Book of the Month October 2016 Reviews + 1st Month $5
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Book of the Month is a book subscription box that sends a brand new book for as low as $10.47/month.
On the first of the month, you log into your account and choose between five different books, picked out by Book of the Month Judges. There are authors, editors and more on the judging panel. There is also one guest judge each month. You must make your selections by the 14th, or Book of the Month will pick for you. If you don’t like any of the books, you can skip!
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What’s in the box? On the first of the month, you will get to select from 5 different books.
I was sent most of the October selections for review.
Your book will come in a small box, with the book packaged up.
The book comes wrapped in plastic, so the corners won’t get damaged.
Good as Gone By Amy Gentry This book is about a 13-year-old Amy, that is kidnapped. Later, a woman shows up at the family’s door, claiming to be Amy. Amy’s mom has doubts and the book explores what happens.
Summary Thirteen-year-old Julie Whitaker was kidnapped from her bedroom in the middle of the night, witnessed only by her younger sister. Her family was shattered, but managed to stick together, hoping against hope that Julie is still alive. And then one night: the doorbell rings. A young woman who appears to be Julie is finally, miraculously, home safe. The family is ecstatic—but Anna, Julie’s mother, has whispers of doubts. She hates to face them. She cannot avoid them. When she is contacted by a former detective turned private eye, she begins a torturous search for the truth about the woman she desperately hopes is her daughter.
Each book comes with a note from the judge who selected that book.
Bonus Every subscription comes with after book mints this month.
The Wangs vs the World By Jade Chang [GUEST JUDGE: Constance Wu] Charles in an immigrant who was ruined by the financial crisis. and is now taking his family back to China to claim his family’s land. There are obstacles that come in the way, which forces Charles to make a decisions about his future.
Summary Charles Wang is mad at America. A brash, lovable immigrant businessman who built a cosmetics empire and made a fortune, he’s just been ruined by the financial crisis. Now all Charles wants is to get his kids safely stowed away so that he can go to China and attempt to reclaim his family’s ancestral lands—and his pride.
Charles pulls Andrew, his aspiring comedian son, and Grace, his style-obsessed daughter, out of schools he can no longer afford. Together with their stepmother, Barbra, they embark on a cross-country road trip from their foreclosed Bel-Air home to the upstate New York hideout of the eldest daughter, disgraced art world it-girl Saina. But with his son waylaid by a temptress in New Orleans, his wife ready to defect for a set of 1,000-thread-count sheets, and an epic smash-up in North Carolina, Charles may have to choose between the old world and the new, between keeping his family intact and finally fulfilling his dream of starting anew in China.
Outrageously funny and full of charm, The Wangs vs. the World is an entirely fresh look at what it means to belong in America—and how going from glorious riches to (still name-brand) rags brings one family together in a way money never could.
The Wonder By Emma Donoghue This story is about a girl who is living without food and living off manna from heaven. A nurse is brought it to monitor and save the girl and the story continues from there.
Summary In the latest masterpiece by Emma Donoghue, bestselling author of Room, an English nurse brought to a small Irish village to observe what appears to be a miracle-a girl said to have survived without food for months-soon finds herself fighting to save the child’s life.
Tourists flock to the cabin of eleven-year-old Anna O’Donnell, who believes herself to be living off manna from heaven, and a journalist is sent to cover the sensation. Lib Wright, a veteran of Florence Nightingale’s Crimean campaign, is hired to keep watch over the girl.
Written with all the propulsive tension that made Room a huge bestseller, THE WONDER works beautifully on many levels–a tale of two strangers who transform each other’s lives, a powerful psychological thriller, and a story of love pitted against evil.
The Mothers By Brit Bennett I am excited to read this book. It was even mentioned in one of my magazines and a must-read book. Nadia is 17 and still grieving from her mother’s recent suicide. She becomes involved with a pastor’s son Luke, then becomes pregnant. There is a cover up and the story focuses on what happens with the choices they made.
Summary It is the last season of high school life for Nadia Turner, a rebellious, grief-stricken, seventeen-year-old beauty. Mourning her own mother’s recent suicide, she takes up with the local pastor’s son. Luke Sheppard is twenty-one, a former football star whose injury has reduced him to waiting tables at a diner. They are young; it’s not serious. But the pregnancy that results from this teen romance—and the subsequent cover-up—will have an impact that goes far beyond their youth. As Nadia hides her secret from everyone, including Aubrey, her God-fearing best friend, the years move quickly. Soon, Nadia, Luke, and Aubrey are full-fledged adults and still living in debt to the choices they made that one seaside summer, caught in a love triangle they must carefully maneuver, and dogged by the constant, nagging question: What if they had chosen differently? The possibilities of the road not taken are a relentless haunt.
In entrancing, lyrical prose, The Mothers asks whether a “what if” can be more powerful than an experience itself. If, as time passes, we must always live in servitude to the decisions of our younger selves, to the communities that have parented us, and to the decisions we make that shape our lives forever.
Final Thought: I love this month’s selections. Good As Gone and The Mothers will be the first books I read. There was another selection I didn’t receive this month, The Fall Guy By James Lasdun. Want to subscribe? Get your 1st month for $5.00 today, use the code READ5 or save 30% on a 3 month subscription and get a free tote and sunglasses with the code SUMMER30. The 3 months subscription is the best value and you will always get a hardback book.
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