Books from your favorite indie, delivered right to your door! Our book-a-month club features newly released titles chosen by your favorite shop staffers. Annie, Olivia, Chris, and Lucy have selected their favorite new books each month, and you can have one shipped to you!
Members can sign up for 1, 3, 6, or 12 month subscriptions; just let us know which staffer your tastes are most like -- or ask us to surprise you! For example, select Annie's subscription, and you'll receive Annie's choices each month. Request a surprise box, and we'll keep your personal tastes in mind when sending one of that month's staff's selections your way.
Our Shelf Subscriptions are perfect for readers who want to broaden their literary horizons, or for book lovers who want to eliminate "decision fatigue" and let us pick their next book!
Subscriptions ship via USPS on the first tuesday of every month, excluding holidays.
here's what you can expect...
If you follow our shop podcast, you know Annie loves literary fiction featuring strong female protagonists. Her monthly selections lean toward strong, literary voices you'll want to read with your book club and share with your best friends. Past subscription titles include: Young Jane Young, The Ensemble, That Kind of Mother, The Lager Queen of Minnesota, and Ask Again, Yes.
You'll get big-name authors of literary fiction from Chris, but don't expect strict realism. While Annie's picks may favor contemporary family drama, Chris's will skew toward the supernatural, but in a way that still feels "normal." Mostly. Past subscription titles include: The Oracle Year, Family of Origin, The Afterlives, Metamorphica, and Foe.
Olivia's loved the thrill of a good mystery novel since she was a kid, and her shelf subscription titles always feature the latest, most compelling whodunits. If you love curling up with a well-written thriller on a dark and stormy night, Olivia's picks are for you. Past subscription titles include: The Word Is Murder, The Current, The Middle-Man, Recursion, Disappearing Earth, and Turn of the Key.
Lucy’s tastes tend toward classic literature and titles that make you think, so her subscription selections skew toward two genres: historical fiction and general nonfiction. Past subscription titles include: Furious Hours, Caging Skies, Stars of Alabama, and The Organs of Sense.
...IF WE SURPRISE YOU
Can't decide which staffer is right for you? When you purchase a "surprise me" subscription, you'll have the opportunity to tell us what books and genres you love. Each month, we'll select one of our staffer's picks for you based on your tastes and preferences; like a box of chocolates, you'll never quite know what you're going to get! (We recommend our "surprise me" subscription for the adventurous reader.)
Teacher? Librarian? Mom? Kid lit fan? Actual kid?
Our monthly shelf subscription features newly released children's picture books, middle grade novels, and YA selections. As with our adult shelf subscriptions, The Bookshelf staff will pick their favorite children's titles each month and ship them straight to your door. There are three subscription options for kids and kids-at-heart: Picture Book (for preschool and early elementary readers), Children's Chapter (for middle grade readers), and Young Adult (for teens and YA enthusiasts).
We wanted a way to combine the very best of The Bookshelf in a once-a-month delivery service. Our "Treat Yo' Shelf" subscription includes a hardback book from your favorite bookseller -- you pick the staffer! -- and a bookish gift selected from the highly curated shelves of The Bookshelf. As an indie bookstore in downtown Thomasville, we pride ourselves on our hand-selected book inventory, but we also carefully choose gift product to accompany the books we love so much, ensuring that our store is a haven for readers and non-readers alike. Our "Treat Yo' Shelf" box is the perfect way to bring The Bookshelf to your front door.
Each Treat Yo' Shelf subscription comes with a first edition hardback book and a gift (or gifts) totaling $25 in value, packaged in a deluxe gift box.
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questions about returns?
Remember, all subscriptions are new, first edition hardbacks and ship on the first Tuesday of each month.
If you somehow receive a book you already own or have already read, we’ll exchange it for you; just ship the book back to us, and we’ll mail you a replacement title. It’s so easy! Simply email Lucy to start the return process.
Still Can't Decide?
For guidance or enjoyment, take our newly customized shelf subscription quiz! Based on reading preferences, trends in subscription picks, and the details of all their literary loves and pet peeves, each question is designed with a weight system of relevancy specifically connected to each of the staff members and their shelf subscriptions. If you missed anything above, you can find it in the quiz, and be sure to comment your results below or on our social media!