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Book of the Month Subscription Review + Coupon – Feb 2016

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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. You can also add up to 2 additional books for only $9.99 each.


They are currently having an amazing deal on 3 and 12-month subscriptions (deal details below).

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


The Subscription Box: Book of the Month

The Cost: $16.99 a month (less with 3 and 12 month subscriptions

COUPON: Use invite code BOOK10 to save $10 on a 3 or 12 month subscription.

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

Ships to: US Only

Check out all of my Book of the Month reviews!

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

For February, subscribers picked from the following 5 books:

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I decided to buy an additional two books for $9.99 as well.

My first selection:


The Night Charter by Sam Hawken – Retail Value $26 (On Amazon for $20.46)

Book Summary from Amazon:

Exactly one year ago, Camaro Espinoza killed five bad men in New York City and fled town. Now she’s keeping a low profile in Miami, running night charter catch-and-release fishing trips off the coast. It’s a simple life for a former combat medic. But it wasn’t easy to come by. Camaro plans to do everything she can to hold onto it.
Trouble comes knocking in the form of Parker Story, a man in over his head with all the wrong people. Parker wants to book Camaro’s boat to run a small errand off the coast of Cuba. Camaro knows she shouldn’t get involved. But Parker’s got a teenaged daughter named Lauren, and Parker’s associates have threatened to harm her if the mission doesn’t go off without a hitch. Camaro has never met the girl. Barely seen her picture. But that doesn’t mean she can ignore her plight.

Camaro’s used to being wanted–by men good and bad, by soldiers wounded on the field of battle, by the long arm of the law. But she’s never been needed before. Not the way Lauren needs her. Joining forces with Parker, Camaro soon finds herself in the midst of double crosses, international intrigue, broken promises and scattered bullets. Even a skilled warrior like herself may not be able to escape unscathed.

Confession – this cover totally sucked me in! But I swear I didn’t pick this book until I read the description. Oh, and this quote sealed the deal:

“The deadliest female protagonist since Jon Land’s Caitlin Strong and Stieg Larsson’s Lisbeth Salander.”–Booklist

Lisbeth Salander! Yes, please!
Each book is selected by a judge, and each judge includes a brief letter on why they selected the book.
Now onto my two extra selections. (These were $9.99 each to add on).

When Breath Becomes Air by Paul Kalanithi – Retail Value $25 (On Amazon for $15.62)

Book Summary from Amazon:

At the age of thirty-six, on the verge of completing a decade’s worth of training as a neurosurgeon, Paul Kalanithi was diagnosed with stage IV lung cancer. One day he was a doctor treating the dying, and the next he was a patient struggling to live. And just like that, the future he and his wife had imagined evaporated. When Breath Becomes Airchronicles Kalanithi’s transformation from a naïve medical student “possessed,” as he wrote, “by the question of what, given that all organisms die, makes a virtuous and meaningful life” into a neurosurgeon at Stanford working in the brain, the most critical place for human identity, and finally into a patient and new father confronting his own mortality.

What makes life worth living in the face of death? What do you do when the future, no longer a ladder toward your goals in life, flattens out into a perpetual present? What does it mean to have a child, to nurture a new life as another fades away? These are some of the questions Kalanithi wrestles with in this profoundly moving, exquisitely observed memoir.

Paul Kalanithi died in March 2015, while working on this book, yet his words live on as a guide and a gift to us all. “I began to realize that coming face to face with my own mortality, in a sense, had changed nothing and everything,” he wrote. “Seven words from Samuel Beckett began to repeat in my head: ‘I can’t go on. I’ll go on.’” When Breath Becomes Air is an unforgettable, life-affirming reflection on the challenge of facing death and on the relationship between doctor and patient, from a brilliant writer who became both.

I’ve seen this book everywhere in the press and it was something I was already planning to buy, so it was a win to add this to my box for less than the Amazon price! Plus, this seems like the kind of book you pass along to friends and family after you read it, so it is even more valuable!

