Book of the Month – September 2017 Unboxing

Book of the Month is a monthly book subscription service that allows subscribers to choose one book from their monthly selection, chosen by a panel of judges. The introductory price is $9.99 a month but goes up to $14.99 after the initial subscription period. There are add-ons available which include previous month’s selections and a few other random books available for $9.99. I will note that BOTM runs specials monthly where they offer a free book with your first subscription if you use specific codes, so if you’re thinking about subscribing look for those, they’re literally everywhere and they change their offering constantly.

If a subscriber finds that they are not interested in the current month’s selections they have the option to skip that month and will still have the credit on their account to apply toward another month’s selections.

To find out more, you can check them out at www.bookofthemonth.com. That link utilizes my referral code so those signing up would get both of us bonuses and I think you might get a free tote bag on sign up as well. For the sake of transparency, I am not sponsored and am a paying customer, this referral code is just the membership code that everyone is given.

I know that it is already October and that this is a bit late, I didn’t get my box until the end of the month because the release date of the additional free book I selected was September 26th, so my box didn’t ship out until after that. Without further ado though, let’s get on with the unboxing! As of writing this I do know they have a promotional code FREEBIE for a free book, not sure which or if they’ll let you pick, but if there isn’t one you like you can probably wait or look for other codes for books you want, they’re floating around out there.

September Selections

This month’s selections are AWESOME and I had an extraordinarily hard time making my choice because I want to read FOUR of them. I’ve been loving mystery thrillers all year so Emma in the Night and Lies She Told were both extremely appealing to me, they both sound incredible. Then the two literary fiction books that I’ve been hearing about non-stop and has been getting ridiculously high praise, Sing, Unburied, Sing and Little Fires Everywhere are also very high on my want list.

Instead of judging it based on what book I wanted to read the most because that would have been impossible, I looked each of the books up at my city’s library database to see which ones were available. Out of all five books featured this month there was only one that wasn’t available. The other books were on there though a few had very long wait lists, I decided to go ahead and go with the book that wasn’t on there since it is one that I’ve been keeping an eye on for a few months.

My Selection

Emma in the Night by Wendy Walker

Along with the reasoning above, I picked this book because it’s been on my radar for quite a few months. I found the cover to be really eye catching and I’ve been loving mystery thrillers this year. The plot sounds like your typical mystery set up with missing teenagers and only one of them making it home. There are hints at darker things, with kidnapping, betrayal, and dysfunctional family secret. I think this is perfect for the fall season and am looking forward to starting it soon.

Along with the book I got a good quality card stock bookmark with the BOTM logo on one side and the judge on the other side explaining why they picked this novel. I can never say no to a bookmark so this is a nice freebie for the book.

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.


Free Bonus Book

Sleeping Beauties by Stephen & Owen King

Don’t mind me, I’m just internally fangirling. I had been thinking about trying out BOTM for quite some time and told myself, well maybe I’ll wait until there is a free book bonus that I actually want. As soon as I saw they were offering Sleeping Beauties for free as the bonus book I screamed and subscribed right then and there.

Sleeping Beauties has been one of my most anticipated books of the year and I am extremely excited that I was able to get this beautiful tome at release for free! It’s insane! I mean it when I say tome, this book is over 700 pages and is quite heavy, I can’t believe that they gave a highly anticipated King book out with new subscribers.

As for the book itself, I’ll let the synopsis speak for itself. It sounds creepy and nothing like I’ve ever read before, so I’m very excited to read this one over the fall and winter seasons.

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.


Box Review

Box Value
If I were to purchase both of the books that I got from an online retailer the total would come up to just over $40. Getting both of these books for $9.99 is a steal and I am beyond excited to get such a good deal for two books that I really wanted. A regular $14.99 subscription for one book each month would probably be a couple of dollars off the usual price, so not every month will be so good, but the first month is definitely an opportunity to get a great deal by taking advantage of BOTM’s monthly free book for a new subscription offers.

Are these items I’d buy?
YES. If I had the money to buy every hardcover I wanted I would, and the two books that I got out of this month’s box have been some of my most anticipated for this fall.

Would I order again?
I purchased a three month subscription so I think that answers that question. $9.99 is a difficult price to beat for a brand new hardcover, and even the $14.99 price after the initial subscription period is quite reasonable. If I had more expendable income this is probably the type of subscription that I’d keep going for a while.

