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Book of the Month Subscription Review + Coupon – August 2018

Liz Cadman
ByLiz CadmanAug 29, 2018 | 7 comments

Book of the Month
4.1 overall rating
36 Ratings | 12 Reviews

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.

We were sent this box for review purposes. (Check out the review process post to learn more about how we review boxes).

Check out all of our reviews of Book Subscription Boxes for more options, too!

The Subscription Box: Book of the Month

The Cost: $14.99 a month (less with 3 and 12 month subscriptions)

LIMITED TIME DEAL – Use this link and coupon code HEATWAVE to sign up for Book of the Month and get a FREE book credit! 

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

Check out all of our Book of the Month reviews!

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

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:

Deal – Use this link and coupon code HEATWAVE to sign up for Book of the Month and get a FREE book credit! 

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

Choose a great new book each month and read together with the Book of the Month community. The Judges select 5 new books each month in different genres and you'll get one as part of your membership. Either visit the site to select your Book of the Month, or leave it up to BOTM and they will choose o... read more.
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!

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!
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7 comments

Michelle

I have a 100 page rule. If I am not exited to keep reading after 100 pages I don’t finish. There are waaaay too many books I want to read to ever waste time on 1 I don’t. This is why I finally cancelled with BOMC. I was paying $15 a month to donate books to someone else and since I found bookoutlet dot com I can’t justify the expense when I can get 5 books for the same cost as 1 from them.

KarenG

I enjoyed this book more than I thought I would. The characters are well rounded and I’m glad I chose it.
I also chose “The Dinner List” and didn’t like that one, mainly because the boyfriend was so stereotypical “starvjbg artist committed to his craft”, he even does this stupid existential meditation crap, ugh, I just really disliked him. “The line that held us” was a surprise for me. I really enjoyed that book no matter how dark the subject was. I’m so glad I took a chance and i even think it’s one of my favorites so far this year

Amber

This one is next in the pile for me. I’ve read a couple from this sub that moved slowly, for me, but in 2 years I’ve only disliked one and I made myself finish it. And it really wasn’t even that bad haha

Opera

Same here. This book is next on my list. I also chose this book as it’s out of my comfort zone and don’t tend to like characters who embrace infidelity. My taste in main protagonists is close to Liz’s. I want someone who I am emphasize with and admire. Someone who struggles, but is ultimately strong and makes the right choices (even if they are hard). I’m not sure I will like Grace from this book, but I do love Paris so I’ll give it a shot.

KarenG

I think you’ll be pleasantly surprised

Heather F

Wow! We sure are birds of different feathers! I loooooved this book! I waited with zeal for David to be caught, and rooted for Grace to find the strength to move on. And the supporting characters moved me so much. And I loved learning about the world of luthiers and making instruments as well. I put the book down after the final line crying and grinning. It was one of my favorite BOTM selections.

KarenG

That scene where they all began playing! Oh my! I think the supporting characters are the best part of this book. I had to Spotify Liberatto; is that the song?

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