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Book of the Month Review + Coupon – December 2020

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. (This box was named one of the best subscriptions under $15 by MSA readers in the 2020 Subscription Box Awards.)

This box was sent to us at no cost for review. (Check out the review process post to learn more about how we review boxes.)

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About this Box

The Subscription Box: Book of the Month

The Cost: $14.99 a month

COUPON: Use code MAYREADS to get your first book for just $9.99 with code MAYREADS at checkout.

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 each.

Ships to: The U.S. for free

Book of the Month December 2020 Review

These are the five book choices for subscribers this month. This is always the toughest choice to make each month!


In a Holidaze by Christina Lauren – Retail Value $28.00 (found here for $25.20)

It has been a stressful couple of weeks around here, so this month, in the season of Hallmark movies, I wanted nothing more than to read a sweet holiday romance and tune everything out. This book was just what I needed (although I did fly through it – good thing I ordered an add-on this month!) – it allowed me to escape reality for a little while and get wrapped up in Mae’s drama as she experiences a Groundhog Day situation with the Christmas vacation she usually spends with her family and a group of close family-friends at a snowy cabin in Utah. When her initial holiday experience seems to go awry, she makes a wish and ends up reliving the week… more than once. Each time she tries to figure out what it is that she’s been sent back to change, but until she starts to really go for what she wants, she keeps getting sent back to the beginning. Once Mae confesses her love for the boy she grew up with and has had a crush on for years (and years), things start to get exciting and steamy as we witness their segway from friendship to more. That is until the truth comes out and complicates it all.

I really loved getting caught up in this cozy cabin setting with these characters who seem to cherish one another leading to my own feelings of nostalgia and excitement as Mae finally gets close to her crush and helps encourage some of those around her to take a new path. The author has a way of really building up these emotions so that you can fully immerse yourself in the moments. I wholeheartedly recommend this quick read if you’re in the mood for a little bit of holiday drama and a sweet whirlwind romance between childhood friends!

Book Summary from Amazon:

It’s the most wonderful time of the year…but not for Maelyn Jones. She’s living with her parents, hates her going-nowhere job, and has just made a romantic error of epic proportions.

But perhaps worst of all, this is the last Christmas Mae will be at her favorite place in the world—the snowy Utah cabin where she and her family have spent every holiday since she was born, along with two other beloved families. Mentally melting down as she drives away from the cabin for the final time, Mae throws out what she thinks is a simple plea to the universe: Please. Show me what will make me happy.

The next thing she knows, tires screech and metal collides, everything goes black. But when Mae gasps awake… she’s on an airplane bound for Utah, where she begins the same holiday all over again. With one hilarious disaster after another sending her back to the plane, Mae must figure out how to break free of the strange time loop—and finally get her true love under the mistletoe.

Jam-packed with yuletide cheer, an unforgettable cast of characters, and Christina Lauren’s trademark “downright hilarious” (Helen Hoang, author of The Bride Test) hijinks, this swoon-worthy romantic read will make you believe in the power of wishes and the magic of the holidays.

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If you picked this book this month, please let me know what you think of it!


The Star-Crossed Sisters of Tuscany by Lori Nelson Spielman – Retail Value $16.00 (found here for $12.89)

This was the book I almost considered selecting last month and since this is my favorite time of year to snuggle up with a good book, I decided to add this one on this month. I love Book of the Month‘s add-on feature since you can select additional books for just $9.99 each and they will ship for free with your monthly book choice. The free shipping and the savings on the books make it easy to stock up your library!

Verdict: This month’s Book of the Month book was just what I needed. I needed some easy reading full of joy and holiday cheer with some romance and that’s exactly what I got. This is not an epic, life-changing book, but it is one that I thoroughly enjoyed and would recommend reading, preferably while curled up under a blanket with a hot beverage!

To Wrap Up:

Can you still get this book if you sign up today? Yes, but hurry! December 20th is the LAST DAY to sign up for Book of the Month to receive the December selections – learn more about the options here. If you sign up after the 20th, you may be able to choose this book as an add-on.

COUPON: Use code MAYREADS to get your first book for just $9.99 with code MAYREADS at checkout.

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Written by Brandi Dowell

Brandi Dowell

Brandi has loved the idea of subscription boxes since joining Birchbox in 2013. Now that she’s a mother of 3, she loves finding unique boxes to educate and entertain her kids while enjoying some more pampering boxes for herself. Her favorites these days are Lillypost, KiwiCo boxes & Wicked Good Perfume!

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Comments (6)

  1. I picked The Star Crossed Sisters of Tuscany last month and I thought it was such a touching book!

  2. I would love to see BotM offer a digital edition of their subscription – I’m running out of space to keep books!

    • That’s a great idea. Especially if you want to own your own digital book collection. If you are not interested in building a digital library, you could use your library. Most library systems have apps you can download, typically Overdrive/Libby (two apps, just different interfaces, but the same company), and you can do this all for free.

      But many people who love building a physical library in their home, may also be interested in moving that library to a device/cloud storage/etc.

      I love BOTM, for even if I don’t currently subscribe, they have a great breadth of choices that satisfy many users so much so, that each subscriber often finds themselves in the situation where one book just won’t do. The really have great selectors.

  3. I’ve been having problems with my account and I have to tell you their customer service is stellar. Was finally able to order my book, The Office of Historical Corrections, which has gotten rave reviews, and am looking forward to receiving it. BOMC doesn’t offer short story collections very often and when they do it’s always a really good one.

    • I chose that book as well and can’t wait to read it!

      • Me too!
        I also added “anxious people” (it was one of September’s picks). My books should arrive today, it’s silly but I’m super excited like I haven’t felt in a while for a box.

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