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Book of the Month Club Review
Last year I received one of my favorite gifts of all time.
Our oldest son and his family gave me a six month membership to Book of the Month. I was thrilled when I opened this gift, but unsure how it worked. This is my honest review.
How does it work?
The gift giver/purchaser chooses from several plans. You may give someone a one month membership, two, three, six, or twelve months. The per-book cost is lower if you commit to the longer subscription. Once the membership has been purchased, the recipient will receive a certificate with a redemption code. The recipient simply sets up their account and inputs the code. It’s very simple.
The basic idea of the Book of the Month plan is that each month there are five main selections offered. Each book has a blurb describing it in general, non-spoilery terms. If one of these offerings is appealing, you select that book. At that time, you have an option to add up to two more books to your box at the cost of $9.99 each.
If you don’t care for any of the month’s offerings, you simply defer and your membership extends by one month.
I did defer my membership once or twice when none of the offerings appealed to me. However, I often found that more than one book sounded intriguing and ordered an add-on. I read many books that I never would have chosen on my own, which was a fun adventure.
Are the books high quality?
The books are beautiful editions. They are sturdy, well-constructed hardback books specifically produced for Book of the Month. They are a pleasure to read and look beautiful on your library shelves afterward. As a bonus, you also sometimes receive opportunities to purchase books before they’re available to the general public! For example, John Green’s recent book released to members first.
My Favorite Aspects of Book of the Month
Of course, everyone who knows me is aware I love books. Obviously this would be perfect for me. There were several aspects that I found particularly appealing.
I loved that I received a surprise every month for six months! It was fun and I looked forward to it with great pleasure. My first book arrived in early January, and it’s exciting to have the Christmas warmth extend into other months.
I chose books that I otherwise would not have known about. There are a lot of books competing for table space at the book store. I can’t see every new thing on offer, although I certainly give it the old college try. If I’m unsure of a book, I might not want to commit the money to purchase it; when it’s already pre-paid, I’m more willing to take a risk. No, I didn’t love all the books. However, I read a number of books that I would have been sorry to miss. One of the best was *Killers of the Flower Moon. *Amazon affiliate link* I have thought about that book frequently since I read it, loaned it out, and recommended it extensively.
And that brings me to another favorite thing about my Books of the Month. It has been fun to share these books and have a conversation about them. If I love the book, I send it around the circle to my parents, sister, daughters-in-law. The books that I won’t read again I’ve shipped off to family members and friends in other states. It’s fun to share the book love!
Do I recommend Book a Month Club?
Yes! This is a great gift for the book lover in your life! Once again, here’s that link for you to click if you’re interested in giving the gift of literacy.