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A Book of the Month subscription if you’re instantly overwhelmed the minute you start browsing a bookstore or library. Here’s how it works: BotM selects five reads each month and you get to choose one (you can pay extra for more books). It’s delivered straight to your door and then all you have to do is kick back, relax, and curl up with this month’s pick.

Stack of past Book of the Month titles, including An Anonymous Girl, No Exit, and Severance


Book of the Month

Check out our Book of the Month review to learn more if you’re on the fence.

Get your first month’s books for $9.99 ($14.99/month after that).

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A monthly YA book subscription box packed with self-care goodies like candles, bath bombs, and other themed products that’ll surely help you get excited about a new book — it’s like Christmas every month!

The contents of the box laid out


Cratejoy

Promising review: “The box was organized beautifully and I loved how well everything flowed together! In these hard times it’s things like these that help people take their mind off the stress from the world around us. I thought the whole thing was wonderfully done and definitely will spend my money on this again!” —Lauren B.

Get it from Cratejoy for $33.25/month (or you can choose to receive adult fiction books for $38/month).

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Or an Audible subscription so you can listen to someone else read you the latest releases while you’re cleaning the house, running on the treadmill, or trying to drift off to sleep.

Little Fires Everywhere playing on Audible


@audible / Via instagram.com

Get a free 30-day trial from Amazon ($14.99/month after that).

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A waterproof Kindle Paperwhite for the minimalists as well as anyone who wants to read in the pool or in the bath without worrying about getting their book wet.

Hand holding the black Kindle with the text "thinner, lighter — and now waterproof"


Amazon

Our colleague Abby Kass loves her Kindle. In her own words:

“I’ve been an avid Kindle user for the past five years, but when I saw this version, I knew it was time to upgrade. The main selling point is the fact that this one is waterproof. So waterproof, in fact, that it can be in up to 2 meters of fresh water for more than 60 minutes. Plus, it’s lighter, has more storage, and the battery lasts for WEEKS. I took this on vacation with me and was so impressed. I was able to sit on the ledge in the pool and read without worrying about getting the device wet. And I even put it in the water to test, and it still works perfectly. Plus, I used it every day and didn’t have to charge it the whole time I was on the trip. That gets a big gold star in my book.”

Get it from Amazon for $129.99 (available in four colors, two storage sizes).

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Or a waterproof inflatable book jacket to keep your novels dry when you’re relaxing in the bath or pool.


Urban Outfitters

Promising review: “I use it in the tub as I enjoy a glass of wine and a good sci-fi thriller, but I also use it at my desk at work (in between checking on patients) to hold my book up so I can sit straight and enjoy some fantasy.” —mjhallmark

Get it from Urban Outfitters for $14.99 (originally $20).


Urban Outfitters

Promising review: “I use it in the tub as I enjoy a glass of wine and a good sci-fi thriller, but I also use it at my desk at work (in between checking on patients) to hold my book up so I can sit straight and enjoy some fantasy.” —mjhallmark

Get it from Urban Outfitters for $14.99 (originally $20).

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A Kindle Unlimited subscription because it gives you access to more than a million e-books as well as magazines and audiobooks. The hardest part will be choosing what to read next!

Infographic explaining you can download books to the Kindle app on your phone, tablet, or e-reader


Amazon

Get a free 30-day trial from Amazon ($9.99/month after that).

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A graphic novel like Fun Home by Alison Bechdel or The Prince and the Dressmaker by Jen Wang if you want to ease yourself into reading more. There are tons of pictures to follow along with!


Houghton Mifflin, First Second Books

Promising review (for Fun Home): “This book is highly recommended. When it comes to biographies, Alison Bechdel’s Fun Home really belongs in a class of its own. It is funny, sweet, brave, honest and memorable. It combines a very personal journey with a fascinating family drama. If it had only been a prose novel, it would rank among my favorite memoirs. As a graphic novel it is a work of stark beauty and mastery of the art form. Some people may be nervous about the subject matter. I understand this may not be for everyone. I think that you read this book and try to be as brave as the courageous woman who wrote this wonderful book.” —Ozwell

Promising review (for The Prince and the Dressmaker): “Every bit as charming as the whole world is saying. I loved Frances, Sebastian/Crystallia, and the whole ensemble. Jen Wang’s art is wonderfully emotive and her script is artful in its efficiency and grace. Sebastian/Crystallia’s journey to acceptance from themself and others, and Frances’ unwavering ambition and discovery of kindness, are equally satisfying to read.” —syntactics

Get Fun Home from Amazon for $13.49, Target for $13.49, Barnes and Noble for $16.99, or Bookshop for $15.63.

