Are you having trouble picking what to read? There are so many books out there, and so many of them are great. But where do you start?
That’s where book subscription boxes can help! You can subscribe to these boxes and receive a new book each month. What’s more, based on the type of box you chose, many of them also have extra items.
I went on the hunt on Cratejoy to find the best fantasy and sci-fi book subscription boxes for you.
Cratejoy is a platform where small-business owners offer their book boxes to you. So, it’s also a great way to support small businesses, while you have Cratejoy to handle things in case it goes wrong, and you need your money back.
Also: don’t let the term ‘subscription’ box steer you away from them. With many boxes, you can order them for one month (so one box). Just be sure to read their guidelines and cancel your subscription in time (if this is necessary).
A one-time book subscription box also makes for a great gift!
Fantasy & Sci-Fi Book-only subscription boxes
My Sci-Fi Club
This fantasy & sci-fi book subscription box offers both genres to its members. What do you get?
- Two hardcover books, where you can choose for sci-fi, fantasy, or a ‘surprise me’ mix.
- You can even email them and get a free eBook for more reading.
This makes for a great value of this box. But little warning: they only deliver within the US. So if that’s not where you live? Don’t get it.
As far as reviews go, they get an average rating of 3.7/5, which isn’t too bad.
Love comics? Then this is the book subscription box for you. With it, you get 5 comic books from Marvel or DC. You get both vintage and modern comics.
This business is located in the UK, and they ship worldwide! Once you order, the subscription renews automatically, so make sure you cancel in time if you only want a certain amount of months. Their customer rating is a 4/5.
Fantasy & Sci-Fi Book & Items subscription boxes
This book does not just do Fantasy or Sci-Fi books, but also sends out thrillers and mystery books. So it’s great if you want a larger mix of genres, but if you really only want fantasy or sci-fi you might want to skip this one.
The books are a mix of Indie, small press, and large house books, that come along with various items such as bath products, teas, coffee, treats, and other surprises. They work together with a tea and merchandise distributor, so all the stuff you get is of high quality. And the candles and bath items are all handmade by Universe Bound themselves. Cool right?
Their customer satisfaction is, like, really high: they have an average rating of 4.9/5.
Some practical info: they ship by the end of each month, so you need to place your order before or on the 15th to get the box in that month. They’re based in the US, but ship worldwide. Also: subscription renew automatically, so if you only want a certain amount of months, make sure to cancel on time.
Magical Reads Crate
Love YA Fantasy books? Then this is your box! They’re actually catered to adults, so no shame in ordering all that YA even though you’re no longer in that age-range.
They send out new hardcover releases each month, together with items and stuff by the author, all fitting with the book. These items are:
- handmade, self-care items or body products, all in collaborations with Etsy shops and artists
- bookish candles, home decor, fan arts and more
- items from the author of the book
This fantasy book subscription box also use a loyalty program that rewards subscribers with points each month so you can get more stuff.
Magical Reads Crate does well in the customer service regard, with the very good average rating of 4.6/5.
They ship the last they of the month, which takes around 7 business days to arrive when you live in the US (after tracking is active). For Canada this is 14 business days, and all other places 2 to 6 weeks.
Make sure to cancel your subscription in time, as they renew automatically.
For all your favorite YA Fantasy books with quote prints, bookmarks, and a pin. They give a hardcover newly released YA Fantasy book, and independent artists create all the extra items. They also have an online book club you can join, in case you want to discuss the book you got from them! I think that’s a pretty cool idea.
To receive the box in the month you want it: order before the 7th of that month. Like most, they’re based in the US, and subscriptions renew automatically.
Their customers are pretty damned satisfied, as Fantasy Monthly has an average rating of 4.5/5.
A monthly YA Fantasy bookclub that includes quote prints, bookmarks, and a monthly pin!
Books & Treasures
This subscription box is perfect if you’re not necessarily interested in new books but instead want to do the environmental-friendly thing: used books!
In this box, you get a used book and some handmade gifts. While it’s not specifically a fantasy book subscription box, they choose a book based on your interests. So you can tell them what kind of genre you’re looking for.
The items depend on the size of the box you order. The smallest option is just a handmade bookmark, while the middle and largest box includes more handmade items from small businesses. People rate them with an average of 4.8/5.
The box ships at the beginning of every month, and you need to order before the 1st of the month to get the box of that month. Your subscription is always renewed on the 11th. They ship worldwide and are based in the US.
More comics in different styles, with some even signed or rare. You have different options for your subscription, for instance, to get Funko pops with your box. The comics are a mix of DC, Marvel, Image, Dark Horse, with new and old issues.
Each box comes with free items. For subscribing, you need to do it by the 19th of the month, they ship worldwide from the US, and their subscriptions renew on auto-pilot.
And people love them: they get an average rating of 4.9/5.
I Smell Books
This is a relatively new book subscription box filled with YA books. It’s not explicitly fantasy, but I see only YA fantasy books were added to the boxes so far, as I’m writing this. When in doubt: you can check the box of that month on the website to make sure you want it.
It’s always a new release, and you get a newly designed pin and a pair of bookish socks in that month’s theme. And of course, you also get more bookish items, because we all love those.
Orders need to be placed before the 14th of the month; they ship worldwide from the US, and subscriptions renew automatically. So far, their customers love them, as they’ve scored a 5/5.
SpearCraft Book Box
A very popular book box, so even though it’s not just fantasy, I figured I’d still feature it here. You can view the box’s theme, so you can check whether or not it’s for you.
It’s all YA books (I also don’t know why most of these boxes are YA. Perhaps it fits more with all the bookish items?).
The hardcover books come with exclusive author content, so that’s always nice, and you get some awesome handmade items with it. They have a loyalty program where you can earn points to save on your next box and an online community on Instagram and Facebook to discuss the books you receive with others.
Their average rating: 4.8/5.
Check their description for information on when the boxes need to be ordered and when they ship. They do ship worldwide, from the US, and—you guessed it—subscriptions renew automatically.
Unplugged Book Box
A box all about self-care.
A choice between YA or Adult, but not just fantasy or sci-fi books. So, it’s a better pick if you want to broaden your horizon. If you’re not sure: you can see the box for next month on the website, so you can decide if it’s for you or not.
Next to a book, you get 4 to 6 bookish self-care or novelty products, exclusive activities to help you unplug, and some other self-care tools.
Ships worldwide from the US, except for Iran, Mexico, Oman, or Peru. The subscription renews automatically. People rate them with a whopping 4.9/5.
Any Fantasy or Sci-Fi Book Subscription Box you like?
Let me know! Always happy to read other people’s experiences. Or if you know a good one that’s not part of this list, be sure to leave a comment so I can add it. Especially if you run a book subscription box service.