February Pick: BOTM

I know I’ve been terrible about posting anything on here lately, so these Feburary picks are coming a bit late in the month. Hopefully we’ll get back on track in March? Hope springs eternal.

Anyway, I went a little wild with my February picks, and I was pretty impressed with the choices this month! These are the ones I went with:

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The Holdout by Graham Moore

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Anna K: A Love Story by Jenny Lee

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You Are Not Alone by Greer Hendricks & Sarah Pekkanen

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Why I Picked Them:

Honestly, the hard part of this month was narrowing down to which books I wanted to pick. The Hendricks and Pekkanen book was a given for me – I read An Anonymous Girl and was sold on this duo forever and for always. And as soon as the synopsis of The Holdout mentioned Serial, I knew I was doomed. Anna K almost didn’t make the cut, but I’ve heard such great things that I couldn’t resist. Someone help me and put me in time-out…I need to stop ordering three books. Whoops.

What’d you pick this month?

If you haven’t tried BOTM yet but have been thinking about it, here’s a link that I believe gets you a free book with your first try!

xoxo

Jen

January Pick: BOTM

Ok guys, first BOTM pick of the DECADE…. No pressure! So when you are a BOTM BFF (I think that just means you’ve been getting the box for 12 months or more…) you get to pick one of the top 5 book of the year finalists for free! So I actually ended up getting two books this month. Here they are!

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When We Were Vikings by Andrew David MacDonald

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Recursion by Black Crouch

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Why I Picked Them

As far as the January picks go, I actually was between When We Were Vikings and The Sun Down Motel. The only reason I went with Vikings is honestly…I have SO MANY mystery/thrillers from BOTM on my shelf! I am not allowing myself to buy any more until I read a few more of them!

As far as the 2019 BOTM finalist pick goes, I’ve already read Daisy Jones and the Six and The Silent Patient, so those two were out. I’ve been eyeing Recursion for a while, so this seemed like a really good excuse to add it to my box. Plus, it made my 2020 backlist books list!

What did you pick for your first BOTM of the decade??

xoxo

Jen

December Pick: Book of the Month

Holy cow, you guys, how did we get here? Not only was this my last BOTM pick of 2019…it was my last pick of the DECADE. Fingers crossed that I picked a good one???

This is what I went with for December:

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The Wives by Tarryn Fisher

Goodreads Synopsis:

Imagine that your husband has two other wives.

You’ve never met the other wives. None of you know each other, and because of this unconventional arrangement, you can see your husband only one day a week. But you love him so much you don’t care. Or at least that’s what you’ve told yourself.

But one day, while you’re doing laundry, you find a scrap of paper in his pocket—an appointment reminder for a woman named Hannah, and you just know it’s another of the wives.

You thought you were fine with your arrangement, but you can’t help yourself: you track her down, and, under false pretenses, you strike up a friendship. Hannah has no idea who you really are. Then, Hannah starts showing up to your coffee dates with telltale bruises, and you realize she’s being abused by her husband. Who, of course, is also your husband. But you’ve never known him to be violent, ever.

Who exactly is your husband, and how far would you go to find the truth? Would you risk your own life?

And who is his mysterious third wife?

Why I Picked It:

Honestly, the synopsis really did it all for me here. This book sounds SO GOOD, and I’ll probably read it shortly into the new year. While I did love Red White and Royal Blue, I already have a copy of it, and none of the other choices really jumped out at me.

Which books did you pick this month??

If you haven’t tried BOTM yet but have been thinking about it, here’s a link that I believe gets you a free book with your first try!

xoxo

Jen

November Pick: Book of the Month

Well, after skipping for two months in a row, I definitely made up for it in November by picking THREE books. And I actually have already read one of them – keep an eye out for my review later this week.

