Book of the Month Subscription Review + Coupon – August 2018
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: $14.99 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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This month, subscribers picked from the following 5 books:
I’m reviewing Goodbye, Paris.
Goodbye, Paris by Anstey Harris – Retail Value $24.99
Book Summary from Amazon:
Jojo Moyes meets Eleanor Oliphant in Goodbye, Paris, an utterly charming novel that proves that sometimes you have to break your heart to make it whole.
Grace once had the beginnings of a promising musical career, but she hasn’t been able to play her cello publicly since a traumatic event at music college years ago. Since then, she’s built a quiet life for herself in her small English village, repairing instruments and nurturing her long- distance affair with David, the man who has helped her rebuild her life even as she puts her dreams of a family on hold until his children are old enough for him to leave his loveless marriage.
But when David saves the life of a woman in the Paris Metro, his resulting fame shines a light onto the real state of the relationship(s) in his life. Shattered, Grace hits rock bottom and abandons everything that has been important to her, including her dream of entering and winning the world’s most important violin-making competition. Her closest friends—a charming elderly violinist with a secret love affair of his own, and her store clerk, a gifted but angst-ridden teenage girl—step in to help, but will their friendship be enough to help her pick up the pieces?
Filled with lovable, quirky characters, this poignant novel explores the realities of relationships and heartbreak and shows that when it comes to love, there’s more than one way to find happiness.
There are some months with Book of the Month selections where no one book is clearly calling out to me, so I decide to pick something that pushes me out of my reading comfort zone. Well, I tried it, and I didn’t do well with this one!
In general, I like books where I sympathize with and admire the protagonist. This was not the case for me with Goodbye, Paris. Instead, I found myself constantly wanting to scream at Grace, “Girl, walk away from this man!” Or to quote Rachel Green’s mom, “Once a cheater, always a cheater!”
I made it past page 200 because there was enough scandal to keep me intrigued, and I liked some of the other characters, but I realized that I knew how the book was going to wrap up, and I wasn’t invested in the main character enough to want to see her get there. Sometimes you have to walk away from a book that isn’t for you, right? (Especially when you have a stack of subscription box books waiting to be read!)
And Book of the Month includes a bookmark every month, too!
If you picked this book this month, please let me know what you think of it!
Verdict: The value of the Book of the Month subscription is great. The variety of new books offered is awesome and the prices are still better than Amazon for new hardcover releases. If one book a month won’t cut it, you can also add-ons books from previous months for $9.99. I like that you also have the option to skip a month.
My selection wasn’t a good fit for me this month, but I’m still happy I branched out a bit, they can’t all be home runs!
To Wrap Up:
What do you think of the Book of the Month subscription? Which book (or books) did you pick this month?