My September Book of the Month Pick

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I’ve been a member of Book of the Month for about six months now (wow, how time flies!), and I thought it would be interesting to share which book I’m picking out of the lineup this month. If you don’t know about Book of the Month, it is a book subscription where you pick a book out of five. The cost is $15/month and shipping is free. I was really skeptical of BOTM until my soon-to-be-sister-in-law gifted me a few credits for it last Christmas! I was pleasantly surprised with it. (This is not a paid plug. I genuinely enjoy and use this service!) Anyway, I’ve been really behind on my books lately and decided to skip August and didn’t choose a book. I’m still trying to catch up on reading my July pick. However, this month had an interesting selection that sparked my interest!

Here are the five books available for September. I’ll share BOTM’s one-sentence synopses for each so you can get an idea of what they are about.

The Love Hypothesis” by Ali Hazelwood (Genre: Romance)

Quick Take: After a fake relationship generates real sparks, a rising scientist must decide if she’s ready to experiment with love.

This book has adorable cover art, and it seems like a fun and light romantic read, but I ultimately didn’t choose it for my BOTM because it sounded too similar to The Dating Plan by Sara Desai, which I somewhat enjoyed but also thought was a little too corny.

Beautiful Country” by Qian Julie Wang (Genre: Memoir)

Quick Take: A moving memoir filtered through a child’s eyes about a Chinese family struggling in the shadow of the American dream.

This book seems very interesting, and I have made a mental note to read it in the future, but I ultimately did not choose this one because I have read a few memoirs recently and wanted a change of pace.

Rock Paper Scissors” by Alice Feeney (Genre: Thriller)

Quick Take: When a remote anniversary getaway turns eerie, a couple learns if their marriage can bear the weight of their secrets.

Normally, this book would be right up my alley, but I did not choose this one because I’ve gotten a tad burnt out on thrillers wound up in marriages. Other books I’ve read with similar plots are “Behind Closed Doors” by B.A. Paris, “The Breakdown” by B.A. Paris, and “The Wife Between Us” by Greer Hendricks.

The Neighbor’s Secret” by L. Allison Heller (Genre: Contemporary Fiction)

Quick Take: A suburban book club discovers life can be more disturbing than fiction when a vandal disrupts life on the cul-de-sac.

I don’t know, I’m just not big on suburban dramas! This one just didn’t sound interesting to me!

My BOTM Pick: “The Sweetest Remedy” by Jane Igharo

Quick Take: An unexpected loss leads a young woman on a soul-searching journey to reconnect with Nigerian family and find herself.

Ultimately, I decided to go with “The Sweetest Remedy” because it sounds like a feel-good book with some interesting cultural and family dynamics. I also love love stories! I read some reviews on goodreads, and a lot of people were saying this book is really sweet. We’ll see how I like it!

Are you a BOTM member? Which book did you pick for the month? I’d love to hear what you thought of these selections or if you’ve read any of these books already! As always, thanks so much for reading.

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9 thoughts on “My September Book of the Month Pick”

      1. Brill, I’ll look out for your review. And yes – argh – I’m well over a year behind on my normal TBR but keep getting review books and NetGalley wins … so I never dare to have expectations anyone else is up to date with their reading!!

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      2. LOL yes, I have about 10 books to read, and I’m not a quick reader! I keep hearing about NetGalley but am not sure what it is! How does it work? I see a lot of bloggers mentioning it in their reviews.

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      3. It’s free advance proof copies on ebook basically. You sign up, request books, you get approved for some – then you keep your reviewing rate up to 80% to increase the chance of getting more. You can review on NG itself but a lot of people will also review on their blogs. Also TEN books?? I have at least 50 on my physical TBR plus review copies for Shiny New Books, plus 27 NetGalley books and ???? ebooks.

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      4. Haha! I guess I have a different idea of what I think is a large backlog! I read pretty slowly though, but I try to read multiple books at a time since I get bored going one-by-one. NetGalley sounds interesting! Maybe I’ll give it a try.

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  1. I used to be a member couple years ago but ended up leaving because I was skipping months too often. The selection often didn’t match my interest at the time, and I also don’t like hardcovers. But I thought it was a cool program.

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    1. Yes, I pay particular attention to the quick facts about the books they put on them. I tend to be a picky reader and I don’t want to waste my money! Most of the books I’ve gotten from them have been OK. But I haven’t been super wowed either. I think it’s a good program overall, if only to make sure I’m reading each month! LOL Thanks for reading!


  2. I got a copy of this book from NetGalley and have just started reading it! I’m hoping to finish it up in the next week or so! If I had BOTM I would have chosen The Love Hypothesis, since I adore romance and am majoring in a STEM field myself! I have a paperback copy pre-ordered already, but might consider getting a hardcover copy from BOTM if I end up really loving the book!

    Also, I noticed in another comment that you’re unfamiliar with NetGalley. I find that people who start out on NetGalley tend to have the same regrets and wished they had known certain things earlier on. I’m in middle of writing a whole blog post on my guide to NetGalley, but if you have any questions beforehand, I search up what some other bloggers have written on the topic!

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