These are the three books I picked this month:

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Get a Life, Chloe Brown by Talia Hibbert

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Ninth House by Leigh Bardugo

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The Family Upstairs by Lisa Jewell

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Why I Picked Them:

I absolutely adore Talia Hibbert, so when I saw one of her books made the list, it was the first thing I selected for my box. I wavered a little bit on Ninth House, mainly because I wasn’t sure if I wanted the BOTM edition or a different one. Ultimately, the add-on price of 9.99 for a hardcover book was too good to beat. And finally…guys. I need to stop buying BOTM thrillers. But this one snagged my attention, and I liked Then She Was Gone by Lisa Jewell earlier this year. Honestly I probably would have added more books…but you’re only allowed three. Send help.

Which books did you pick this month??

If you haven’t tried BOTM yet but have been thinking about it, here’s a link that I believe gets you a free book with your first try!

xoxo

Jen

September Pick: Book of the Month

Ok, I guess this title is a bit of a misnomer – I didn’t actually pick a book for BOTM. I know – for the first time in a LONG time, I skipped it. WILD. HOWEVER. I did pick a book for my affiliate package for YA BOTM, and it is a BEAUTY.

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The Ten Thousand Doors of January by Alex E. Harrow

Goodreads Synopsis:

In a sprawling mansion filled with peculiar treasures, January Scaller is a curiosity herself. As the ward of the wealthy Mr. Locke, she feels little different from the artifacts that decorate the halls: carefully maintained, largely ignored, and utterly out of place.

Then she finds a strange book. A book that carries the scent of other worlds, and tells a tale of secret doors, of love, adventure and danger. Each page turn reveals impossible truths about the world and January discovers a story increasingly entwined with her own.

Why I Picked It:

Ok, first of all, LOOK AT THAT COVER. If I have to be honest, at first glance, this was a total cover buy for me. But then I read the synopsis. A book about books? Sign me up. This was far and away the best choice for me out of all the selections.

If you’ve been on the fence about joining, TRY IT! It’s such a good bargain. Brand new hardcover books every month – and no penalty if you skip a month! Use THIS LINK to support me and my page when you sign up, and use the code “GROW” to get your first month for just $9.99!

xoxo

Jen

July Pick: Book of the Month

I cannot believe we’re already more than halfway through the year. I also can’t believe how much a blessing this reading year has been. Is it just me or have there been SO many good books in 2019???

I ended up going with 2 book of the month books in July. Here they are:

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Lock Every Door by Riley Sager

Goodreads Synopsis:

No visitors. No nights spent away from the apartment. No disturbing the other residents, all of whom are rich or famous or both. These are the only rules for Jules Larsen’s new job as an apartment sitter at the Bartholomew, one of Manhattan’s most high-profile and mysterious buildings. Recently heartbroken and just plain broke, Jules is taken in by the splendor of her surroundings and accepts the terms, ready to leave her past life behind.

As she gets to know the residents and staff of the Bartholomew, Jules finds herself drawn to fellow apartment sitter Ingrid, who comfortingly, disturbingly reminds her of the sister she lost eight years ago. When Ingrid confides that the Bartholomew is not what it seems and the dark history hidden beneath its gleaming facade is starting to frighten her, Jules brushes it off as a harmless ghost story . . . until the next day, when Ingrid disappears.

Searching for the truth about Ingrid’s disappearance, Jules digs deeper into the Bartholomew’s dark past and into the secrets kept within its walls. Her discovery that Ingrid is not the first apartment sitter to go missing at the Bartholomew pits Jules against the clock as she races to unmask a killer, expose the building’s hidden past, and escape the Bartholomew before her temporary status becomes permanent.

Gods of Jade and Shadow by Silvia Moreno-Garcia

Goodreads Synopsis:

The Jazz Age is in full swing, but Casiopea Tun is too busy cleaning the floors of her wealthy grandfather’s house to listen to any fast tunes. Nevertheless, she dreams of a life far from her dusty small town in southern Mexico. A life she can call her own.

