The Book of the Month May 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 May 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!
May 2022 Book of the Month Selections
In a dark reimagining of the Peter Pan story, Wendy’s granddaughter Holly is shocked when her daughter disappears. Eden has been in a coma for over a decade and has a rare disease that makes her blood valuable. Holly knows Peter Pan is responsible and turns to an ex-soldier to help her rescue her daughter before it’s too late.
Journalist Cecily Wong has given up everything to join famous mountaineer Charles McVeigh on his record-breaking climb of Mt. Manaslu, the eighth-highest peak in the world. When a climber dies in a freak accident, Cecily worries the expedition might have to turn back. Then a second climber dies, and Cecily realizes she’s trapped high in the mountains with a killer.
After a bet, city-girl Alexis has her heart stolen by country boy Daniel Grant, a carpenter ten years her junior. Although her wealthy parents disapprove, Alexis finds herself enchanted by Daniel and his small town. With so many differences between her, can Alexis find lasting happiness with Daniel, even if it means she has to turn her back on her family?
After her father is executed in the Mexican War of Independence, Beatriz reluctantly accepts a marriage proposal from Don Rodolfo Solórzano. Settling into his house, Hacienda San Isidro, Beatriz begins to hear voices and see visions. When her husband returns to the capital, Beatriz seeks help from the local priest to fight the lurking evil and discover what happened to the Don’s previous wife.
Mystery clings to Sara Foster, a sought-after bartender at an upscale L.A. restaurant, whose past keeps her from trusting others. When perpetual undergrad Emilie Dubois takes a job arranging flowers at Yerba Buena, she immediately feels a connection with Sara. As the two women battle the demons of their past and struggle to find their place in the world, they must decide if their love is worth the risk.
Take My Hand is inspired by the true story of government overreach in the forced sterilization of poor Black girls. In 1973, Civil Townsend is excited to use her new nursing degree to make a difference in the lives of her African-American community in Montgomery, Alabama. However, Civil is shocked to find her first patients are two young Black girls (ages 11 and 13) on birth control and begins to question the ethics of her work. Powerfully personalizing the entire scenario, the story focuses on Civil’s struggle: her feelings of culpability and her desire to help the family.
Not Feeling the May Books?
Sometimes, it happens. If none of the five May 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.
May’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.
May’s New Books:
My May Picks
If you know me at all, you’ll know that there was really only one choice for me this month. A thriller set high in the mountains! Sign me up. Breathless is basically a fictional version of Jon Krakauer’s Into Thin Air, and I’m all for it. I am not a mountaineer (I like to stick to the tamer version like skiing and rock climbing), but my husband and I love watching mountaineering documentaries.
To round out my box, I added Holly Black’s Book of Night. I’ve surprisingly read several fantasy books this month, and wouldn’t mind reading another. I enjoyed The Cruel Prince and its sequels, and I am curious to see how Black jumps from young adult to adult fantasy.
Lastly, I decided to add Lessons in Chemistry by Bonnie Garmus. Although it’s not my typical genre, I feel like it will be one of the big summer reads this year, so I figure I ought to see what I think about it.
Which of the Book of the Month May 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!
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