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Book of the Month October 2020 Selection Time + Coupon!

ByMSASep 30, 2020 | 19 comments

Book of the Month September 2019 book subscription box review

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The October selections are available now for Book of the Month!

Book of the Month is a monthly book subscription box. Every month, they reveal 5 new-release hardcover books, and subscribers can pick which book they want, or skip any month. (You also can add up to two more books to your box for $9.99 each)

Here are the October books:

Magic Lessons by Alice Hoffman

Where does the story of the Owens bloodline begin? With Maria Owens, in the 1600s, when she’s abandoned in a snowy field in rural England as a baby. Under the care of Hannah Owens, Maria learns about the “Unnamed Arts.” Hannah recognizes that Maria has a gift and she teaches the girl all she knows. It is here that she learns her first important lesson: Always love someone who will love you back.

When Maria is abandoned by the man who has declared his love for her, she follows him to Salem, Massachusetts. Here she invokes the curse that will haunt her family. And it’s here that she learns the rules of magic and the lesson that she will carry with her for the rest of her life. Love is the only thing that matters.

Leave the World Behind by Rumaan Alam

Amanda and Clay head out to a remote corner of Long Island expecting a vacation: a quiet reprieve from life in New York City, quality time with their teenage son and daughter, and a taste of the good life in the luxurious home they’ve rented for the week. But a late-night knock on the door breaks the spell. Ruth and G. H. are an older Black couple—it’s their house, and they’ve arrived in a panic. They bring the news that a sudden blackout has swept the city. But in this rural area—with the TV and internet now down, and no cell phone service—it’s hard to know what to believe.

Should Amanda and Clay trust this couple—and vice versa? What happened back in New York? Is the vacation home, isolated from civilization, a truly safe place for their families? And are they safe from one another?

The Girl in the Mirror by Rose Carlyle

Twin sisters Iris and Summer are startlingly alike, but beyond what the eye can see lies a darkness that sets them apart. Cynical and insecure, Iris has long been envious of Summer’s seemingly never-ending good fortune, including her perfect husband Adam.

Called to Thailand to help her sister sail the family yacht to the Seychelles, Iris nurtures her own secret hopes for what might happen on the journey. But when she unexpectedly finds herself alone in the middle of the Indian Ocean, everything changes. When she makes it to land, Iris allows herself to be swept up by Adam, who assumes that she is Summer.

Iris recklessly goes along with his mistake. Not only does she finally have the golden life she’s always envied, with her sister gone, she’s one step closer to the hundred-million-dollar inheritance left by her manipulative father. All Iris has to do is be the first of his seven children to produce an heir.

Iris’s “new” life lurches between glamorous dream and paranoid nightmare. On the edge of being exposed, how far will she go to ensure no one discovers the truth?

And just what did happen to Summer on the yacht? Only Iris knows...

Ties That Tether by Jane Igharo

At 12 years old, Azere promised her dying father she would marry a Nigerian man and preserve her culture even after immigrating to Canada. Her mother has been vigilant about helping—forcing—her to stay well within the Nigerian dating pool ever since. But when another match-made-by-mom goes wrong, Azere ends up at a bar, enjoying the company and later sharing the bed of Rafael Castellano, a man who is tall, handsome, and white.

When their one-night stand unexpectedly evolves into something serious, Azere is caught between her growing feelings for Rafael and the compulsive need to please her mother who will never accept a relationship that threatens to dilute Azere's Nigerian heritage.

Azere can't help wondering if loving Rafael makes her any less of a Nigerian. Can she be with him without compromising her identity? The answer will either cause Azere to be audacious and fight for her happiness or continue as the compliant daughter.

The Invisible Life of Addie LaRue by V.E. Schwab

France, 1714: in a moment of desperation, a young woman makes a Faustian bargain to live forever―and is cursed to be forgotten by everyone she meets.

Thus begins the extraordinary life of Addie LaRue, and a dazzling adventure that will play out across centuries and continents, across history and art, as a young woman learns how far she will go to leave her mark on the world.

But everything changes when, after nearly 300 years, Addie stumbles across a young man in a hidden bookstore and he remembers her name.

What do you think of the spoilers this month? Which book are you picking?

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Leave the World sounds amazing

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Oops I meant Cosby days lol.

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I can’t look at the cover of Magic Lessons without thinking it’s Lisa Bonet. If it isn’t her, it sure looks exactly like her in the fresh prince days.

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I said exactly the same thing when the book arrived!

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Yes! I am so glad someone else things she looks like Lisa Bonet.

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Michelle Whitehead

They got me . Back I come after 2 years gone with Addie LaRue, A Deadly Education and Things in Jars.

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I picked Leave the World Behind and added on A Deadly Education and Winter Counts. I really wanted Addie LaRue but already have that on pre-order with Owlcrate. Can’t wait for both of those boxes to get here!

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Lindsay Basher

I picked Leave the World Behind and added on Addie LaRue. I picked my selections yesterday and they’ve already shipped my box. CAN’T WAIT!!!

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Oooh it’s my birthday month but I don’t know what to choose…Ties that Tether is the only one calling me, but I will also read Addie Laroue (my bf’s pick).

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Darn, second month I’m skipping

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I picked The Invisible Life of Addie LaRue – I love V. E. Schwab so this book was already on my Fall “must buy” list.

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Hmmm looks like I’ll be skipping this month. That’s okay… still have three from last month to read!

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I’m getting the first and last choices. Perfect for fall reads 🙂

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I was hoping this month would be a dud, but I’m getting 3 for sure!

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Oh man! I want a few of them this month!! Definitely thinking I’ll check out the Invisible Life of Addie LaRue. Magic Lessons and The Girl in the Mirror sound great, too!

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Those are the three I had picked out too, but in the end I swapped Girl in the Mirror for Practical Magic. My daughter and I watched that movie the other day, I didn’t even know it was a book

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The Rules of Magic (also on BOTM) is also in the series.


@Kigiyuk Well, I like both, so 🤷‍♀️


The Invisible Life of Addie LaRue is a terrible book. If you’re a fan of Schwab’s Shades of Magic series, you’ll hate this book. If you’re a fan of Twilight, you’ll love this book.