Book of the Month Subscription Box
Updated: Mar 5
Book of the Month* (BOTM) is a no-frills book subscription box that lets members choose 1 hardcover new release each month. BOTM that is geared toward book lovers who want to keep abreast of new releases without having to keep an eye on NPR or the NYT’s review of books to learn about the latest book critics are raving about.
How it Works
BOTM offers a monthly or an annual subscription plan. The monthly plan costs $14.99 and the annual membership costs $149.99, which works out to $12.50 per month, a savings of $30 in comparison to the monthly plan. At the start of each month, BOTM sends an email directing you to their website (or phone app), where you can purchase 1 of the 5 new releases for that month with your monthly book credit. But on the off chance that you don’t like that month’s selection, you can always skip a month and your book credit will simply rollover to the following month. You can also purchase additional books as "add-ons" to your box and they usually cost around $9.99 per book. And, with the monthly membership you can cancel any-time and shipping is free.
Getting my BOTM
I started my BOTM membership on June 17 and because I chose my book immediately, the book was shipped the following day and arrived at my house on June 24. When I started my subscription in June, I chose The Vanishing Half by Brit Bennett from among the 5 new releases that BOTM had selected for that month. One week after choosing my book, I received a brand-new hardcover of The Vanishing Half packaged in BOTM’s blue book box in the mail. Here are the 5 books BOTM had selected for the month of June that I had to choose from:
A Burning by Megha Majumdar (Literary Fiction)
The Vanishing Half by Brit Bennett (Historical Fiction)
Home Before Dark by Riley Sager (Mystery)
One to Watch by Kate Stayman-London (Romance)
The Last Flight by Julie Clark (Thriller)
What I Liked and Didn’t Like
I like that BOTM does not include book related paraphernalia like bookmarks or journals or stickers, they simply send a hardcover book in a box. If you are like me, and find all the book add ons that are included in other book subscription boxes nice but superfluous, then you can’t go wrong with BOTM. Also, I love that for each of the 5 books for the month, the BOTM website provides a lot of information to help you choose the book that is best for you. BOTM provides the genre, a “Quick take”, which is a one sentence summary of the book, a “Good to know” rating system that provides information such as whether the book is feminist, supernatural, creepy, fast read, social issues, famous author….you get the idea. For each book selection they also provide a “Reason I love it” section, which is a short essay from a reader, usually a small screen actress/actor, writer, podcaster, TV personality etc. on why they enjoyed the book. Finally, BOTM provides a synopsis of the book and then finally a short preview, generally around a page, of the book. Basically, BOTM gives you have all the information you need to make an informed decision about which book to select for that month without having to do additional research into the book on some other website.
Also, I like is the variety of the books offered by BOTM. Of the 5 books each month, there will almost always be a non-fiction, a romance, a historical fiction and a mystery/horror/thriller to choose from. In other words, it is highly unlikely that for months on end, you won’t find something that you would be interested in reading. Additionally, there is almost always at least 1 book written by an author of color and at least 1 book written (likely more) by a female author, so there is sure to be something for everyone. And, I love the option of purchasing additional books at a discounted price if I want to read more than 1 book for that month.
Another thing I like is BOTM’s easy to navigate website and phone app. I have subscribed to a lot of boxes and more often than not, subscription box websites are very busy and difficult to navigate but BOTM’s website is wonderful in its simplicity and if you spend more time on your phone than on your laptop, then you will also appreciate the easy navigability of the phone app.
I have a couple small critiques of BOTM. First, BOTM focuses on new releases, so if you only love to read the classics like Jane Eyre or Anna Karenina you won’t find it on BOTM. But, BOTM has a large catalog, so you will be able to find some contemporary classics in their backlog. Second, if none of the five monthly book options sound appealing to you and you opt to "skip a month", you will not be able to "un-skip" that month if you change your mind without first contacting customer service. Fortunately, their customer service is quite responsive but I would like to not have to contact them if I change my mind about skipping a month.
I readily and heartily recommend BOTM, it is a simple and easy book subscription box. Every month, you get to choose 1 of 5 critically acclaimed hardcover books for a great price, what else could a book lover want?
* This is a referral link that all BOTM subscribers get, which gives the member (which is me in this case) 1 book credit for every person who joins using this link.