From literary fiction to mysteries & thrillers, Book of the Month Club has it all. Discover every title chosen by Book of the Month in 2021.
Book of the Month is my favorite book subscription box. Every month, they choose five amazing titles for you to choose from, and voila! A blue box arrives at your door carrying one (or two or three) new books for you to read.
Even if you don’t have a Book of the Month Club subscription (yet), I think you’ll find value in looking at their curated list of new releases. No matter what genres you love to read, you’ll find great book choices in the Book of the Month 2021 selections.
Compiled together in one place, here is every book chosen by Book of the Month in 2021.
What is Book of the Month?
Book of the Month is a monthly book subscription service highly popular among the book community. Trust me, once you try it, you’ll be hooked.
How it Works
Each month, a panel of judges chooses five books for you to choose from. The Book of the Month selections cover different genres and are always special edition hardcovers. Often, the chosen books haven’t been published yet, so you get to be one of the first people to read it.
At the beginning of the month, you choose one book to add to your box and shortly thereafter the little blue box arrives at your door. If you aren’t loving any of the selected books, you just skip that month and your credits will just roll over to the next month.
On the other hand, if you want more than one book, you can add-on up to two additional books at a discounted rate. These add-ons can be from the current month’s selection or be favorites from previous months.
Book of the Month Club runs two different pricing plans. On the monthly plan, you get one credit a month for $15. If you are willing to pay upfront, the yearly plan gives you 12 credits for $150, which averages out to $12.50 a book. For a hardcover of a new release, both prices are a steal.
Even better, when you include additional books into your box, they are only $10 each!
Book of the Month also offers 3, 6, and 9-month gift cards if you are considering purchasing it as a gift.
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After that, you’ll get a free add-on every year for your birthday month. Plus, when the end of the year rolls around, you get one of the top 5 Book of the Month selections from the year for free. That’s an additional two books each year for no additional cost.
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Book of the Year 2021
In the Texas panhandle in 1934, severe drought plagues the land. With crops failing, dust storms whip up, leaving the farmers fighting for survival. In the perilous times of the Great Depression, Elsa Martinelli must decide whether to stay and fight for her land or head west to California which offers her family a better life. Although I didn’t love it as much as The Great Alone or The Nightingale, I think Kristin Hannah’s fans will not be disappointed with her newest release.
Book of the Year Finalists
Taylor Jenkins Reid
In 1983, four famous siblings throw an epic summer party at their Malibu mansion. Secrets come out, the party gets out of control, and a fire will burn it all down by dawn. Malibu Rising is a gorgeous family drama that surpasses a simple beach read. The story of the Riva children abandoned by their famous rockstar father is heartbreakingly sad and yet still hopeful. The characters come alive as each sibling ponders if they can escape their parents’ fates. An all-around brilliant read that belongs at the top of any book list this summer.
In 1791, Nella uses her London apothecary shop to sell poisons for women to use against abusive men. The only rules are that the poisons cannot be used against another woman and that you must leave a record in the apothecary’s register. When she befriends a 12-year-old girl, the consequences will last generations.
S. A. Cosby
When a gay couple is murdered, their ex-con fathers band together to deal out retribution. Both Ike and Buddy Lee struggled to connect with their gay sons, but they both loved them fiercely. Now the two, one Black and one white, must confront their prejudices about their children and each other as they deal out bloody revenge in Cosby’s latest thriller.
Poppy and Alex have been best friends forever even though she’s a wild child full of wanderlust and he’s an introverted bookworm. Although she lives in New York City and he still lives in their hometown, every year they take a week-long vacation together. Until two years ago, when their trip ended in a falling out. Now Poppy convinces Alex to take one final vacation with her in an attempt to fix their relationship … and maybe even fall in love.
BOOK OF THE MONTH 2021 SELECTIONS
Robert Jones, Jr.
