December 2017 – Book of the Month

Disclaimer: I bought this thing myself.

Rating: 5/5

Price: Well, it depends! It’s basically $10 USD a month and you can get a subscription plan to save more money, but you can also choose to spend more money per month depending on the books you want! Each additional book is $9.99 USD each, which is really a steal for some of these books, and you get free shipping. You can choose between a 1-month, 3-month, 6-month and 12-month. The cost of the 1-month plan is $16.99, the 3-month plan is $44.97 ($14.99 per month), the 6-month plan is $83.94 ($13.99 per month) and the 12-month plan is $143.88 ($11.99 per month). (The 1-month plan is no longer available to new members.)

Products: Books that are new releases! And other merch if you want, such as a tote bag, a wine coozie, a coloring book, and more.

Ships: Only in the USA at the moment.

 

For the Decemeber Book of the Month box I picked 3 books:

*City of Brass by S.A. Chakraborty was my December pick of the month. Here’s a blurb:

Nahri has never believed in magic. Certainly, she has power; on the streets of eighteenth-century Cairo, she’s a con woman of unsurpassed talent. But she knows better than anyone that the trades she uses to get by—palm readings, zars, and a mysterious gift for healing—are all tricks, both the means to the delightful end of swindling Ottoman nobles and a reliable way to survive.

But when Nahri accidentally summons Dara, an equally sly, darkly mysterious djinn warrior, to her side during one of her cons, she’s forced to reconsider her beliefs. For Dara tells Nahri an extraordinary tale: across hot, windswept sands teeming with creatures of fire and rivers where the mythical marid sleep, past ruins of once-magnificent human metropolises and mountains where the circling birds of prey are more than what they seem, lies Daevabad, the legendary city of brass—a city to which Nahri is irrevocably bound.

In Daevabad, within gilded brass walls laced with enchantments and behind the six gates of the six djinn tribes, old resentments run deep. And when Nahri decides to enter this world, her arrival threatens to ignite a war that has been simmering for centuries.

Spurning Dara’s warning of the treachery surrounding her, she embarks on a hesitant friendship with Alizayd, an idealistic prince who dreams of revolutionizing his father’s corrupt regime. All too soon, Nahri learns that true power is fierce and brutal. That magic cannot shield her from the dangerous web of court politics. That even the cleverest of schemes can have deadly consequences.

After all, there is a reason they say to be careful what you wish for . . . – Amazon.com (available for $15.41 USD)

*The Glass Castle by Jeannette Walls was one of my add-ons. Here’s a blurb:

The Glass Castle is a remarkable memoir of resilience and redemption, and a revelatory look into a family at once deeply dysfunctional and uniquely vibrant. When sober, Jeannette’s brilliant and charismatic father captured his children’s imagination, teaching them physics, geology, and how to embrace life fearlessly. But when he drank, he was dishonest and destructive. Her mother was a free spirit who abhorred the idea of domesticity and didn’t want the responsibility of raising a family.

The Walls children learned to take care of themselves. They fed, clothed, and protected one another, and eventually found their way to New York. Their parents followed them, choosing to be homeless even as their children prospered.

The Glass Castle is truly astonishing—a memoir permeated by the intense love of a peculiar but loyal family. – Amazon.com (available for $9.69 USD)

*Future Home of the Living God by Louise Erdrich was my last add-on. Here’s an excerpt:

The world as we know it is ending. Evolution has reversed itself, affecting every living creature on earth. Science cannot stop the world from running backwards, as woman after woman gives birth to infants that appear to be primitive species of humans. Twenty-six-year-old Cedar Hawk Songmaker, adopted daughter of a pair of big-hearted, open-minded Minneapolis liberals, is as disturbed and uncertain as the rest of America around her. But for Cedar, this change is profound and deeply personal. She is four months pregnant.

Though she wants to tell the adoptive parents who raised her from infancy, Cedar first feels compelled to find her birth mother, Mary Potts, an Ojibwe living on the reservation, to understand both her and her baby’s origins. As Cedar goes back to her own biological beginnings, society around her begins to disintegrate, fueled by a swelling panic about the end of humanity.

There are rumors of martial law, of Congress confining pregnant women. Of a registry, and rewards for those who turn these wanted women in. Flickering through the chaos are signs of increasing repression: a shaken Cedar witnesses a family wrenched apart when police violently drag a mother from her husband and child in a parking lot. The streets of her neighborhood have been renamed with Bible verses. A stranger answers the phone when she calls her adoptive parents, who have vanished without a trace. It will take all Cedar has to avoid the prying eyes of potential informants and keep her baby safe.

A chilling dystopian novel both provocative and prescient, Future Home of the Living God is a startlingly original work from one of our most acclaimed writers: a moving meditation on female agency, self- determination, biology, and natural rights that speaks to the troubling changes of our time. – Amazon.com (available for $15.11).

 

Estimated Price of this box: $40.21

 

Verdict: I loved my picks this month and I’m especially excited to read Future Home of the Living God and City of Brass. Each month can be hit or miss and sometimes you don’t find a book you want for a month, but you can let your subscription lapse over into the next month. I’ve heard nothing but good about City of Brass and I can’t wait to read it!

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September 2017 – Book of the Month

Rating: 5/5

 

Price: Well, it depends! It’s basically $10 USD a month and you can get a subscription plan to save more money, but you can also choose to spend more money per month depending on the books you want! Each additional book is $9.99 USD each, which is really a steal for some of these books, and you get free shipping. You can choose between a 1-month, 3-month, 6-month and 12-month. The cost of the 1-month plan is $16.99, the 3-month plan is $44.97 ($14.99 per month), the 6-month plan is $83.94 ($13.99 per month) and the 12-month plan is $143.88 ($11.99 per month). (The 1-month plan is no longer available to new members.)

