Book Subscriptions Part 1

I think we all know that subscription boxes are incredibly popular right now. There is pretty much a subscription for every hobby at the moment, and books and reading are no exception. Now, I love subscription boxes, I’ve tried many (more than I care to admit sometimes!!) I remember when I first spotted bookish subscriptions and fell even deeper! The only problem was there weren’t very many UK options available, and we all know that international postage is not always our friend. I’m happy to report that this is no longer the case, there is such a variety of options, I’ll being doing this post in at least 3 parts.

My descriptions are brief, more details can be found on each subscriptions website (I’ve linked them all). Some of the subscriptions I’ll be mentioning I have on the way, some I intend to try, so as and when I receive them I will post more in depth reviews of each one.

HAPPY SHOPPING! (look out for part 2 coming soon, I’m typing it up as you read this)

The Willoughby Book club

The Willoughby book club offers a range of subscription options from babies to YA, from contemporary to classic and natural history to cookery. If none of their options suit you, they also offer a bespoke club, just answer a few questions and they’ll select books to suit your tastes. For every book subscription they sell they donate a book to book aid international.

Cost:£29.99 for 3 months baby – YA subscriptions £34.99 for 3 months of the bespoke subscription.

Postage: UK delivery is free

Contents: One book a month for the length of Subscription, a personalised message an, when possible, from the author too.

Will it fit through my letter box? Yes

One off option available? No

Big Green Bookshop Book Club

This is a bespoke book club, once you sign up you’ll be sent a questionnaire to fill in to help them choose the right books for you.

Cost:£25 for 3 months kids subscription £30 for 3 months Adults subscription.

Postage: UK delivery is free

Contents: One book a month for the length of Subscription, a personalised message from them, and, when possible, from the author too.

Will it fit through my letter box? Yes

One off option available? No

Mr B’s Reading Year

After a 2o minute consultation, either in store, over the phone or via email. You will receive a beautifully packaged book, selected by one of Mr B’s dedicated bibliotherapists. Feedback throughout the year is encouraged to ensure they are picking the right books for you.

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Cost:£145 for a year of paperbacks, £220 for a year of hardbacks. International options available

Postage: Postage is included in the price

Contents: 11 books over the course of the year (January is usually skipped, so you can read your Christmas presents!) each book includes a number bookmark for you to make notes about your book on.

Will it fit through my letter box? Yes

One off option available? No

Prudence and the crow

Besides having an awesome name, Prudence and the crow offers you a vintage book specially selected for you. Choose between, classic fiction, sci-fi, classic thriller, childrens or random, fill the questionnaire and then sit back and wait for your package to arrive. Most of the books they send out are at least 20 years old, but they wont send you anything that’s not in a decent readable condition.

Cost:£15 a month

Postage: UK delivery is free, Limited international options available.

Contents: Vintage book, Handmade book bag, library card and little surprises (sweets, tea, stationery etc.)

Will it fit through my letter box? Yes

One off option available? Yes

Book and a Brew

As the name would suggest every month you will receive a book and Tea, you’ll receive a different flavoured tea each month from brands like tea pigs and tea birds. They try to choose lesser known but still well reviewed books, you can view past books on their website.

Cost:£12.99 a month

Postage: UK delivery is free, EU available, International on request

Contents: Hardback novel and a box tea

Will it fit through my letter box? No

One off option available? Yes, £14.99

Coffee and Book club

Another one that’s pretty self explanatory! This subscription is offered by Bookishly who make other gorgeous bookish products. Every month they will send you a surprise vintage book and a different coffee (medium ground) There is also a tea option available, which also includes some Bookishly stationery items.

Cost:£9 a month, tea box £12

Postage: UK delivery is free

Contents: Vintage paperback and 75g bag of coffee (4-5 cups)

Will it fit through my letter box? Yes

One off option available? Kinda, you can buy gift options starting at 3 months worth (from £27) but I guess you could just subscribe and then cancel after the first month.

Persephone

Persephone books reprint neglected fiction and non-fiction from the mid 20th century by mostly female authors. There is no surprise element to this subscription, you choose the titles you want at the time of purchase (if it is a gift you can opt to have the recipient pick their titles) Persephone publish anything from novels, to memoirs, to cook books. All their books look stylish and beautiful, in a simple grey jacket, with ‘fabric’ end paper and matching bookmark, these books will look amazing on your book shelf.

 

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Image taken from Persephone books website

 

Cost:£60 for 6 months

Postage: £12 for 6 months

Contents:1 Persephone reprint each month.

Will it fit through my letter box? Yes

One off option available? Yes, you can order any of their books online individually

Threads by ZBOX

An exclusively designed T-shirt and either a book or graphic novel. T-shirt designs are generally based off film, gaming etc. There is also a comic book option instead of the book/graphic novel. You will receive 5 #1 comics each month, with at least one being from Marvel and one from DC.

Cost:£9.99 a month, Comic edition £14.99 a month

Postage: UK delivery is free

Contents: T-shirt with exclusive design and a book or graphic novel

Will it fit through my letter box? No

One off option available? No

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