Book Box Guesses: May 2020

It’s no secret that I’m a book box lover. Part of the fun is trying to guess the upcoming month’s books (even if I don’t subscribe). Here’s a round up of what I think will be in the upcoming month’s boxes. I’ll update this post as new themes are revealed.

If you’d like to play along, drop your guesses in the comments and I’ll add them to the post! If you think I’m wrong, please leave a comment as to which book is a better fit.

Let me know if I’m missing a box you think should be added to the list.

I STRONGLY urge you to research a box before buying or subscribing. There’s been some shady behavior lately and you don’t want to get caught up in it.

Book Box guesses

Beacon Book Box: House of Dragons

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ATTENTION BOOKWORMS! It is time to announce our May box theme… A FIGHT FOR THE THRONE! 🗡 Our May box pays tribute to some epic books and fantasy worlds that contain power-hungry characters who will stop at nothing to claim the throne. 🗡 Our May book of the month, pitched as Three Dark Crowns meets The Breakfast Club with DRAGONS, is a thrilling story about five characters from drastically different backgrounds who enter a tournament to compete for the throne. Readers will be captivated by the relatable (yet sometimes deplorable) characters, dragons and epic plot our book pick contains. The author created such a stunning world that readers will not want to put the book down. The liar, the soldier, the servant, the thief and the murderer; which competitor will you favor? 🗡 The book will be SIGNED BY THE AUTHOR! You can expect an author letter to accompany it ☺️. 🗡 This epic book is perfect for fans of Bone Crier’s Moon, Shadow & Bone and An Ember in the Ashes! 🗡 Fandoms being represented include GAME OF THRONES, SIX OF CROWS, THREE DARK CROWNS, THE WINNER’S CURSE, THRONE OF GLASS and GRACELING! With all of these epic fandoms, this box will truly be one not to miss. 🗡 This box will include our fifth 2020 monthly collectible item, glass ornaments! This months’ ornament is inspired by THREE DARK CROWNS and is seriously stunning!! 🗡 May boxes are available NOW for subscriptions and single purchases on our updated website! Check it out at Please note we have adjusted the subscription system on our website to partner with Subbly. Customers who purchase subscriptions will have to create a new account that is separate from their WIX account. If you have any questions feel free to email us for assistance! ⚫️⚫️⚫️⚫️ Stunning artwork from Team Beacon’s graphic designer @littlebearries

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Book Hooked Box: Postponed to June

The Bookish Box: No book. Items only

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The theme for our May box is HOGWARTS: LESSONS IN MAGIC and revolves entirely around the different classes offered at our favorite school of witchcraft & wizardry! It's also our ANNIVERSARY box!⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ As mentioned yesterday, this box will be different due to publishing complications due to Coronavirus. (see our previous post for more details) This will be the box for both YA & Adult subscriptions. If you are subscribed to both boxes, please make sure to skip a month for one of your subscriptions.⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Magical goodies included are all inspired by different classes taught in Hogwarts. We're thrilled to announce that the incredibly talented @forensicsandflowers is designing the enamel pin for the box! Stay tuned for more sneak peek reveals coming soon including a new house pride add-on!⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ If you are a subscriber who normally receives a book: this box will contain a premium item exclusive to your boxes in lieu of a book. Boxes go on sale TOMORROW!⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ———————————⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Theme announcement photo: @lookin_abook⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ .⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ #harrypotterfandom #potterhead #theboywholived #hogwarts #hpnerd #bookstagram #bookishbox #bookishshop #yabooks #booklover #harrypotterfan #ravenclaw #gryffindor #slytherin #hufflepuff #fbawtft #marauders #wizardingworld #pottermore

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Fae Crate: The Mermaid, the Witch, and the Sea

