The Book of the Month January 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 five book selections, and voila! A blue box arrives at my door carrying one (or two or three) new books for me to read.
Every month, I highlight the five 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.
Take a look at the five books this month:
- Two Estranged Siblings Question Their Inheritance
- A Romantic Comedy on a Cooking Show
- Murder on a Remote Island
- Coming-of-Age of Two Taiwanese-Americans
- Mystery of a 1920s Socialite
Keep scrolling to see all the details about the Book of the Month January 2021 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!
January 2022 Book of the Month Selections
Estranged siblings Byron and Benny are brought back together by their mother’s death. For their inheritance, they find a traditional Caribbean black cake and a voice recording from their mother. Eleanor’s message tells the turbulent story of her life, one full of secrets and a long-lost child that will leave the siblings questioning everything they thought they knew.
Love & Other Disasters
On America’s favorite cooking show, a newly divorced woman and the show’s first nonbinary contest fall for each other in this romantic comedy. London Parker is determined to prove their family and the trolls wrong and has no time for clumsy fellow contestant Dahlia Woodson, whose hopes of reinventing herself aren’t going very smoothly. Yet the more time they spend together, the more reality – with the stress of transphobia and the guilt of divorce – seems to fall away.
It seems like a chance of a lifetime when Lux McCallister and her boyfriend Nico are hired to sail two women to a remote Pacific island. Yet, when they arrive, another boat is already anchored there, piloted by a golden couple. The party of six gets along great until another stranger arrives and the perfect vacation turns deadly.
Fiona and Jane
Jean Chen Ho
In her debut work, Jean Chen Ho tells the tale of two Taiwanese-American friends throughout their tumultuous lives. Growing up in LA, Jane always knew that Fiona, with her fierce ambition and drop-dead beauty, was destined to leave. When Fiona moves to New York and Jane stays in LA grieving her father’s death, their friendship waxes and wanes but never breaks.
The Magnolia Palace
After her mother’s death, Lillian Carter finds herself without a purpose. Previously one of New York City’s most requested artist models, Lillian decides to take a job as a private secretary to the socialite Helen Frick. As Lillian gets caught up in the family’s drama in the 1920s, a present-day English model finds clues to the notorious murder in the former Frick mansion.
Not Feeling the January Books?
Sometimes, it happens. If none of the five January 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.
January’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.
January’s New Books:
My January Picks
Sometimes Book of the Month seems to read my mind, and the January 2022 selections had three books I had my eye on.
For my Book of the Month, I’m going with Charmaine Wilkerson’s Black Cake. I’ve actually been debating on this one for a while, as the publisher has emailed me multiple times offering an advanced copy. Although I could just read it on my Kindle, I decided I’d rather get a hard copy from Book of the Month.
I’m really in the mood for thrillers, so I’m filling out my box with two January releases – Nita Prose’s The Maid, a cute mystery about an eccentric maid who must solve a murder in which she’s the prime suspect. Even though I didn’t like last year’s The Wife Upstairs, I’m still going to give Rachel Hawkins another try with her exotic vacation thriller Reckless Girls.
Which of the Book of the Month January 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:
After much debate, I cancelled my BOTM subscription just after making my Dec selections.
If I were still a member, my choice would have been The Magnolia Palace. I love historical fiction.
So far, I feel okay about canceling, but at the same time I know I’ll miss it.
My story is that I joined at the start of the pandemic when libraries were temporarily closed. BOTM provided a great price & safe opportunity to obtain new releases. My first selection was Valentine by Elizabeth Wetmore. I got the book when I was in lockdown after traveling for Spring Break & was away from my books. That book will always be special for that reason.
I had promised myself I would cancel as soon as libraries had reopened, but by then I was hooked! It was always fun seeing what the BOTM selections were each month.
After recently determining that not only was I able to, but indeed was getting the bulk of my books from the library (with the option of curbside service); including some of my favorites of 2021 that BOTM did not carry, I could no longer justify having the subscription.
I’ll continue to follow them though!
Jo @ Booklover Book Reviews says
Great choices. I really looking forward to reading Nita Prose’ The Maid too… I love quirky, under-dog characters. Happy new reading year Rachael!