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October 2016 Book of the Month Unboxing + Coupon
Book of the Month differentiates itself by offering subscribers the chance to choose one or more out of a selection of five books each month rather than sending them a book by surprise. With most book boxes, I worry that I’ll receive a book I’m not interested in, so I appreciate that Book of the Month lets subscribers choose from a handful of books.
After a good coupon came up (one of my biggest incentives for trying new boxes), I decided to give Book of the Month a try.
Among the October selections, I chose “The Wonder” by Emma Donoghue. There is an option to order additional books for $9.99 each, but I did not get any extra books this month.
The book arrived quickly in hardcover form. The book has a special slipcover that is branded with the Book of the Month logo.
Although the book is the main item of the subscription, it comes accompanied by a few bonuses. One of these is a card written by the guest judge who picked the book detailing why they chose that book as their pick for the month.
“The Wonder” was chosen by Nina Sankovitch, an author. The description card doesn’t add much info in my opinion, but I suppose it’s good to know why the judge chose the book they did.
The box also included a bookmark, which was a neat addition because they’re invaluable as far as books are concerned. The bookmark features a quote from John Green, a prominent author of young adult fiction.
The last bonus item was a box of “after book mints” branded with Book of the Month’s logo. Regardless of the frequency of needing “after book mints” specifically, mints are always nice to have around.
Overall, the October 2016 Book of the Month box delivered what it promised and more. I didn’t assign much value to the bonus items included in the box because they aren’t that valuable on a monetary sense, but the book itself currently sells for $17 on Amazon. With that being the case, I think the box’s cost of $12 to $17 based on subscription length is great. Not only is the box price comparable to or better than Amazon’s price, but it comes with the bonus items along with the knowledge that the books have been curated and you can go to the Book of the Month website to discuss the books with fellow readers.
The main downside of Book of the Month is that, even though they allow subscribers to choose their preferred book for the month, the value is reduced if the subscriber isn’t interested in any of the selections. To combat this problem, Book of the Month allows subscribers to skip months in which they aren’t interested in the selections. For example, I actually joined in September, but skipped that month because I wasn’t interested in any of the September books. Personally, I hope they offer more science fiction and fantasy in the future, because those are some of my favorite genres. Whether or not I review the upcoming months will depend on which books they offer.
Until the end of October, you can try Book of the Month for only $5 by clicking here and using promo code “BOTM5”. Can’t beat the price of $5 for a brand new hardcover book!
Recommended for: people who enjoy reading the types of books that Book of the Month offers