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Welcome to today's episode of My Book Addiction! . Are you an addict of reading? Do you have trouble sleeping because you need to read "just one more chapter?" Do you have a problem letting friend's borrow your hardcover books because you fear they will damage them? Have you ever seen red because you caught someone dog-earing a page in a book? . If the answer to all of these questions are yes- the bad news is we can't fix those problems but the good news is that you aren't alone in having those problems! If you have all of these issues then May's Book Wyrm crates are just for you. These crates were curated for readers that like to snag a book and go on the road AND readers that like to stay in and cuddle on the couch with a cup of coffee while reading. We have items inside that will have your eyes turning heart shaped and one particular item we have yet to see in a book crate before and excited to send ourselves! . Our featured book is so absolutely BEAUTIFUL you will want it on the front of your shelves! The story follows an orphan-turned-pirate and a highborn Lady sworn into an arranged marriage trying to change their futures. With a mix of romance, magic and mythical creatures this book will leave you in awe. These will come with a letter from the author along with a signed bookplate. . These crates will include fandoms and characters that love to read! Expect to see items from The Hobbit, A Discovery of Witches, Harry Potter, Mistborn and more. This will also include the 5th print in our Year of Olympus series of Elisabeth from A Sorcery of Thorns drawn by @gabriella.bujdoso! Sales open on April 1st at 9am EST so don't be late!

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Fairyloot: Girl, Serpent, Thorn

Regular publication of book is being pushed back to later this year so subscribe to get it early!

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We’re so excited to reveal the May theme for our monthly box and it is… DESERT DREAMS! 🖤 This month, we’re getting swept away in lands filled with fairy tales, magic and djinn! Put the kettle on and brew yourself a sweet mint tea to prepare for a dreamy adventure, from palaces to sand dunes to magic oasis’! We’ve never done a theme quite like this in the past, and we are so excited for the goodies and the book in this box. 🖤 You can expect items inspired by We Hunt The Flame, The City of Brass, An Ember in the Ashes, Rebel of the Sands, The Forbidden Wish and more! There will be a fantastic selection of items – some of which we have never featured in a FairyLoot box before! We are thrilled to reveal that this box will include an exclusive candle by the one and only @wickandfable. 🖤 Our featured book of the month is a captivating story inspired by Persian mythology. In this original fairy tale, a girl is cursed to be poisonous to the touch, and it truly is a gem. This FairyLoot exclusive edition will have an EXCLUSIVE COVER, SPRAYED EDGES, ARTWORK ON THE REVERSE OF THE DUST JACKET and will be SIGNED BY THE AUTHOR! 🖤 This box is available now for new subscriptions and single purchases will be available on April 15th at 1pm GMT. 🖤 If you already have a subscription you can sit back and relax – you will automatically get this box! 😎 🖤 Gorgeous theme art by official FairyLoot artist @taratjah #fairyloot #subscriptionbox #bookish #booknerd #bookstagram

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Fox & Wit: Breathe Like Water

Illumicrate: The Girl and the Stars

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Our May theme is MONSTROUS! Boxes & our book only option are now available on subscription, and boxes are available for single purchase as well! All links in our Linktree 💛 We’re talking true monsters, ones lurking in the dark and hidden places, humans hiding monstrous tendencies and those who think they’re monsters when really they aren’t 💛 Our featured book this month is set in an unforgiving ice world, where children are thrown deep into the ice and left to their fate. But there’s monsters in the dark, and there’s humans that can’t be trusted, and there’s secrets to discover. We did not know who we could trust in this twisty read and we are obsessed with the worldbuilding! Our Illumicrate edition has sprayed edges and is signed by the author! 💛 Our featured fandoms for May are The Witcher, Not Even Bones, Howl’s Moving Castle and more! We are also THRILLED to announce we’ll be working on a series of Harry Potter-inspired book sleeves with @Pauhami, who designed the Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone sleeve from our November 2019 box! You will find the sleeve inspired by The Chamber of Secrets in this box! 💛 And…here’s a little taste of some of our upcoming monthly book choices too! 💛 Our June theme is IN THE SHADOWS – a thief faces down against the criminal underworld in alternative 1800s Paris. This edition is chock-full of exclusive finishes and will be one of the most beautiful books we send out this year Our July theme is RESIST – follow seven resistance fighters working to free the galaxy from a tyrannical empire! 💛 Thanks to @chattynora as always for the gorgeous graphic 💛 [ #illumicrate #monstrous #thewitcher #howlsmovingcastle #notevenbones #harrypotter #hp #chamberofsecrets ]

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Litjoy Crate: The Fascinators

