30th Birthday Book Wish List

A Collection of Book Boxes, Nonfiction, and Fiction Books Perfect For Birthday Gifts

July 31st not only marks Harry Potter’s birthday, but also exactly one month until my 30th birthday!

Since I’m generally terrible at coming up with ideas for birthday presents or Christmas presents, I decided to proactively put together this 30th birthday book wish list.

Books are always a great gift option, so if you need gift ideas for a book lover’s birthday (or your own birthday!) this book gift list might help! Since it will be my 30th birthday, these are my top 30 birthday wish list books.

I also included a few of my favorite book subscription boxes for adults if you’re not sure exactly what they’ll love!

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30th Birthday Book Wish List


Bookish Subscriptions:


bookcase club

Bookcase Club

If your friends or family love a certain genre and don’t need all the extra fluff, this extremely well-priced box is a great option! It’s one of the best values in this list of book subscription boxes for adults. Choose from romance, young adult, sci-fi/fantasy, fiction, or mystery/thriller. Save even more if you buy a longer subscription.

Cost: $13 / month + $5 shipping (Use code BCCREFER1NEN22 for 20% off!!)






authentic books

Each month, you choose one of two new releases (often literary fiction, romance, women’s fiction, or thriller). The gifts are loosely connected to the book and each focuses on one of the five senses. This is a perfect gift book box, since it includes more than just a book! 

Cost: $49 / month + shipping (Get $5 Off with this LINK)



BOTM Subscription

I go back and forth with subscription box, but ultimately you get gorgeous hardcovers at a reasonable price so it’s hard to beat. Thankfully you can skip a month if you don’t like a selection which is a lifesaver for me!

Cost: $15 / month (Use my link to get the first month for just $5!)





How to Walk Away by Katherine Center

I missed this hit of last summer, but I adore Center’s latest release, Things You Save in a Fire. So, now I’d like to go back and read everything she’s ever written!


Harry Potter & The Chamber of Secrets Illustrated Edition by J.K. Rowling and Jim Kay

There’s no denying these books are the perfect gift for any Harry Potter fan.


Harry Potter – Ravenclaw Edition

I also want the Ravenclaw edition of the HP books…


Annotated Peter Pan by J.M. Barrie

Annotated books are right up my alley. They often include pictures, historical context, and overall fun facts about the book – right alongside the text. I basically devour all that extra info!


Meet Me at the Cupcake Cafe by Jenny Colgan

I’ve read this cute story about a women who opens up a cupcake shop, but look at the pretty new cover!! So, now I want the rereleased version…


Beartown by Fredrik Backman

One of my favorite novels of all time, but it’s virtually impossible to find at used book sales or used bookstores.


A Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah J Maas

I have the 2nd and 3rd book in this YA fantasy series, but still need the first one in hardcover! I actually caved and bought the paperback for $.50 at a library book sale since I want to reread the series soon. It’s that good.


The Selection Series Box Set by Keira Cass

Box sets are always a great gift option. The Selection is a young adult dystopian series about women competing for the hand of a prince in a land torn apart by a caste system and war.


twice in a blue moon

Twice in a Blue Moon by Christina Lauren (Preorder)

I’ve never preordered a single book in my life! So truthfully, any new release coming out this fall would do. However, Christina Lauren’s contemporary romances are a particular favorite. They are known for writing clever characters and enticing dialogue.


The Nightingale by Kristin Hannah

This is easily one of the best historical fiction books I’ve ever read. The story about two sisters living in France during World War II is compelling from start to finish.


I Kill Giants by Joe Kelly

I’ve read very few graphic novels, but I’d love to give some a try. This is a popular recommendation for those new to the genre. Barbara is a young girl who deals with her unstable real life by retreating to a fantasy world.


Lumberjanes by Noelle Stevenson, Grace Ellis, Shannon Watters, and Brooke Allen

Another oft recommended graphic novel author is Noelle Stevenson. Lumberjanes tells the story of a group of friends banding together at summer camp.


Jane Austen Collection Box Set

I already have a few editions of Jane Austen’s novels, but this set is beautiful.


