The Raven Book of the Month Subscription Program

The Raven Book Store is delighted to introduce our Book of the Month subscription program! This program is flexible to both your tastes in reading and your level of commitment (no judgments here). We currently facilitate seven different subscriptions, in both 6 month and 12 month plans:

  • New & Notable Fiction: the hardcovers everyone's talking about ($150 for 6 months; $300 for 12 months)
  • Under the Radar Fiction: paperback originals or books you missed in hardcover ($90 for 6 months; $180 for 12 months)
  • Fiction In Translation: the best paperbacks from overseas ($90 for 6 months; $180 for 12 months)
  • Mystery: series launch or stand-alone sleuthy paperbacks ($90 for 6 months; $180 for 12 months)
  • Science Fiction: paperbacks from the thrilling future, either stand-alone or first-in-a-series ($90 for 6 months; $180 for 12 months)
  • Poetry: the best and most diverse from the world of verse ($90 for 6 months; $180 for 12 months)
  • Current Events Nonfiction: hardcovers to explain what's happening in our world ($150 for 6 months; $300 for 12 months)

We also curate three Kids' Books of the Month subscriptions:

  • Board Books: Books for toddlers to read or chew on ($45 for 6 months; $90 for 12 months)
  • Picture Books: the most beautiful and diverse hardcovers ($90 for 6 months; $180 for 12 months)
  • Middle Readers: great reads for the book-hungry 8-12 year old ($60 for 6 months; $120 for 12 months)

The basics of how it works are pretty simple:

  1. Select the subscription you're interested in.
  2. Select the length you want for your subscription.
  3. Call the Raven at (785) 749-3300 and ask to subscribe. One of our employees will fill out a subscription plan for you with all the necessary info (name, address, payment information, etc.).
  4. Receive a new book in the mail every month.
  5. Read the book, of course.

Subscription programs can also be bought in someone else's name, if you're thinking of getting one as a gift for someone! You can also elect to have your book shipped to your address or set for pick-up at the Raven. Shipping is free with the price of the subscription program, so it would not cost extra to send to your house. We do not have subscriptions available for purchase online, so if you want to sign up for a subscription plan, you'll need to call us or visit us in store. Luckily, we can take it from there.

If you have any further questions about our subscription program, please feel free to call us at (785) 749-3300 or email us at subscriptions@ravenbookstore.com.

Below, you can find the August 2018 picks for our Under the Radar Fiction, Translated Fiction, Mystery, Current Events, Science Fiction/Fantasy, Poetry, Middle Readers, and Board Books subscription programs, respectively:

 

Stephen Florida Cover Image
$16.95
ISBN: 9781566895163
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days. Please note not all items listed on the website are on the store shelves.
Published: Coffee House Press - June 12th, 2018

Foxcatcher meets The Art of Fielding, Stephen Florida follows a wrestler in North Dakota during his senior season, when every practice, every match, is a step closer to greatness and a step further from sanity. Profane, manic, and tipping into the uncanny, it's a story of loneliness, obsession, and the drive to leave a mark.


The Con Artist: A Novel Cover Image
By Fred Van Lente, Tom Fowler (Illustrator)
$14.99
ISBN: 9781683690344
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days. Please note not all items listed on the website are on the store shelves.
Published: Quirk Books - July 10th, 2018

This illustrated mystery will appeal to comic book fans and anyone who appreciates an unconventional whodunit.


Terra Incognita: Three Novellas Cover Image
$17.00
ISBN: 9781524796860
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days. Please note not all items listed on the website are on the store shelves.
Published: Del Rey - August 21st, 2018

THREE CLASSIC SCI-FI NOVELLAS IN ONE VOLUME—from a Hugo and Nebula award-winning author 

In Terra Incognita, Connie Willis explores themes of love and mortality while brilliantly illuminating the human condition through biting satire. 

Uncharted Territory


Ma Bole's Second Life Cover Image
By Hong Xiao, Howard Goldblatt (Translator)
$15.95
ISBN: 9781940953809
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days. Please note not all items listed on the website are on the store shelves.
Published: Open Letter - July 17th, 2018

Ma Bole follows the eponymous cowardly layabout as he escapes his unhappy family life by going on the run to avoid the coming Japanese invasion. A humorous-yet-stark depiction of despair in the face of war and Westernization, Xiao's novel (completed by the translator) mirrors the identity struggles of early-twentieth century China in the form of an unforgettable comic anti-hero.


New Poets of Native Nations Cover Image
$18.00
ISBN: 9781555978099
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days. Please note not all items listed on the website are on the store shelves.
Published: Graywolf Press - July 10th, 2018

A landmark anthology celebrating twenty-one Native poets first published in the twenty-first century


Ghosts of Greenglass House Cover Image
$17.99
ISBN: 9780544991460
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days. Please note not all items listed on the website are on the store shelves.
Published: Clarion Books - October 3rd, 2017

Welcome to the irresistible world of Greenglass House, where thirteen-year-old Milo is spending the winter holidays stuck in a house full of strange guests who are not what they seem.


Stephen Florida Cover Image
$16.95
ISBN: 9781566895163
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days. Please note not all items listed on the website are on the store shelves.
Published: Coffee House Press - June 12th, 2018

Foxcatcher meets The Art of Fielding, Stephen Florida follows a wrestler in North Dakota during his senior season, when every practice, every match, is a step closer to greatness and a step further from sanity. Profane, manic, and tipping into the uncanny, it's a story of loneliness, obsession, and the drive to leave a mark.


Buzz: The Nature and Necessity of Bees Cover Image
$27.00
ISBN: 9780465052615
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days. Please note not all items listed on the website are on the store shelves.
Published: Basic Books - July 10th, 2018

From the award-winning author of The Triumph of Seeds and Feathers, a natural and cultural history of the buzzing wee beasties that make the world go round.