Book of the Month Subscription Review + Coupon – April 2019


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Book of the Month April 2019

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)

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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.

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Book of the Month April 2019 Review

This month, subscribers picked from the following 5 books:

I’m reviewing Lost and Wanted:

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Lost and Wanted by Nell Freudenberger – Retail Value $26.95 (found here for $16.17)

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Book Summary from Amazon:

Helen Clapp’s breakthrough work on five-dimensional spacetime landed her a tenured professorship at MIT; her popular books explain physics in plain terms. Helen disdains notions of the supernatural in favor of rational thought and proven ideas. So it’s perhaps especially vexing for her when, on an otherwise unremarkable Wednesday in June, she gets a phone call from a friend who has just died.

That friend was Charlotte Boyce, Helen’s roommate at Harvard. The two women had once confided in each other about everything–in college, the unwanted advances Charlie received from a star literature professor; after graduation, Helen’s struggles as a young woman in science, Charlie’s as a black screenwriter in Hollywood, their shared challenges as parents. But as the years passed, Charlie became more elusive, and her calls came less and less often. And now she’s permanently, tragically gone.

As Helen is drawn back into Charlie’s orbit, and also into the web of feelings she once had for Neel Jonnal–a former college classmate now an acclaimed physicist on the verge of a Nobel Prize-winning discovery–she is forced to question the laws of the universe that had always steadied her mind and heart.

Suspenseful, perceptive, deeply affecting, Lost and Wanted is a story of friends and lovers, lost and found, at the most defining moments of their lives.

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“In the first few months after Charlie died, I began hearing from her much more frequently. This was even more surprising than it might have been, since Charlie wasn’t a good correspondent even when she was alive.”

From these first lines, you can see how easy it was to get sucked into this book. I am fully willing to admit that I am not “sciency”. I have an art degree and barely made it through my STEM courses in college. I generally split my reading time between historical biographies or slightly smutty fantasy. I never really branch out into works like this. That being said, the majority of this is a highly engrossing and emotional read. There are some super intellectual sciency parts but even those are somewhat easy to follow. The main cusp of this book is relationships, love, and grief.

The relationship between Charlie and Helen is especially poignant for me, as I too have so many close friends that I love and would do anything for, but that I don’t regularly call. I feel like learning one of them had passed on across the country would be especially jarring, but even more so when after their death they start communicating again. While this book does a fantastic job on an emotional level, it also explored massive concepts such as space, time, and the existence of God, so be ready to have your emotional as well as mental strings pulled.

This book won’t be for everyone. If you are looking for an honest ghost story, this isn’t for you. It can be very slow at points, and though the science is somewhat easy to follow, it does take up a lot of the middle of the book. It is absolutely a heavier read and sometimes more than draining. It is not a book that has a huge twist or a gotcha moment, but rather builds steadily and resolves itself- at least for me- in a satisfying finish.

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And Book of the Month includes a bookmark every month. This one has a quote from Thoreau on the back.

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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.

To Wrap Up:

If I sign-up now can I get this book? Yes! You can pick this book or any of the other April selections.

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Written by Megan Kirkland

Megan Kirkland

I love natural/vegan beauty products, Korean skincare, unique jewelry, and weird candies from far away places. When I am not waiting for my next exciting box you can find me painting or taking photographs of interesting people. I never leave home without pug hair somewhere on my shirt and a bold lipstick on my smile.

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7 Comments

  1. I picked this book too but haven’t had a chance to start it yet. It sounds really interesting 🙂

    • It was a lot more touching than I thought it would be. I hope you love it!

  2. So, I had to click on the slightly smutty fantasy link to see if you were referencing Maas (or similar writing). And, yup, Maas. 🙂

    I finally started TOG and ACOTAR series last year. Devoured them. I highly recommend them.

    My mom passed away in February and my brain is still like jelly but I needed to read so I started re-reading these series and it helps me feel truly alive. Although, I did dream that a water wraith morphed in my tub last night, so there’s that!

    • Haha so funny you knew EXACTLY what I was talking about! I have tried twice now to get into TOG and I just can’t. I finished the first book and ugh. Does it get better? It feels much more YA than ACOTAR did.. but maybe it was the whole smutty part..

      Sorry to hear about your mom. Sending you positive vibes and only friendly water wraiths!

      • Thanks for the positive vibes I appreciate them.

        Regarding TOG: I started that series 1st. And I remember clucking at people who said they loved ACOTAR more. I couldn’t imagine. I read a ton and YA is one if my favorite genres (although I will say both if these feel like fantasy to me and I wondering Maas would get labeled as YA if she wasn’t female). I will say both series 1st books feel a little like the pilots of a show. They do a good job of introducing you to characters and the world but if you like the 1st book you’ll really love the following books.

        I think TOG has more varied and way more strong female characters which I love. There are lots of different characters and they’re all beautifully flawed. The world feels bigger in this series. I also went on a crazier emotional roller coaster with TOG. Mass broke me.

        With ACOTAR it was harder for me initially identify with the characters. I feel like I was expecting characters as varied as TOG. And I missed some of that. But the romance… Hands down my favorite love story. If TOG broke me from tragedies ACOTAR broke me from pining for the “perfect” mate.

        For both Maas has this great ability of making you like people you once hated, goes beyond the love trilogy trope and traditional love story arcs and gives females agency in their sexuality.

    • So sorry to hear about your mom. It’s 2 years today, loosing my sister, I wish I could say it gets better but it hasn’t for me.

      • Thanks for the condolences. I have a feeling that this will be a pain that us with my forever but some days I will be like an open wound and I will rage and ache and others it will be a dull throb.

        I am sorry that you lost your sister. My heart goes out to you.

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