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Announcing May's theme: 🎒🏫ACADEMY FOR THE BOOKISH AND BEWITCHING🔮✨ On sale now! Summers on the way, but at LitJoy, school is in session! This May, LitJoy is heading to a campus where bloodlust is the norm. We’ll get in with the right crowd from Aglionby. We hear Yale is lovely this time of year—that is when you can keep out of trouble with the Houses. You’ll have to tolerate the humans as you head back to high school in small town Forks, WA. And you may even find love in the most unexpected places as you “carry on” through the school year! Yes, May’s 🎒🏫ACADEMY FOR THE BOOKISH AND BEWITCHING🔮✨ crate is packed it full of your favorite magical schools, academies, training camps, and colleges! . 🎒🏫 About the book: In a heartfelt tale of friendship, first love, and magic, three high school students find that Senior year might look a little different than they planned! Magic is not widely accepted, though it remains a key component of these three characters’ friendship and connection. That is, until it puts them in great danger and threatens to not only ruin their friendship, but their lives. Dive into summer with this enticing, romantic, and magical read! . 🔮✨ Book Customizations! This LitJoy Limited Edition Book is "SIGNED, REVERSIBLE DUST JACKET, TIP-IN ARTWORK IN THE BOOK, AUTHOR LETTER SEPARATE . 🎒🏫 Fandoms in crate: Every item in our April crate is inspired by books, characters, and moments from Vampire Academy, The Raven Cycle, Ninth House, Carry On, Harry Potter and Twilight. . 🔮✨ Sneak peeks to come: – Dust Jacket artist -Trading Cards – 1 Item type – 2 item artists . 🎒🏫 Theme art by! . 📦🛒 May Crates, Book-Only, and Item-Only are available April 21st – May 20th while supplies last! We have sold out three months in a row so make sure to get your crate quick! Renewals will occur on May first. May Crates will ship May 20-25. . . #litjoycrate #bookboxsubscription #vampireacademy #youngadultbooks #subscriptionbox #bookbox

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Luminary Box: no box due to Coronavirus

You may want to start contacting your bank for past missing boxes.

MLC Candle Crate: Hiatus

Owlcrate: Incendiary

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We’re so excited to reveal the theme for our upcoming May box…REBELS WITH A CAUSE! 🔥 The book we've chosen for May is a fantasy reimagining of 15th century Spain! It features a crew of rebels fighting for what’s right at all costs. It’s incredibly fast paced, with twists and turns you’ll never see coming, all the way until the heart-stopping conclusion. We fell in love with this story of grit and determination and we know you will too! 🔥 We are including an awesome exclusive edition of the book, which will have a very different EXCLUSIVE COVER. The book will also be SIGNED and come with a letter from the author. 🔥 There will be items inspired by An Ember in the Ashes, Heart of Iron, The Bone Season and more. One extra little hint we’ll give you now is that this box will include a SECOND BOOK! We can't wait to share more sneak peeks in the coming weeks! 🔥 May REBELS WITH A CAUSE boxes are available now for new subscribers! Visit to grab yours! 🔥 If you’re already an OwlCrate subscriber your May box is reserved for you, you don’t need to sign up again. Just make sure your payment information is up to date so that your renewal goes through successfully on May 1st. 🔥 The May box is going to be such a fun one! It’s filled with items that are both useful and decorative. And TWO BOOKS! Perfect for when we’re all needing to stay indoors more. We hope you’re as excited as we are! May boxes are currently on schedule to ship as normal around May 15-20th. 🔥 graphic by @heyatlascreative 🔥 #owlcrate #bookstagram #bookbox #mysubscriptionaddiction #subscriptionboxaddict #bookmail #readersofig #readingaddiction #shopsmall #fantasybooks

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Owlcrate Jr: Quintessence

Shelflove Crate: Hiatus for now

You may want to start contacting your bank for past missing boxes.

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Hello Shelflovers!⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ We know many of you had questions after our last update, so let's dig in!⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ 1) International February Crates begin shipping tomorrow. Shortly after that will follow the US Crates.⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ 2) March items are delayed. We saw our items ship however, with the onset of stay at home orders, and the increase of deaths and illnesses caused by the COVID-19 pandemic across the U.S. we've also seen much stricter import procedures. Items are not making it to the U.S. in a timely manner. We will keep you updates on expected shop dates for this box.⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ 3) All renewals have been cancelled for the foreseeable future. You do not need to do anything yourself. We have handled this behind the scenes here at Shelflove.⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ 4) If you have outstanding boxes beyond the April 2020 shipment, please send an email to and we will refund you for the boxes which will not be shipping. Please include your email associated with the order, and your order number if you have it.⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ .⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Photo by @shaked_reads⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ .⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ #shelflovecrate #feeltheshelflove#bookstagram #book #bookbox #shelflove#book #bookaddiction #yalit #instabooks#bookaholic #yabooks #bibliophile#booknerd #booklove #bookish#booklover #booksofinstagram#bookworm #subbox #subscriptionbox

