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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October 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.)

 

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.

 

Is it unusual to love a subscription box more than I do right now? I have fallen completely in love with this subscription book box. This month they had two highly anticipated books up for grabs and I grabbed them both so so fast that my fingers got whiplash. I received three books this month. This was the first book and it was my book of the month choice. It’s Beasts of Extraordinary Circumstances by Ruth Emmie Lang. Here’s an excerpt of this book:

 

Finding magic in the ordinary.

In this warm debut novel, Ruth Emmie Lang teaches us about adventure and love in a beautifully written story full of nature and wonder.

Orphaned, raised by wolves, and the proud owner of a horned pig named Merlin, Weylyn Grey knew he wasn’t like other people. But when he single-handedly stopped that tornado on a stormy Christmas day in Oklahoma, he realized just how different he actually was.

That tornado was the first of many strange events that seem to follow Weylyn from town to town, although he doesn’t like to take credit. As amazing as these powers may appear, they tend to manifest themselves at inopportune times and places. From freak storms to trees that appear to grow over night, Weylyn’s unique abilities are a curiosity at best and at worst, a danger to himself and the woman he loves. But Mary doesn’t care. Since Weylyn saved her from an angry wolf on her eleventh birthday, she’s known that a relationship with him isn’t without its risks, but as anyone who’s met Weylyn will tell you, once he wanders into your life, you’ll wish he’d never leave.

Beasts of Extraordinary Circumstance tells the story of Weylyn Grey’s life from the perspectives of the people who knew him, loved him, and even a few who thought he was just plain weird. Although he doesn’t stay in any of their lives for long, he leaves each of them with a story to tell. Stories about a boy who lives with wolves, great storms that evaporate into thin air, fireflies that make phosphorescent honey, and a house filled with spider webs and the strange man who inhabits it.

There is one story, however, that Weylyn wishes he could change: his own. But first he has to muster enough courage to knock on Mary’s front door. – Amazon.com

 

 

 

This book is available for $17.67 on Amazon and it won’t be available for purchase until November 7!

 

 

 

 

I then pre-ordered this book from the Book of the Month website as an add-on book for $9.99. This book was Sleeping Beauties by Stephen and Owen King. This book just released September 26 and here’s an excerpt of the book:

 

In this spectacular father/son collaboration, Stephen King and Owen King tell the highest of high-stakes stories: what might happen if women disappeared from the world of men?

In a future so real and near it might be now, something happens when women go to sleep: they become shrouded in a cocoon-like gauze. If they are awakened, if the gauze wrapping their bodies is disturbed or violated, the women become feral and spectacularly violent. And while they sleep they go to another place, a better place, where harmony prevails and conflict is rare.

One woman, the mysterious “Eve Black,” is immune to the blessing or curse of the sleeping disease. Is Eve a medical anomaly to be studied? Or is she a demon who must be slain? Abandoned, left to their increasingly primal urges, the men divide into warring factions, some wanting to kill Eve, some to save her. Others exploit the chaos to wreak their own vengeance on new enemies. All turn to violence in a suddenly all-male world.


Set in a small Appalachian town whose primary employer is a women’s prison, Sleeping Beauties is a wildly provocative, gloriously dramatic father-son collaboration that feels particularly urgent and relevant today. – Amazon.com

 

You can purchase this book on Amazon for $19.50.

 

 

The last book I purchased from Book of the Month was another pre-order. It was Turtles All The Way Down by John Green! Here’s an excerpt:

 

It’s quite rare to find someone who sees the same world you see.

Sixteen-year-old Aza never intended to pursue the mystery of fugitive billionaire Russell Pickett, but there’s a hundred-thousand-dollar reward at stake and her Best and Most Fearless Friend, Daisy, is eager to investigate. So together, they navigate the short distance and broad divides that separate them from Russell Pickett’s son, Davis.

Aza is trying. She is trying to be a good daughter, a good friend, a good student, and maybe even a good detective, while also living within the ever-tightening spiral of her own thoughts.


In his long-awaited return, John Green, the acclaimed, award-winning author of Looking for Alaska and The Fault in Our Stars,shares Aza’s story with shattering, unflinching clarity in this brilliant novel of love, resilience, and the power of lifelong friendship. – Amazon.com

 

I pre-ordered this book for $9.99 on the Book of the Month website, and you can purchase it on Amazon for $11.99.

 

 

Estimated Price of Box: $49.16 versus what I paid for this book ($19.98).

 

Verdict: I love how I was able to purchase all of these highly anticipated novels, some of them in advance, for much cheaper than they are worth on Amazon. I think this subscription service is one of the best ways to get multiple new release books for cheap and there are so much merch and opportunities for free books that you can get by subscribing to this subscription service. Keep your ears and eyes out for the next big promotion! This month they ran two promotions for Sleeping Beauties and Turtles All The Way Down.

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!

July 2017 Book of the Month


Rating: 4.5/5

 

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.

 

So everytime I log into Instagram I see all of these posts with books that have a little BOTM initial on it. My curiosity finally got the best of me and I HAD to see what all the hype was around this site. And I discovered something wonderful.


 

The first things in the box I found were the info card and this fun “how to take the perfect book shot” card.


 

The next items I unboxed were the free goodies I chose. I had a coupon to free a free tote bag (and it is MASSIVE) and with your subscription you’re able to receive two free items from a list per month. I chose a luggage tag and a coloring book with crayons. Tote bags can range from $10 USD-$20 USD, luggage tags range from $5 USD to $10 USD, and crayons with coloring books range from $2 USD – $5 USD.

 

The last item I unboxed was the book I selected for July. It’s Goodbye Vitamin and here’s an excerpt of that book:

Freshly disengaged from her fiancé and feeling that life has not turned out quite the way she planned, thirty-year-old Ruth quits her job, leaves town and arrives at her parents’ home to find that situation more complicated than she’d realized. Her father, a prominent history professor, is losing his memory and is only erratically lucid. Ruth’s mother, meanwhile, is lucidly erratic. But as Ruth’s father’s condition intensifies, the comedy in her situation takes hold, gently transforming her all her grief.
Told in captivating glimpses and drawn from a deep well of insight, humor, and unexpected tenderness, Goodbye, Vitaminpilots through the loss, love, and absurdity of finding one’s footing in this life. – Amazon.com

I received this book for free and the going rate of the book on Amazon is $17.66 USD.

 

Verdict: While I LOVE that I got over $30 USD worth of items for free I feel that their free items are limited. I could replace all of my luggage tags though, which would be fine by me because they have gorgeous tags. I do love that you can get new or hit books for cheaper than you can from other websites, that they’re hardback, and that they come with a special insignia. It really makes you feel like you’re apart of some secret society! The real question here is: Would I buy another subscription from them? And my answer is: I already have a 12 month membership so expect to see more of these!