 

Ships: Only in the USA at the moment.

 

Can you be addicted to a sub box? Because I think I am addicted to Book of the Month. I look forward to choosing my books each month now and I love looking at all of their items on the website (I just wish the site had more merch!). Anyways, this time around I received two books, one free with my subscription and one I paid 9.99 for. This first book I have showing was my book of the month choice. It’s Sing, Unburied, Sing by Jesmyn Ward! I have seen this book all over Instagram so I was excited to see this book in the store on Book of the Month. Here’s the excerpt:

 

In Jesmyn Ward’s first novel since her National Book Award–winning Salvage the Bones, this singular American writer brings the archetypal road novel into rural twenty-first-century America. Drawing on Morrison and Faulkner, The Odyssey and the Old Testament, Ward gives us an epochal story, a journey through Mississippi’s past and present that is both an intimate portrait of a family and an epic tale of hope and struggle. Ward is a major American writer, multiply awarded and universally lauded, and in Sing, Unburied, Sing she is at the height of her powers.

Jojo and his toddler sister, Kayla, live with their grandparents, Mam and Pop, and the occasional presence of their drug-addicted mother, Leonie, on a farm on the Gulf Coast of Mississippi. Leonie is simultaneously tormented and comforted by visions of her dead brother, which only come to her when she’s high; Mam is dying of cancer; and quiet, steady Pop tries to run the household and teach Jojo how to be a man. When the white father of Leonie’s children is released from prison, she packs her kids and a friend into her car and sets out across the state for Parchman farm, the Mississippi State Penitentiary, on a journey rife with danger and promise.

Sing, Unburied, Sing grapples with the ugly truths at the heart of the American story and the power, and limitations, of the bonds of family. Rich with Ward’s distinctive, musical language, Sing, Unburied, Sing is a majestic new work and an essential contribution to American literature. – Amazon.com

 

This book sounds so good and I’m so excited to read it… in the future? I now have 350+ books on my TBR so it might be a hot minute before I make it to this book lol. It’s available on Amazon for $15.60 in hardback, $13.99 on kindle, $14.69 on Audible, and $21.95 in paperback.

 

The extra book that I saw and HAD to purchase was Emma in the Night by Wendy Walker. This cover struck me as something that would be perfect for the Halloween season and it kind of reminds of The Ring. Here’s the excerpt:

 

One night three years ago, the Tanner sisters disappeared: fifteen-year-old Cass and seventeen-year-old Emma. Three years later, Cass returns, without her sister Emma. Her story is one of kidnapping and betrayal, of a mysterious island where the two were held. But to forensic psychiatrist Dr. Abby Winter, something doesn’t add up. Looking deep within this dysfunctional family Dr. Winter uncovers a life where boundaries were violated and a narcissistic parent held sway. And where one sister’s return might just be the beginning of the crime.

Bestselling author Wendy Walker returns with another winning thriller, Emma in the Night. – Amazon.com

 

This book sounds like it’s going to be so good and creepy! Perfect for Halloween this year. This book is available on Amazon for $18.06 in hardback or $12.99 on Kindle.


 

Verdict: I love this sub box and I always look forward to it coming in. I think this box is amazing, you get new releases for way cheaper than retail value, they come with exclusive covers, and they’re in hardback! The price I paid for this box was $20 dollars (9.99 sub and 9.99 extra book) whereas if I bought them on Amazon in hardback I would have had to pay $33.06 plus shipping and tax. This is an amazing sub box and I can’t implore you enough to subscribe today! Stephen King’s new book is available for pre-order through Book of the Month now, so subscribe to get it today! I can’t wait to choose books for October!

August 2017 – Book of the Month


August 2017 – Book of the Month

Rating: 5/5

Price: Well, it depends! It’s basically $10 USD a month and you can get a subscription plan to save more money, but you can also choose to spend more money per month depending on the books you want! Each additional book is $9.99 USD each, which is really a steal for some of these books, and you get free shipping. You can choose between a 1-month, 3-month, 6-month and 12-month. The cost of the 1-month plan is $16.99, the 3-month plan is $44.97 ($14.99 per month), the 6-month plan is $83.94 ($13.99 per month) and the 12-month plan is $143.88 ($11.99 per month). (The 1-month plan is no longer available to new members.)

Ships: Only in the USA at the moment.


Hi guys! I’m back again with another Book of the Month box! However, this month I had only purchased one book. The reason being that I have about 300 books unread in my home right now and because I wanted to see what the options were next month. BUT, I could not pass up this book when I saw it! It’s called Fierce Kingdom by Gin Phillips.

The zoo is nearly empty as Joan and her four-year-old son soak up the last few moments of playtime. They are happy, and the day has been close to perfect. But what Joan sees as she hustles her son toward the exit gate minutes before closing time sends her sprinting back into the zoo, her child in her arms. And for the next three hours—the entire scope of the novel—she keeps on running.
 
Joan’s intimate knowledge of her son and of the zoo itself—the hidden pathways and under-renovation exhibits, the best spots on the carousel and overstocked snack machines—is all that keeps them a step ahead of danger.

A masterful thrill ride and an exploration of motherhood itself—from its tender moments of grace to its savage power—Fierce Kingdom asks where the boundary is between our animal instinct to survive and our human duty to protect one another. For whom should a mother risk her life?

The package also came with a cute bookmark with a blurb as to why the panelist chose the book. The book retails for $15 on Amazon.

Verdict: While I was charged a dollar for shipping (oh no a dollar!), I still feel that I got a fantastic deal on this exciting thriller! I can’t wait to dive into this book! Maybe next month I’ll order more books, since they all come in hardback for $10 each and they’re all fairly new releases! This site is really a nice way to get cheap new releases and find some that you wouldn’t normally purchase! Check them out today!