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Book of the Month Subscription Review + 50% Off Coupon – Oct 2015

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Book of the Month is a monthly book subscription box. Each month, 5 curators pick out their favorite new hardcover books, and you can choose which one you want to receive on the first of the month.

They are currently having an amazing deal on 3-month subscriptions (deal details below), so I had to sign up. (Plus I love book subscriptions so I probably would have signed up for this one with or without a deal!)

My Subscription Addiction pays for this subscription. (Check out the review process post to learn more about how we review boxes).

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The Subscription Box: Book of the Month

The Cost: $16.99 a month ($8.99 a month with 12-month subscription).

COUPON:  Use invite code BOTM15 to get a 3-month subscription for only $20.97 ($6.99 a box!).

The Product: Subscribers get to pick from a selection of hardcover books each month.

Ships to: US Only

Keep Track of Your Subscriptions: Add this box to your subscription list or wish list!

For October, subscribers picked from the following 5 books:

Book of the Month October Selections

I decided to go with Rising Strong by Brene Brown. This book was selected by curator Molly Ford Beck. And she includes a note for subscribers on why it was her pick for the month:

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Rising Strong by Brené Brown – Retail Value $27 (On Amazon for $15.72)

Book Summary from Amazon:

When we deny our stories, they define us.
When we own our stories, we get to write the ending.

Social scientist Brené Brown has ignited a global conversation on courage, vulnerability, shame, and worthiness. Her pioneering work uncovered a profound truth: Vulnerability—the willingness to show up and be seen with no guarantee of outcome—is the only path to more love, belonging, creativity, and joy. But living a brave life is not always easy: We are, inevitably, going to stumble and fall.

It is the rise from falling that Brown takes as her subject in Rising Strong. As a grounded theory researcher, Brown has listened as a range of people—from leaders in Fortune 500 companies and the military to artists, couples in long-term relationships, teachers, and parents—shared their stories of being brave, falling, and getting back up. She asked herself, What do these people with strong and loving relationships, leaders nurturing creativity, artists pushing innovation, and clergy walking with people through faith and mystery have in common? The answer was clear: They recognize the power of emotion and they’re not afraid to lean in to discomfort.

Walking into our stories of hurt can feel dangerous. But the process of regaining our footing in the midst of struggle is where our courage is tested and our values are forged. Our stories of struggle can be big ones, like the loss of a job or the end of a relationship, or smaller ones, like a conflict with a friend or colleague. Regardless of magnitude or circumstance, the rising strong process is the same: We reckon with our emotions and get curious about what we’re feeling; we rumble with our stories until we get to a place of truth; and we live this process, every day, until it becomes a practice and creates nothing short of a revolution in our lives. Rising strong after a fall is how we cultivate wholeheartedness. It’s the process, Brown writes, that teaches us the most about who we are.

Verdict: I’m happy with my selection this month. Rising Strong gets great reviews on Amazon. I’ve already read the first few chapters, and it seems like an inspiring read that will be perfect for a bedtime book. (I decided I need to read more non-fiction at night so that I’m not tempted to stay up late and finish the book!)

I’m also very happy with the Book of the Month subscription so far – I still can’t believe I got this book for only $6.99!

What do you think of the Book of the Month subscription? Which box did you pick this month? (FYI – if you sign up for Book of the Month now, your first book selection month will be in November).

 

Written by Liz Cadman

Liz Cadman

Liz is the founder of My Subscription Addiction. She’s been hooked on subscription boxes since 2011 thanks to Birchbox, and she now subscribes to over 100 boxes. Her favorites include POPSUGAR Must Have, FabFitFun, and any box that features natural beauty products!
All views in this review are the opinion of the author. My Subscription Addiction will never accept payment in exchange for a review, but will accept a box at no cost to provide honest opinions on the box. This post may contain affiliate/referral links. Read the complete My Subscription Addiction disclosure.

15 Comments

  1. I used the deal and did the 3 month subscription for $6.99 each month. I chose Smaller & Smaller Circles. I received it about a day after I got my shipping notification. I’m already on page 100-ish. It’s really good. I don’t think I would ever have picked up this book on my own, but I’m enjoying it.
    I like this idea for a club… I had problems with other book subs like Powells because I found myself not enjoying their choices (or the ‘extras’) I figure if I like all the books they can choose for me, and it’s still a bit of a surprise if you do choose because you never know what the five books are going to be

  2. I got my email last week saying that it shipped but it did not have tracking. Do they not send it or is it hidden somewhere that I need to look?

    Also anyone have any guesses as to who the November guest judge is? They posted two clues on facebook but I have no idea.

    • A couple of people on their Facebook thinks it’s going to be George Clooney’s Wife.

      • Ok the new clue is that this person has jumped a monster truck over 5 cars so def not his wife. These clues are really hard!!!

  3. Just to let everyone know, their customer service is superb. I picked Fates and Furies before the deadline, but they somehow sent me Gold Fame Citrus. I really wanted F and F so I was not amused. They immediately said they would send the right book and I could still keep the other one (it’s up for swap). Still waiting on replacement but it’s been a holiday weekend. I think they are still working out kinks but they are great people!

    • Agreed. I dealt with customer service over some billing issues and they handled it very well.

      • SAME!

    • Yes, they contacted me about an issue they found with my account and were so fast and friendly about everything. I cannot say enough good things about their customer service!

  4. Shipping was fast on this one! Received a day after the voting closed. Like my purchase and still hard to believe you can get a current new book launch at only $8! they had great selections this month.

  5. I had to subscribe. 🙂

  6. I’ve no idea why, but I got two books in my box – Rising Strong (which I requested) and The History of Love! Did that happen to anyone else? Yay for packing errors!!

    • You should check your account to make sure it wasn’t shipped as an add-on. I had a strange thing happen to me with these same 2 books. I selected Rising Strong as my choice, then a few days later, I logged in again and the selection had changed to The History of Love. I removed the Love book and made my choice again. I got 1 book but hope I don’t have to do this every month.

      • I just checked my credit card bill and it doesn’t look as though I was charged extra…at least not yet. Fingers crossed!

      • I had the exact same thing happen. I kept double checking and both were marked “included”. Not sure if it was part of the promo code I used?

    • Ugh jealous! This almost happened to me. I made my selection for “Gold Fame Citrus,” and when I logged into my account a couple days later, it had that book PLUS “Smaller and Smaller Circles” in my cart, and both were listed as “included in subscription.” There appeared to be some weird error where both had been selected. Then I messed it up by clicking too many buttons, and it went away and I only got one book, haha.

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