May 2021 Book of the Month

Out of the nine books released this month (five main picks and four add-on’s) I only predicted two correctly. I’m actually fairly surprised by this month’s offerings with two of the picks actually having not been on my radar. This month’s theme seemed to be contemporary fiction with over half (yes I’m including the YA pick in the contemporary fiction bucket) of this month’s picks falling in the genre. Staying on par with previous month’s though, two of our main picks are debuts, we have our token thriller, a historical fiction, a fantasy, a science fiction, and a historical fiction pick. This month there really is something for everyone! In addition, with it being AAPI Heritage month, we did get 3 picks from AAPI authors and Eric Nguyen is even a debut!

Unlike last month where I had already received copies of most of the picks, this month I had copies of only 3 of the picks. I haven’t read any of them yet, so I opted out of getting physical copies of those one for now, as I’m not sure if I’ll love them enough to warrant buying a copy .

Out of the nine picks this month all but two were on my May Most Anticipated List. Which if you didn’t know, I do post an upcoming release article featuring my most anticipated new release, about halfway through the month. For example I posted my May Most Anticipated midway through March, and you can expect to see my June Most Anticipated sometime next week.

Click HERE to check out what I was excited for in May.

Check out this Month’s picks below and see what I put in my box!


May Line Up


May Add-Ons

I’m almost way more excited about this month’s add-ons than the main picks. Technically two of these authors are repeat authors. Jenny Lee’s Anna K, was a pick last year, and I’m happy to get the sequel from BOTM since I loved book 1 so much. You can see my review for it HERE. Andy Weir’s The Martian was an add-on a few years back when the movie came out, so I’m also counting him as a repeat author. In Andy Weir’s latest story, he takes us millions of light years away from earth and brings another space survival tale to us. Don’t worry though, this is a completely separate story from The Martian, so you don’t have to read one to enjoy the other.

Both With Stars in her Eyes and Last Summer at the Golden Hotel were on my May Most Anticipated List. With Stars in Her Eyes is said to be a mixture of the hit movie A Star is Born and Daisy Jones and the Six. I’ve only heard good things about this one, so I’m excited to jump into this tale of stardom.

Lastly, Last Summer at the Golden Hotel is said to be perfect for fans of The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel which I happen to love. It’s a blend of historical and contemporary fiction and I think it will make a great summer read.


What’s in My Box

I had to have most of the add-on’s this month. I mean all of them were on my most anticipated list. I actually thought I had added Hail Mary into my box as well, but I must have overlooked it, so I’ll be picking it up next month.

In terms of main picks, I have an ARC of both Things We Lost in the Water and The Last Thing He Told Me. Since I have yet to read either book, I decided to pass on them this month. I was unsure about How Lucky. It’s said to be great for fans of Kevin Wilson who wrote Nothing to see Here. While I’m a huge Kevin Wilson fan, quirky book such as How Lucky are pretty hit or miss for me. I also have heard zero chatter about the book, which made me opt out of picking it up this month.

That’s what’s in my box this month! Did we pick any of the same books this month? Let me know in the comments below or over on my Instagram HERE.

Happy Reading!



For those who haven’t heard of Book of the Month club or BOTM, it is a subscription program, similar to audible or other box subscription services, where you get (you guessed it) a new book every month. Each month members are given 5 different books to choose from.  BOTM generally focusing on debut and emerging writers, and is known for having helped launch the careers of some of the most acclaimed authors in American literary history. In an attempt to read more books outside my favorite genres without having to siphon through all the duds, I decided to sign up for the monthly subscriptions. It costs me $14.99 per month, I choose 1 of the 5 books on the first of every month,  and it’s delivered straight to my door. You can skip any month or roll your credits over to the next month, at any time. Since I started getting BOTM in 2018, I’ve really enjoyed some of the new authors I’ve been exposed to. If you’re interested in joining BOTM, I’ve added my referral code to the bottom of this post, which if you use, you’ll be able to get a discount on your first month (book)!

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