A debut novel about the forbidden love between two slave men. On a plantation in the Deep South, Isaiah and Samuel’s love is a simple fact of life. When an older fellow slave begins to preach the master’s religion, Isaiah and Samuel’s union is suddenly considered a sin.
In Piedmont, North Carolina, a county initiative to bring Black kids from the west side of town into a predominantly white school on the east side sparks fierce debate. To help with the integration, the school puts on a play which Gee and Nicole both join. Both of their mothers are determined that their daughters get the best in life, consequently leading to choices that will last decades.
Talia is desperate to get out of a Colombian correctional facility for teenagers to meet her father in America who is waiting with a plane ticket to the United States. Infinite Country tells the story of Talia’s family. Her parents, Mauro and Elena, who come to the US on a work visa, and then must decide whether it’s worth the risk to overstay their visa. A daughter of Colombian immigrants, Patricia Engel brings to life the hard decisions faced by mixed-status families.
For generations, Rich Gunderson’s family has logged the redwood forest on California’s coast. After a streak of miscarriages and infertility, his wife Colleen begins to wonder if there’s something in the water. As Colleen investigates the environmental impacts of logging, her search for answers might tear her marriage, and the town, apart. With over 400 pages, Damnation Spring is described as a challenging read with a slow build, but one that is worth it in the end.
After a car accident caused by her drunk driving, Sunday Brennan returns to her large Irish family in New York. Five years earlier, she had abandoned them and her high school sweetheart with no explanation. Determined to rebuild her relationships, Sunday is startled when a man threatens the family’s business and forces the family to confront painful mistakes. A five-star read that would be perfect for a book club discussion, We are the Brennans is one of my new favorite books of 2021.
In a coastal Washington town, next-door neighbors Isaac and Lorrie are both struggling to cope with the recent deaths of their sons. When a pregnant teenager shows up at Isaac’s doorstep, she at first seems a blessing. As Isaac and Lorrie get to know Evangeline, their overlapping pasts threaten to derail the shared future they are building.
Fifteen years after their teenage son, Ray-Ray, was killed in a police shooting, the Echota family still keenly feels his death. With the family’s annual bonfire approaching, a chance to celebrate the Cherokee National Holiday and remember Ray-Ray’s death, Maria wants to gather her family back together. Combing the real and the spiritual, The Removed highlights the deep scars trauma causes to a family.
In New York, Olga Acevedo is the go-to wedding planner for Manhattan’s rich, helped by the popularity of her brother Prieto, a Congressman in a gentrifying Latinx community. Raised by their grandmother after their mother abandoned them to join a radical militant group, they are forced to deal with family secrets when their mother returns just as Hurricane Maria approaches the city.
In the wake of Barack Obama’s historic inauguration as President, Ruth Tuttle, an Ivy League-educated engineer, lives in a perfectly happy marriage. When her husband wants to start a family, Ruth panics. She flees to the Indiana factory town where she grew up, searching for the baby she gave up for adoption as a teenager. Digging through her past, Ruth must face the racism of her hometown and her family’s desperately buried secrets. When she befriends a young white boy, Ruth’s path is set on a collision course that could upset everyone’s life.
Inti Flynn arrives in Scotland with one purpose – to reintroduce gray wolves into the highlands despite the fierce resistance from the local population. When a farmer is mauled to death, Inti buries the evidence, terrified the locals will accuse her beloved wolves. But if the wolves aren’t to blame, who caused his death? And will it happen again? A hauntingly beautiful novel about healing from trauma in people and in nature, perfect for fans of Where the Crawdads Sing.
Daniel considers himself unusually lucky. In Athens, Georgia, he has great friends and a great job working for the airline customer service, great friends. Mostly homebound due to a disease that since childhood has left him unable to speak or move without a wheelchair, Daniel likes to pass time observing his neighborhood. Every day, he sees the same young woman pass by. Until one day, when Daniel thinks he sees her being kidnapped.
