December 2022 | BOTM Predictions

It’s the final countdown dun nununu! Or really more just my final predictions for the final BOTM box of 2022! December is always such a toss-up when it comes to BOTM picks. It 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. I always feel as if December picks are generally wildcards choices, as we tend to see some already published options pop up as well. My only big want for this month’s picks is a holiday themed book because who doesn’t want an easy warm fuzzy read around the holiday?!

I have read a few of my predictions so far and have ARCs of many of the others waiting to be read. Be sure to come back in the upcoming weeks to see reviews for these.

Whether or not my predictions are actually picks, only time will tell. Even if they are not, all or most of these are on my December Most Anticipated New Releases list and my Winter Most Anticipated for 2023.


When the picks are announced and you find you have space in your box still, make sure to also check out my most recent version of BOTM Add-On recommendations HERE, because who couldn’t use even more books!

Keep in mind that these are simply predictions and books I hope get chosen. I could get these completely wrong, but the anticipation and guessing is part of the fun, right?!


Mystery & Thrillers

So many options to choose from with upcoming Mysteries and Thrillers. I ended up just putting five options, as I just couldn’t decide what might be a BOTM pick. Three of these options are repeat authors and one is a debut. I have copies of The Villa, The Last Invitation, and have already read All the Dangerous Things. For time these are your typical thrillers and could easily fit into the BOTM box.

All the Dangerous Things Review

The Widowmaker I’m currently listening to on audio, and while I haven’t formed an opinion on how much I like it yet. I feel less confident in this prediction as it looks like it might be part of a new series.

A History of Fear is a debut that I think would make a stellar BOTM pick. It’s supposed to be for fans of Jennifer McMahon and Riley Sager. I’m not really a Sager fan, but I love Jennifer McMahon, so I’m interested to see where this one falls. Either way, it’d be a great debut offering for BOTM.



I love a good holiday romance, so 2/3rds of my predictions are holiday romances. Maggie Know would be a repeat author, and even though All I Want for Christmas came out in October I think it’s a viable option.

I believe that Kiss Her Once for Me IS going to be a pick this month and it sounds so cute! For a non-holiday romance, In It To Win It sounds like a perfect BOTM pick,


Historical Fiction

I’ve been struggling with reading historical fiction lately. I normally love it, but I’m just to tired right now to digest to many heavier books, which Historical Fiction can definitely lean towards. With that said, all three of my pics this month are very different. I’d really like to see either Dangerous Business or The Book of Everlasting Things.


Contemporary and Literary Fiction

Just like Historical Fiction, I have not been reading to much contemporary or literary fiction lately. My tired brain just cannot handle heavier reads right now, and so while I have an ARC of A Quiet Life and it’s one of my most anticipated, I have yet to read it. With that said, I think it would be a great BOTM pick even though the author is fairly well known.

Roses, In the Mouth of a Lion is my second pick for contemporary or literary fiction pick. This is supposed to be a fabulous character driven, coming of age story, and is on my list of things to read!


Fantasy and Science Fiction

With both being the second in a series that BOTM offered, I would LOVE to see both Hell Bent and Fire Endless as BOTM picks. Even as an add-on pick would be excellent! I have been not so patiently waiting for both of these books and have my fingers crossed.

The Light Pirate, is another option I think would fit great into BOTM. It would be more in the Science Fiction realm versus Fantasy. We’ve seen a few Dystopian books from BTOM in the past, so I feel it could be a good option.

I hope you found a book that you are truly excited about in this post. Let me know which other new releases you are excited for this month or that you’re hoping are BOTM picks, by commenting below or by messaging me on Instagram @speakingof_books. Don’t forget to follow me to get weekly updates and new reviews!

Happy Reading!

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