I don’t do a lot of advertising on my blog. I do link to books on Amazon, and I get a very small residual from items bought from those links (seriously, I make probably $20 a year), which I use buy books (of course) or bookish accessories.
My promise has always been I will only do personal links and ads to things I use and like in my reading life.
In the last couple of months I’ve had a new literary advertisement onto my blog — Book of the Month. Before I tell you more, I have to disclaim:
“This post contains affiliate links and I will be compensated if you make a purchase after clicking on my links.”
I can tell you about and sell you this because I really do love it. I’ve gotten three great books in nice, good looking hardback versions. But, beyond that, Book of the Month is part of why I love books.
When I was growing up, back in the olden days, there was no internet. Not every home had a PC, and everything was done over the phone, through the mail, or in person. Everyone who came of age in those days remembers stuff you get through the mail. I think EVERYbody I knew did the fake name for a bunch of CDs or cassette tapes for just a penny!! (Seriously, did you all know that they’re still in business?!)
But one of my favorites was the Book of the Month Club. My mom would get this card in the mail with a few books choices. She would have to pick two, send the card back, and then she would get those books. BUT if she failed to send the card back, she would get the default books (which were usually good, but not always the first pick).
I loved it. We lived in the country, and there weren’t tons of bookstores in the ‘big’ city of Greeley (the mall had a Waldenbooks or B. Dalton, I can’t remember. And there was Woody’s Newsstand. I don’t remember if they had books, but it was kind of a magical store with soooo many newspapers and magazines. And there was the college bookstore), so getting these hardback bestsellers in the mail was awesome. Kind of an early version of the smiley Amazon box.
But there was always that chance that you were gonna forget to send in the card, and then you had to return the book, and, if you didn’t do it in the right amount of time, you were stuck with a book you might or might not like.
Eventually my mom quit the Book of the Month thing (after I moved out). It became a fond memory, one that helped shape my love of books. But it was in my past. Gone forever.
AND then I discovered Book of the Month online!!! I was so thrilled!!
It’s the best! One the first day of every month there are FIVE new selections, chosen wisely by wonderful judges (the list of both regular and guest judges is incredible). You then get to check out the selections, do a little research, ask your friends and family, and then, by the sixth day of the month, you choose your favorite.
OR you can skip a month. Easily, with the click of a button.
Then, on the seventh, your book ships. Free shipping. To you. A book. In a pretty box, which also contains thoughts from the judge that picked the book (on a nice bookmark) and a cute little coaster.
You can add on any of the titles for just $9.99.
And still, free shipping.
AND (hint hint, loved ones) a subscription is a great stocking-stuffer! Books, books, books–what could be bad about ANY of that? AND new members: if you give a gift subscription, you get 50% off a 3-month membership for you!