Get The Prince and the Dressmaker from Amazon for $14.58, Target for $14.59, Barnes and Noble for $15.29, or Bookshop for $15.63.


Houghton Mifflin, First Second Books

Promising review (for Fun Home): “This book is highly recommended. When it comes to biographies, Alison Bechdel’s Fun Home really belongs in a class of its own. It is funny, sweet, brave, honest and memorable. It combines a very personal journey with a fascinating family drama. If it had only been a prose novel, it would rank among my favorite memoirs. As a graphic novel it is a work of stark beauty and mastery of the art form. Some people may be nervous about the subject matter. I understand this may not be for everyone. I think that you read this book and try to be as brave as the courageous woman who wrote this wonderful book.” —Ozwell

Promising review (for The Prince and the Dressmaker): “Every bit as charming as the whole world is saying. I loved Frances, Sebastian/Crystallia, and the whole ensemble. Jen Wang’s art is wonderfully emotive and her script is artful in its efficiency and grace. Sebastian/Crystallia’s journey to acceptance from themself and others, and Frances’ unwavering ambition and discovery of kindness, are equally satisfying to read.” —syntactics

Get Fun Home from Amazon for $13.49, Target for $13.49, Barnes and Noble for $16.99, or Bookshop for $15.63.

Get The Prince and the Dressmaker from Amazon for $14.58, Target for $14.59, Barnes and Noble for $15.29, or Bookshop for $15.63.

8.

An Echo Dot that’ll make your life easier not only because it can read your Kindle books aloud, but also because it can make calls for you, stream music, and control your smart lights.

The black Echo Dot on a table with the text "Alexa, turn on the light" on the image


Amazon

Promising review: ” I love my Echo Dot. I have four of them and they really help make my life easier. They can control almost everything, lights, locks TV, music, thermostat. It hears you almost all of the time and I’ve run into very few issues with it overall. I really couldn’t ask for a more helpful device. It’s even more handy when I found that I could get a battery base for it. The GGMM D3 base that I found lets me carry the Dot around pretty much anywhere. I love that I can take it into the bathroom with me and listen to music while I shower or take it outside and listen to music. That’s really the only thing I think it was missing.” —JJ

Get it from Amazon for $18.99 (available in four colors).

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A cute Kindle case so it feels more like an accessory that you’ll want to carry around. Chances are you’ll find yourself using it more since it’ll always be within reaching distance.

reviewer's kindle case with a blue and teal floral design


amazon.com

Promising review: “I really like this cover! Its color is pretty and the texture reminds me of a vintage cloth-covered book. It’s convenient that the front cover folds all the way flush with the back while I’m reading it and I can slide my hand through the elastic band on the back for comfort reading while I’m laying down. It also has a built-in stand that I can pull out and just set the Kindle on the table with the screen still facing me. Very functional and cute.” —SuzAnne

Get it from Amazon for $19.99 (available in 22 colors and prints).

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A genius memory foam cutout pillow if your dream is to read while lying on your side *and* wearing your glasses. This pillow has a unique design that leave space for your spectacles, making the impossible…possible.

Model lying on their side on the pillow while wearing glasses


Amazon

Promising review: “Just what I was looking for. I use it on top of a regular pillow while reading laying down. Maybe now I’ll stop breaking the arms off of my reading glasses! It is pretty firm but has enough give in the memory foam to be comfortable and still not collapse to smash your glasses.” —Chris in KS

Get it from Amazon for $28.99.

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A supportive reading pillow for keeping your lower back cushioned while you devour your next novel. You can’t start reading if you can’t get comfortable.

