The final books of the year have dropped from Book of the Month, and quite a bit earlier than anticipated! Even though I like this month’s picks, I had a hard time deciding on which ones to add to my box. In part because I have copies of 3 of then, and had already pre-ordered a 4th. Of the ones I have, I have only All the Dangerous Things. I did like it but it’s not going to be a book for everyone.
Of this month’s picks there is: 1 early release, 1 debut, 4 repeat authors, 1 series, and 1 holiday read. I’m actually surprised that this month’s ‘Yearly Look-Back’ pick is a fantasy, but I’m also very excited, as it’s a book I’ve been wanting to read. In addition if you’re a BFF, make sure to pick your free BOTY add-on. I have copies of all
If you are still looking for something to read be sure to check out some of my Most Anticipated New Releases lists. If you’re looking for add-ons to put into your boxes, be sure to check out my BOTM add-on recommendations, which I update every couple of months.
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December 2022 Picks
I ended up picking three books this month. Babel has been on TBR since the summer and I have been on a huge fantasy kick lately. Everyone I know who has read it, has loved it, so it’s an auto add for me. The Light Pirate sounds super interesting and I wasn’t able to get an ARC, so that was another auto add for me. Lastly, I’m a huge seasonal reader, and would it even be Christmas time if I didn’t pick up the holiday read this month?!
Now for what I didn’t pick.
First up, I skipped getting A Fire Endless but only because I already have a pre-order in. My copy of A River Enchanted was a hardcopy sent to me by Harper, and is not from BOTM. Since my first in the series wasn’t a BOTM edition, I decided I didn’t want to get the second as a BOTM copy, because aesthetics matter. If you haven’t read A River Enchanted DO IT! And pick up a copy of A Fire Endless while you’re at it!
I already have ARCs of: All the Dangerous Things, The Circus Train, and A Quite Life. I’m currently reading The Circus Train and so far I really like it. I also have not read A Quiet Life yet. With a 9 month old I don’t have the emotion or mental capacity to read heavier books at this time. I did love A Little Hope, which gives me hope that I’ll love Joella’s newest release.
I have read All the Dangerous Things. If you didn’t like her first one you probably won’t like this one. The writing style is the same but this one is a bit deeper/heavier. I’m not big on trigger warnings because I think everyone’s definition of ‘trigger’ is different and I feel they sometimes give away plot points. But I did decide to add some for this book. As a new mom this one really hit a nerve for me but also felt more relatable because of it. However, I have a few friends that would never be able to read this while also having a baby or young child. It’s not graphic, but these are my TWs: child abduction, child death, suicide, postpartum depression, mental health issues.
Shea Ernshaw books always tend to ‘not be enough’ for me. I always love the premise but generally find they fall somewhat flat so I decided to skip A Wilderness of Stars and will probably get it from the library sometime.
Lastly, I actually have copies of all of the finalists this year already (some are BOTM and some are ARCs). Since I have all of them, I picked Tomorrow, Tomorrow, Tomorrow and will be doing a giveaway of it on my Instagram. So be sure to follow me if you’d like to enter SPEAKING.BOOKS INSTAGRAM
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.