The best book subscriptions to help you read more

Book subscriptions are a great way to discover new authors and encourage you to read more.

You can purchase them as gifts for others or for yourself – for a rolling monthly cost or a one-off fee you can get a new book delivered straight to your doorstep each month.

Here’s our pick of the best book subscriptions on the web. Do any take your fancy?

The fun online book club: Rare Birds Book Club

Rare Birds Book Club is an online book club subscription that takes the best aspects of being in a book club and brings it online. Each month subscribers get a beautifully packaged surprise book delivered along with an introduction to why it’s worth reading. There’s a range of genres to choose from but what each book has in common is that it’s written by a female author. At the end of the month, there’s a members’ only forum where readers can find an in-depth review of the book and also leave their own thoughts and chat with other members. You can purchase for yourself, or choose from a range of flexible gift options. At just £10, it’s great fun and great value, too.

One for home chefs: Willoughby Book Club

Willoughby Book Club offers a Cookery Book Club for any avid home chefs out there who are keen to discover new recipes. You purchase a 3, 6 or 12-month subscription up front and then enjoy a new delivery each month. This also makes a great gift – they also allow you to tailor the subscription by sharing information about your favourite cuisines.

For young adult readers: Illumicrate

Illumicrate is the perfect gift idea for teenage readers or any other readers who love the genre of Young Adult fiction. Instead of monthly, a box of books and other goodies is delivered quarterly and each based around a theme. At £29.99, it’s one of the more expensive options out there, but makes a very special gift.

For lovers of classics: The Persephone Book Subscription

Persephone Books is a famous London bookshop and publisher. They are devoted to rediscovering out-of-print and long-forgotten gems, then republishing them and giving them a new lease on life. Their book subscription, A Book A Month, is perfect for that person who’s already read everything and wants to dive into something new and different. You buy in 6-month or 12-month chunks, with a 6-month subscription costing £66, plus postage.

For children and new parents: The Happy Book Club

Give your grandchildren the gift of reading with the Happy Book Club. Each month they get a new age-appropriate book through the post, along with some activity suggestions to go along with. Each month there is a new theme the books are based around, bringing in plenty of variety for your little ones. A 3-month subscription costs £22.99.

What do you think of the idea of a book subscription? Do you think it will help you read more? Share your thoughts in the comments below!

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