Book of the Month: Review

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Long time, no see! I've been recuperating from a exhausting (but of course FUN) trip to Disney World as well as a cold. Yuck, that was no fun to come home to. I'm catching up on a lot, including NaNoWriMo, reading, and blog posts. Today, I'm reviewing the Book of the Month subscription service. Note: I was not paid for this review, but by signing up for BoTM with my referral link, I will receive book credits. If you use my referral link, you can get your first box for $9.99 plus a free tote bag!

I've heard so much about Book of the Month and nothing but rave reviews. Every month, five books are selected for the service by a panel of judges. The genres of these books span a wide range, from fiction to science fiction to nonfiction. The books are all brand new releases and often from debut authors. Book of the Month celebrates inclusionary stories and diverse authors, as you'll see from my first picks later in the blog post. As a user, you can choose one book per month and add two more books from the current month's selection OR from a previous month's selection to your box for $9.99 each, for a maximum of three books per month. If you choose not to pick anything for the month, your book credit gets carried over to the next month. All of the books are in hardcover with a special dust jacket that includes the Book of the Month logo on the back.

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The November books included the following: Future Home of the Living Gods by Louise Erdrich, Artemis by Andy Weir, The Rules of Magic by Alice Hoffman, Bonfire by Kristen Ritter, and Uncommon Type by Tom Hanks.

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All fantastic books and I wish I could have added more than just three books to my box! I ended up choosing Artemis from the month because I've heard a lot about the book- plus, Weir's last book, The Martian was such a phenomenon. I went back into Book of the Month's archives and selected two other books from their past months' selections: Pachinko by Min Jin Lee and The Leavers, by Lisa Ko. These are two other books that I've had my eye on for forever, and $9.99 for a hardcover copy is an amazing deal.

So far, I am in love with this subscription box's concept. It introduces genres of books that I normally don't read while I'm stuck in my YA fantasy bubble. There's such a wide range to choose from! I'm already hoping to snatch up Little Fires Everywhere by Celeste Ng and Chemistry by Weike Wang next. At $9.99 each, you can't really beat the price, as they all come in impeccable, shrink-wrapped condition. Three books a month is also a great goal to hit. While I can't guarantee that I will read all of my Book of the Month books the month that I receive them, it is a great number for folks who are otherwise too busy to find new books to read. I think this subscription service could be a great jumpstart to a new year's resolution to read more books, for example. 

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I'm looking forward to seeing December's selections on December 1st! Another great perk to Book of the Month is that my box ships as soon as I tell it too! All of the books are already at their warehouse and as soon as I pick my three books (because let's face it, if you give me the option of receiving three books at once, I will pick that option), I can send my order off and receiving a shipping notice within days. Nothing like some good ol' instant gratification for this millennial! 

What do you think of the Book of the Month subscription service? Remember, you can use my referral code to get your first book for $9.99 plus a free tote bag! Keep an eye out for the December books, or choose from the November books above.

Here are the summaries for the three books I received in my November Book of the Month box:

Artemis, by Andy Weir

Jazz Bashara is a criminal.

Well, sort of. Life on Artemis, the first and only city on the moon, is tough if you're not a rich tourist or an eccentric billionaire. So smuggling in the occasional harmless bit of contraband barely counts, right? Not when you've got debts to pay and your job as a porter barely covers the rent.

Everything changes when Jazz sees the chance to commit the perfect crime, with a reward too lucrative to turn down. But pulling off the impossible is just the start of her problems, as she learns that she's stepped square into a conspiracy for control of Artemis itself—and that now, her only chance at survival lies in a gambit even riskier than the first.

Pachinko, by Min Jin Lee

Pachinko follows one Korean family through the generations, beginning in early 1900s Korea with Sunja, the prized daughter of a poor yet proud family, whose unplanned pregnancy threatens to shame them all. Deserted by her lover, Sunja is saved when a young tubercular minister offers to marry and bring her to Japan. 

So begins a sweeping saga of an exceptional family in exile from its homeland and caught in the indifferent arc of history. Through desperate struggles and hard-won triumphs, its members are bound together by deep roots as they face enduring questions of faith, family, and identity.

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The Leavers, by Lisa Ko

One morning, Deming Guo’s mother, an undocumented Chinese immigrant named Polly, goes to her job at the nail salon and never comes home. No one can find any trace of her.

With his mother gone, eleven-year-old Deming is left with no one to care for him. He is eventually adopted by two white college professors who move him from the Bronx to a small town upstate. They rename him Daniel Wilkinson in their efforts to make him over into their version of an “all-American boy.” But far away from all he’s ever known, Daniel struggles to reconcile his new life with his mother’s disappearance and the memories of the family and community he left behind.

Set in New York and China, The Leavers is a vivid and moving examination of borders and belonging. It’s the story of how one boy comes into his own when everything he’s loved has been taken away--and how a mother learns to live with the mistakes of her past.

This powerful debut is the winner of the 2016 PEN/Bellwether Prize for fiction, awarded by Barbara Kingsolver for a novel that addresses issues of social justice. 

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