The gray and blue pillows


Amazon

Promising review: “This is a very nice, very firm reading pillow. Soft fabric, nice soft gray in color. I fall asleep sitting up reading almost every night now. I love how comfortable it is and how well it holds me up. The arms seemed a little floppy at first, just work some of the filling from the back into the arm sleeves and it fills them out. I would buy again and I would recommend this purchase.” —Sherry Hyatte

Get it from Amazon for $39.99+ (available in three styles).

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A cozy armchair because what sounds better than curling up in a big, cushy armchair with a good book, a thick blanket, and a hot bevvy?

The light green velvet armchair with light wood legs


Wayfair

Promising review: “So comfortable and beautiful! Great quality and easy to style.” —Brooke

Get it from Novogratz on Wayfair for $309.99+ (available in six colors).

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And speaking of cozy, a plush blanket if you don’t want anything to disturb your reading time — not even your dad who refuses to turn the thermostat warmer than 65 degrees.

Model wearing the teal blanket while reading and holding a mug


Amazon

Promising review: “We LOVE these blankets! I highly recommend these for your beds, your reading corners, movies on the couch, as gifts, for car rides, or just to add decoration to a chair. The first one I ordered was the dark purple in the king size for my husband, and we both us it now on our bed. It’s so soft and the color is exactly like the picture. In fact we loved it so much we purchased the burgundy in the twin size for our oldest son; this was a no-brainer purchase for his bed. He LOVES it and is just the right amount of weight for covers, not too heavy but heavy enough to keep him cozy and warm all night.” —Kyndra

Get it from Amazon for $15.99+ (available in four sizes and 31 colors).

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The Comfy, a blanket sweatshirt (yes, the one from Shark Tank) that’ll keep you warm and cozy as you reread Harry Potter for the millionth time.

Reviewer wearing the blue version


amazon.com

Promising review: “I saw this on Shark Tank a while ago and thought I’d buy this for my daughter because she’s always using my hoodies to keep warm while watching TV or reading. I was really surprised how well made it was and the type of material. Super soft and well worth the money if you want something to lounge around that’s comfy. She loves it so maybe one for the wife!” —Chaka

Get it from Amazon for $39.99 (available in four sizes and 12 colors)

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A pair of ankle socks, because all the book lover in your life wants for the holidays is a few blissful uninterrupted hours to read. It’s too bad the cat can’t read these…

Reviewer photo of their mom wearing the socks which say, "Shhh!" and "I'm reading"


amazon.com

Promising review: “Love to wear them as they are comfortable and allow me to read in silence. When my husband tries to interrupt my reading, I hold up my ‘shhh’ foot and he knows to leave me be. Love them! LOL” —Dee Smith

Get them from Amazon for $11.99.

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A pair of reading glasses that are *actually* stylish so you can see better while you read AND get a cute selfie out of it.

model wearing large cat eye glasses in black and gold


GlassesShop

Promising review: “These frames are simply adorable! They are very well made and arrived after about two weeks. I was skeptical, but my prescription was perfect, and the glasses fit great as well as flattering! They are light weight and look much better in person. I will definitely be ordering from here again! —Ravette

Get it from GlassesShop for $19.95 (available in three colors).

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A “Cozy Reads” candle to set the mood and transform your bedroom into a relaxing reading room.

the "cozy reads" candle scented with pumpkin, spice, and aujour pears


FlyPaperProducts / Etsy

FlyPaperProducts is a woman-owned small business based in Michigan that sells literary and grammar-themed stationery and gifts.

Get it from FlyPaperProducts on Etsy for $20.

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A simple, yet nice bookcase because how are you supposed to read more when your room is so messy that you can’t even find all of your books? And many reviewer’s say this is a great storage solution for small spaces.

reviewer's five-shelf white bookcase filled with books


amazon.com

Promising review: “This bookshelf was very easy to assemble. I would estimate it took me around 30 minutes by myself. The shelves are secured screws and dowels, not just dowels like my IKEA shelf. It is a very good quality plywood. There were absolutely no scratches and no damage anywhere on any of the pieces. It looks great in my daughter’s room. Smaller compartments have plenty of room for paperback and hardcover books. The larger sections in the middle are perfect for those oversized items. The only thing that wouldn’t fit was a three-ring binder which stuck out maybe a centimeter and looked a bit messy. I would definitely buy this again.” —Jpeg1

Get it from Amazon for $47.96 (available in seven sizes and six colors).