Yet this new life seems as distant as the stars, until the day she finds a curious wooden box in her grandfather’s room. She opens it—and accidentally frees the spirit of the Mayan god of death, who requests her help in recovering his throne from his treacherous brother. Failure will mean Casiopea’s demise, but success could make her dreams come true.

In the company of the strangely alluring god and armed with her wits, Casiopea begins an adventure that will take her on a cross-country odyssey from the jungles of Yucatán to the bright lights of Mexico City—and deep into the darkness of the Mayan underworld.

Why I Picked Them:

Lock Every Door was a no-brainer for me; I really enjoyed The Last Time I Lied and was ready to get my hands on another Sager book. I know, I know, I said no more mystery/thrillers from BOTM until I had caught up, but I couldn’t resist. Gods of Jade and Sorrow was kind of a step outside of my normal box. It sounded interesting and different, and honestly that cover is gorgeous. On impulse, I added it to my box. Things You Save in a Fire almost got me, but I have an ARC of it waiting to be read, and want to read that first before buying a finished copy.

What about you guys? What books did you go with for July?

xoxo

Jen

June Pick: Book of the Month

It’s hard to believe we’re more than halfway through June, but here we are. And I guess that means we’re halfway through 2019? (!!!) How did the first half of the year speed by so fast??

I ended up picking two books from BOTM this month, and I’m so excited to dive into these two! Here’s what I went with:

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A Nearly Normal Family by M.T. Edvarddson

Goodreads Synopsis:

Eighteen-year-old Stella Sandell stands accused of the brutal murder of a man almost fifteen years her senior. She is an ordinary teenager from an upstanding local family. What reason could she have to know a shady businessman, let alone to kill him?

Stella’s father, a pastor, and mother, a criminal defense attorney, find their moral compasses tested as they defend their daughter, while struggling to understand why she is a suspect. Told in an unusual three-part structure, A Nearly Normal Familyasks the questions: How well do you know your own children? How far would you go to protect them?

The Rest of the Story by Sarah Dessen

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Emma Saylor doesn’t remember a lot about her mother, who died when she was ten. But she does remember the stories her mom told her about the big lake that went on forever, with cold, clear water and mossy trees at the edges.

Now it’s just Emma and her dad, and life is good, if a little predictable…until Emma is unexpectedly sent to spend the summer with her mother’s family—her grandmother and cousins she hasn’t seen since she was a little girl.

When Emma arrives at North Lake, she realizes there are actually two very different communities there. Her mother grew up in working class North Lake, while her dad spent summers in the wealthier Lake North resort. The more time Emma spends there, the more it starts to feel like she is divided into two people as well. To her father, she is Emma. But to her new family, she is Saylor, the name her mother always called her.

Then there’s Roo, the boy who was her very best friend when she was little. Roo holds the key to her family’s history, and slowly, he helps her put the pieces together about her past. It’s hard not to get caught up in the magic of North Lake—and Saylor finds herself falling under Roo’s spell as well.

For Saylor, it’s like a whole new world is opening up to her. But when it’s time to go back home, which side of her will win out?

Why I Picked Them:

I know, I know, I said I wouldn’t buy any more BOTM thrillers until I’d finished the ones already on my shelf, but when I read this synopsis I couldn’t resist. This one sounds so good, and I think I’ll be reading some thrillers in July, so I’m hoping to get to this one. I almost went with Recursion because everyone loved Dark Matter so much, but changed my mind at the last minute. The rest of the June books didn’t appeal to me as much, but the Sarah Dessen add-on was a no brainer. I’ve loved Sarah Dessen books since I was young, and they are the best summer reads. As soon as I saw her newest installment was available, I added it to my box. I can’t wait to dive in!

