Staying True to Your Shelf | book subscription boxes

“Never trust anyone who has not bought a book with them,” said Lemony Snicket, and we agree. Books are the oldest and most reliable form of both education and escapism; teaching and comforting at the same time. Could we live without them? No, is the answer, and we are thrilled to have discovered a library-worth of bookish subscription boxes out there for our reading pleasure. Here are five of the best: 

The Willoughby Book Club 

A Leicestershire-based enterprise, The Willoughby Book Club aims to introduce subscribers to new reading delights each month, tailored to their tastes. From inspiring recipes to challenging fiction, each book is carefully picked, beautifully wrapped and delivered. Various subscription options are available, depending on age and genre. Prices start at £39.99 for a 3-month subscription.

Chocolate and Book 

Well, what better combination? Chocolate and Book does exactly what it says, sending subscribers both a book and chocolate each month. Choose from the Thriller, Sci-Fi/Fantasy, Romance/Chick-Lit, Hidden Gem, Award-Winning, YA, Bestseller, or Surprise categories, then wait for the book, and the chocolate, to come flying through your letterbox!


Bookishly offers a range of subscriptions, including Classic of the Month, Tea and Vintage, and James Bond, with prices starting at £13 a month. The £13 crate contains a book and luxury tea or coffee, with the higher priced options including goodies such as bookmarks, stationery and art. You can save 5% by prepaying for a number of boxes in advance.


Reposed is a book subscription service selling the idea of the perfect cosy evening in curled up with a book. To give its subscribers the complete experience, boxes contains an inspiring book alongside products such as gourmet chocolate, relaxing teas, luxury beauty products and elegant stationery. Boxes cost from £12.80 a month.

Books That Matter 

Books That Matter puts women’s writing at the forefront by handpicking female-led fiction for their monthly subscription box. Each box costs £17 and includes one empowering and inspiring book, at least three gifts from independent creatives, and a crafted menu detailing the book’s themes and the crafters’ bios.

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