Mountains Beyond Mountains paid subscription items including a tote bag and book platesPaid subscription options are available to get books and other perks related to our books! Life’s Library is a subscription membership that charges/ships every 6 weeks. A few weeks before each period ends, the perks and book for the next session will be sent. You may cancel anytime; if you do you will not be able to resubscribe until next year.

For 2020, you’ll have the option of keeping your subscription month-to-month, or paying for a full year of Life’s Library in advance. This will allow us to plan ahead in ordering perks and books for each reading period. If you are a current subscriber and would like to switch to an annual subscription, you will need to purchase the new subscription, then e-mail after purchasing to cancel your current membership. Annual subscriptions are non-refundable.

Both physical and digital subscriptions are fulfilled through DFTBA. If you are already a Life’s Library Physical or Digital Subscriber, you can modify or cancel your membership using the link in your order confirmation email, or by contacting DFTBA customer support.

You do not have to have a Life’s Library paid subscription in order to join the discussion server.

Scholarships are now available for those interested in receiving Life’s Library books and perks, but are unable to afford it. You can help by purchasing a scholarship we can gift to someone else!

Paid Subscription Types

  • Digital Subscription ($10 per cycle or $90 annually) includes:
    • A letter from that session’s curator detailing why they picked that book.
    • A reading guide with discussion questions.
    • A podcast discussion about the book between John and Rosianna.
    • 2-4 additional downloads which may include printable bookmark designs, author Q&As and more!
    • Note: the digital subscription does NOT include a copy of the book.
  • Physical Subscription ($25 per cycle or $225 annually) includes:
    • All digital items.
    • Paperback copy of that session’s book.
    • Introductory letter from John or Rosianna.
    • Bookplates for your home library.
    • A members-only item unique to that session’s book.
  • Audiobook Subscription w/ Digital Perks ($17 per cycle or $153 annually) includes:
    • All digital subscription items.
    • Audiobook copy of each book through
  • Audiobook Subscription w/ Physical Perks ($25 per cycle or $225 annually) includes:
    • All digital subscription items.
    • All physical subscription items.
    • Audiobook copy of that session’s book through
    • (Note that this option does NOT include a paperback copy of the book)
  • SUPER SUBSCRIPTION ($35 per cycle or $315 annually) includes:
    • All digital subscription items.
    • All physical subscription items.
    • Paperback copy of that session’s book.
    • Audiobook copy of that session’s book through


This calendar includes milestones like shipping dates, book announcements, podcast releases, and more helpful dates! (note that for time-based events, the calendar below lists them in GMT; you can convert them from GMT to your timezone, or view it on the Google Calendar website to have it convert to your time zone). Separate Google calendars are available for the suggested pacing guides (see announcements for more on these), both the “regular” pacing guide and “accelerated” pacing guide.

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Previous Life’s Library Books

  • Journey to the Centre [Interior] of the Earth by Jules Verne
    April 22 – June 2, 2020
  • All Systems Red by Martha Wells
    March 11 – April 21, 2020
  • Parable of the Sower by Octavia E. Butler
    January 29 – March 10, 2020
  • Howl’s Moving Castle by Diana Wynne Jones
    November 27, 2019 – January 28, 2020
  • The Summer Book by Tove Jansson
    October 16 – November 26, 2019
  • Mountains Beyond Mountains by Tracy Kidder
    September 3 – October 15, 2019
  • Stories of Your Life and Others by Ted Chiang
    July 23 – September 2, 2019
  • The Yiddish Policemen’s Union by Michael Chabon
    June 11 – July 22, 2019
  • The House of the Spirits by Isabel Allende
    April 30 – June 10, 2019
  • We Crossed a Bridge and It Trembled by Wendy Pearlman
    March 19 – April 29, 2019
  • A Field Guide to Getting Lost by Rebecca Solnit
    February 5 – March 18, 2019
  • If You Come Softly by Jacqueline Woodson
    December 24 – February 4, 2019