The Book of the Month August 2022 selections are here! Decide which of the five books you want to add to your subscription box.
Book of the Month is my favorite subscription box. Every month, I choose between their curated book selections, and voila! A blue box arrives at my door carrying one (or two or three) new books for me to read.
Except for a curve ball they threw in March.
Instead of five books, Book of the Month says it will vary its selection count. I guess they want to keep us on our toes.
Still, every month, I will highlight the books chosen and let you know my thoughts on the chosen titles.
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.
Keep scrolling to see all the details about the Book of the Month August 2022 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 them.
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. Or, after your third box, you can choose from five member favorite books for your month’s selection instead.
On the other hand, if you want more than one book, once you’ve chosen your initial 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, be favorites from previous months, or be new releases specially included in the add-on catalog.
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 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 this Book of the Month Club referral link to get your first book for $5 right now!
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 at a discounted price!
August 2022 Book of the Month Selections
Chloe’s dream wedding is all coming together and she has the perfect venue, Small Angels, a charming old church in the village her fiance Sam grew up in. As the big day approaches, Chloe begins to hear strange ghost stories about the village and the church. Now, as Sam’s sister Kate returns for the first time in years, she must confront her first love and the ghosts of the past.
When We Were Bright and Beautiful
When Billy, a junior at Princeton, is accused of rape by his ex-girlfriend, his family vow to do anything to defend him. Although Billy’s white privileged background fits the stereotype, Billy’s sister Chloe knows he couldn’t have done it. Reeling from her own bad breakup, Chloe must decide how many of her own secrets she is willing to reveal to save Billy.
For their Nana’s 80th birthday party, the entire Darker family reunites for the first time in years at Nana’s house on a remote island. At midnight, Nana is found dead. When another body follows and the tide traps them on the island, the family realizes they must confront their darkest secrets or risk all being killed off one by one.
The Many Daughters of Afong Moy
Former poet laureate Dorothy Moy has always channeled her dissociative episodes and mental health into her work. When her daughter starts showing similar behaviors and remembering items from the lives of past ancestors, Dorothy undergoes an experimental treatment to alleviate inherited trauma. As Dorothy becomes intimately connected with the past generations of women in her family, she finds a stranger is searching for her in each time period.
While protecting a judge getting death threats, newly US Marshal Andrea Oliver can’t resist investigating a cold case. On prom night in 1982, the popular Emily Vaughn is killed. Emily was hiding a secret, but her wealthy family and friends closed ranks after her gruesome murder. Not Andrea is determined to use her powers to find out what happened to Emily.
In 40 CE, two daughters of a Viatnamese Lord live their lives under the oppression of the Han Chinese. Trung Trac is the perfect disciplined daughter while free-spirited Trung Nhi prefers to run around with her lovers. When their father is executed, the sisters must unite the women of Vietnam into an army to free their people.
The Devil Takes You Home
With mountains of medical debt from his daughter’s illness and a marriage on the verge of collapse, Mario reluctantly takes a job as a hitman. Surprised by his penchant for violence, Mario agrees to one last job: to steal a cartel’s cash shipment before it arrives in Mexico. Mario sets off across Texas with an old friend and a cartel insider in a nightmarish mission that will change all involved.
Not Feeling the Month Books?
Sometimes, it happens. If none of the five August 2022 Book of the Month selections are calling your name, don’t despair. After your third box, you now have another option!
Previously, if you didn’t love the five choices, you would have to skip the whole month. Now, you can choose a member fave for your monthly box and then add-on up to two more books if you choose.
August’s 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.
August’s New Books:
My August Picks
Normally, I would be all over Alice Feeney’s Daisy Darker, but I already read an advanced copy. It was okay, but not as good as I hoped. Instead, my top pick for August is Jamie Ford’s newest book, The Many Daughters of Afong Moy. The multigenerational science fiction-esque premise has me intrigued. Plus, I’m expecting gorgeous writing because everyone raves about Ford’s WWII historical fiction novel, The Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet, which I still need to read.
I had a tough decision with my second choice. I almost chose When We Were Bright and Beautiful but I’m iffy about reading such a heavy topic without having heard many reviews of the book. I’m going to put it on my tbr for now until l hear what people think. So if you pick it and read it, then let me know how it is.
Instead, I’m going for the thriller Girl, Forgotten. Karin Slaughter has had several books turned into movies recently, so I’m hoping for a fast-paced edge-of-your-seat read.
Lastly, I decided to add Colleen Hoover’s TikTok sensation, It Ends with Us, to my box. I hear rave reviews for her book Verity all the time, and since that isn’t an option in Book of the Month, I guess I’ll pick up her other famous book. Also, the sequel comes out later this year, so I figure I’ll see what all the hype is about.
Which of the Book of the Month August 2022 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!
More New Book Releases:
I chose Small Angels and The It Girl since I didn’t get that last month.
I think I will choose The Many Daughters …. Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet is still on my TBR, too! Maybe I will finally read it and the new one as well.
I will also get either Bronze Drum or Don’t Cry for Me. Bronze Drum sounds interesting, but I haven’t found any reviews of it yet, while Don’t Cry has been on my might-get-it list for a while.