Unveiling the Magic of Reading for Young Adults: A Message from Once Upon a Book Club

Magical glow emanating from an open book next to a coffee mug, capturing the enchantment of Once Upon a Book Club's tales.

We love our young adult book selection, and we happen to know that so do many of our adult readers. So, what makes young adult books so special? They are fresh and modern, and we thoroughly enjoy reading them as they give us a window into the world of the present.

When you think about it, stories celebrate the human spirit, our ability to overcome adversity, triumph, have faith, and love. They show how times have changed; they reflect the challenges of the past and present, and give us peeks into what the future may look like. We don’t just read books; we live them, learn from them, and grow with them.

The Magic of Literature: How Reading Transforms Us

We know we have said this before, but reading is transformative; it has the power to change us. Young adult books provide that much-needed escape and, at the same time, they help us see the world differently.

That’s the magic of reading; it is a timeless adventure that transforms us through experiencing the challenges and triumphs of our favorite protagonists.

Young Adult Adventures: Selecting Books That Resonate

Young adult books are a treasure trove of emotions and experiences and beautifully reflect the challenges young adults face. It doesn’t matter your age; finding books that resonate with you is key to a great reading experience.

Reading becomes a deeply personal journey when you find characters that mirror your own struggles, dreams, and triumphs. It’s all about those engaging plots and relatable characters that create a connection that goes beyond the mere pages of a book. That’s when it becomes a truly immersive experience—and when you add our surprise gifts that bring these exciting novels to life, well it becomes explosive!

Revolutionize Your Reading with Once Upon a Book Club

Here at Once Upon a Book Club, we love bringing books to life. For us, it is about the whole experience from the moment our whimsical book box arrives at your doorstep until you read the last word.

Interactive Reading Experience For YA Readers

There is something about receiving our book box; it is like having a Christmas every month. Our fun packaging and book-shaped box will intrigue any young adult as they wait to discover the unexpected delights of our specially selected monthly novel. Unlike your average monthly YA book club subscriptions, each month is full of surprises, and for young adults, the reading experience is an interactive one. For us, it's not just about reading; it is about the whole experience from the minute you receive your box to the moment you finish reading the last word.

Newly Released YA Novels

Each box contains a newly released novel with 3 to 5 wrapped gifts labeled with corresponding page numbers which have been carefully selected to bring the pages to life. As the story captivates your imagination, you can't help feeling the anticipation rise to the surface as you are prompted to open each gift at certain page numbers.

Book Club Kit

Our YA book boxes also contain extras like the Book Club Kit, which is full of information and activities which simply add to the reading experience. Our bookmarks and quote cards are custom-designed each month, containing a quote from the novel, and some of our select boxes contain signed bookplates autographed by the author. Yes, it is the gift that keeps on giving.

YA Book Subscription Options

We have four monthly subscription options, so finding the perfect solution has never been easier. Choose from our Young Adult Month to Month, which is billed on a monthly basis, or from our 3, 6, or 12-month subscription plans. A Once Upon A Book Club subscription is a gift every young adult deserves.

Explore Diverse Perspectives: Broadening Your Literary Horizons

Young adult literature is rich in diversity and filled with stories from different cultures and backgrounds. Through the power of words, we get to experience life through someone else’s eyes. It is an adventure that enriches us. It teaches us about the world and ourselves.

Here are a few of our wonderful YA past book boxes that are bound to bring you endless reading joy!

The Kismat Connection by Ananya Devarajan

In this charming YA debut, a girl who’s determined to prove her star chart wrong ropes her longtime best friend into an experimental relationship—not knowing that he has been in love with her for years. The Kismat Connection is definitely worth a read.

Where You See Yourself by Claire Forrest

Where You See Yourself combines an unforgettable coming-of-age tale, a swoon-worthy romance, and much-needed disability representation in this story about a girl who's determined to follow her dreams.

The Davenports by Krystal Marquis

The first book in a breathtaking new series, The Davenports offers a glimpse into a period of African American history often overlooked while delivering a totally escapist, swoon-worthy read. Inspired by the real-life story of C.R. Patterson and his family, it's the tale of four determined and passionate young Black women discovering the courage to steer their own path in life—and love.


The Excitement of Reading Challenges: Adding Spice to Your Reading Life

Spice up your literary routine with reading challenges. Reading challenges are the ultimate way to discover new authors, genres and cultures. The options are endless and it’s great fun creating your own.

Here are a few ideas to get you started:

The Around the World Challenge

It’s time to broaden your horizons and go on a world-wide journey! Find books by authors from different countries!

The Time Travel Challenge

Travel back through literary time choosing books from different historical periods!

The Genre Bingo Challenge

Genre-hopping at its finest as we aim to read as many different genres as possible. Fill your grid with as many genres as possible—you will be amazed at how many there are!

OUABC’s 2024 Reading Challenge

Why not join our 2024, 40 Books Reading Challenge? Challenge yourself to read more! Attempt the 40 challenges on the poster and scratch off the image when you read a book that completes the associating challenge! For example "The Shortest Book on your TBR" —once you read the shortest book on your TBR shelf (shortest in length, shortest in height, the rules are open to interpretation!), you can scratch off the image underneath!

This year's poster also includes lines under each challenge to write in the book title and date finished.

Cultivating a Lifelong Reading Habit

This is not about how fast you read or how many books you read. It is about creating a habit of daily reading. Like any habit consistency is key and the wonderful thing about this habit is that you can do it anywhere!

Create an environment that inspires and motivates you to read. Perhaps a cozy reading nook is what you need. Or if you’re like me, my bedside table is piled with books, and I love reading in bed with a cup of tea just before I go to sleep. Remember, this is about an engaging and fulfilling experience, so sit back, open a book and take the time to enjoy the story just waiting to be told.

Conclusion: Celebrating our Literary Path

Reading is a fabulous journey into new worlds, characters and experiences. And the best part? It never ends, there is always a book we haven’t read! We love scouring the world for the best YA books; there is nothing better than discovering a new author or finding the latest book. Well, actually searching for the perfect surprise gifts that bring these incredible stories to life is also top of our list.

We can’t wait to hear which of our YA books resonated the most with you! Wishing you all a happy interactive and immersive reading experience from all of us at Once Upon a Book Club!

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