If you’ve dipped even your little toe in the murky waters of social media recently, I’ll bet that you’ve seen an advert for some kind of subscription service. From make up to meat, surprises to sanitary towels (no, really) it seems that there’s a subscription box for almost everything, though until recently a monthly box for book lovers has been a pipe dream for those in the UK.
But no more! There are now a wide range of book subscription services for bookworms in the UK, so you don’t have to pay a huge postage fee to enjoy a monthly book box from across the pond. And, dare I say it, it seems to me that UK bookworms actually have a more grown up selection of book subscription packages to choose from?
I’ve selflessly gone out of my way to test a few of these (best month ever) and am able to give you a round-up of the best book subscription boxes the UK has to offer. Curated by small teams of imaginative, talented and hardworking bookworms, they really are all fantastic:
If you’ve ever had wall art envy for an amazing framed literary quote, you’ve probably come across a print from Bookishly. They’ve recently branched out from creating word art with Vintage books and have created a book club that sends out a monthly package containing a vintage book, a luxury tea sample from Jenier World of Tea and a curated item of stationery. If you know a bookworm who loves to curl up with an old book and a cup of tea before writing a thank you note on beautiful stationery, then the Bookishly book subscription is the gift for them. Or you, if you fit that description.
Curated by Daphne at Winged Reviews, Illumicrate is the new heavyweight on the book subscription box market and it really packs a punch. Filled with items that match the Illumicrate ethos of “fun, beautiful and geeky” this larger subscription box is released monthly. The perfect gift for a reader who is passionate about their contemporary and young adult literature, the former teacher in me also thinks it would be the perfect way to lure a reluctant reader into exploring literary worlds.
Chocolate and Book
If you’re looking for a special gift for a loved one but don’t necessarily share their literary tastes, the the Chocolate and Book Subscription box service can help you out. Better yet? The box comes with a load of delicious chocolate to eat while you read. The chocolate and book subscription service has a wide range of genre book subscriptions, including thriller, chick lit, sci-fi and YA, so they have a package to tickle every bookworm’s fancy, if their passion is for horror, thrillers or romance as long as they have a sweet tooth. They cater to a range of dietary requirements and you can order a one of box, or a longer term subscription package.
The Willoughby Book Club
Founded by Adam and Chloe Pollard in 2012, The Willoughby Book Club provides a personalised book subscription service with some really clever package options. Not only do they provide a Contemporary and Classic packages for those who want to hone their reading in a particular direction, they also provide hobby subscription packages for cooks, gardeners and natural historians. The Willoughby package I like the sound of most is, sadly, not for me… The Couples Book Club package which sends out two copies of the same novel so that you can read it together and discuss it. My boyfriend may make wonderful cups of tea and buy me the books I am embarrassed to be seen with in bookshops, but a reader he is not! Still, I think it would make a great gift to share with a close friend and it really is a genius idea.
Books that Matter
I was really excited to come across Books That Matter, a monthly subscription box which aims to deliver books which explore important themes to enlighten readers on key issues and themes such as gender, race, culture, class, ethnicity, ability, sexuality, politics, or history, along with at least two gifts by independent female-identifying or non-binary artists. The boxes supply fiction as well as non-fiction books that explore their particular theme, and while this might be of interest to male-identifying allies, the gifts that came with my Brexit-themed box were a floral necklace and pocket mirror. I think that this box subscription would be the perfect present for a difficult to buy for teenage girl.