I absolutely loved my first Book of the Month box, so I think this is a book box subscription I’ll keep. As a reminder, Book of the Month is a little different than other subscription boxes, since you choose your books. Regardless, book mail is book mail, and all book mail is good mail!
March Book of the Month
Each month you get to choose your BOTM, which are all new releases. This month I chose Emily X.R. Pan’s The Astonishing Color of After. I was so excited to see this book available as a March selection. The story sounds amazing, and the cover is absolutely gorgeous.
Book Description (from Goodreads): Leigh Chen Sanders is absolutely certain about one thing: When her mother died by suicide, she turned into a bird.
Leigh, who is half Asian and half white, travels to Taiwan to meet her maternal grandparents for the first time. There, she is determined to find her mother, the bird. In her search, she winds up chasing after ghosts, uncovering family secrets, and forging a new relationship with her grandparents. And as she grieves, she must try to reconcile the fact that on the same day she kissed her best friend and longtime secret crush, Axel, her mother was taking her own life.
Alternating between real and magic, past and present, friendship and romance, hope and despair, The Astonishing Color of After is a novel about finding oneself through family history, art, grief, and love.
Extra Book #1
In addition to your BOTM, you also get the option to add on an additional two books. I’m not sure if I’ll continue adding two extra books to my box each month, but right now, I’m finding the temptation too hard to resist. The first extra book I added this month was The Chalk Man by C.J. Tudor. This is a book I’ve heard great things about, so I’m excited to dive in.
Book Description (from Goodreads): You can feel it in the woods, in the school and in the playground; you can feel it in the houses and at the fairground. You can feel it in most places in the small town of Anderbury . . . the fear that something or someone is watching you.
It began back in 1986, at the fair, on the day of the accident. That was when twelve-year-old Eddie met Mr Halloran – the Chalk Man.
He gave Eddie the idea for the drawings: a way to leave secret messages for his friends and it was fun, until the chalk men led them to a body.
Thirty years later, Ed believes the past is far behind him, until an envelope slips through the letterbox. It contains a stick of chalk, and a drawing of a figure.
Is history going to repeat itself?
Was it ever really over?
Will this game only end in the same way?
Extra Book #2
The second extra book I added to my box was Beasts of Extraordinary Circumstance by Ruth Emmie Lang. I’ve admitted before that I’m a bit of a lush when it comes to beautiful book covers, and something about this cover really draws me in. It’s gotten great reviews on Goodreads, so this is another book I’m excited to read.
Book Description (from Goodreads): Orphaned, raised by wolves, and the proud owner of a horned pig named Merlin, Weylyn Grey knew he wasn’t like other people. But when he single-handedly stopped that tornado on a stormy Christmas day in Oklahoma, he realized just how different he actually was.
That tornado was the first of many strange events that seem to follow Weylyn from town to town, although he doesn’t like to take credit. As amazing as these powers may appear, they tend to manifest themselves at inopportune times and places. From freak storms to trees that appear to grow over night, Weylyn’s unique abilities are a curiosity at best and at worst, a danger to himself and the woman he loves. But Mary doesn’t care. Since Weylyn saved her from an angry wolf on her eleventh birthday, she’s known that a relationship with him isn’t without its risks, but as anyone who’s met Weylyn will tell you, once he wanders into your life, you’ll wish he’d never leave.
Beasts of Extraordinary Circumstance tells the story of Weylyn Grey’s life from the perspectives of the people who knew him, loved him, and even a few who thought he was just plain weird. Although he doesn’t stay in any of their lives for long, he leaves each of them with a story to tell. Stories about a boy who lives with wolves, great storms that evaporate into thin air, fireflies that make phosphorescent honey, and a house filled with spider webs and the strange man who inhabits it.
There is one story, however, that Weylyn wishes he could change: his own. But first he has to muster enough courage to knock on Mary’s front door.
In this warm debut novel, Ruth Emmie Lang teaches us about adventure and love in a beautifully written story full of nature and wonder.
What book boxes do you subscribe to? Have you read any of the three books I just received?