I love reading so when I saw a deal for the newly re-born Book of the Month Club, I had to subscribe. It’s an interesting subscription that allows you to choose the book you would like from a shortlist of five new books each month. So far none of the books have been ones I’ve read, though I have heard of most of them.
This is a bare bones subscription. You’re getting a hardcover book plus a note and that’s it. I actually prefer that over some of the more expensive book boxes that also have little trinkets. To me, the best part will always be the book.
The Cost: $16.99/month or get 3-months for $38.97 ($12.99/book) or a 12-month plan for $107.88 ($8.99/book).
What You Get: Each month a panel of Judges selects a limited number of exceptional books to offer to members. New Selections are announced on the first of the month, and members have six days to decide which book (or books) you would like to receive.
Every month you get five choices. Here are this months selections:
The Watchmaker of Filigree Street by Natasha Pulley– I’m a big fan of fantasy so this choice was pretty easy. Not to mention it was featured in a different book box that I wished I had ordered (Muse Monthly). I did feel a slight pull toward The Witches but had to go with my favorite genre.
Amazon Value: $18.20
1883. Thaniel Steepleton returns home to his tiny London apartment to find a gold pocket watch on his pillow. Six months later, the mysterious timepiece saves his life, drawing him away from a blast that destroys Scotland Yard. At last, he goes in search of its maker, Keita Mori, a kind, lonely immigrant from Japan. Although Mori seems harmless, a chain of unexplainable events soon suggests he must be hiding something. When Grace Carrow, an Oxford physicist, unwittingly interferes, Thaniel is torn between opposing loyalties.
The Watchmaker of Filigree Street is a sweeping, atmospheric narrative that takes the reader on an unexpected journey through Victorian London, Japan as its civil war crumbles long-standing traditions, and beyond. Blending historical events with dazzling flights of fancy, it opens doors to a strange and magical past.
I can’t wait to dig in. I feel like my book list just gets longer and longer! And I joined Goodreads and my list quadrupled overnight. That website is a danger zone for book addicts. I set myself a goal of 200 books for this year. I’m at… 165 so far. Not sure I can get 30 more in by the 31st of December but I’ll try. I probably did forget a few but oh, well.
Oh, you do get a quote bookmark, too. I forgot about that.
VERDICT: If you love hardbound books or increasing the amount of books on your shelves. Book of the Month Club is going to be right up your alley. I like my Kindle and tend to download my books from the library rather than paying for them but the feel of a book in my hands is always refreshing. My bookshelves are overflowing but I just bought another one so… Hah!
So far, BOTMC has been on target value-wise, saving a few dollars over regular price with the month-to-month subscription. Even better however, is a deal! You can subscribe for 45% off using code BOTM15. Now that is an incredible deal! I hope the code is still working, I can’t check for myself. No expire date was indicated.