I can’t believe we are already a few days into MAY. How did that even happen? No complaints here though. I quite literally count down the days each month until it’s time for to make my Book of the Month selections.

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May’s Selection

I wasn’t super in love with the May’s book selection. Someone in a Facebook group I’m in mentioned that they felt that the books this month were meant to be lighter summer reads which is why we ended up with several Contemporary Fiction options to choose from. I typically am not a giant fan of Contemporary Fiction and usually gravitate more toward Thrillers, Mysteries, Historical Fiction, or Literary Fiction so I wasn’t very excited about the options.

If you love Contemporary Fiction though, then this your month!

My May BOTM Picks

I have two BOTM subscriptions so that if I want, I can get a total of 6 books each month (assuming I choose two add ons for each box), but this month I paused my second subscription since I wasn’t very into this month’s options.

Main Selection // The Last Thing He Told Me

I’m looking forward to this domestic suspense novel. I heard that Reese Witherspoon’s production company Hello Sunshine is turning this book into a show starring Julia Roberts, so I wanted to make sure and read it before I see the show. I typically love everything that Reese produces and/or stars in, so I’m sure that this latest adaptation will be no exception.

Synopsis taken from the BOTM website:

Before Owen Michaels disappears, he smuggles a note to his beloved wife of one year: Protect her. Despite her confusion and fear, Hannah Hall knows exactly to whom the note refers—Owen’s sixteen-year-old daughter, Bailey. Bailey, who lost her mother tragically as a child. Bailey, who wants absolutely nothing to do with her new stepmother.

As Hannah’s increasingly desperate calls to Owen go unanswered, as the FBI arrests Owen’s boss, as a US marshal and federal agents arrive at her Sausalito home unannounced, Hannah quickly realizes her husband isn’t who he said he was. And that Bailey just may hold the key to figuring out Owen’s true identity—and why he really disappeared.

Hannah and Bailey set out to discover the truth. But as they start putting together the pieces of Owen’s past, they soon realize they’re also building a new future—one neither of them could have anticipated.

Add On // The Sympathizer

This is a new to me book that I am so excited to start. The plot sounds so unique and adventurous. Plus, the fact that it won a Pulitzer definitely adds to its credibility haha! The author recently wrote a sequel which is what originally intrigued me. I saw that it was the second in a series and I realized that Book of the Month carried the first one.

Synopsis taken from the BOTM website:

It is April 1975, and Saigon is in chaos. At his villa, a general of the South Vietnamese army is drinking whiskey and, with the help of his trusted captain, drawing up a list of those who will be given passage aboard the last flights out of the country. The general and his compatriots start a new life in Los Angeles, unaware that one among their number, the captain, is secretly observing and reporting on the group to a higher-up in the Viet Cong. 

The Sympathizer is the story of this captain: a man brought up by an absent French father and a poor Vietnamese mother, a man who went to university in America, but returned to Vietnam to fight for the Communist cause. A gripping spy novel, an astute exploration of extreme politics, and a moving love story, The Sympathizer explores a life between two worlds and examines the legacy of the Vietnam War in literature, film, and the wars we fight today.

Add On // The Heiress Gets a Duke

This was an add on that BOTM had added to the site a few months ago. I originally wasn’t interested in it, as I don’t typically read Historical Romance books, but after coming across it again, I was intrigued. The cover is insanely gorgeous, and the more I read the synopsis, the more this book sounded like the palette cleanser that I’ve been needing! I’ve read several heavy, somewhat depressing books back to back, and I’m looking for a lighter read.

Synopsis taken from the BOTM website:

American heiress August Crenshaw has aspirations. But unlike her peers, it isn’t some stuffy British Lord she wants wrapped around her finger—it’s Crenshaw Iron Works, the family business. When it’s clear that August’s outrageously progressive ways render her unsuitible for a respectable match, her parents offer up her younger sister to the highest entitled bidder instead. This simply will not do. August refuses to leave her sister to the mercy of a loveless marriage.

Evan Sterling, the Duke of Rothschild, has no intention of walking away from the marriage. He’s recently inherited the title only to find his coffers empty, and with countless lives depending on him, he can’t walk away from the fortune a Crenshaw heiress would bring him. But after meeting her fiery sister, he realizes Violet isn’t the heiress he wants. He wants August, and he always gets what he wants.

But August won’t go peacefully to her fate. She decides to show Rothschild that she’s no typical London wallflower. Little does she realize that every stunt she pulls to make him call off the wedding only makes him like her even more.

What’s in your May box?

So there you have it: my May 2021 BOTM picks. What’s in your box this month? I love hearing about what other people have chosen and why they made their choices! Leave me a comment below and tell me what your selections are.




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