Book of the Month (BOTM) is a subscription box that sends you a new hardcover book as chosen by a panel of judges every month.
Subscribers are 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. If you don’t like the current month’s selections, you’re free to skip with no questions asked.
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Let’s check out my February 2020 Book of the Month box!
The book was shipped in a small blue box with a white Book of the Month logo on top.
A peek inside!
The book itself was shrink-wrapped to a sturdy piece of cardboard to keep it from getting damaged in transit.
February’s five selections were:
- Anna K by Jenny Lee (Young Adult)
- The Girl with the Louding Voice by Abi Daré (Contemporary Fiction)
- You Are Not Alone by Greer Hendricks and Sarah Pekkanen (Suspense)
- The Holdout by Graham Moore (Legal Thriller)
- American Dirt by Jeanine Cummins (Contemporary Fiction)
The Girl with the Louding Voice by Abi Daré
In all honesty, I was a little underwhelmed by this month’s selections. None of them really called to me, so I decided to go with something completely different (a far cry from my usual gritty/true crime go-to’s).
Adunni is a fourteen-year-old Nigerian girl who knows what she wants: an education. This, her mother has told her, is the only way to get a “louding voice”—the ability to speak for herself and decide her own future. But instead, Adunni’s father sells her to be the third wife of a local man who is eager for her to bear him a son and heir.
When Adunni runs away to the city, hoping to make a better life, she finds that the only other option before her is servitude to a wealthy family. As a yielding daughter, a subservient wife, and a powerless slave, Adunni is told, by words and deeds, that she is nothing.
But while misfortunes might muffle her voice for a time, they cannot mute it. And when she realizes that she must stand up not only for herself, but for other girls, for the ones who came before her and were lost, and for the next girls, who will inevitably follow; she finds the resolve to speak, however she can—in a whisper, in song, in broken English—until she is heard.
Okay, so after reading the summary above, I actually don’t think this would be too far off from my usual reads — if it were non-fiction. Though I’m sure it’s not much of a stretch to assume that similar women/situations do (unfortunately) exist today.
Book of the Month is a great subscription for pushing me out of my “reading comfort zone”. The title I selected is currently selling for $16.76 on Amazon, making $9.99 shipped a way better deal! — Remember, for a limited time you can can get your first month for only $9.99! — Just use coupon code “HEART” at checkout.