I love Book of the Month and I’m always excited to hear their five selections on the first of the month. (This post contains my affiliate link but is not sponsored; I’m a happy paying customer.)
Here’s a quick look at what’s on tap for February:
1. Pachinko by Min Jin Lee. Inside scoop: coming soon (very soon!) to a podcast near you. I just loved this one; it reminded me so much of Ursula, Under, another historical novel I devoured. If I had to pick just one book this month that I thought MMD readers would love, this would be it.
2. Behind Her Eyes by Sarah Pinborough. I have so much to say about this one! Let’s start here: some marketing genius dreamt up the tag #WTFThatEnding for this book, which gives you a pretty darn good idea of what you’re getting into. The cover of the British edition says “a tenner says you’ll never guess the ending.” I’d bet you more than that!
Sarah Pinborough spoke about this story when I was in Savannah. (Her novel is dark and twisty but she was absolutely hysterical.) She told us how the premise was inspired by one of her girlfriends: when her partner cheated on her with another woman, Sarah’s friend became completely obsessed with her new rival.
High literature this is not, but if you love domestic noir and want a fun read that will keep you pinned to the couch on a wintry afternoon, this is it. And yeah, you will definitely want to talk about the ending with your fellow readers, so talk a friend into reading it with you.
3. The Animators by Kayla Rae Whitaker. Imagine Rich and Pretty meets Hillbilly Elegy. I read the first hundred pages of this last night, and I’ve decided that—at least for now—it’s not for me. (Interesting story, wrong tone.) This is a debut, and I do love that the author lives in my town.
4. Perfect Little World by Kevin Wilson. From the author of The Family Fang. I’ve never read anything by Wilson, but I’m intrigued by Maris’s description.
5. The Possessions by Sara Flannery Murphy. The reviews on this are pretty weird, but I tend to like Liberty’s picks. Maybe I’ll give it a try?
I get asked all the time if Book of the Month is worth it. Of course that depends on you, but I do think for most U.S. readers who do buy the occasional book, the answer is yes. All plans include one hardcover book each month, with free shipping. They always have a small, nicely curated selection of additional hardcovers that you can add to any shipment for $9.99 each. And the clincher for me: if none of the current selections appeal to you, you just skip that month, effectively extending your membership.
I went with the annual plan, to get my price-per-book down as low as possible (with that plan, the price-per-book is a little under $12), but they have shorter plans available, and their introductory plans are terrific: get any one book for $5, or your first 3 months for $9.99 each. (That 3-month plan comes with goodies: a free tote bag and a hardback copy of The Grownup by Gillian Flynn.)
If you’re building your library, this is a nice way to do it. If you want an easy way to get your hands on new books and don’t care about keeping them long-term, the resale value for new hardcovers at places like Half Price Books is pretty darn good. I’ve also found BOTM gift subscriptions to be a fun and easy gift for bookish friends.
I’d love to hear your Book of the Month tips, questions, and February picks in comments.