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We Tried a Book Of The Month Service, and Here's Why You Should Too

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August 15, 2016 · 1.9k Views

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Source: Book of the Month August 2016 Book Selection and Judges (Reviewers)

Subscription boxes are the latest trends and one of our favorite to be honest. For the price, most subscription services usually put together quite the package based on your preferences and it’s usually offered at a great discount from the original value. You have no doubt seen the mass of subscription services offered on the web! Part of the awesome factor from subscription boxes is never knowing what’s in-store for next month and sharing what you love and don’t love with a community of subscribers. It’s a like a monthly gift from you to you and it’s beautiful. From makeup boxes, gamer boxes, snack boxes and now… books.

Let us introduce you to the first book subscription box service we came across, Book of the Month. Book of the Month (BOTM), reached out to us about this and though we’ve heard and tried multitudes of other boxes (Walmart Beauty Box and PMS Bites to name a few), a monthly book waiting for you after work/school? That’s new. And exciting for a few of us book lovers over here.

Let me ask you this. How many times have you poured over New York Times bestsellers? Did you find yourself asking "how on earth is this a best seller?!"? Here’s where Book of the Month makes it more interesting for you. They don’t always select from the bestseller list. The team over at BOTM carefully curate 5 books (most of them are fresh releases) every month and all members can select which books they want for that month’s subscription. You will see some bestsellers/bestselling authors but you’ll also find some amazing reads not on the list that you might end up liking just as much if not more. To help you out even further, you can browse their selections and get some in-depth review on each book.

 

How does Book of the Month work?

Every month, BOTM announces 5 different book selections carefully selected by a panel of editors and judges. Interested subscribers has a few different options when selecting their BOTM plans and once enrolled, plans are flexible so you can skip or cancel at any time.

Upon enrollment for BOTM, you’ll be prompted to answer a two short questions like:

  • Your favorite genre

  • Amount of books you read per month

Next, you’ll create your login for BOTM and pick a plan that best suits your reading pace.

Book of the Month Plans & Costs:

  • 1-Month Membership at $16.99 per Month

  • 3-Month Membership at  $14.99 per Month

  • 12-Month Membership at $11.99 per Month

What’s Included with Every Plan:

  • 1 Hardcover Book (Your Choice) Each Month

  • Optional: Extra Book for $9.99

  • Free Shipping

Regardless of whatever plan you select, you have the option to skip a month if you need more time finishing a current book and you will not be charged for skipping!

Are there discount offers?

Yes! And you know we love discounts. BOTM currently offers the following discounts:

  • Extra 30% Off a 3-Month Subscription + Free Tote with code 30TOTE

  • 1-Month Membership for Only $5 with code READ5

  • See more updated offers on BOTM deals page

Deadline for August 2016 book selections enrollment is August 21, 2016. If you missed this deadline, no worries! There are new and exciting selections from BOTM every month, just check out what's up for grabs at BOTM next month.


What We’re Looking at: BOTM August 2016 Selections

We were so excited to get the package for our very first BOTM which included a subscription box like the one everyone receives along with their entire August selections. Take a peek below:

We found in our August subscription box: your choice of a hardcover book along with a review card by one of the judges, a book mark, cup (wine glass?) sleeve and a welcome message from BOTM featuring an adorable cat. Take a look at a brief summary of what each book is about this month and what readers on Goodreads and Amazon are saying!

 

Siracusa by Delia Ephron

Goodreads Summary:
“Marriage and deceit from author Delia Ephron that follows two couples on vacation in Siracusa, a town on the coast of Sicily, where the secrets they have hidden from each other are exposed and relationships are unraveled.”

Goodreads Review:

  • “Don't read Siracusa if you look for books with likeable characters. Do read Siracusa if you like tight tense plots loaded with complicated personalities. Siracusa is told from the perspective of four characters -- two couples -- who travel together for a few days in Italy, including Siracusa in Sicily. It's hard to fathom what drew the two couples together, and even what drew the members of each couple to one another. Each character is deeply flawed, and they all tend to misread each other and what's really going on. Thrown into the mix is Snow, the ten year old child of one of the couples who -- contrary to the adults around her -- seems to know a lot about what is going on around her although -- as the only character without a narrative voice -- she remains quite enigmatic throughout.

