January 2017 Book of the Month Club review time!
If you haven’t heard, Book of the Month (BOTM) is a subscription that sends you a new hardcover book as chosen by a panel of judges every month. You’ll be given a choice between five different book selections which will be revealed on their site on the first of the month. The books will include a broad range of genres and offer a mix of both fiction and nonfiction titles. The Book of the Month team reviews thousands of submissions from dozens of publishers, and works closely with the BOTM judges to select exceptional books that they think members will enjoy.
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Subscriptions are $16.99/month or less with multi-month commitments (as low as $8.99/month for the annual plan). — For a limited time, you can can get your first month for only $5! — No coupon code needed.
Okay, let’s check out my January 2017 Book of the Month Club box!
A peek inside.
As always, the book itself (and a bonus mini book!) was shrink-wrapped to a sturdy piece of cardboard to keep it from getting damaged in transit.
Book of the Month members were asked to vote for their favorite book of 2016 and the winner was “All the Ugly and Wonderful Things” by Bryn Greenwood. I actually chose that as my selection a few months ago and it was one of the few books I had a chance to read last year. And yes, it was a good one. 🙂
Also included was a note from Isaac Fitzgerald, one of the guest judges for January, who chose the book I received — “Homesick for Another World” by Ottessa Moshfegh.
Homesick for Another World by Ottessa Moshfegh – I don’t typically opt for short stories over novels, but this collection sounded rather intriguing. Disturbing and intriguing. When it comes to books, I’m all about disturbing. 😉
There’s something eerily unsettling about Ottessa Moshfegh’s stories, something almost dangerous, while also being delightful, and even laugh-out-loud funny. Her characters are all unsteady on their feet in one way or another; they all yearn for connection and betterment, though each in very different ways, but they are often tripped up by their own baser impulses and existential insecurities… The flesh is weak; the timber is crooked; people are cruel to each other, and stupid, and hurtful. But beauty comes from strange sources. And the dark energy surging through these stories is powerfully invigorating. We’re in the hands of an author with a big mind, a big heart, blazing chops, and a political acuity that is needle-sharp. The needle hits the vein before we even feel the prick.
Free Gift – To ring in the new year with gratitude, Book of the Month also included a special gift for all subscribers in January’s box. — “The Grownup” by Gillian Flynn!
A canny young woman is struggling to survive by perpetrating various levels of mostly harmless fraud. On a rainy April morning, she is reading auras at Spiritual Palms when Susan Burke walks in. A keen observer of human behavior, our unnamed narrator immediately diagnoses beautiful, rich Susan as an unhappy woman eager to give her lovely life a drama injection. However, when the “psychic” visits the eerie Victorian home that has been the source of Susan’s terror and grief, she realizes she may not have to pretend to believe in ghosts anymore. Miles, Susan’s teenage stepson, doesn’t help matters with his disturbing manner and grisly imagination. The three are soon locked in a chilling battle to discover where the evil truly lurks and what, if anything, can be done to escape it.
Book of the Month continues to be a great, affordable subscription for adding new titles to your library on a monthly basis. The free gifts are much appreciated as well! 😉 — Remember, for a limited time you can can get your first month for only $5! — No coupon code needed.
What do the stars mean?
★ = Crummy ★★ = Just Okay ★★★ = Good ★★★★ = Awesome ★★★★★ = Extraordinarily Awesome