Book of the Month Club | November Selections

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BOTM – October Books *Puppy not included in subscription 😉 *

Unlike other subscription services, Book of the Month Club actually lets you choose the book you will receive that month. My current subscription is the month to month, but they also have subscriptions for every three months and annually. Every month, I pay $14.99 for my BOTM. One of the great things about this service is that you can choose to skip a month if none of the books interest you. I have been getting this subscription on and off for years now, and it is probably one of my favorite subscriptions. While I definitely love the mystery and surprise concept of other subscription boxes, I also really enjoy that I get to choose my book of the month.

For this post, I am going to show what was available for November and what I decided to get and why I decided to skip on the others. 🙂


The Proposal
The Proposal by Jasmine Guillory Goodreads rating 3.91

When I read the synopsis for this book, it seemed like it would be a light read that I could probably get through in a day. The book is about a girl whose actor boyfriend of five months proposes to her publicly during a baseball game. Of course, she doesn’t accept and has to experience the humiliation and backlash that accompany. During the paparazzi frenzy, a handsome stranger named Carlos aids her to safety. There are very good reviews for this book on Goodreads, but I feel like it can kind of be predictable. Is that a bad thing? Not always. I actually would like to read this book, but I saw that it is the second book in a series. I cannot read a series out of order even if they don’t follow the same characters. I always feel like I am going to miss out on important information. While I didn’t choose this book as my BOTM, I added it to my Goodreads to- read list. I will have to read The Wedding Date first, since it is the first in the series.


The next book didn’t really seem like something I would want to read, TBH.

A Ladder to the Sky
A Ladder to the Sky by John Boyne Goodreads rating – 4.21

Although, I feel like I could relate because it is about an aspiring writer with no talent. lol. The main character, Maurice Swift, wants to be a successful writer. So, when he meets an older gentleman and learns more about him, it seems he found the inspiration for his first novel. Well, that’s the impression I got from the synopsis anyway. Basically, he becomes successful and hungry for more. I expect that things are going to get a bit tricky for Maurice at some point.. The description on the BOTM explain that the narrator (Maurice, maybe?) as being unlikable and unreliable. It’s considered to be a literary novel and be LGBTQ+ friendly. I decided not to get this one because I just didn’t think it was something I would enjoy. I prefer books with more mystery, suspense, or supernatural elements. Based on the description, this book doesn’t have anything that would pull me in and keep me reading into the late hours of the night. Let me know if you have read it and if I should give it a chance.


TBH, the reviews on this one completely turned me off to this book.

Unsheltered
Unsheltered by Barbara Kingsolver Goodreads rating – 3.81

I have never read anything by this author before, but the reviews claim that while her other books are really good, this one was kind of disappointing. The story is told through two characters in different periods of time, but in the same house. The premise is very intriguing, but this doesn’t seem like something I would choose to read. I probably wouldn’t give this a second glance had I picked it up on the shelf in a bookstore. The main character is having some family issues, and I guess having some finance issues too because she attempts to appeal to the local historical society to aid in preserving and funding projects for her house. This is how she discovers the history of her house and how it ties in to the other characters timeline. BOTM describes it as a slow build centered around family drama. Even without the negative reviews, this doesn’t seem to be something I would be interested in.


Two more to go. Are you still with me?

Nine Perfect Strangers
Nine Perfect Strangers by Liane Moriarty Goodreads rating – 3.69

Liane Moriarty gives me all the feels when I read her books. I loved Big Little Lies, and I couldn’t put it down. I never finished the TV series though.. I probably should get on that. When I first read the description on the BOTM website, I wasn’t sure if I wanted to get this or not. I should probably point out that the descriptions on the website is given by the judges that select the books, not the actual synopsis. So, when I checked it out on Goodreads I changed my mind. It is about a group of people that go to a resort to, basically, work out whatever their issues are. It’s told in different points of views, and my impression is that it is going to have a psychological thriller vibe to it. I could be wrong, but I hope not. I chose this one as my BOTM for November.

After I read it, I may post a review on it… so stay tuned. 😉


The last selection for November is a psychological, legal thriller.

for better or worse
For Better or Worse by Margot Hunt Goodreads rating – 4.06

The hook is that apparently a husband and wife had discussed how to get away with murder on their first date…. Intriguing, please Sam, tell me more… Well, they are both lawyers, so they have that going for them. But what, you ask, would make these well respected attorneys plan a murder. Their son’s school is accused on sexually assaulting one of the students at the school, and then their son admits that he was a victim as well. Natalie, one of the main characters, decides that she doesn’t want the system to serve justice to this particular predator, so she decides to take matters into her own hands. Everything about this pulled me in. I love thrillers. I love mysteries. I love anything psychological. I debated whether to get this book or Nine Perfect Strangers, and I couldn’t decide. So, I got both. That’s another great thing about BOTM. To get an additional book that month, you would only have to pay $9.99. I looked into this book on booksamillion.com, and it isn’t even going to be released until December. I will get it a month early and $7 cheaper. Seems like a good deal to me. I may do a review on this too. I might write one just to compare my first impressions based on reading the synopsis, and whether or not it was what I expected.


I’ve never actually had a month where I really wanted to get two books, so the selection this month was pretty great! I definitely recommend this subscription service if you are an avid reader. They always include different genres, and they have many different books that can be selected as an add-on for an additional $9.99. Share your thoughts with me if you have read any of these, I am always open for a good book discussion. 🙂

 

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