If you’re an avid reader, one thing is for certain: if you only shop the “bestseller” lists, you’re going to miss many of the best stories. That’s why we work hard to bring you the gems: well-written, immersive stories that transport you, give you thrills, and tug at your heartstrings. The books that are truly worth reading.
I love this club. So here’s the run down… each month, BOTM’s five judges choose new selections you can choose from as a member, but you have to choose by a certain date or they just send you a recently-released book tailored to your interests, which you’ll fill out the minute you sign up. You also have the option of adding books if you just can’t pick one.
This is my first month as a member of the club, and I was not disappointed. The presentation was phenomenal, and I absolutely LOVE how the cover of the book you choose has their logo on it. What a cute thing to get, like, six books with the logo on it six months down the line and be able to stack them altogether on your bookcase. (If you’re a nerd like me).
My book of the month this month: All the Ugly and Wonderful Things
A beautiful and provocative love story between two unlikely people and the hard-won relationship that elevates them above the Midwestern meth lab backdrop of their lives.
As the daughter of a drug dealer, Wavy knows not to trust people, not even her own parents. It’s safer to keep her mouth shut and stay out of sight. Struggling to raise her little brother, Donal, eight-year-old Wavy is the only responsible adult around. Obsessed with the constellations, she finds peace in the starry night sky above the fields behind her house, until one night her star gazing causes an accident. After witnessing his motorcycle wreck, she forms an unusual friendship with one of her father’s thugs, Kellen, a tattooed ex-con with a heart of gold.
By the time Wavy is a teenager, her relationship with Kellen is the only tender thing in a brutal world of addicts and debauchery. When tragedy rips Wavy’s family apart, a well-meaning aunt steps in, and what is beautiful to Wavy looks ugly under the scrutiny of the outside world. A powerful novel you won’t soon forget, Bryn Greenwood’s All the Ugly and Wonderful Things challenges all we know and believe about love.
As well as getting my BOTM, the package also came with a little placard from the judge who selected my book with an explanation for why she found it to be so enticing.
The placard says:
This strange and mesmerizing fairy tale will make you question assumptions about love and family but will ultimately reaffirm the basic truth: love trumps all.
A few other things my box came with that I was totally not expecting:
- A wine koozy
This is pretty much the best thing ever. I didn’t know what it was, but assumed it was a wine koozy, and then cracked up for like thirty minutes when the little notecard it came with was like, yep, this is indeed a wine koozy. And on the notecard, it gives you a fun little way to connect on social media with other members of the club. Post a picture of your book, a glass of wine with the koozy, and tag their instagram account in it. You have a chance to win three months free if they like your photo!
Unfortunately, I don’t drink white wine, and my red wine glasses are traditional Italian glasses, so they’re basically like large globes. I ended up just setting the wine koozy by it and calling it a day lol.
- A book mark with a quote from Lena Dunham on the back
“Let’s be reasonable and add an eighth day to the week that is devoted exclusively to reading.”
LOL. Can we please? I would read that day up.
Anyway, great box, can’t wait for next month!