The Book of the Month October 2021 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:
- A Cute Witchy Romance for Halloween
- Sweeping 1950s Historical Fiction
- A Family Thriller Set in Iowa
- The Underworld of 1960s Harlem
- An Immortal Living in 1930s LA
Keep scrolling to see all the details about the Book of the Month October 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 my 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!
October 2021 Book of the Month Selections
Nine years ago after a break-up, young witch Vivi Jones set a half-hearted hex on her ex-boyfriend, thinking it will just cause him a bad day or two. When the just-as-handsome ex comes to town, everything begins to go disastrously wrong. To save the town, Vivi must work with her ex to break the curse in this cute Halloween romance.
After spending a year at a prison work farm for involuntary manslaughter, eighteen-year-old Emmett Watson returns to his Nebraska hometown. With his mother gone and his father recently deceased, Emmett plans to pick up his eight-year-old brother and head West. But his plans are derailed when two friends from the work farm suddenly appear with a scheme of their own.
When Juniper’s brother is accused of murdering the childless couple next door, Juniper leaves her small Iowa town and swears to never return. Now Juniper has changed her mind and returned to build a relationship with the teenage daughter she left for her parents to raise. As history starts to repeat itself, Juniper and a true-crime podcaster race to find the truth and bring closure to the town.
In 1960s Harlem, Ray Carney has a reputation as an upstanding used furniture salesman. Although Ray strives to live up to what he knows he can be, times aren’t like they used to be, and he occasionally supplements his income with a side gig fencing items for the underworld of Harlem. When Ray’s cousin ropes him into being the fence for a heist gone wrong, Ray finds himself caught up with shady cops and local gangsters.
In 1930s Los Angeles, Lou wakes up in an alley with no memory of her past. Taken in by a caring foster family, the young Black woman dedicates herself to her education, until she meets the handsome firefighter whose face has been in her mind for years. Suspecting that she is actually an immortal, Lou must uncover the secrets of her past to save the present.
Not Feeling the October Books?
Sometimes, it happens. If none of the five October 2021 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.
October’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.
October’s New Books:
My October Picks
Months like this are why I love Book of the Month. I love when the book subscription box chooses all the books that are at the top of my to-read list, especially when I didn’t snag advanced copies like I wanted.
This month, I choose Amor Towles’s The Lincoln Highway. I’m hoping Towles can recapture the magic of A Gentleman in Moscow. I would have chosen Harlem Shuffle as well, except Colson Whitehead’s latest book is already sitting on my nightstand. Which made my choice easier.
For my two add-ons, I chose Liane Moriarty’s Apples Never Fall and the New York Times bestselling memoir Crying in H Mart. While I’ve heard great things about Zauner’s memoir, reviews for Moriarty’s latest are coming in mixed. I have my fingers crossed that it will be more like Big Little Lies and less like Nine Perfect Strangers.
Which of the Book of the Month October 2021 selections are you going to pick?