The Great Alone by Kristin Hannah

This tale of survival in the Alaskan wilderness is about so much more than man vs nature. It’s also about love, dedication, and fighting the threats in your own home.


The Doors of Stone (The Kingkiller Chronicles – Book 3) by Patrick Rothfuss

This is truly a book wish list item because I’m asking for a book not yet written. It’s agonizing waiting for the third book in this series. So, Patrick Rothfuss – please start writing!!




Unwrapping the Greatest Gift by Ann Voskamp


The Family Bible Devotional by Sarah Wells

A daily or weekly devotional is a family tradition I would love to start when Connor gets older.


The Complete Photo Guide to Cake Decorating by Autumn Carpenter

Baking is another one of my passions, but my piping and cake decorating skills can use some work. Entering a new decade is a perfect opportunity to learn new skills!


Magnolia Table by Joanna Gaines

Who doesn’t love Chip and Joanna?? I trust her to come up with delicious, fairly simple recipes that can be made over and over again.


Tools of Titans by Tim Ferriss

I’m not usually this type of reader, but Tools of Titans sounds like it’s packed with helpful advice. I also saw it recommended once on Modern Mrs Darcy, so that means I’ve got to read it.


I’d Rather Be Reading by Anne Bogel

Speaking of Modern Mrs Darcy! Her latest book is the ultimate gift to readers everywhere.


Dear Fahrenheit 451 by Annie Spence

A librarian’s collection of love letters and break up notes to a selection of books she’s read. Another book for book lovers! I’m sure this will add even more books to my TBR.


Why Not Me? by Mindy Kaling

Mindy’s first book was hilarious, so I assume her second will be just as funny. It’s a few years old, but I can see myself reading this often when I need a pick-me-up.


I Mom So Hard by Kristin Hensley & Jen Smedley

As a new mom, this book sounds like it would be a lot of fun to read. All the craziness I have to look forward to over the next 18 years!


How To Break Up With Your Phone by Catherine Price

I convince myself that all the time I spend on my phone is helpful for my book blog, but it’s still FAR too much time. This book is a step-by-step guide to putting your phone down more often.


How to Read Literature Like a Professor by Thomas Foster

You can’t beat a nonfiction book with “lively and entertaining” in the title 🙂 This is a revised edition of a popular literary teaching book.


Save Me The Plums by Ruth Reichl



Bookish Subscriptions:

BOTM Subscription

I go back and forth with subscription box, but ultimately you get gorgeous hardcovers at a reasonable price so it’s hard to beat. Thankfully you can skip a month if you don’t like a selection which is a lifesaver for me!


OwlCrate Subscription

One of the top rated book subscription boxes. Each month features a theme and includes a new Young Adult hardcover novel and 3-5 extra goodies.


Scribd Subscription

I have yet to discover a better option for finding a terrific selection of ebooks and audiobooks. The monthly cost is only $9 for unlimited access to their collection. It’s a life saver for my long commute.

What books would you put on your birthday book wish list?


  1. Interesting and varied selections – reminded me of a few I need to move up my TBR list! Hope you have a wonderful landmark birthday!

  2. Hopefully you get lots of wonderful books for your birthday! I’m sure this list full of “hints” will help 🙂

    Have you had a BOTM subscription before? I absolutely love it; I’ve been a member for the last 2 years! Skipping is definitely useful, and I don’t hesitate to do it. You can always add a book as an add-on in a later month (if you skipped it but then hear good things…and the add-ons are only $10, so it’s like a little bit of a discount).

    1. I’ve had the 3 month gift subscription a few times. I usually love it at first but then struggle with which books to pick because I’m afraid I’m not going to like them haha. As I’m starting to read more newer releases and current fiction though, I’m considering starting my subscription back up. Those books are impossible to find at book sales!

    1. Ahh that’s disappointing. It sounds like such a cute concept. Little House on the Prairie would be an amazing annotated collection! I’m sure there are so many fun facts about that time period to read.

  3. This is such a fun idea! I’m all about those pretty Jane Austen versions, even though I already own a copy (or more than one in a couple cases) of all of her books… And I’m definitely going to get my hands on one of the illustrated Harry Potters before I read it to my son for the first time.

    And happy almost birthday! Turning 30 is fun 🙂

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