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.
Disclosure: I received this box for review purposes. I was not compensated in any way. All opinions are my own. Post may contain affiliate and/or referral links.
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Let’s check out my May 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.
May’s five selections were:
- The Knockout Queen by Rufi Thorpe (Literary)
- The Boyfriend Project by Farrah Rochon (Romance)
- A Good Marriage by Kimberly McCreight (Thriller)
- Happy & You Know It by Laura Hankin (Contemporary)
- The Book of Longings by Sue Monk Kidd (Historical)
The Knockout Queen by Rufi Thorpe
This month, I found myself torn between either Happy & You Know It and The Knockout Queen. As you can see, the latter was true to its title and came out on top. 😉
Bunny Lampert is the princess of North Shore—beautiful, tall, blond, with a rich real-estate-developer father and a swimming pool in her backyard. Michael—with a ponytail down his back and a septum piercing—lives with his aunt in the cramped stucco cottage next door. When Bunny catches Michael smoking in her yard, he discovers that her life is not as perfect as it seems.
At six foot three, Bunny towers over their classmates. Even as she dreams of standing out and competing in the Olympics, she is desperate to fit in, to seem normal, and to get a boyfriend, all while hiding her father’s escalating alcoholism.
Michael has secrets of his own. At home and at school Michael pretends to be straight, but at night he tries to understand himself by meeting men online for anonymous encounters that both thrill and scare him. When Michael falls in love for the first time, a vicious strain of gossip circulates and a terrible, brutal act becomes the defining feature of both his and Bunny’s futures—and of their friendship.
With storytelling as intoxicating as it is intelligent, Rufi Thorpe has created a tragic and unflinching portrait of identity, a fascinating examination of our struggles to exist in our bodies, and an excruciatingly beautiful story of two humans aching for connection.
It already has great reviews on Amazon, with many readers saying they couldn’t put it down.
Book of the Month had some great selections for May! The title I decided to choose is currently selling for $24.26 on Amazon — making $9.99 a way better deal! — Remember, for a limited time you can get your first month for only $9.99 shipped! — Just use coupon code “MAY5” at checkout.