The Seasonal Reading Box

A quarterly classic book and tea subscription box for people who love to match their reading material to the seasons.

Are you the kind of bookworm who reaches for a haunting, melancholy book in the fall? Or a book about quests and new beginnings in the spring? If so, you might be a seasonal reader.

Seasonal reading can take many forms–and it’s certainly not the only good way to work through your “To Be Read” list–but those in the know say it’s an excellent way to enjoy a meaningful and memorable reading experience.

With the Seasonal Reading Box, you’ll build a library of beautifully-written classic novels that you can savor with a cup of tea. Each book is a perfect fit for the season in which it arrives…so you can live deeply and read deeply all year long.

What’s inside…

Four times per year–in spring, summer, autumn, and winter–you’ll receive a package on your doorstep. Open it and find:

Mary Stewart paperback novel
A lovely edition of a classic novel
white candle in a glass jar
A bookish accessory, or a gift that fits the book selection
Typed newsletter
A letter to introduce the book, the author, and the items in your box

PLUS, subscribers get access to our members-only Facebook group, so you can share your thoughts about the book selections with other Seasonal Readers!

Savor each season with tea & a classic book!

$40 + $9.95 flat rate shipping, every 3 months. Sign up now to receive the fall box when it ships in September! If you would like a box while you wait, you can email me ([email protected]) to receive the spring ’24 or winter ’23 box as your first shipment instead!

Current & Past Boxes

Spring 2024

The spring book box comes with the 1904 novel Freckles by Gene Stratton-Porter, a tin of loose-leaf Irish Breakfast Tea from Dublin Gift Company, and a set of 12 assorted bird note cards and envelopes with original artwork from Mississippi Mae Monograms (4 different designs, blank inside).

Click here to buy this as a one-time box, without subscribing.

Tea and book subscription box with paperback copy of Freckles by Gene Stratton-Porter, pack of bird note cards, and green and gold tin of Irish Breakfast Tea

Winter 2023

The winter book box featured the medieval alliterative poem Sir Gawain and the Green Knight, peppermint herbal tea from Harney and Sons, and a handmade velvet tea pot ornament from Boutique by Mariam.

Click here to buy this as a one-time box, without subscribing.

Classic book subscription box with peppermint tea tin, velvet tea pot ornament, folded newsletter, and paperback copy of Sir Gawain and the Green Knight (Richard Armitage translation)

Fall 2023

The autumn book box featured the 1955 novel Village School by Miss Read, an organic Assam tea from Hampstead, and a handmade pencil pouch from Mangham Made.

Book and tea subscription box with Village School by Miss Read, yellow-patterned pencil pouch, and box of Assam tea from Hampstead Tea Company.

Summer 2023

The summer book box featured Summer by Edith Wharton, Mirabelle Tea (a caffeine-free green rooibos blend) from Hale Tea Co., and a colorful mug rug from The Reading Well.

Book and tea subscription box with copy of Summer by Edith Wharton, tin of Mirabelle tea from HaleTea Co. and brightly-patterned mug rug.

Spring 2023

The spring book box included the Scottish novel Spring Magic by D. E. Stevenson, a box of salted rosemary shortbread cookies from Lark Fine Foods, and Blue Lady looseleaf black tea blend from PekoeTea Edinburgh.

Book and tea subscription box featuring Spring Magic by D. E. Stevenson

Winter 2022

The winter book box included a beautiful hardcover edition of The Haunted Bookshop by Christopher Morley, three William Morris pattern notebooks, and bagged Cardamom Tea from Ahmad Tea.

Book and tea subscription box including three William Morris print pocket-sized notebooks, Penguin hardback edition of The Haunted Bookshop, and box of cardamom tea from Ahmad Tea company.

Fall 2022

The fall book box came with a gorgeous Penguin clothbound hardcover of Far from the Madding Crowd by Thomas Hardy, a celestial motif tea infuser, and loose leaf “Buttery Shortbread” herbal tea from Plum Deluxe.

Book subscription box including celestial-themed tea infuser, Penguin clothbound edition of Far from the Madding Crowd, and bag of looseleaf tea

Summer 2022

The summer box contained a beautiful softcover edition of The Blue Castle by L. M. Montgomery, a padded book sleeve, and loose leaf “Piper Mint Blues” tea from Piper and Leaf.