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Spearcraft Book Box: The Betrothed

Unicorn Crate: Sisters of Sword and Song

Original selected book publication is being postponed. New book selection is a June release so this will now be the June box.

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Update!🦄 I’ve chosen an alternate book for the “May” crate (which will ship in June as the new selection is a June release). I’m calling it the May/June crate now. ✨ I am absolutely in love with this book and it might be even more perfect for the “Inner Strength” theme than the previous selection (which got postponed until Feb. 2021). I’m really excited for this June release to be a Unicorn Crate feature! 💗 . . So, 🥁 the title will be a June YA hardcover stand-alone, chock-full of characters drawing on their inner strength. It follows the story of two sisters with an unbreakable bond and the trials, journeys, and battles they must endure. I found the magic, setting (with threads of Greek mythology), and characters to be utterly captivating, and the writing beautifully crafted. It’s sure to be a new favorite (it’s certainly one of mine this year). There will be a note from the author and signed bookplates. Ages 14+ . . . Publishers have told me things are literally changing every week with book release dates getting postponed because of all that’s happening in the world right now so I realllly hope this one’s pub date holds steady. 🤞🏼 It’s looking like it will. . . I’ve already begun ordering goodies for this box, so there are a set number available (only 7 left before preorders close). . . . . #yafantasybooks #yafantasy #bookbox #unicorncrate #yabookstagram #yabookbox #unicornart #innerstrength #bookishlife #stayhomeandread #staysafereadbooks

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Unplugged Book Box YA: Elysium Girls

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May's Young Adult Fiction Theme Is: 💪 VALIDATION 💪 . Often, we look to others for validation on our actions, beliefs, or lifestyles. This month, Unplugged will focus on finding validation from within. Finding validation for ourselves is crucial for self-confidence and self-love. . —> 📚 BOOK HINT: FANTASY ✨ , WITCHES 🧹, POST-APOCALYTIC ⚠️ This is a gorgeous novel; a Dust Bowl inspired fantasy that focuses on a game of Life and Death. We see a gang of witches, a demon that longs for humanity, and a battle for power. Through creative innovation, the gang works together to save the world. This book is truly like none other. It is a stunning read, and anyone looking for something new in the fantasy genre should give it a shot! Fans of Stephanie Garber, Maggie Stiefvater, and Leigh Bardugo will love this book. . —> 🔮 FANDOM HINTS: TO KILL A KINGDOM 🧜🏽‍♀️ (Alexandra Christo), THE BABYSITTERS COVEN 🍼 (Kate Williams), TO ALL THE BOYS I LOVED BEFORE 💕(Jenny Han) And… the winner of the battle of the fandoms challenge on Unplugged's social media accounts… A COURT OF THORNS & ROSES 🥀 . —> ✨ PRODUCT HINTS: For the month of May, there will be a fun kitchen item never before featured. It is paired with a baking kit! This is something featured for the first time ever in Unplugged. There will also be three, unique self-care goodies that I know you are going to love. . 🚨 Available April 1 🚨 . [ #unpluggedbookbox #bookbox #booksubscriptionbox #yabookbox #youngadultbookbox #youngadultbooks #yabooks #acourtofthornsandroses #thebabysitterscoven #tokillakingdom #toalltheboysilovedbefore #jennyhan #sarahjmaas #alexandrachristo #katewilliams #readergram# bookstagram #booksofinstagram #booksofinsta #booksofig #readmore #bookishmerch #booksandcandles #bookishswag #bookswag #ilovebooks #subscriptionbox #booknerd #bookworm #bookdragon ]

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12 thoughts on “Book Box Guesses: May 2020

  1. The Beacon Book Box theme for May is A Fight for the Throne. And I think the book is House if Dragons by Jessica Cluess (the book blurb is the same). Awesome blog as always! Thank you!


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