L. Alison Heller
In the Cottonwood Estates, the perfect suburban enclave, the neighborhood book club serves as the perfect place for the women to gossip and read twisty thrillers and mysteries. When late-night acts of vandalism target the book club members, the women must decide how far to go to keep their secrets and protect their children.
As a queer Black woman, Grace Porter has always had to work twice as hard as everyone else to be accepted. After receiving her PhD in astronomy, Grace takes a celebratory trip to Las Vegas, where she ends up drunkenly marrying a woman she just met. With the staggering weight of her parents’ expectations, Grace decides to spend the summer in New York City getting to know her new wife and figuring out what she wants her future to look like.
Recently diagnosed with a severe case of cancer, Greg Tyler is set to fight with everything he has. However, he can’t help wondering what will happen to Freddie and their daughter if he doesn’t survive. Meanwhile, in their small town of Wharton, Connecticut, others are facing addiction, betrayal, and loneliness. As the stories of the townspeople intertwine, A Little Hope is a literary look at the trials we all face and the power of small moments of connection.
Growing up, Hannah never knew her father, a Nigerian entrepreneur who had a brief relationship with her white mother. When Hannah’s father dies, Hannah travels to Nigeria for the funeral. There she meets the wealthy Jolade clan, learns about a culture she never thought she would understand, and has her heart stolen by a man who helps her see herself in a new light.
At 26, Skye didn’t give a second thought to selling her eggs for some extra income. Now closing in on 40, Skye is startled when a 12-year-old girl walks into her life claiming to be “her egg.” This unexpected encounter forces Skye to examine her ever-single life and try for a relationship. This is even more awkward than it seems because the girl’s aunt turns out to be the woman Skye tried – and failed – to pick up the other day. A funny contemporary family drama that could be a perfect beach read for this summer.
As COO of the hottest tech company in America, Julia Lerner has it all and hides a lethal secret: she’s also a Russian spy. One afternoon while performing a server check, Alice notices something off about the company’s privacy settings. When Alice begins to suspect Julia, a cat-and-mouse game ensues in this satirical look at Silicon Valley.
Regina Castro, Adelaide Wilson-Chang, and Sophie Walden used to be best friends. As Army wives all stationed at Fort East, their friendship formed through a book club and ended in a shocking betrayal. Eight years later, the three women attempt to put past hurts aside when Adelaide desperately asks for help watching her daughter.
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With no interest in love, software engineer Daisy Patel decides that the easiest way to get her family off her back is to arrange a fake engagement to her childhood crush. With his inheritance dependent on his marriage, Liam Murphy finds Daisy’s proposal a win-win scenario. However, history and chemistry threaten to derail their meticulous plan.
After achieving viral success on YouTube, violinist Anna Sun is struggling to figure out how to do it again. Meanwhile, her boyfriend has declared he wants an open relationship. So Anna sets out to have as many one-night-stands as she can. But her one night with Quan Diep turns into much more, and now Anna must fight for the love she didn’t realize she was missing.
To convince her friend that she has a boyfriend, third-year Ph.D. student Olive Smith kisses the first boy she meets – a young hotshot professor who is remarkably full of himself. Surprisingly, Adam agrees to go along with their fake relationship. As Olive’s fake relationship spurs real feelings, Olive must decide how much she is willing to risk for love.
K. M. Jackson
When the tabloids announce that actor Keanu Reeves is getting married, Bethany Lu Carlisle declares that it’s a disaster. For she is supposed to be Keanu’s soulmate. With her best friend Truman Erickson, Lu sets off on a cross-country journey to stop the wedding, not realizing that the love is sitting beside her all along.
When Charlie, a celebrity chef with a hit reality baking show, loses her ability to taste and smell, she hatches a plan to swap places with her twin sister to finish out the season. Cass could use a break from her small mountain bakery and from her ex who won’t accept they are through. Will a holiday swap be a recipe for disaster or just what they need to find love?