    As a reader, you know that the story is moving toward some kind of nasty denouement, but where it goes is hard to predict -- and I will say no more to avoid spoilers. I suspect this will make for a good summer read -- nothing deep, but Ephron is a very good storyteller -- but only if you can stomach a crew of dislikable characters. Thanks to Netgalley and the publisher for giving me access to an advance copy.” - reader Esil from Goodreads

 

Circling the Sun by Paula McLain

Goodreads Summary:
“Brought to Kenya from England as a child and then abandoned by her mother, Beryl is raised by both her father and the native Kipsigis tribe who share his estate. Her unconventional upbringing transforms Beryl into a bold young woman with a fierce love of all things wild and an inherent understanding of nature’s delicate balance. But even the wild child must grow up, and when everything Beryl knows and trusts dissolves, she is catapulted into a string of disastrous relationships.

Beryl forges her own path as a horse trainer, and her uncommon style attracts the eye of the Happy Valley set, a decadent, bohemian community of European expats who also live and love by their own set of rules. But it’s the ruggedly charismatic Denys Finch Hatton who ultimately helps Beryl navigate the uncharted territory of her own heart. The intensity of their love reveals Beryl’s truest self and her fate: to fly.”

Praises for Circling the Sun from Amazon:

  • “In McLain’s confident hands, Beryl Markham crackles to life, and we readers truly understand what made a woman so far ahead of her time believe she had the power to soar.” - Jodi Picoult, author of Leaving Time
     
  • “Markham’s life is the stuff of legend. . . . McLain has created a voice that is lush and intricate to evoke a character who is enviably brave and independent.”- NPR

 

Dark Matter by Blake Crouch

Goodreads Summary:

“Are you happy with your life?” Those are the last words Jason Dessen hears before the masked abductor knocks him unconscious. Before he awakens to find himself strapped to a gurney, surrounded by strangers in hazmat suits. Before a man Jason’s never met smiles down at him and says, “Welcome back, my friend.”

In this world he’s woken up to, Jason’s life is not the one he knows. His wife is not his wife. His son was never born. And Jason is not an ordinary college physics professor but a celebrated genius who has achieved something remarkable--something impossible.

Is it this world or the other that’s the dream? And even if the home he remembers is real, how can Jason possibly make it back to the family he loves? The answers lie in a journey more wondrous and horrifying than anything he could’ve imagined—one that will force him to confront the darkest parts of himself even as he battles a terrifying, seemingly unbeatable foe.”

Amazon Review:

  • “Wow! What a journey! Mind bending, suspenseful, surprisingly romantic...a good read from start to finish. Can't praise this book enough. Never read anything like it, and I read a LOT of books! A blend of cutting-edge science, science fiction, suspense and romance. It starts out kind of slow, leaving the reader as confused as the protagonist. But as "Jason" begins to figure everything out, the book becomes terrifying and a "can't put it down" kind of read. It also makes you examine your own life, and the roads not taken. Toward the conclusion, which is amazingly suspenseful, it also becomes kind of a romance novel.

    Actually, the whole book is a romance, between Jason and his love for his wife and child, and his desperate journey to get back to the ones he loves. Few books make me cry (I'm a MAN for god's sake!), but this one sure did. I cried like a little girl for the last 50 pages. And it felt good to do so. Not sure I was crying for the characters or myself, because this book makes you examine your own life in ways one doesn't often want to ponder. I have a feeling this book, and the premise, will stay with me for a long time, making me think of my life and the branch points along it in those quiet times with your head on the pillow, just before sleep. First book by Blake Crouch I have ever read. Now I'm a devoted fan, want to read everything he has ever written.” - Kerry Lyman

 

The Woman in Cabin 10 by Ruth Ware

Goodreads Summary:

“From New York Times bestselling author of the “twisty-mystery” (Vulture) novel In a Dark, Dark Wood, comes The Woman in Cabin 10, an equally suspenseful novel from Ruth Ware—this time, set at sea.

