holliday paired with Koko by Peter Straub. Subscription plans start at £19.75 a month.

A Year In Books From Heywood Hill

Based in the UK, Heywood Hill bookstore customizes each subscription with a personal consultation from one of their expert booksellers who will select books based on your preferences. I challenge you to come up the creepiest list of bookish needs they’ve ever had to fill. Each month (or bimonthly) your book will arrive beautifully wrapped, with a customized bookmark. They have a lot of subscription options, from 6 books a year at £175 to 40 books a year for £950, and everything in between. You can also choose paperback or hardback options.

Date Night With A Book 

Also located in the UK, you tell them your favorite genre and 5 favorite (or, rather, favourite) books, and they’ll handpick books for you. In addition to the book, you’ll receive hot chocolate, tea, a coaster, and a bookmark. They want you all settled in for your scary bookish date night, how kind. You can choose: 1-3 books a month; a book and a DVD plan; or you can go with the pampered subscription option where in addition to the above, you’ll receive nail polish, a face mask, and moisturiser. Plans range from £11.95 to £29.50.

Loot Fright

From Loot Crate comes their only horror themed subscription box. You’ll receive 4+ gruesome items a month, sometimes including a book, sometimes not. Past boxes have include the graphic novel Clive Barker’s Nightbreed, a Chucky throw blanket, and creepy cookie cutouts. Plans start at $22.99 a month.