What is Book of the Month?
Book of the Month is a monthly subscription box for readers of all genres. At the beginning of every month, you get to choose 1 book from a selection of five highly anticipated new releases. You can then choose to add up to two additional books from a variety of choices. These two additional choices can be made from a selection of past or current month’s selections as well as a list of featured books.
How Much Does it Cost?
At the end of every month, you are charged $14.99 for 1 credit for the upcoming month. This is the credit you use on 1 of the month’s book selections. If you choose to add more books to your box, each costs an additional $9.99. Those additional charges incur when you place your order. Shipping is always free!
Are the Selections Good?
Each month’s selections are highly anticipated new releases. They are chosen from a variety of genres including Young Adult, Historical Fiction, Contemporaries, Thrillers, etc.
Recent Adult choices have included these popular releases;
- Daisy Jones and the Six by
- Taylor Jenkins Reid
- The Age of Light by Whitney Scharer
- The Kiss Quotient by Helen Hoang
Recent Young Adult choices have included;
- On the Come up by Angie Thomas
- Four Dead Queens by Astrid Scholte
- Enchantee by Gita Trelease
I have tried a few different subscription boxes and Book of the Month is by far my favorite. You may ask, why? Let’s compare BOTM to another popular YA book box. Here is a simplified chart showing their main differences;
|Book of the Month||Comparable Box|
|Price||$14.99 /24.99/ 34.99||$29.99 + $7.99 ship|
|# of Books||Up to 3||1 + swag|
|Genre||Young Adult and Adult||Young Adult|
In my personal opinion, there are a few major reasons that drew me away from ‘Comparable box’;
- The Swag – Don’t get me wrong, I enjoy the occasional swag. However, most of the swag was unused by me. The swag did not make the extra cost of the box compared to the book worthwhile. I would have rather spend $19 on the book itself in a store than $38 for the book and swag together.
- The Price – As I said above, I rather spend less to buy the book itself. Also, I felt $38 was too much to spend a month.
- One Book fits all – The idea that your audience is all going to enjoy the same book is absurd. Even within Young Adult itself, people enjoy different sub-genres. For example, I enjoy fantasies and historical fictions much more than I enjoy reading contemporaries.