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A book lover’s journal where you list all the novels you’ve finished and any notes about them if you’re constantly forgetting what books on your shelf you’ve already read.


Peter Pauper Press

Our colleague Heather Braga loves hers. Here’s what she had to say:

“My mother-in-law gifted me this for Christmas and it has been sooooo satisfying to fill out. It’s been really fun to reflect on each book upon finishing it. It’s helped me stay on top of who I’ve loaned books to as well.”

Get it from Amazon for $12.83 or Bookshop for $13.79 (to support local bookstores).


Peter Pauper Press

Our colleague Heather Braga loves hers. Here’s what she had to say:

“My mother-in-law gifted me this for Christmas and it has been sooooo satisfying to fill out. It’s been really fun to reflect on each book upon finishing it. It’s helped me stay on top of who I’ve loaned books to as well.”

Get it from Amazon for $12.83 or Bookshop for $13.79 (to support local bookstores).

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An electronic dictionary bookmark that’ll make it easy to look up unknown words you encounter in a book instead of pulling out your phone to google a definition and then getting distracted by social media.

The bookmark, which has a keypad and a screen


Barnes & Noble

Promising review: “Our 9-year-old daughter is an avid reader. We bought this for her birthday with the intention that it serve as a tactile reminder to look up words that she did not know. We sat with her the first time she used it, and she looked up no fewer than 20 new vocabulary words that she otherwise would have skimmed over/read from context. We were then able to discuss and incorporate those new words. This bookmark serves as an excellent tactile reminder to children to look up new words instead of skimming over them.” —Christine Keefe

Get it from Amazon for $29.49 or Barnes & Noble for $24.95.

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A scratch-off poster of 100 books so you can challenge yourself to read some classics and hopefully discover some new favorite authors and genres.


Amazon

Promising review: “This is a great gift. I got this for my mom who is a book worm. She has told all of her friends and already solicited to borrow the books she hasn’t read so she can scratch them off. A fun way to encourage the classics. Also great for a New Year’s resolution!” —Alexander D Campbell

Get it from Amazon for $17.95 (also available for kid’s books).


Amazon

Promising review: “This is a great gift. I got this for my mom who is a book worm. She has told all of her friends and already solicited to borrow the books she hasn’t read so she can scratch them off. A fun way to encourage the classics. Also great for a New Year’s resolution!” —Alexander D Campbell

Get it from Amazon for $17.95 (also available for kid’s books).

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A personalized page holder for anyone who gets easily annoyed at trying to properly hold their book open for too long.


IDEAWoodCompany / Etsy

IDEAWoodCompany is a Ukraine-based shop specializing in customizable wood gifts.

Promising review: “Nice thing, very well made and really appreciated by my daughter who’s a student. She always uses it.” —emanuelamannini

Get it from IDEAWoodCompany on Etsy for $5.79+ (available in three colors).


IDEAWoodCompany / Etsy

IDEAWoodCompany is a Ukraine-based shop specializing in customizable wood gifts.

Promising review: “Nice thing, very well made and really appreciated by my daughter who’s a student. She always uses it.” —emanuelamannini

Get it from IDEAWoodCompany on Etsy for $5.79+ (available in three colors).

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An adorable bookmark book tracker to gamify reading and entice you to finally finish the story on your nightstand.

The book tracker, which looks like a blank book shelf and you can fill in the names of the books on the spine as you finish them


britishbookart / Etsy

Britishbookart sells the most beautiful paintings of your favorite literary characters, like Belle from Beauty and the Beast, as well as reading trackers and bookmarks.

Get it from britishbookart on Etsy for $3.24.

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A book weight because having to hold open your book, especially if it’s super thick or heavy, can be really annoying. Now your hands are free to do more important things, like bring snacks to your mouth.


LittlePeaceOfFabric / Etsy, DragoninKnots / Etsy

LittlePeaceofFabric is a woman-owned and Asian-owned shop that sells items crafted with vintage fabrics.

DragoninKnots is a New Mexico-based small business specializing in handmade accessories.

Get the lavender-scented book weight on the left from LittlePeaceOfFabric on Etsy for $13.50 (also available in unscented) and the cat-print book weight on the right from DragoninKnots on Etsy for $25.


