Love detective fiction? Lose yourself in fantasy novels? Capitol Hill Books will curate mystery bags of books based on your reading interests.

For those of us in quarantine, the need for reading material has never been more important, especially if our TBR list needs a refresh. This is why independent bookstore Capitol Hill Books is offering a sweet surprise for booklovers in D.C. and beyond: mystery book bundles!

After receiving a customer request to assemble $100 worth of assorted books, the book store is extending this request as a storewide offer. For a flat rate of $25, $50, or $100, readers can receive a grab-bag of books tailored to their tastes. All you have to do is email them your literary preferences and name your price. Staff members will hand-pick your bundle and send you a Paypal invoice to complete the transaction.

Since its founding in 1991, Capitol Hill Books has become a popular destination for bibliophiles. Known for its sprawling inventory of used books and rare first-editions, D.C. residents have found sanctuary within the multi-floored shop for almost 30 years.

While the news is constantly buzzing with information on coronavirus-related shortages, thankfully it seems there's no shortage of books! Bookstores around D.C. have been adapting to the restrictions posed by the COVID-19 outbreak with safe and convenient ways to get books in the hands of people. Politics and Prose is offering free shipping through the end of the month, as well as curbside pickup, while Kramerbooks & Afterwords Cafe is delivering books through Postmates.


As recently as last week, the bookstore was taking reservations for customers to browse the shop (complete with gloves and hand sanitizer) for hour-long sessions as a way of enforcing social distancing measures. But with D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser's March 24 announcement ordering all non-essential businesses closed, it appears the store will be closed for the foreseeable future.

For now, the bookstore is taking online orders and will be offering free media mail shipping across the United States indefinitely. Whether you want to immerse yourself in dystopian universes or escape the world for just a little bit, Capitol Hill Books will have something for every reader. Interested in a grab bag? Email

**All photos courtesy of Capitol Hill Books' Facebook page

Are you going to purchase a mystery book bag? What kind of books would you want to receive? Share with us in the comments!