What books did you pick from BOTM in June? If you haven’t tried BOTM yet but have been thinking about it, here’s a link that I believe gets you a free book with your first try!

xoxo

Jen

May Pick: Book of the Month

Happy May, everybody! I hope everyone’s having a great reading month, and getting ready for all of the summery reads that come with the warmer weather! This month I only went with one book from BOTM, and I’m sure my pick will come to no one’s surprise…

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The Bride Test by Helen Hoang

Goodreads Synopsis:

Khai Diep has no feelings. Well, he feels irritation when people move his things or contentment when ledgers balance down to the penny, but not big, important emotions—like grief. And love. He thinks he’s defective. His family knows better—that his autism means he just processes emotions differently. When he steadfastly avoids relationships, his mother takes matters into her own hands and returns to Vietnam to find him the perfect bride.

As a mixed-race girl living in the slums of Ho Chi Minh City, Esme Tran has always felt out of place. When the opportunity arises to come to America and meet a potential husband, she can’t turn it down, thinking this could be the break her family needs. Seducing Khai, however, doesn’t go as planned. Esme’s lessons in love seem to be working…but only on herself. She’s hopelessly smitten with a man who’s convinced he can never return her affection.

With Esme’s time in the United States dwindling, Khai is forced to understand he’s been wrong all along. And there’s more than one way to love.

Why I Picked It:

I’ll be honest: I’ve already read The Bride Test and have also ordered a signed and personalized copy. But I HAD to have the BOTM version to match my version of The Kiss Quotient that I got last year. As for why I didn’t order anything else, they just didn’t appeal to me much this month. I’m hoping for better choices in June!

What books did you pick from BOTM in March? If you haven’t tried BOTM yet but have been thinking about it, here’s a link that I believe gets you a free book with your first try!

xoxo

Jen

April Pick: Book of the Month

Hello everybody! Happy April! As it’s my birthday month, I fully intended to be loading up my BOTM box, and just assumed I’d be getting more than one. And have you guys seen that new YA section they have?? I kind of want… all of them… BUT a lot I had already preordered. I ended up going with two books:

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Beyond the Point by Claire Gibson

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Duty. Honor. Country. That’s West Point’s motto, and every cadet who passes through its stone gates vows to live it. But on the eve of 9/11, as Dani, Hannah and Avery face four grueling years ahead, they realize they’ll only survive if they do it together.

Everyone knows Dani is going places. With athletic talent and a brilliant mind, she navigates West Point’s predominantly male environment with wit and confidence, breaking stereotypes and embracing new friends.

Hannah’s grandfather, a legendary Army general, offers a stark warning about the dangers that lie ahead, but she moves forward anyway, letting faith guide her path. When she meets her soul mate at West Point, the future looks perfect, just as planned.

Wild child Avery moves fast and doesn’t mind breaking a few rules (and hearts) along the way. But she can’t outpace her self-doubt, and the harder she tries, the further it leads her down a treacherous path.

The world—of business, of love, and of war—awaits Dani, Hannah, and Avery beyond the gates of West Point. These three women know that what doesn’t kill you makes you stronger. But soon, that adage no longer rings true—for their future, or their friendship. As they’re pulled in different directions, will their hard-forged bond prevail or shatter?

Beyond the Point is a heartfelt look at how our closest friends can become our fiercest battle buddies. After all, the greatest battles we fight rarely require a uniform.

Normal People by Sally Rooney

Goodreads Synopsis:

At school Connell and Marianne pretend not to know each other. He’s popular and well-adjusted, star of the school soccer team while she is lonely, proud, and intensely private. But when Connell comes to pick his mother up from her housekeeping job at Marianne’s house, a strange and indelible connection grows between the two teenagers—one they are determined to conceal.

A year later, they’re both studying at Trinity College in Dublin. Marianne has found her feet in a new social world while Connell hangs at the sidelines, shy and uncertain. Throughout their years in college, Marianne and Connell circle one another, straying toward other people and possibilities but always magnetically, irresistibly drawn back together. Then, as she veers into self-destruction and he begins to search for meaning elsewhere, each must confront how far they are willing to go to save the other.

