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Book of the Month January 2021 Selection Time + Coupon!

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The January 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)

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Here are the January books:

The Dating Plan by Sara Desai

Daisy Patel is a software engineer who understands lists and logic better than bosses and boyfriends. With her life all planned out, and no interest in love, the one thing she can’t give her family is the marriage they expect. Left with few options, she asks her childhood crush to be her decoy fiancé.

Liam Murphy is a venture capitalist with something to prove. When he learns that his inheritance is contingent on being married, he realizes his best friend’s little sister has the perfect solution to his problem. A marriage of convenience will get Daisy’s matchmaking relatives off her back and fulfill the terms of his late grandfather’s will. If only he hadn’t broken her tender teenage heart nine years ago…

Sparks fly when Daisy and Liam go on a series of dates to legitimize their fake relationship. Too late, they realize that very little is convenient about their arrangement. History and chemistry aren’t about to follow the rules of this engagement.

 

The Prophets by Robert Jones Jr

Isaiah was Samuel’s and Samuel was Isaiah’s. That was the way it was since the beginning, and the way it was to be until the end. In the barn they tended to the animals, but also to each other, transforming the hollowed-out shed into a place of human refuge, a source of intimacy and hope in a world ruled by vicious masters. But when an older man—a fellow slave—seeks to gain favor by preaching the master’s gospel on the plantation, the enslaved begin to turn on their own. Isaiah and Samuel’s love, which was once so simple, is seen as sinful and a clear danger to the plantation’s harmony.

With a lyricism reminiscent of Toni Morrison, Robert Jones, Jr. fiercely summons the voices of slaver and the enslaved alike to tell the story of these two men; from Amos the preacher to the calculating slave-master himself to the long line of women that surround them, women who have carried the soul of the plantation on their shoulders. As tensions build and the weight of centuries—of ancestors and future generations to come—culminate in a climactic reckoning, The Prophets masterfully reveals the pain and suffering of inheritance, but is also shot through with hope, beauty, and truth, portraying the enormous, heroic power of love.

 

The Survivors by Jane Harper

Kieran Elliott’s life changed forever on the day a reckless mistake led to devastating consequences.

The guilt that still haunts him resurfaces during a visit with his young family to the small coastal community he once called home.

Kieran’s parents are struggling in a town where fortunes are forged by the sea. Between them all is his absent brother, Finn.

When a body is discovered on the beach, long-held secrets threaten to emerge. A sunken wreck, a missing girl, and questions that have never washed away…

 

Outlawed by Anna North

The day of her wedding, 17-year-old Ada’s life looks good; she loves her husband, and she loves working as an apprentice to her mother, a respected midwife. But after a year of marriage and no pregnancy, in a town where barren women are routinely hanged as witches, her survival depends on leaving behind everything she knows.

She joins up with the notorious Hole in the Wall Gang, a band of outlaws led by a preacher-turned-robber known to all as the Kid. Charismatic, grandiose, and mercurial, the Kid is determined to create a safe haven for outcast women. But to make this dream a reality, the Gang hatches a treacherous plan that may get them all killed. And Ada must decide whether she’s willing to risk her life for the possibility of a new kind of future for them all.

 

The Removed by Brandon Hobson

In the fifteen years since their teenage son, Ray-Ray, was killed in a police shooting, the Echota family has been suspended in private grief. The mother, Maria, increasingly struggles to manage the onset of Alzheimer’s in her husband, Ernest. Their adult daughter, Sonja, leads a life of solitude, punctuated only by spells of dizzying romantic obsession. And their son, Edgar, fled home long ago, turning to drugs to mute his feelings of alienation.

With the family’s annual bonfire approaching—an occasion marking both the Cherokee National Holiday and Ray-Ray’s death, and a rare moment in which they openly talk about his memory—Maria attempts to call the family together from their physical and emotional distances once more. But as the bonfire draws near, each of them feels a strange blurring of the boundary between normal life and the spirit world. Maria and Ernest take in a foster child who seems to almost miraculously keep Ernest’s mental fog at bay. Sonja becomes dangerously fixated on a man named Vin, despite—or perhaps because of—his ties to tragedy in her lifetime and lifetimes before. And in the wake of a suicide attempt, Edgar finds himself in the mysterious Darkening Land: a place between the living and the dead, where old atrocities echo.

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Comments (12)

  1. I’m so confused. This is only my third month with BOM and for some reason I thought you could pick an older book if you were not interested in this month’s selections but it’s not letting me. I really want to add on 2 of the BOTY books but I absolutely do not want any of this month’s choices. Why did I think it worked that way?

    • Hi Joy! I’m usually given the option to pick a “member fave” if I don’t want one of the featured books, but I think that only gives me an extra 5 books to choose from. Unfortunately, I don’t think they’ll let you pick any past book you want as your book of the month. (I wish they would, though.)

  2. I wasn’t super excited about this month’s selections, and probably would have skipped if I didn’t get to choose a second book from the BOTY list for free. Went with Outlawed because it looks fun and the chapter sample intrigued me, and added on Anxious People.

    • Anxious People is such a good book. One of my favorites this year. Definitely worth the add on. Hope you enjoy it!

  3. I really enjoyed my December picks, but I’m uncertain about these…

  4. I picked The Prophets and added on The Removed along with Dead Wake. Plus I finished my reading challenge (procrastinating until the last month) so I added on the free candle. Can’t wait to get my box.

  5. The Dating Plan is a straight to paperback release, so there’s no extra value through BOTM unless you just want a hardcover or don’t want to wait for it’s official release. It’s very pleasant and escapist, though. I read an early copy.

  6. I had such a hard time choosing that I ended up adding two on! I’m most excited about The Prophet.

  7. I read an advance copy of “The Prophets” and it is amazing!

  8. They are sound amazing, but I’m going to go with The Dating Plan the cover to that book is Beautiful!

    • I went with The Dating Plan too – I’m not SUPER excited about it, but I also got to choose a free book of the year selection, so that was cool.

  9. Yuck to all of them. Skipping this month. Subscription boxes are on the chopping block this month and this one has it’s neck on the wood.

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