Living that book life isn’t always easy, especially when it comes to subscription boxes. I am a book subscription box addict. As much as I love books, the idea of getting a surprise book plus some extra bookish goods just has me living. It’s like a Kinder Surprise except I’m not allergic to them.
Unfortunately for me, it can be hard to get certain boxes if you’re Canadian. Book of the Month for example, is only open to U.S. Residents only. Other book services end up charging you nearly the same amount for shipping as you paid for the box which is a hard pill to swallow since the prices tend to be in USD.
So below are some boxes that won’t break your bank and that will allow you to get both pretty bookish thing
4. Life’s Library Book Club
Life’s Library is a bit of a mixed bag for me. The basic idea is that John Green and Rosianna Halse Rojas sends you a book every six weeks which also comes with a lapel pin, a decal, and book plates. On top of that, you get Digital Perks like a reading guide and a podcast discussion with John Green and Rosianna Halse Rojas.
So even if the physical subscription is sold out, you can still sign up for a Digital Subscription for a discounted price and online perks only.
The reason that this isn’t higher on the list is that the gifts felt a little cheap. They’re all paper extras which didn’t give it any of the fun of opening some of the other subscription boxes. On top of that, my book came damaged which was disappointing. However, their customer service is awesome, the podcast was fascinating, and the book choices for Life’s Library are on point.
3. The Wordy Traveller
This is one of the few non-fiction book boxes I’ve seen that’s worth its salt and it will pick three books every three months based on a geographic region. The extras that you get along with the book box are themed on that region including some professional photographs and usually some kind of physical gift. The first time I received a box, it was with a glass cup from Turkey.
Unlike the other boxes on this list, the theme of the box isn’t about being bookish or quirky. It’s all about the region, it’s about losing yourself in these books and expanding your horizons without needing to leave your home.
I would have had it down at number one, but the price is a little higher when you break it down than Owl Crate or Blind Date with Obvious State. I love this box. I love it so much, but the price might be a deal breaker for some people, especially when you add in the conversion rates and the shipping.
2. Blind Date with Obvious State
Obvious State is a purveyor of absolutely gorgeous bookish goods and they have these amazing stylized quotes, mugs, and tote bags in their shop so when the chance came to order a Blind Date with them, I couldn’t click buy fast enough. Blind Date is what it sounds like, they send you a package every month or so with beautifully stylized bookish goods including lip balm, candles, candy, note books and the like. On top of that you get a small poetry book that has a visual interpretation of a classic poem each month for $15.
As it says on their website, it’s “dinner and drinks on a coffee and cake budget. Not bad.”
This is the first and only poetry box I’ve seen around and I love it. I don’t read enough poetry and this box is helping me get back in there. The shipping isn’t too bad. It ends up being $25 or so, but I’ve gotten pretty candles and a book and a lot of things, so I never feel like I’m not getting my money’s worth.
1. Owl Crate
I’ve gushed about Owl Crate before and if you go on Instagram, you’ll see posts for it everywhere, but its reputation is well-deserved. Every box comes with a hardcover book, a pin, and an array of bookish goods. I’ve gotten so many amazing things out of these crates including a wax seal, scarves, wall hangings, jewellery, planters, and the list goes on. They are the reason that I have a book planner and they’re the reason that I got back into YA in a big, bad way.
I love their crates and they’re the highlight of my month, hands down, every time. You can see how excited people are to get them and even when the merchandise isn’t entirely up my alley, it’s still lovely.
On top of that, you get a cute little newsletter and the books usually have a signed book plate and a note from the author. It is incredible value for money.
Even if you don’t subscribe to Owl Crate regularly, it’s still worth it to join their newsletter as sometimes they’ll have limited edition crates for big upcoming releases (like the one pictured above). They sell out quick, so keep an eye out for them.
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