In this tightly wound story, Lo Blacklock, a journalist who writes for a travel magazine, has just been given the assignment of a lifetime: a week on a luxury cruise with only a handful of cabins. At first, Lo’s stay is nothing but pleasant: the cabins are plush, the dinner parties are sparkling, and the guests are elegant. But as the week wears on, frigid winds whip the deck, gray skies fall, and Lo witnesses what she can only describe as a nightmare: a woman being thrown overboard. The problem? All passengers remain accounted for—and so, the ship sails on as if nothing has happened, despite Lo’s desperate attempts to convey that something (or someone) has gone terribly, terribly wrong…

With surprising twists and a setting that proves as uncomfortably claustrophobic as it is eerily beautiful, Ruth Ware offers up another intense read.”

Goodreads Review:

  • “This book felt like a modern take on an Agatha Christie murder mystery. The reader has to try and keep track of all the characters: Who has an alibi? Who has a motive? Who had access and when?

    I said this is a fun read, but it's not a great one. I thought the writing wasn't as strong as Ruth Ware's previous novel, In a Dark, Dark Wood, and the parts about Lo's excessive drinking and her feeling claustrophobic on the ship became repetitive. I admit I groaned when I realized this is another story featuring an unreliable narrator (*cough* Gone Girl *cough* Girl on the Train *cough cough*).

    But I give credit to Ware -- her story kept me turning the pages to see how the mystery would be solved. Since it's summer as I write this, I'll say this a good beach read. But I'd skip it if you're taking a cruise -- you might get paranoid about those strange noises next door…” - reader Diane

 

All the Ugly and Wonderful Things by Bryn Greenwood

Goodreads Summary:

“As the daughter of a meth dealer, Wavy knows not to trust people, not even her own parents. Struggling to raise her little brother, eight-year-old Wavy is the only responsible "adult" around. She finds peace in the starry Midwestern night sky above the fields behind her house. One night everything changes when she witnesses one of her father's thugs, Kellen, a tattooed ex-con with a heart of gold, wreck his motorcycle. What follows is a powerful and shocking love story between two unlikely people that asks tough questions, reminding us of all the ugly and wonderful things that life has to offer.”

Amazon Review:

  • “I am always complaining that I feel nothing about oh-so-many books. The characters are blah, the story just doesn’t grab me, I am dead inside, blah, blah, blah. I know I sound like a broken record most of the time but this book here? This book here is a genuine 5 star read. I know. I can hardly believe it myself.

    I didn’t want to write this review because, as many before me have already said, this book is not for everyone. People are going to go nuts about the controversial story line and probably unfriend me and yell all over me but it made me feel all kinds of emotions and I could not put it down and, for me, that’s what makes a five star read. So I’m writing this review and I’m sticking with my five star rating.

    If you don’t already know, this book spans many years and is about a friendship between a fragile little eight year old girl named Wavy and a 20 something man called Kellen. Wavy is so emotionally screwed up from her messed up parents that she doesn’t talk or eat in front of people. She’s faced neglect, seen too much of the ugly side of life and has been forced to grow up way too fast. Dad runs a meth lab, screws a string of floozies and mom is a drug-addled, germ phobic mess. Wavy is the only one capable of caring for her baby brother. You don’t have to imagine the horrors Wavy has seen because the author clearly paints them all for you. One day Wavy meets Kellen, a big, tattooed bear of a man who showers her with attention, friendship and is the first person to actually care for her well-being and that of her brother. He brings her food and shoes and delivers her safely to and from school every day for years. They become the best of friends and as the years pass their friendship grows into a bond that many will find disturbing.” - Barks Book Nonsense

After pouring through a few reviews and summaries of these books, there seems to be something for every reader and a wide range of genre to select from. You probably won’t recognize most of these titles which is, in my opinion, the fun part about BOTM. Every month brings fresh releases that you won’t notice if you’re browsing in-store or online and if something catch your interest, go forward with your monthly selection, if not, you can easily skip a month any time. This is perfect for someone like me who wants to read more but am too lazy to browse through reviews of thousands of titles on the web. The limited but thoughtful selections would make it easier for me to fulfill my monthly readings quota.

If you want to find more information before enrolling, check them out at bookofthemonth.com. Don’t forget to make good use of those promo codes above!

Is there anything you’re interested in trying and would like us to review? Drop a comment below and let us know.


 

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