In 1960s Harlem, Ray Carney has a reputation as an upstanding used furniture salesman. Although Ray strives to live up to what he knows he can be, times aren’t like they used to be, and he occasionally supplements his income with a side gig fencing items for the underworld of Harlem. When Ray’s cousin ropes him into being the fence for a heist gone wrong, Ray finds himself caught up with shady cops and local gangsters.
After spending a year at a prison work farm for involuntary manslaughter, eighteen-year-old Emmett Watson returns to his Nebraska hometown. With his mother gone and his father recently deceased, Emmett plans to pick up his eight-year-old brother and head West. But his plans are derailed when two friends from the work farm suddenly appear with a scheme of their own.
In her debut novel, Dawnie Walton writes the oral history of a fictional rock & roll duo who rose to fame in the 1970s. Coming of age in Detroit, Opal knows she can be a star despite her unusual Afro-punk style and teams up with British singer Nev. When another band on the label uses a Confederate flag, Opal’s vehement protests have lasting repercussions. As Opal and Nev contemplate a reunion in 2016, dark secrets about their past start to surface.
Wanting to help their country during World War II, Grace Steele and Eliza Jones enlist in the Women’s Army Auxiliary Corps (WAAC) to become one of the first class of women’s officers in the Army. Coming from the North, Grace and Eliza are not used to the segregated military and find they must be better than perfect as the first Black women in the service. Inspired by the true story of the 688th Postal Battalion, Sisters in Arms is the perfect choice for historical fiction lovers.
In Red Hook, Brooklyn during the early 1900s, Sofia and Antonia are best friends and next-door neighbors. They both belong to the same “family” as their fathers both belong to the Italian mob in the area. When Antonia’s father disappears, a wedge develops between the girls that will affect them as they grow older and begin to question the demands of their “family.”
A multigenerational story about Huong who immigrated to New Orleans with two young sons and no job awaiting her. Although at first she fervently sends letters back to her husband in Vietnam, eventually she comes to realize she is unlikely to see him again. Eventually, Huong and her sons make a place for themselves in America, until disaster strikes and reminds them to honor the ties that bind them together.
In Reconstruction-era Brooklyn, Libertie Sampson struggles to find her way as a freeborn Black girl. Although Libertie is drawn to music, her mother expects her to become a doctor so they can practice medicine together. When a young man from Haiti proposes to Libertie, his claims that she will be his equal don’t hold up in the patriarchal society. Now Libertie must figure out what freedom truly means to her in this story inspired by the life of one of the first Black female doctors in the United States.
In 1994, high school dropout April sets out on a journey to find herself a better life fighting with her dad in their broken-down motorhome. April ends up in Ithaca, New York, and finds herself drawn to the people at the local coffee shop. Yet, as April begins to feel at home, she worries she will only end up hurting the people to whom she becomes close. A lyrical coming-of-age story that speaks on the importance of found family.
In 1894, seventeen-year-old Ada thinks life is going well when she gets married. When a year passes and she hasn’t had a child, Ada must flee her old life for fear of being burned as a witch. She takes up with the infamous Hole in the Wall Gang, lead by the charismatic Kid. Hoping to create a refuge for outcast women, the Kid has them go on a dangerous mission and Ada must decide how much she is willing to risk.
Mystery & Thriller
Coming home to help his parents move, Kieran Elliott is haunted by old memories and past mistakes. His reckless teenage decision ended up costing the lives of three people during a storm. Now, a body is discovered on the beach of his hometown and the police think it might be connected to the previous deaths. Harper’s character-driven mysteries are always on the top of my to-read list.
Before Owen Michaels disappeared, he smuggled a note to his new wife Hannah: Protect her. Hannah knows he’s referring to his sixteen-year-old daughter Bailey, but Bailey doesn’t want anything to do with Hannah. As Owen’s boss gets arrested and the FBI come knocking, Hannah and Bailey must come together to discover Owen’s secrets.
