We can’t imagine any avid reader not being thrilled with a carefully-curated book subscription landing on their doorstep each month, and never more so than right now when there’s ample time to devote to reading – and when it’s especially lovely to have something to look forward to.
Some favourite services that the Neptune team have tried include: Mr B’s Reading Subscription, where the Bath-based bookshop will send the recipient a questionnaire and then hand-pick the titles that’ll appeal to them most; The Willoughby Book Club, where you can choose from selections for cooks, gardeners, contemporary fiction-lovers or even couples (a subscription that includes two of the same book each month), and where they also donate a book to Book Aid International for each subscription; and ‘A Book a Month’ from Persephone Books, a London-based independent whose publications (all beautifully presented in pale grey jackets with patterned end papers) focus on lesser-known mid-20th-century writers.
Or, if you’d like to send your recipient’s books all at once, why not get in touch with your local independent bookshop (you can find your nearest here), give them a budget and ask them to pick out the titles that they think will suit best? Many will even gift-wrap them for you too. It’s an idea we picked up from writer Jo Rodgers, who recently posted that she’d done just that on Instagram (and whose account, incidentally, is an excellent place to head to for book recommendations).