Paperback copy of The Blue Castle, green book sleeve, and bag of loose leaf tea

Spring 2022

The spring box included the 1933 bestselling adventure novel Lost Horizon by James Hilton, oolong tea from UsTwo Tea company, and fifty book darts in a custom Seasonal Reading Box tin.

Book subscription box with Lost Horizon paperback, oolong tea pouch, and book darts

Winter 2021

The winter box included the 1950 young adult novel Emily of Deep Valley by Maud Hart Lovelace, Harney & Sons Chocolate Mint Tea, and a 2022 classic women writers desk calendar from Obvious State.

Book subscription box with a classic novel, tea tin, and desk calendar

Fall 2021

The fall box included the Penguin edition of the 1862 Victorian novel Lady Audley’s Secret by Mary Elizabeth Braddon, Ahmad English Tea No. 1, and butterfly bookplates from Cavallini & Co.

Summer 2021

The summer box featured an illustrated edition of the regionalist masterpiece The Country of the Pointed Firs by Sarah Orne Jewett, a box of Oolong Orange Blossom tea from Loose Leaf Tea Company, and a Sea Meadow candle from Salty Beach Studio.

Spring 2021

Our inaugural box included a gorgeous edition of the 1922 classic The Enchanted April by Elizabeth von Arnim, Simpson & Vail Spring Blossom green tea, a bandana scarf from Hemlock Goods, plus a special bonus item: a letterpress notecard from Heartell Press!

Note: Packing materials/wrapping will differ from what’s shown in the above photos! This is for staging purposes!

See what people are saying about The Seasonal Reading Box:


Adults, but it’s appropriate for literary-minded high school students as well. Both women and men will enjoy this box, although the mystery item sometimes has a more feminine aesthetic.

The box contents are a surprise! However, if you are a new subscriber and join after the official ship date for the season (March 15, June 15, September 15, or December 15), you can check under “Current & Past Boxes” (above) to see what you will get in your first box, while supplies last. If we sell out of boxes for the current season, you’ll receive the next season’s box at the regular shipping time.

Although I try to include classics that don’t get discussed as often there’s bound to be times when you encounter a book you’ve already read. If that’s the case, enjoy having a beautiful edition for your permanent library! Alternatively, play matchmaker and pass the book along to a friend who’s just the right fit for it!

No refunds or returns, but if an item arrives damaged please contact me at [email protected], and include a photo of the damaged item.

We have a flat rate shipping cost of $9.95 for customers in the United States. At this time, we don’t offer shipping outside the U.S.

Four times per year. Here are the approximate dates for each box shipment:

  • Spring box: March 15
  • Summer box: June 15
  • Autumn box: September 15
  • Winter box: December 15

You will be charged for the first box at checkout. After that, rebilling occurs every 3 months–on the 8th of March, June, September, and December.

No commitment. If you need to cancel or pause your subscription, please log in to your account to do so. Once inside your account, click “Manage” under the product you want to cancel. On the next screen, scroll down to “Billing Details” and click “Subscription Settings.” Click the “Cancel my subscription” button, choose reason, and click “Confirm.”

Please note – cancellation requests must be received before your billing date for the new box (8th of March, June, September, or December). If you cancel after your card has been charged, you will still receive the current box.

Yes! Enter the recipient’s shipping address, and select the “Buying as a gift?” option on the checkout page. You’ll have the option to submit a gift message, which I’ll write and include in the first box.

You can email me at [email protected]

This book and tea subscription box is perfect for you if:

  • You want to read more classics
  • You already love classic novels, but you want to discover some new ones that are “off the beaten path”
  • You like to read books with a “summer feel” in the summertime, books with an “autumn feel” in the fall, etc.
  • You like the books Elsie recommends on Tea and Ink Society, and want fresh suggestions
  • You crave old-fashioned books that rejuvenate your spirit and bring more delight to your reading life
  • You like to support small businesses (not only is this my small business, but many of the products I source for the boxes are from small business owners as well!)
  • You look forward to getting packages in the mail(:
Seasonal Reading Box