The Book of the Month January 2023 selections are here! Decide which of the 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 2022.
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 January 2023 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 at least 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 $17. If you are willing to pay upfront, the yearly plan gives you 12 credits for $168, which averages out to $14 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 2023 Book of the Month Selections
Age of Vice
In the middle of the night in New Delhi, an expensive Mercedes jumps the curb and kills five people. When the dust settles, only a stunned servant is left to explain what happened. Part crime thriller part epic family drama, Age of Vice tells the interconnecting story of the playboy heir of a wealthy family, a poor servant rising through the ranks, and a journalist caught between ethics and ambition.
Lauren Kung Jessen
Olivia Huang Christenson is excited (and terrified) at taking over her grandmother’s matchmaking business, centered on a traditional Chinese zodiac approach. When L.A.’s most eligible bachelor, Bennett O’Brien, unveils a new dating app that twists the zodiac into an “animal attraction” method, Olivia is furious. As Olivia goes head-to-head with Bennett, they make a bet that whoever can find a match for the other will have to concede. Until Olivia starts falling for Bennett and can’t tell if it’s real or a scam to win the bet.
What Lies in the Woods
Kate Alice Marshall
At age eleven, best friends Naomi, Cassidy, and Olivia spent the summer roaming the woods. Until Naomi was attacked, surviving 17 stab wounds, and the girls’ testimonies put a serial killer in prison for the death of six other women. Except, they lied. Now Olivia wants to tell and Naomi must discover the dangerous truth of what really happened in the woods that summer.
Queen of Thieves
In 1946, London is still struggling to recover from the ravages of World War II. In the devastation, Alice Diamond rules as The Queen of Thieves, running a gang of female thieves who steal and fence high-end luxury goods. Alice chooses young pregnant Nell as her protege in her ongoing war against crime boss Billy Sullivan. But Nell has her own agenda and just might decide to crown herself the Queen of Thieves.
In a sequel to the dark academia fantasy, Ninth House, Alex Stern is back and determined to rescue Darlington from purgatory. Without the aid of Ninth House, Alex and Dawes must dive into the society’s deepest secrets to find a portal to the underworld. When Yale faculty members begin to die, Alex realizes that something more is going on in New Haven.
As the star of a hit tv drama, Liv Latimer grew up on television, playing the picture-perfect girl. After her dad dies and a betrayal by Ransom, her on-screen love interest who was also her real-life best friend, Liv pulls away from acting to live a normal life. Twenty years later, a streaming service is proposing a reunion (and maybe a reboot) and Liv learns that her chemistry with Ransom is just as strong as ever.
Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni
During the Partition of India, three close sisters find themselves on different paths. The daughters of a respected doctor in Bengal, the three sisters, career-driven Priya, beautiful Deepa, and artistic Jamini, grew up in a loving home. After their father is killed in a riot, their neighbors turn against them. When Deepa falls in love with a Muslim man, the country’s troubles become their own.
Not Feeling the January Books?
Sometimes, it happens. If none of the January 2023 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.
My January 2023 Picks
Rumor has it that Age of Vice is going to be GMA’s January book club pick. Not only that, but the early buzz is that it’s going to be a big bestseller. So obviously I knew I needed to add it to my January selections.
I really considered adding Independence to my box as well, but since Age of Vice is over 500 pages, I didn’t want to add another thick tome this month. It’ll definitely go on my to-read list for the future.
Instead I went with the standard thriller, What Lies in the Woods. I also added a popular romance, Red, White & Royal Blue, which has been all over social media in the last few years. I’ll use it for my 2023 Reading Challenge – either a royal read or a book recommended on TikTok.
Which of the Book of the Month January 2023 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 love your reading lists and quite a few of my friends have joined me on your challenges. Sadly, the one thing we can’t join is “Book of the Month” as we are non USA residents – in fact we are scattered around the world. Do you have any other suggestions?
Book of the Month is the only one I do, but I found a roundup article about other subscription book boxes, some of which ship internationally: https://www.mysubscriptionaddiction.com/best-subscription-boxes/best-book-boxes