The Book of the Month May 2020 selections are here! Decide which of the five books you want to add to your subscription box.
If you feel like you’ve already read everything in your house, Book of the Month is here to save the day!
With all the bookstores and libraries closed, why not try out the most popular subscription book service. They pick five new titles and you get to read along with thousands of others (including me). It’s a win-win.
Even if you don’t have a Book of the Month subscription (yet), I think you’ll find value in looking at this curated list of new releases.
Take a look at the five books this month:
- Sue Monk Kidd’s newest book
- A look at wealthy NYC moms
- A hot new legal thriller
- Light and fun millennial romance
- An LBGTQ+ coming-of-age story
Keep scrolling to see all the details about the Book of the Month May 2020 selections and to find out which one I’m adding to my subscription box.
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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 it.
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. On the other hand, if you want more than one 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 or be favorites from previous months.
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 of a 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!
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 for $5!
May 2020 Book of the Month Selections
April 21, 2020 – Acclaimed author Sue Monk Kidd imagines a bold narrative about a fierce, intellectual Jewish woman named Ana. Although expected to marry an older widower, Ana instead marries Jesus, who eventually becomes one of the most influential individuals in history. Kidd is a remarkable writer and if she can weave that fine line between respect and creativity, her story could be a new book club favorite. Read more →
May 19, 2020 – To make ends meet, Claire accepts a job as a playgroup musician for wealthy New York City moms. As she gets to know her employers – Whitney the up-and-coming social media influencer, Amara the new stay-at-home mom, and Gwen the old-money experience mom – Claire learns these perfect moms are far from perfect and loves them more for it. Book of the Month calls Happy & You Know It a snarky fast read that sounds perfect for quarantined moms. Read more →
Update: See my full review on my May Reading List.
May 5, 2020 – When millionaire Zach Grayson is arrested for the murder of his wife Amanda, he enlists his friend Lizzie Kitsakis to defend him. However, as Lizzie dives more into Amanda’s secrets, she begins to wonder: What if Zach is actually guilty. The truth of their picture-perfect marriage also makes her question whether her own marriage can be saved. A salacious legal thriller that could be just what you need to spice up your May reading. Read more →
June 9, 2020 – After finding out that her boyfriend is cheating on her with not one, but two other women, Samiah is done with dating. She quickly befriends the “other women,” London and Taylor, and the three band together to swear off men for six months. Of course, she then meets the perfect man. If you are missing hanging out with your girlfriends during the pandemic, this millennial tale might be the perfect choice for you. Read more →
April 28, 2020 – If you want a dark young adult story about the horrors of high school, The Knockout Queen has you covered. While she might be gorgeous, Bunny’s towering height doesn’t add up to popularity. Instead, she lives on the fringe of high school with her best friend Michael, a closeted gay teen who is beginning to meet older men online. Until an act of violence tears their friendship apart. If you’re tired of light and fluffy, this deep teenage story is your best choice this month. Read more →
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Normally, The Book of Longings would be an automatic buy for me because I love Sue Monk Kidd’s books. However, I already received a copy from the publisher.
Instead, Happy & You Know It is calling my name. As a mother of four, I’m all for the mom drama and the revelations that other moms are not perfect either. I’ll take any reminder that I’m not the only mother with major flaws.
For my two May add-ons, I’m going back into the archives for a few books that I missed. After reading The Two Lives of Lydia Bird, I’m excited to pick up Josie Silver’s prior book One Day in December, a light British romance.
Plus, I’m throwing into my box Blake Crouch’s science fiction bestseller Dark Matter. I’m always in the market for more cleverly written modern sci-fi.
Which of the Book of the Month May 2020 selections are you going to pick?