Final Thoughts
Book of the Month is a spectacular book subscription service if you’re looking for just the books themselves and like to read the highly rated and award-winning new releases in adult literary fiction. The pricing is pretty good all things considered and the fact that they regularly run free book promotions as incentive to subscribe is a ridiculously good deal.

The one negative I can find for this, and some may not even find it to be a negative at all, is that the book selection while pretty great are also the kinds of books that you see literally everywhere and there is a very good chance that all of the books will be available in the library for most cities. Sure a panel of judges pick the books out, but it doesn’t feel all that personal and it’s clear that the books are the ones being pushed hard by publishers.

For someone like me that goes to the library every month getting books that I can readily check out there for free isn’t the most appealing, so I’m making my picks based on a couple of factors:

– Is it available at the library?
– How long is the wait for the book at the library?
– Even if it’s available at the library, is this a book that I would want to own?

Now folks that don’t use their library or maybe have ones that are smaller that don’t get all the new releases will likely love this subscription. As noted above, I made my selection this month out of the four that I wanted to read purely because the book was not currently available or on order at the library and it’s a mystery thriller I think I’d love and want to add to my growing little collection, but this might not be the case every month. The option to skip months I think alleviates this and makes me feel better about the subscription.

How did you like this month’s box?
Are you interested in BOTM or Book Boxes in general?
Let me know your thoughts in the comments!


  1. I hope you post a review of Emma in the Night, it sounds really good. And I am guessing that my library will probably have it.

    1. I’ll put it on my reading list for this month and try to have a review up within the next month. 🙂 If it’s good then I hope that your library does have it! I was surprised that mine didn’t and there was no option to request it initially, though I was able to request one of the other BOTM selections this month.

  2. I’ve been debating about getting a BOTM subscription for the LONGEST time. I like the fact that they have multiple genres, giving us both YA and Adult to choose from. Another good thing is that most of the books they feature are ones I’m actually interested in. How does it work? If I sign up today, I’ll have to wait for the Oct box right?

    Thank you for sharing so much information on this as well, I’m kinda sold now lol

    1. No problem Tika, I’m happy to help! I’m with you that many of their choices are ones that I feel like I’d actually read compared to other boxes and I love that their picks every month are really varied too.

      I love book boxes and I wanted to be able to provide good information about them since there are so many out there.

      Since the month just started signing up would give you October’s selections but you can choose to skip it and wait for November.

  3. Jen

    I was already excited with the five book choices, but then you showed Sleeping Beauties and I now have that in my head lol. Going to go check out BOTM now!

    1. That’s awesome! Not sure if they still offer the freebie, I used the code KING to get it. 🙂

  4. I understand the appeal of bookmail like WOAH. But subscription services never really have appealed to me. I guess I use the library too much? And I tend to avoid acquiring stuff– like POP Funko figured and t-shirts and all that. I’m just not the intended audience!

    I’m super glad you found books that you enjoy. I’ve heard great things about Sleeping Beauties! I recently read some wonderful interviews with the Kings about their writing process. Super interesting.

    1. I’m with you on the library, I go once or twice a month and have actually been neglecting my ARCs to read library check outs (oops). I do like trying out different book subscriptions though since many offer books I had never heard of and I love to be surprised.

      I couldn’t pass up the deal on Sleeping Beauties, I wanted to be able to take my time reading it and not feel the pressure of reading it quickly before having to return it to the library (there are a ton of holds on it so I wouldn’t be able to renew my check out).

  5. Liz

    I tried BOTM. I want to join up again, when I can better afford it, but also…I’m not totally into the “call to cancel” thing, even if they accepted my email to cancel because I couldn’t call—it makes cancelling feel uncomfortable, and you have to rely on them to honor your wishes. That’s my negative about it. :/

    The selections they’ve had recently have seemed to be better than they were when I tried it earlier this year…I think it was this year, at least. I’ve read so many books this year I can’t remember, haha. XD

    1. Yeah I’m with you both on call to cancel and the book choices. I gave in because the last couple of months of book selections have been better than before. For cancelling, while I have the availability to call and don’t mind so much, it just seems like an unnecessary annoyance when it’s so much easier to login to a personal account and cancel with any other business. I assume they do it this way so they can talk you out of cancelling. Either way, I’ll worry about it whenever I use up all my credits.

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