The Book of the Month August 2020 selections are here! Decide which of the five books you want to add to your subscription box.
After my massive July reading blitz, my to-read stack is looking a little sparse. Just in time to add some more books from Book of the Month!
Book of the Month is my favorite subscription box. Every month, I choose between their five book selections, and voila! A blue box arrives at my door carrying one (or two or three) new books for me to read.
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:
- The Rise and Fall of a Pop Star
- Mindbending Science Fiction Debut
- A True-Crime Podcast Thriller
- A Cold War Spy Love Triangle
- A Nigerian LBGTQ+ Heartbreaker
Keep scrolling to see all the details about the Book of the Month August 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!
August 2020 Book of the Month Selections
Elissa R. Sloan
Elissa R. Sloan’s debut novel hints at the dark side of superstardom. Overnight, Cassidy Holmes and her band The Glossies become a pop phenomenon. But with success comes overbearing media attention, band drama, and utter loneliness that eventually results in Cassidy’s suicide. Jumping back and forth between past and present, The Unraveling of Cassidy Holmes is being hailed as a heartbreaking novel reminiscent of Daisy Jones & The Six.
In this mind-bending science fiction debut novel, Micaiah Johnson takes on the multiverse. Cara is the ultimate traverser, able to travel easily through parallel timelines since her counterparts have the habit of dying – a prerequisite for multiverse travel. As Cara collects crucial data to study the multiverse, she is shocked when one of her few remaining doppelgangers is mysteriously killed.
Rachel Krall, the host of a popular true-crime podcast, gets more than she expected when she investigates a rape trial in a small town. A mysterious woman named Hannah is stalking Rachel, leaving Rachel notes begging her to investigate the death of Hannah’s sister twenty-five years ago. Could that cold case be connected to the current trial? I’m thrilled Book of the Month chose The Night Swim for the August selections because I thought it was one of the best thrillers of the summer.
At the height of World War II, Rosalind Porter was an eminent physicist working on the Manhattan Project caught in a passionate affair with a colleague. Five years later, she’s living an obscure and heartbroken life in Chicago. When the FBI asks her to help investigate the sale of nuclear secrets and her old flame suddenly wants to reconnect, Rosalind gets caught in a sexy Cold War spy game.
One day, a mother in Nigeria opens her door to find the dead body of her son. Starting with Vivek Oji’s death, Akwaeke Emezi slowly unravels the explanation of why and how he died. Born to a distant Nigerian father and a loving Indian mother, Vivek has always struggled with his identity. He feels closest to his cousin Osita, who struggles to understand her cousin’s crisis. Exploring otherness and identity with sharp social commentary, The Death of Vivek Oji will be one of the most talked-about August 2020 book releases.
First off, let me say that you should choose The Night Swim. I’ve already read it, and it is captivating from start to finish (and what a finish!).
When I first saw August’s five choices, I immediately knew I would pick The Death of Vivek Oji. I’ve been seeing lots of rave reviews praising Akwaeke Emezi’s exemplary writing and social criticism, and I’m dying to read it for myself.
As is my habit, I’m also picking up a third book this month. For my second add-on, I’m choosing another novel set in Nigeria – Abi Daré’s coming of age tale, The Girl with the Louding Voice from the February picks.
Which of the Book of the Month August 2020 selections are you going to pick?