I skipped November’s Book of the Month because I’ve already read two of them, Uncommon Type and Bonfire (<- my review), and I have two of the others on my Kindle, Rules of Magic and Artemis. The only one I didn’t read or have was Future Home of the Living God. It sounded a bit too futuristic for my liking so I skipped. If you haven’t read Uncommon Type or Bonfire (both by actors – good God how does that happen?!) you should, because they were actually very good. Despite my feelings on actors being authors *rolls eyes*
October Book of the Month was good! I had been eyeing The Power on my Netgalley but I don’t think I ever got it. And if I did well, now I have the real book. I also added The Dark Lake by Sarah Bailey. I wonder what they’ll have for November..
September Book of the Month was so-so. I chose one that I could probably do without, Emma in the Night. I had already skipped July and I’m not sure how many times you can skip.. maybe there’s no limit? Lies She Told sounds too much like all those grip lit books. I have Little Fires Everywhere on my Kindle from Netgalley and I’m 20% through. Sourdough just sounds plain weird and I have no interest in Sing, Unburied, Sing.
My August Book of the Month had a great selection. I chose The Hearts Invisible Furies. Then I promptly let someone borrow it. Womp womp. I’m sure I’ll get it back but its 500+ pages so it definitely won’t be soon. I already have Fierce Kingdom on my Kindle from Netgalley and I was slightly interested in The Blinds but not enough to own it.
I am the worst at telling you about my Book of the Month choices. I admit it. I skipped July, so that’s my excuse on that. The choices are below.
I have The Child on my Kindle from Netgalley so I wasn’t going to do that one. American Fire is available on Hoopla so I didn’t need that one. I wavered on Final Girls and The Windfall. Final Girls had some controversy around it because the author is a man but made a female sounding pseudonym in order to profit from the grip lit phenomenon so I’m glad I didn’t get that one. I could have chosen The Windfall but it sounded too much like The Wangs vs. the World and I didn’t like that book. Moving right along!
It’s almost July, so I thought I should post about my June BOTM before I get a new one.
At the suggestion of Jessica Turner, who heads up the blog The Mom Creative, I chose The Sisters Chase. The judge of this book is also Liberty Hardy, who I love from the All the Books podcast. Whom? Who? Whatever. I also added the book, The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo because that cover is gorgeous and it sounded good. I just started The Sister Chase, and from what I’ve heard will probably finish quickly. Just in time for July.
Hello May BOTM. Is it June? Why yes it is. I’m behind. Per usual. I chose Since We Fell because Dennis Lehane is a library trustee at the Boston Public Library. I like his books and thought it would be a good choice. However, I immediately lent it to a friend and haven’t seen it since. I will eventually get it back but I have nothing to report on it as of right now.
I also added two other books that weren’t May selections but were ad ons.
Into the Water by Paula Hawkins is the first book she’s written after the Gone Girl phenomenon. Immediately after I ordered my BOTM box I heard from friends on Facebook that this book is confusing and has too many characters. Needs a list of those involved so you can keep track. What?? Annoying. I haven’t picked it up because of that.
I added The Ministry of Utmost Happiness by Arundhati Roy because I love the cover. Honestly. Wouldn’t it make the best front door? I also added it because I’ve had The God of Small Things for like a decade (it won the Booker Prize in 1997 so she must be a good author) and never read it so I figured why not add her next one to the pile?