Last month on my Facebook page, I asked my followers which subscription box service they’d like me to receive and review here on the blog.
Most of you answered with Book of the Month, so here I am to show you what it’s all about! I must have a lot of fellow bookworm friends!
What is Book of the Month?
Book of the Month offers three different subscription plans: $14.99 for three months, $13.99 for six months, and $11,99 for a full year. In the beginning of each month, you are given five book options and out of those you choose which book you want as your Book of the Month within a week, then decide if you want to add on any of the others listed for an additional $9.99. Shipping is free and the books are yours to keep.
You’re able to view each book option, read a summary, sometimes read the first page or two of the novel, and discover what one of the many regular Book of the Month judges thinks of the piece. According to BOTM, they have a team that selects different novels to feature each month, and sometimes celebrities judge the selections. If you don’t care for any of the selections, you can choose to skip a month.
Once you’ve read the books at your own leisure, you’re able to log into your account to rate the book and leave a brief comment of your opinion. BOTM also keeps track of which books you’ve chosen and your post-read rating, and you can join discussions on the books you’ve read with other members through the website.
Now that you know the ins and outs of this service, let’s go over my first month!
I opted for the three-month plan, and was able to choose my first book on July 1st. I was pretty pleased to see pretty varied choices — something to suit nearly every reader. I checked out the recommendations from the judges, read through the summary of each novel, and took some time to think about my choice.
I decided to choose Goodbye, Vitamin, by Rachel Khong, because I wanted something light and with good characters. This book is written in a sort of diary style, focusing on the female main character and her interactions with her family (and especially her father who is losing his mind to Alzheimer’s) after moving back home following a broken engagement.
Here’s what the judge, Issac Fitzgerald, had to say about this novel: “As it dazzles and delights, as it compels you to fall in love with the people within its pages, it too shows you what is impossibly hard about love, about life.”
Since this isn’t a review on Goodbye, Vitamin, I won’t get into my personal opinions of it. But speaking of Book of the Month, I think it’s a super easy, convenient way to get new reading material each month, and a good way to dig into a genre you might not have been interested in before. I also like how it gives you options, though not too many, so you’re not overwhelmed by a large selection, which happens to me a lot!
So far, the only thing I don’t care for is the package terms. I don’t like being locked into a “contract” because I don’t like the higher cost all at once and there’s a chance I will forget to cancel before they automatically renew my subscription and charge me again. If you’re okay with that, more power to you!
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