Book of the Month Subscription Review + Coupon – August 2016
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.
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The Subscription Box: Book of the Month
The Cost: $16.99 a month (less with 3 and 12 month subscriptions)
The Product: Subscribers get to pick from a selection of hardcover books each month. Skip any month you aren’t interested in. Add up to two additional books for $9.99.
Ships to: US Only
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For August, subscribers picked from the following 5 books:
I’m reviewing Siracusa:
Book Summary from Amazon:
An electrifying novel about marriage and deceit from bestselling author Delia Ephron that follows two couples on vacation in Siracusa, a town on the coast of Sicily, where the secrets they have hidden from one another are exposed and relationships are unraveled.
New Yorkers Michael, a famous writer, and Lizzie, a journalist, travel to Italy with their friends from Maine—Finn; his wife, Taylor; and their daughter, Snow. “From the beginning,” says Taylor, “it was a conspiracy for Lizzie and Finn to be together.” ToldRashomon-style in alternating points of view, the characters expose and stumble upon lies and infidelities past and present. Snow, ten years old and precociously drawn into a far more adult drama, becomes the catalyst for catastrophe as the novel explores collusion and betrayal in marriage.
With her inimitable psychological astuteness and uncanny understanding of the human heart, Ephron delivers a powerful meditation on marriage, friendship, and the meaning of travel. Set on the sun-drenched coast of the Ionian Sea, Siracusa unfolds with the pacing of a psychological thriller and delivers an unexpected final act that none will see coming.
I’m about a quarter way into the book so far, and I like the alternating points of view for each chapter. Every character has a distinctive voice, and while I can’t say I like any of them – I’m thoroughly intrigued!
This book came with a letter from the judge, Kim Hubbard, on why she picked this book:
And a Book of the Month bookmark:
And this month, Book of the Month included a little bonus item – a wine glass koozie!
This ended up being a perfect accessory for Siracusa. A few chapters in, they were eating at a restaurant in Italy with plenty of delicious wine – so it was perfect for me to have a drink in hand as well!
Each book is selected by a judge, and each judge includes a brief letter on why they selected the book. And you get a Book of the Month bookmark, 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, and they always feature a good mix of popular new books. And I love that you can skip any month you aren’t interested in, and you can also buy books from previous months as add-ons for $9.99.
What do you think of the Book of the Month subscription? Which book (or books) did you pick this month?