When her niece’s roommate is gruesomely murdered, Mariana, a therapist still grieving her husband’s tragic death, returns to Cambridge University, her alma mater, to investigate. Quickly, she suspects Edward Fosca, the charismatic professor of Greek tragedy and leader of a secret society of female students called The Maidens. If you loved The Silent Patient, you might choose this one, just don’t get your hopes up too high.
The night after having Easter dinner with their three grown children, a wealthy couple is murdered. Of course, the Merton children are devastated. Or are they? They stand to inherit millions. Was it a random act of violence or was the perpetrator someone much closer to home? But if one of your siblings was a murderer, you would know … wouldn’t you?
After winning a trip to a remote Scotland getaway for the weekend, Adam and Amelia try one last-ditch effort to save their marriage. Amelia is tired of Adam putting his work as a screenwriter before her and Adam is just tired of Amelia. As things start to unravel and their past is revealed through secret anniversary letters Adam has never read, you find that someone is lying and someone doesn’t want them to end happily ever after.
When Chloe Davis was twelve, six teenage girls disappeared from her small Louisiana town and her father was convicted as a serial killer. As her wedding approaches, Chloe fears the past is repeating when teen girls start vanishing. Is she imagining the parallels to her past or is the past truly coming back to haunt her?
Catherine Ryan Howard
Just as Covid-19 starts cropping up in Ireland, Ciara met Oliver in a supermarket queue. Sparks flew and the two started dating. Tired of the endless scrutiny of her love life from friends and family, Ciara decided to move in with Oliver when Ireland goes into lockdown without telling anyone. When detectives investigate a decomposing body found in Oliver’s apartment, could someone have used the pandemic to commit the perfect crime?
When Juniper’s brother is accused of murdering the childless couple next door, Juniper leaves her small Iowa town and swears to never return. Now Juniper has changed her mind and returned to build a relationship with the teenage daughter she left for her parents to raise. As history starts to repeat itself, Juniper and a true-crime podcaster race to find the truth and bring closure to the town.
For years, Lex Gracie has been running from her past. Raised in a House of Horrors, infamously escaped and freed her older brother and four younger siblings. After her mother dies in prison, Lex and her siblings must return to the family home they have inherited. A gripping psychological thriller, Girl A grapples with what becomes of siblings who have jointly lived through unspeakable trauma.
After a whirlwind courtship, Skye Starling is thrilled to be engaged to Burke, a charming rich older man. Except things aren’t as they seem as revealed in Burke’s letters to his therapist; Burke is already married. As Skye plans her wedding and Burke continues his schemes, a third storyline – that of a teenage girl thirty years earlier trying to end things with Burke – winds its way to a twisted ending.
Five years after her teen daughter’s death, Camille Gardener is beyond enraged that her daughter’s killer has faced no consequences. Tired of platitudes, Camille turns to a secret group of mothers who have lost their children who work together to plot revenge on the privileged people who need accountability. The deeper Camille goes into the group, the more she begins to question if this is just a role-playing activity, or if they are making their fantasies become reality.
When a popular dark children’s author goes missing, Travis Wren is hired to find her, only to disappear himself. Years later, Theo finds Travis’s truck abandoned outside Pastoral, the reclusive community that has vanished from the modern world to which he belongs. As Travis investigates, the fear of outsiders causes cracks in the seemingly perfect community in this new magical realism novel.
Mia P. Manansala
After a bad breakup, Lila Macapagal moves back home to help save her Tita Rosie’s failing restaurant. When her ex-boyfriend, a harsh food critic, drops dead in the restaurant immediately after a confrontation with Lila, she finds herself the prime suspect. Armed with a cadre of nosy aunties and her barista best friend, Lila sets out to solve the case and prove her innocence.
