Wednesday, July 8, 2020

My First Book of the Month Box!

It's ridiculous, really, how long it's taken me to finally sign up for Book of the Month! I've wanted to for yeeeears. I think I was just so hung up on hunting for books-on-the-cheap at garage sales and  BookOutlet that paying anything close to full price felt foolish. Especially when I live minutes away from two libraries.

Things have changed, though (hey, quarantine!), and when BOTM had a Memorial Day sale, I jumped in. Instant obsession. How did I wait this long?!

And by the way: these books are NOT full price! Your first pick is $14.99 (about $10 off a newly released hardcover) and any additional books you add on, which are 100% optional, are only $9.99 each.


I chose The Vanishing Half as my very first pick and I'm so glad I did because it's apparently quite hard to come by. It's just one of those books that is so timely and beautiful, by a great author, and everyone wants it on their shelf. The story follows identical twin sisters that were raised in a southern black community but chose different life paths as adults. They build their lives in very different communities - one of them choosing a different racial identity - and we get to explore the complexities of that right along with the twins. My book club will be reading this one and I can't wait!

My June Book of the Month Picks

I also chose two add-ons (because I can't help myself): The Book of Longings by Sue Monk Kidd (because I had it on my 2020 book list) and Beach Read by Emily Henry (because everyone was talking about it).

The Book of Longings is so intriguing. It's based on the fictional character of Ana - a feminist, and also the wife of Jesus! I don't know a lot of detail about it going in, but I cannot wait to dive into this perspective at a time when we desperately need strong voices and loving stances and I can't wait to see how that unfolds with Jesus as her partner.

I already read Beach Read and it was the perfect summertime romance. It wasn't all that beach-focused, but it's got the levity needed for an easy summer read mixed with the intense longing of an amazing romance and the heartbreak of family drama. It had it all, and it was done so incredibly well. This is one of my favorite books (out of 30) that I've read so far this year. Top 3, hands down.

Unwrapping my personal little shrink-wrapped stack of these gorgeous books (how stunning are all three of these covers?) was such a little thrill. I am so excited to have this in my life every month. Now to restrain myself from all the add-ons. :)

IF you would like to try Book of the Month (and you totally should!) you can get $5 off your first box by using my referral link HERE. Each month, you'll get to pick from a stack of 5 new books that are highly rated and reviewed, spanning all genres, and following the trends not only of the book world but of our overall social community as well. It's so much fun! Let me know if you try it out - I can't wait to show you what I picked in my July box!!

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