The final month of 2021 has started. I’ve said this before, but this year has flown by, especially the second half of the year.
December is always such a toss up when it comes to BOTM picks. December is a fairly light publishing month due to the holidays and so we tend to see some very interesting choices show up in our 5 main picks. This month we have 2 early releases, 3 debuts, 2 already released books, and of course a holiday pick!
Though this wasn’t my favorite month of picks, I did use my boxes this month to pick out a few Christmas presents. I also picked up a backlist book I’ve been looking at. Keep reading to see what this month’s picks are and what I picked.
December Book of the Month Picks
Reminder that you can add an extra BOTY pick to your box for free if you are a BFF this month. Check out my break down of the BOTY finalists if you’re having trouble picking you free book.
Out of this month’s top five picks, I had a few copies already. Sometimes, if I’ve read the book already and loved it, I’ll opt in to getting a BOTM edition for my shelves, but that wasn’t the case this month with A History of Wild Places. I liked the book enough, but it wasn’t something I’ll reread again, and I felt a little disappointed with the ending.
I added all four of the other picks to my two boxes. I’m always going to put the holiday pick into my December box and I’ve heard The Holiday Swap is super cute. It doesn’t have super high ratings on Goodreads but I read holiday romances, the same way I watch Hallmark movies. With low expectation and as long as it keeps me turning pages, I’m here for it.
Somebody’s Daughter was actually a book I wanted to pick up this summer. It’s a memoir so a little outside my normal genre, but it has excellent reviews. So while I was surprised to see it as a pick this month, I’m not disappointed in it.
I had ARCs of both A Flicker in the Dark and Olga Dies Dreaming. If you like Karin Slaughter books, than A Flicker in the Dark is a perfect read for you. I really enjoyed it and opted to add it to my shelf, I’ll have a review for it soon! On the other hand, I have an audio advanced copy of Olga Dies Dreaming, and while I like the story, I feel this will be better read than listened too, which is why I put it in my box.
I also threw in two older releases. I was on the fence last month about The Choice. Being a non-fiction book it’s once again outside my normal genre, but I hear it’s written really well and I think I could use an inspirational read right now. The Postmistress of Paris was another I’ve had my eye on, and decided to just go ahead and add it to my box!
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.
WHAT IS BOOK OF THE MONTH?
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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