TBR: Tailored Book Recommendations
This subscription box is perfect if you don’t know what the recipient likes or someone who reads widely. Before the box is sent out, you have to fill out a survey and a team of bibliologists will pick out your next read. They have two different services: digital recommendations without books and hardcovers of the 3 recommendations. The hardcover subscription is only available in the US. They test your taste in books by allowing you to drag books to a ‘yes’ and ‘no’ pile. Then they ask you about your preferred genres and how you want to develop your reading habits. Read what you already love or start reading outside of your comfort zone. It’s the only subscription service that’s tailor-made for every reader.
Owlcrate is one of the first book subscriptions I heard about and even now it’s still one of the most popular ones. Each box has a hardcover copy of a new release, signed, and often with an exclusive cover, and 3 to 5 bookish items related to that month’s theme. If you want an idea of what kind of items are included, check out unboxing videos or the Instagram contests Owlcrate runs every month. I’ve seen scarves, mugs, candles, tea, enamel pins, bookmarks, socks, totes and pillow covers. Most of these items are made for this box exclusively as well. There were only a few times when the extra items weren’t as interesting, but I haven’t been disappointed by their book selection! Strand’s booksellers know what’s up.
The Book HookUp
Have you heard of Strand? It’s one of the largest independent bookstores in New York. I went there when I was in New York and I actually didn’t want to leave, but my husband allowed me to buy six books, so I gave in. They have their own subscription service, but not just one. They have nine different boxes! Have a look at their previous entries for each box to see what kind of books you can expect.
For my European friends, there is Magic Chest. It’s a fantasy subscription box with a book and several bookish items. Since they’re based in Germany, the shipping costs within the EU are lower than when you get one of the US boxes. Jenny of the blog Jenny in Neverland reviewed the fairy tale themed book box and she loved it. She even said that it’s the best she has seen so far. So it’s worth checking out if you’re in the EU and looking for a new book box sub.
Do you have a subscription to a book box? Or multiple? Share your experiences in the comments below!