The Sound of Gravel by Ruth Wariner – Retail Value $27.99 (On Amazon for $18.91)

RUTH WARINER was the thirty-ninth of her father’s forty-two children. Growing up on a farm in rural Mexico, where authorities turn a blind eye to the practices of her community, Ruth lives in a ramshackle house without indoor plumbing or electricity. At church, preachers teach that God will punish the wicked by destroying the world and that women can only ascend to Heaven by entering into polygamous marriages and giving birth to as many children as possible. After Ruth’s father―the man who had been the founding prophet of the colony―is brutally murdered by his brother in a bid for church power, her mother remarries, becoming the second wife of another faithful congregant.

In need of government assistance and supplemental income, Ruth and her siblings are carted back and forth between Mexico and the United States, where Ruth’s mother collects welfare and her stepfather works a variety of odd jobs. Ruth comes to love the time she spends in the States, realizing that perhaps the community into which she was born is not the right one for her. As she begins to doubt her family’s beliefs and question her mother’s choices, she struggles to balance her fierce love for her siblings with her determination to forge a better life for herself.

Recounted from the innocent and hopeful perspective of a child,The Sound of Gravel is the remarkable memoir of one girl’s fight for peace and love. This is an intimate, gripping tale of triumph, courage, and resilience.

I picked this book (from the January selections) since so many MSA readers recommended it! It gets excellent reviews everywhere, too!



Verdict:  I’m very pleased with the value of my Book of the Month subscription. The prices are better than Amazon for new hardcover releases – I don’t know how they do it! Plus I love the curated selection each month and getting to pick a book (or more than one) each month. It pushes me out of my reading comfort zone, and gets new books on my radar!

What do you think of the Book of the Month subscription? Which book (or books) did you pick this month?

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.


  1. I very rarely comment on blogs, but wanted to thank you for writing about your experience with this service and tell others how great it is!

    I heard about BOTM through this blog and purchased a 3-mo subscription as a gift for my mom. She’s a somewhat picky and VERY avid reader and could not stop raving about how much she liked this service. It was super easy to pick out the book each month, and the selection was stellar – all three books were winners!

    I am actually back here because I was trying to find a way to review this company so others could see that I thought they were legit – their customer support was excellent as well when I accidentally let the subscription auto-renew.

    Overall I’ve had a hugely positive experience and wanted to thank you for bringing this service to my attention, and BOTM for being so awesome…if finances change I’d definitely consider re-joining!

  2. I’m so happy I signed up for this sub a few months ago. This particular month didn’t have any books I really wanted to read, but overall it’s been an amazing value, and anyway I like being pushed to try something new. I am considering cancelling my Indiespensible sub now that I have this one; I just love getting a choice of several books, and you can’t beat the price for a new hardcover!

    • I had the same problem this month that I was not in love with any of the books but on Liz’s other post about the selection window opening one of the BOTM employees responded to my comment that they are in process of adding a skip a month option – which i think will just make BOTM even more awesome. But i do totally agree that this sub has pushed me out of my reading rut.

      • Whoa! That’s awesome! I really wished I could’ve skipped this most recent month, so if they implement that option in the future that’d be amazing.

  3. I really love this subscription! It pushes me towards worthwhile reading! I feel so much thought goes behind the selections and I love that even then you get a choice! This is by far one of best subs I have! Not to mention, the pricing is excellent! This month I ordered The Oregon Trail (I’m a history teacher so that automatically called my name) and ordered Ghettoside and A June of Ordinary Murders (this was a selection prior to I becoming a subscriber)…. I think next month I am going to add The Sound of Gravel and/or When Breathe becomes Air. You know a subscription is a homerun when you just received a shipment and are already looking forward to the next one!

  4. I picked The Magic Strings of Frankie Presto, and I’m so glad I did. I’m about halfway through and I hate having to put it down to go to bed! I added on The Watchmaker of Filigree Street, and I was so impressed with how gorgeous the cover is! I can’t wait to start reading it.

    • Now I think I’ll add The Magic Strings of Frankie Presto to my March selection – thanks for the recommendation! 🙂

    • I really enjoyed The Watchmaker of Filigree Street a few months back! I got The Magic Strings of Frankie Presto this month too, I’m really excited to start it, I’ve heard great things.

  5. I’m so happy I signed up! I added on the 2 books from last month that convinced me to subscribe, Ghettoside and The Sound of Gravel. When Breath Becomes Air is so bittersweet.

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