Sally Rooney brings her brilliant psychological acuity and perfectly spare prose to a story that explores the subtleties of class, the electricity of first love, and the complex entanglements of family and friendship.

Why I Picked Them:

Normal People was an easy pick for me – I’m in such a contemporary kick that it doesn’t take much to convince me to add to my collection. I’m not really sure why that is, but I am really struggling with fantasy right now, an contemporary seems to be the only cure. As for Beyond the Point, the synopsis was all it took – it really captured my interest and I immediately added it to my cart. There isn’t more to it than that.

As for why I didn’t go with a third option, two of the other available books were a memoir and a thriller. I’m not huge on memoirs, and as I’ve probably mentioned, I have a bad habit of stocking up on thrillers that I never read, and I’m trying to break that. The third book just didn’t really hold my attention much.

What books did you pick from BOTM in March? If you haven’t tried BOTM yet but have been thinking about it, here’s a link that I believe gets you a free book with your first try!

xoxo

Jen

March Pick: Book of the Month

Hello everybody! Another month, another BOTM box. After I went a little wild in February and picked three books, I figured I’d better scale it back for March…so I only picked two. Whoops. Here’s what I ended up going with:

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Daisy Jones & The Six by Taylor Jenkins Reid

Goodreads Synopsis:

Everyone knows Daisy Jones & The Six, but nobody knows the reason behind their split at the absolute height of their popularity . . . until now.

Daisy is a girl coming of age in L.A. in the late sixties, sneaking into clubs on the Sunset Strip, sleeping with rock stars, and dreaming of singing at the Whisky a Go Go. The sex and drugs are thrilling, but it’s the rock and roll she loves most. By the time she’s twenty, her voice is getting noticed, and she has the kind of heedless beauty that makes people do crazy things.

Also getting noticed is The Six, a band led by the brooding Billy Dunne. On the eve of their first tour, his girlfriend Camila finds out she’s pregnant, and with the pressure of impending fatherhood and fame, Billy goes a little wild on the road.

Daisy and Billy cross paths when a producer realizes that the key to supercharged success is to put the two together. What happens next will become the stuff of legend.

The making of that legend is chronicled in this riveting and unforgettable novel, written as an oral history of one of the biggest bands of the seventies. Taylor Jenkins Reid is a talented writer who takes her work to a new level with Daisy Jones & The Six, brilliantly capturing a place and time in an utterly distinctive voice.

Queenie by Candice Carty-Williams

Goodreads Synopsis:

Queenie Jenkins is a 25-year-old Jamaican British woman living in London, straddling two cultures and slotting neatly into neither. She works at a national newspaper, where she’s constantly forced to compare herself to her white middle class peers. After a messy break up from her long-term white boyfriend, Queenie seeks comfort in all the wrong places…including several hazardous men who do a good job of occupying brain space and a bad job of affirming self-worth.

As Queenie careens from one questionable decision to another, she finds herself wondering, “What are you doing? Why are you doing it? Who do you want to be?”—all of the questions today’s woman must face in a world trying to answer them for her.

With “fresh and honest” (Jojo Moyes) prose, Queenie is a remarkably relatable exploration of what it means to be a modern woman searching for meaning in today’s world.

Why I Picked Them:

I’ll be honest, these were some pretty easy picks for me. I know Daisy Jones has gotten a ton of mixed reviews, but I loved The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo so much that I feel like I owe it to myself to make up my own opinions about any TJR books from here on out. And after reading Queenie‘s description, I knew I HAD to pick it up. It sounds like something I will absolutely adore and make readers ask all the right questions.

Beyond that, two of March’s picks were thrillers, and one was a collection of short stories. I’m not a huge fan of short stories, and I have WAY too many thrillers from BOTM sitting on my shelf. I refuse to fuel my addiction.

What books did you pick from BOTM in March? If you haven’t tried BOTM yet but have been thinking about it, here’s a link that I believe gets you a free book with your first try!

xoxo

Jen