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Book of the Month Subscription Review + Coupon – July 2017

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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.

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The Subscription Box: Book of the Month

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

For a limited time, use this link and coupon code TOTALLY to get Book of the Month for $10 a month PLUS get a FREE TOTE! (Regularly $16.99 a month) This can be applied to a 2, or 3-month subscription!

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 July, subscribers picked from the following 5 books:

I’m reviewing American Fire.

American Fire by Monica Hesse  – Retail Value $26.95 (On Amazon for $18.32)

Book Summary from Amazon:

The arsons started on a cold November midnight and didn’t stop for months. Night after night, the people of Accomack County waited to see which building would burn down next, regarding each other at first with compassion, and later suspicion. Vigilante groups sprang up, patrolling the rural Virginia coast with cameras and camouflage. Volunteer firefighters slept at their stations. The arsonist seemed to target abandoned buildings, but local police were stretched too thin to surveil them all. Accomack was desolate―there were hundreds of abandoned buildings. And by the dozen they were burning.

The culprit, and the path that led to these crimes, is a story of twenty-first century America. Washington Post reporter Monica Hesse first drove down to the reeling county to cover a hearing for Charlie Smith, a struggling mechanic who upon his capture had promptly pleaded guilty to sixty-seven counts of arson. But as Charlie’s confession unspooled, it got deeper and weirder. He wasn’t lighting fires alone; his crimes were galvanized by a surprising love story. Over a year of investigating, Hesse uncovered the motives of Charlie and his accomplice, girlfriend Tonya Bundick, a woman of steel-like strength and an inscrutable past. Theirs was a love built on impossibly tight budgets and simple pleasures. They were each other’s inspiration and escape…until they weren’t.

Though it’s hard to believe today, one hundred years ago Accomack was the richest rural county in the nation. Slowly it’s been drained of its industry―agriculture―as well as its wealth and population. In an already remote region, limited employment options offer little in the way of opportunity. A mesmerizing and crucial panorama with nationwide implications, American Fireasks what happens when a community gets left behind. Hesse brings to life the Eastern Shore and its inhabitants, battling a punishing economy and increasingly terrified by a string of fires they could not explain. The result evokes the soul of rural America―a land half gutted before the fires even began.

Nonfiction that reads like fiction? Yes, please! I love the true crime genre, and I this book is a great, fast-paced read. There were a few points in the book where I had to remind myself that I was reading about real people – not characters! I’m about halfway through the book, and I think I’ll finish it by the end of the weekend.

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?

 

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.

6 Comments

  1. Thrill club is a great one for picking your genre and the price is amazing! For $14.99 you get 2 books and a dvd. I am doing horror but thinking of getting a second with mystery.

  2. I ordered The Child (and another book.. I don’t remember.. sorry). It hasn’t arrived yet. I generally like this sub, sometimes their pics don’t work for me, I really prefer thrillers and mysteries of some sort. I do really enjoy receiving a nice hardback book and sometimes surprises.

    I dislike that a choice is often taken up by a YA pick. Which got me thinking, I wonder, is there a book sub that specializes in thrillers and mysteries? That way I’d always be pleased and maybe have a variety to pick from. Of course, this is a generalized sub that has to please many people. I think I’ve seen somewhere a YA sub, and romance book subs. Maybe there’s an adult mystery or thriller sub, too?

    • Hi Siren – was looking around for you and found the sub box “Just the Right Book” It looks kind of interesting and has great reviews 🙂 I know nothing else about it. I may look into it once I finish my backlog of books. Just finishing up Into the Water and then American Fire 🙂 My favorite thriller/mystery author is Mary Higgins Clark. Good luck in your book sub search, please post if you find anything with more thriller type books. I am new to BOTM and love the variety so far, books I normally would not pick out.

    • PageHabit has a mystery/thriller subscription. You can find more information at pagehabit.com.

  3. I love this sub so much.
    I chose American Fire also and added
    into the water!

  4. I just joined and got Final Girls and added Hunger. Thanks so much for your review. I love My Subscription Addiction so much. From browsing new content on a daily basis, to hearing about good deals to try out new boxes, your site is a go-to pick-me-up.

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