LittlePeaceOfFabric / Etsy, DragoninKnots / Etsy

LittlePeaceofFabric is a woman-owned and Asian-owned shop that sells items crafted with vintage fabrics.

DragoninKnots is a New Mexico-based small business specializing in handmade accessories.

Get the lavender-scented book weight on the left from LittlePeaceOfFabric on Etsy for $13.50 (also available in unscented) and the cat-print book weight on the right from DragoninKnots on Etsy for $25.

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A book holder if you need to prop open your cookbook so you can multitask in the kitchen. Yes, reading a cookbook counts!

the wooden book holder propping up a book on a table


Amazon

Promising review: “This book stand works as designed. It has multiple angles and the arms are strong enough to hold the pages open if you need to. I use it for my studies to keep my neck better aligned to avoid neck pain. I was happy that it easily holds my book that is just over 1.5 inches thick and when opened I don’t need to use the arms. The bamboo is pretty and the design sleek. I really like it in every way.” —Virginia Sue

Get it from Amazon for $14.99+ (available in three sizes).

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A bookmark with a timer that’ll help you fit time to read into your busy schedule. Set a timer for 20 minutes of reading when you first get up (this way you can’t fall asleep!) and crack open your book!

Child holding a book and the bookmark


Amazon

Promising review: “I absolutely love these timers. I think I’m going to be buying several to give to kids at my daughters’ schools. It really has made a difference in the quality of their reading time. They aren’t continually looking at the clock! Only reason I took one star off is it really is hard to see the screen; it needs a good light. Only flaw so far!” —A. Marshall

Get it from Amazon for $9.09+ (available in four colors).

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A pack of 12 colorful Paper Mate felt-tip marker pens – they won’t bleed through pages so you can take notes in your books, which can really help with reading comprehension or just make it more enjoyable for some people. 🌈


Amazon

Promising review: “Love these! Great colors and I use for color coding when I read and mark up my book, my calendar, etc. I plan to use them in my adult coloring books in combination with color pencils” —jcavalon

Get a pack of 12 from Amazon for $11.94.


Amazon

Promising review: “Love these! Great colors and I use for color coding when I read and mark up my book, my calendar, etc. I plan to use them in my adult coloring books in combination with color pencils” —jcavalon

Get a pack of 12 from Amazon for $11.94.

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Some floating bookshelves that’ll *hopefully* encourage you to get excited about your book collection once it’s properly displayed.


Kayla Boyd / BuzzFeed, amazon.com

I love my floating bookshelves because they save a lot of space and since I colorized them, they look like fun decor in my room. It definitely helps me get excited about reading more since they’re so cute and visible. The shelves were also super easy to hang and, as you can see, they’re very sturdy. —Kayla

Promising review: “These invisible book shelves are great, they worked perfectly for us. They are very sturdy and hold a lot of books, I did not overload my shelves for visual reasons, but they could have held more books. I would highly recommend these shelves, they are a unique focal point in a room.” —Christin Tobey

Get a four-pack from Amazon for $25.


Kayla Boyd / BuzzFeed, amazon.com

I love my floating bookshelves because they save a lot of space and since I colorized them, they look like fun decor in my room. It definitely helps me get excited about reading more since they’re so cute and visible. The shelves were also super easy to hang and, as you can see, they’re very sturdy. —Kayla

Promising review: “These invisible book shelves are great, they worked perfectly for us. They are very sturdy and hold a lot of books, I did not overload my shelves for visual reasons, but they could have held more books. I would highly recommend these shelves, they are a unique focal point in a room.” —Christin Tobey

Get a four-pack from Amazon for $25.

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An adorable Smoko book light, because how could you not want to use this cute little guy while you’re relaxing at the end of the day.

the purple angelfish light clipped to a book


Smoko

Promising review: “I love this reading light so much! It’s small, but stands on its own and it’s really bright. I use it all the time and it’s so cute it just looks like room decor. Definitely buy this!” —Kathleen S.

Get it from Smoko for $15 or Urban Outfitters for $15.

You reading for the first time in awhile and remembering why it’s so awesome:


Nickelodeon Productions

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