The Book of the Month April 2020 selections are here! Decide which of the five books you want to add to your subscription box.
April is almost upon us, which means it’s time to choose your Book of the Month selections.
I’ve been burning through books at lightning speed during my self-isolation and I’m quickly running out of new books to read. With the local library and all local bookstores closed, I’m extremely glad I have a subscription to Book of the Month.
Even if you don’t have a Book of the Month subscription (yet), I think you’ll find value in looking at a curated list of new releases.
Take a look at the five books this month:
- A rich historical fiction set in Paris
- A lighthearted romantic beach read
- An edge-of-your-seat mystery
- A magical tale of WWII China
- A serious story of strong women
Keep scrolling to see all the details about the Book of the Month April 2020 selections and to find out which one I’m adding to my subscription box.
What is Book of the Month?
Book of the Month is a monthly subscription book 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 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.
For new subscribers, Book of the Month’s homepage almost always has a special offer to get your first book for $10. But I can do you one better. If you are interested in joining, you can use my Book of the Month Club referral link to get your first book for $10!
But wait, there’s more. Once you’ve chosen your 12th book from Book of the Month, you join the BFF club and get a special Book of the Month tote.
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.
What are you waiting for? Join Book of the Month and get your first book for $10!
April 2020 Book of the Month Selections
The Paris Hours
Over the course of a single day in 1927, four ordinary people in Paris have their lives intertwine in surprising ways. Between a former maid of Marcel Proust, a puppeteer, a journalist and an artist who meets Gertrude Stein, a rich tale of love emerges in the City of Lights. With cameos from famous artists of the time, The Paris Hours aims to envelop you in the pre-war Paris art scene.
May 19, 2020 – If you are in the mood for a lighthearted steamy romance, Beach Read will be the top pick of the month for you. During the summer, two polar opposite writers find themselves in neighboring beach houses both stuck with writer’s block. Augustus Everett writes literary fiction with unhappy endings while January Andrews writes bestselling romance complete with the necessary happy endings. In desperation, they make a deal. He will write a happily-ever-after story while she pens a serious piece of literature.
The Guest List
On a remote island, the perfect wedding turns deadly in this thrilling mystery. The high profile wedding between a television star and a magazine publisher is supposed to be the perfect event. Set off the coast of Ireland, all the stops have been pulled out. Yet once the guests arrive, past conflicts come into play and someone turns up dead. Reviews call it an edge-of-your-set page turner, so if you are looking for something gripping to distract you, this book has your name all over it.
The Library of Legends
When Japanese bombs start falling in Nanking in 1937, Hu Lian and her university classmates must walk 1,000 miles to safety in China’s interior. The group is given a secret task, to guard The Library of Legends, an ancient collection of myths. Along the way, Lian begins to fall in love with a wealthy fellow student and realizes that one of the tales from the Library of Legends seems to be awakening the spirits of the story. Mixing historical fiction with some magic, The Library of Legends is sure to be a charming choice for your April Book of the Month.
The morning after Valentine’s Day 1976, fourteen-year-old Gloria Ramirez wanders into Mary Rose Whitehead’s ranch house, a victim of a brutal rape. When justice is slow coming, the fierce women of Odessa, Texas, decide that maybe they should take justice into their own hands. This character-driven piece is said to have a slow start but builds to an intensely thought-provoking conclusion. If you are prepared for a heavy read, this is the pick for you in April.
During my self-isolation, I have struggled with anything too heavy. My mind craves lighter love stories and thrilling mysteries right now.Thus, for my April pick, I’m choosing Lucy Foley’s The Guest List. I’m ready to be swept into the mystery and see if I can figure out whodunit. Hopefully, it will serve as an excellent distraction during this stressful time.
I desperately wanted to include some older add-ons this month, but Book of the Month is currently limiting add-on titles to keep warehouse workers safe.
So I ended up picking up a copy of The Sun Down Motel, a January Book of the Month pick that I was too afraid to read at the time. Fingers crossed I enjoy it.
Which of the Book of the Month April 2020 Selections Are You Going to Pick?
What books can you not wait to get your hands on this month? Or are you skipping this month’s selections? As always, let me know in the comments!
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I chose two- The Guest List, and Library of Legends. They sound great. I’ve had trouble reading this month, but now I’m starting to read more again.
I already regret not picking up The Library of Legends.
Joan M Sam says
Great input, thanks for sharing! The Sun Down Motel was my January pick and whooooooo boy was I scared haha. Hope you enjoy and are staying safe!
Now you have me nervous again! I am such a chicken when it comes to scary things. I might have to only read it during daylight hours and never before bed.
For April I chose Valentine and added on A Good Neighborhood from March.
You’ll have to let me know what you think about Valentine. I can’t read anything too emotionally heavy right now, but the premise sounds really intriguing.
I had a hard time getting started with it. I have put it down for now and will try again.