January’s Book of the Month Picks

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It’s been a hot minute since I’ve done an unboxing post, let alone a BOTM one. Life has been oh so crazy.

This month is a little bit different because I REACHED BFF STATUS Y’ALL!

BFF status? What does that even mean? Girl, you be crazy.

BFF is when you have subscribed for 12 months! You get some awesome freebies as well, like this tote with book pocket.

You also will receive a free add-on during your birthday month and every winter when they announce the five Book of the Year Finalists, you’ll get to choose the one you want for free. FREE!

Okay, enough of my blabbering…lets get to the good stuff…my picks!

The Sun Down Motel by Simone St. James.


“A creep-tastic ghost story where a woman finds the run-down motel her aunt was last seen in. And it’s def haunted.” – BOTM.


Upstate NY, 1982. Every small town like Fell, New York, has a place like the Sun Down Motel. Some customers are from out of town, passing through on their way to someplace better. Some are locals, trying to hide their secrets. Viv Delaney works as the night clerk to pay for her move to New York City. But something isn’t right at the Sun Down, and before long she’s determined to uncover all of the secrets hidden…

Things in Jars by Jess Kidd.

Historical Fiction.

“Strong Victorian women dealing with wildly unladylike things. Like death. And maybe a kidnapped mermaid or two.” – BOTM.


Bridie Devine—female detective extraordinaire—is confronted with the most baffling puzzle yet: the kidnapping of Christabel Berwick, secret daughter of Sir Edmund Athelstan Berwick, and a peculiar child whose reputed supernatural powers have captured the unwanted attention of collectors trading curiosities in this age of discovery.
Winding her way through the labyrinthine, sooty streets of Victorian London, Bridie won’t rest until she finds the young girl, even if it means unearthing a past that she’d rather keep buried. Luckily, her search is aided by an enchanting cast of characters, including a seven-foot tall housemaid; a melancholic, tattoo-covered ghost; and an avuncular apothecary. But secrets abound in this foggy underworld where spectacle is king and nothing is quite what it seems.

Ashlords by Scott Reintgen.


“The violent dystopia of The Hunger Games with fiery, phoenix-horse races leading to a revolution. Hold on tight.” – BOTM.


Every year since the Ashlords were gifted phoenix horses by their gods, they’ve raced them. First into battle, then on great hunts, and finally for the pure sport of seeing who rode the fastest. Centuries of blood and fire carved their competition into a more modern spectacle: The Races.
Over the course of a multi-day event, elite riders from clashing cultures vie to be crowned champion. But the modern version of the sport requires more than good riding. Competitors must be skilled at creating and controlling phoenix horses made of ash and alchemy, which are summoned back to life each sunrise with uniquely crafted powers to cover impossible distances and challenges before bursting into flames at sunset. But good alchemy only matters if a rider knows how to defend their phoenix horse at night. Murder is outlawed, but breaking bones and poisoning ashes? That’s all legal and encouraged.
In this year’s Races, eleven riders will compete, but three of them have more to lose than the rest—a champion’s daughter, a scholarship entrant, and a revolutionary’s son. Who will attain their own dream of glory? Or will they all flame out in defeat?

Are you a BOTM member? What did you pick? Not a BOTM member, have you read any or are interested in any of these picks? Let’s talk about it in the comments!

All my love, always,



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