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Remember The Book Of The Month Club?

Years ago, before the internet came on the horizon, I enjoyed being a member of monthly “come right to your mailbox” book clubs.

There were book clubs where you could choose gardening or decorating or craft books, and I was always eager to add those to my collection.

But I hadn’t thought of these book clubs for a long time. I really didn’t even know if they still existed. But I stumbled upon a site that wrote about it and I became intrigued.

I’m a regular shopper of Amazon books, but I thought this might be fun. Something a bit different.

In these days as a pandemic is getting increasingly more deadly, we are all looking for more things we can do and enjoy at home.

So yesterday I joined Book Of The Month Club. Yes, it’s still around. This book club began way back in 1926.

Girl A by Abigail Dean

And I chose my first book. I chose Girl A. Well, of course I did. It’s right up my genre alley.

{She thought she had escaped her past. But there are some things you can’t outrun.}

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For readers of Room and Sharp Objects, a propulsive and psychologically immersive novel about a young girl who escapes captivity–but not the secrets that shadow the rest of her life.

This is a debut novel, and I love to read an author’s first published work.

“A stunning debut.” —Washington Post

Abigail Dean

Abigail Dean is a writer from Manchester, living in south London.

Her first novel, GIRL A, was published in the UK in January 2021, and was an instant Sunday Times Bestseller. GIRL A will be published in the US on February 2, 2021.

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And so there you are, my choice of book is ready to make its way to me.

The Book Of The Month Club provides you with a monthly choice of 5 early release hardback books of your choosing.

If you don’t like that month’s selections, you can buy other books they have or skip that month altogether. Meanwhile you’re gathering points to use later. Your first book is $9.99 and after that it is $14.99. You cancel any time you want.

Monthly Plan Info:

  • We’ll add one credit per month for $14.99.
  • Redeem your credits for any book on the site.
  • Or, press skip the month, and you won’t be charged. We’ll just automatically rollover your existing credits to the next month.

They provide you with a virtual “book shelf” where you can write your review as well as a place to put your TBR (to be read) books for later. It’s sort of an online journal they provide for your thoughts about books.

If you have a friend or relative who loves books, a monthly plan of your choosing would make a thoughtful gift.

Check out Book Of The Month Club if you want to see their selections for February. You get points if you refer a friend.

Their choice for the book of the year for 2020 was The Vanishing Half.

I’ve already read it. It was a terrific book and I can see why the members chose it.

The Vanishing Half by Brit Bennett

Born and raised in Southern California, Brit Bennett graduated from Stanford University and later earned her MFA in fiction at the University of Michigan.

Her second novel The Vanishing Half was an instant #1 New York Times bestseller.

If you decide to go down the rabbit hole of books with me, use this link and I get credit for referring you.

If you decide to give it a try, we can discuss the book choices and what we think of the books after reading them here.

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  1. I remember Book of the Month Club – I belonged to it for awhile in the 1980s but I only subscribed at that time to books about various aspects of interior decorating and design. When I was a kid my mom used to get books from Readers’ Digest Condensed Books. I read some of them in the 1970s after I’d moved into my own place and took some of those books with me. I remember two of the condensed novels after all these years, with vague memories about the stories, “Mrs. ‘Arris Goes to Paris,” and “The Sea of Grass.” Fifty years ago, and I still remember those two titles and a few things about the stories the writers told.

  2. I was a member of BOTMC and loved it. Then I got married and moved overseas and had to cancel my membership. I wondered if they were still around.

  3. I used to belong to BOTMC many years ago, too. I didn’t know they were still around. I have no interest in joining them again as their books are quite pricey. I get most of my novels from our library as I read fiction once, then I will never read it again. Vintage reads I get online at Abe Books (used, private sellers). If I buy a non-fiction book that I know I will refer to again, I get it on Amazon. As you know, I’m a huge reader too, and I have quite the collection of books, mainly from library book sales over the years. I just cleaned out my bookshelves and sold 150 books (as a lot – I didn’t divide) on FB Marketplace. Happy reading!

  4. I, too, belonged to a Book of the Month club years ago and have fond memories of how much I enjoyed it. I’m intrigued by your new discovery and going to ponder whether or not I want to join. Thank you for the ‘tip’.

  5. Librarys provide online services ,In my area it is called Libby you can enroll online and check out book with a library card. Hope there is something like this in your area. it has been a great source during this time for me.

    1. Ginni, are you Canadian? I am and our library utilizes Libby as well for online ebook rentals and RB Digital for 1000’s of magazine downloads (which never have to be returned if you dont wish to). Both Libby and RB are the greatest!