After Sophie O’Neill leaves her big Chicago career to settle down in a small Texas town with her husband and son, she quickly becomes restless. Then she meets Margot Banks, a socialite with a penchant for late-night target practice and heavy partying. As Sophie gets drawn into Margot’s group of Hunting Wives, she soon finds herself tangled in the middle of a murder investigation.
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Science Fiction & Fantasy
Laura Sebastian’s feminist Arthurian retelling ponders how far a woman will go to change fate. Elaine of Shallot has been blessed (cursed?) with the ability to see the ancient prophecies surrounding her and her friends – most of them tragic. When Elaine, Guinevere, Lancelot, and Morgana accompany Arthur to Camelot at the start of his reign, the prophecies begin to come true and Elaine must decide how much stock to place in fate.
In 1930s Los Angeles, Lou wakes up in an alley with no memory of her past. Taken in by a caring foster family, the young Black woman dedicates herself to her education, until she meets the handsome firefighter whose face has been in her mind for years. Suspecting that she is actually an immortal, Lou must uncover the secrets of her past to save the present.
Nine years ago after a break-up, young witch Vivi Jones set a half-hearted hex on her ex-boyfriend, thinking it will just cause him a bad day or two. When the just-as-handsome ex comes to town, everything begins to go disastrously wrong. To save the town, Vivi must work with her ex to break the curse in this cute Halloween romance.
The Montoyas have long ago learned not to question the mysterious things that happen at home – why the pantry never runs low or why their matriarch never leaves the house. When Orquídea is on her deathbed, they hope to get answers. Instead, they see her transform. As Orquídea’s mysterious powers disseminate into her daughters, a hidden figure starts to pick them off and they must return to Ecuador to understand how it all began. A quirky intergenerational fantasy about family ties and the power within.
A retelling of the Greek myth of the daughters of King Minos. Ariadne grew up hearing her brother, the dreaded Minotaur, hidden away in the Labyrinth on Crete. When Theseus, the Prince of Athens, arrives, Ariadne falls desperately in love. Now Ariadne must decide whether to betray Crete to aid Theseus and if she does, will she get her happy ending or will Theseus betray her in return?
After her parents’ divorce, Evie Thomas doesn’t believe in love. She knows that even the greatest love stories end in heartbreak. Yet, when she starts attending La Brea dance school, her cynicism is put to the test. Her dance partner X is adventurous and passionate and they fit together perfectly on and off the dance floor. Instructions for Dancing is a fun young adult novel if you are looking for a lighter choice for your June Book of the Month selection.
Kylie Lee Baker
Half British Reaper, half Japanese Shinigami, Ren Scarborough has been collecting souls in London for centuries. When her Shinigami ways get her kicked out of London by the Reapers, Ren seeks acceptance in Japan with the Goddess of Death. Hoping to finally belong, she accepts a task to kill three dangerous demons, desperate to prove her worth and earn a place at Death’s side.
Qian Julie Wang
When Qian was seven years old, her family immigrated to the United States. As her parents struggled to cope with the transition from respected professors to “illegal” sweatshop laborers, Qian finds herself an outcast at school and seeks comfort in the library. When her mother becomes ill, Qian’s fears multiply in this moving coming-of-age memoir about the immigrant experience in the US.
Ashley C. Ford
A coming-of-age memoir about growing up a Black girl with an incarcerated father and the path to truly understand and overcome our origins. While Ashley idolized her father she barely knew, her life was shaped by her quick-tempered and emotionally detached mother. As she ages, she eventually learns why her father is in prison and must reconcile her own identity with her family’s past.
BOOK OF THE MONTH 2021: BY MONTH
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2021 New Add-Ons
Recently, Book of the Month has started including a few extra releases on top of their five monthly selections. Once you have picked your main selection, you can choose to add-on one of these new books (or any past release) to your box.
In addition to the monthly selections, here are all the new add-ons offered in 2021.
What are your favorite selections from Book of the Month in 2021?