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Rainbow Crate – The world’s #1 LGBTQIA+ monthly book subscription box!

STATUS 10/01/2021: Subscriptions are sold out! If you would like to start a subscription, we are operating a first-come-first-serve waitlist.

You can join by sending an email to (feel free to send us a short message but not required)! You will receive an automatic response, and when there is a free spot, they will be offered to persons on the waitlist in the order of sign up.


November 2021 THEME:

Let us bring a little light into your life with our November box! Are you ready? It’s theme reveal day, and our November theme is…


Our November botm is A Marvellous Light by Freya Marske! This is our second-ever Adult book choice, and it is bright and full of yearning, love, and magic, magic, MAGIC! You’ll all be receiving a new hardcover copy with hand-signed bookplates, an exclusive author letter, character print, and book tem, as well as custom items inspired by each of the fandoms below!
Robin Blyth has more than enough bother in his life. When an administrative mistake sees him named the civil service liaison to a hidden magical society, he discovers what’s been operating beneath the ordinary reality he’s always known.
Now Robin must contend with the beauty and danger of magic, an excruciating deadly curse and the alarming visions of the future that come with it, and Edwin Courcey, his cold and prickly counterpart in the magical bureaucracy, who clearly wishes unmagical Robin were anyone else.
The mystery of what happened to Robin’s predecessor reveals unsettling truths about the land they live on and what binds it. Thrown together and facing unexpected dangers, Robin and Edwin discover a plot that threatens every magician in the British Isles—and a secret that more than one person has already died to keep.
Queer rep: gay, mlm
Other rep: Indian sc
CW: murder, coercion, torture, homophobia, misogyny, sexual situations
Our ebook for November is Bloody Spade by Brittany Willows! See our Instagram for more details!
– THE WITCH KING by H. E. Edgmon (monthly magnet) (mlm, bi ace f, wlw, nb lesbian)
– THE SCAPEGRACERS by Hannah Abigail Clarke (wlw, lesbian, mlm, gay)
– WITCHMARK by C.L. Polk (mlm, gay)
– PYRE AT THE EYREHOLME TRUST by Lin Darrow (mlm/mlw, pan m, bigender)
– All items this month have light somehow worked into them! Some glow, some light up, and some… well, you’ll have to wait and see!
NEW SUBSCRIPTION SPOTS for November will not be open to the public. The waitlist in the order of signup. You can join the waitlist by emailing!

About us:

Hi! We are Jamie and Danielle – an artist and a librarian by trade!

We, like a lot of you, love love love book boxes. But we had come to notice that it seemed like queer fictional couples (even main couples) were being overlooked in favor of straight ones in. We looked and looked for a queer subscription box, but while there are a lot of great boxes, there just wasn’t one focused on lgbt+ lit.⁠

So, we started to toss around the idea of creating our own box. A book box seemed kind of daunting. It would be a LOT of work (we had no idea how much, but we do now). What if we did all this and nobody cared?⁠

But the thing is…. we just love love love queer books. We want to read them. We want to see merchandise featuring queer pairs (of all sorts!!). We want to make people excited to open a box and (hopefully) love all of the things that we lovingly curated inside. And so, we talked about it. We aske

d around in book communities. We got a mentor . And ultimately, we decided that we had to give it a shot. Nobody else was going to! And so… here we are!⁠

This is THAT queer book box that we wanted!

Photo courtesy of regal_leaves.


Our Neil & Andrew collectible magnet from our Feb. 2021 crate. Photo courtesy of shelf_blame.

Our nightlight inspired by The Bright Sessions. Photo courtesy of regal_leaves.

Our The Song of Achilles tumbler and Carry On chopstick set. Photo courtesy of awildbooknerdappeared.


What is a book box?

A book box is a subscription service where subscribers receive a box, usually monthly, containing a new-release book and book-related goodies! Most boxes are limited in quantity, and once that box is gone, it’s gone. Genres and age ranges of the book vary depending on the box (in case you haven’t guessed, we are only doing books with major queer characters in them! More about that later this week!). The goodies made for that month’s box are curated by the box, and not available for sale any other way. Most boxes have between 3-5 goodies in addition to the featured book of the month, and all of them relate to a theme.⁠

Photo of our June 2021 crate courtesy of shelf_blame.

Photo of our Timekeeper pin from the September 2020 Crate courtesy of Manicfemme.

Photo of our September book and metalmark courtesy of Merrowchild.

Photo of  our OCTOBER 2020 DARIUS THE GREAT IS NOT OKAY GLASS MUG courtesy of awildbooknerdappeared.

How does it work?


We start by requesting upcoming lgbt-related manuscripts from publishers. And then, we hunker down and start reading. A lot. We create lists of our favorites, and then discuss what book we want to feature that month. From there, we start talking to our contact at the publishing house and secure an OK that we will be able to feature that book.

After the book is set, together we choose a theme that fits the book, and fandoms that would fit within that. We chose very popular fandoms for our first box, but from here on out, we plan a range of popular and more obscure fandoms. There are a lot of great stories out there that just aren’t being discovered! Then, we discuss items, and after a loooooooot of work, voila!



Choose your plan! We offer 1, 3, and 6 month subscriptions. You don’t have to worry — your box will come until you cancel! We also have limited one-time boxes while supplies are available.

Plans start at $39.99 monthly,
plus shipping. We are a new company, so we have a little higher shipping than some, but we are working to get you the best! If and when we get better discounts, we will pass the savings on to you!



Your Rainbow Crate is delivered to your address by a charming postal worker.

We ship each monthly crate during the third full week of the month! If you’re unsure of when that is, please don’t hesitate send us an email!



Read your book and enjoy discovering your items! Please let us know what you think! We love to get comments and photos on Instagram, Twitter, Facebook, and in our email!