If you haven’t heard of the Book to the Month Club yet then you’re probably living under a rock; just kidding – but seriously, check it out if you haven’t already signed up. I’ve been a member since May of 2016, which means that just about every month (I’ve skipped months here and there) for the past few years I’ve received 1 to 3 beautiful hardcover books, both new and old. I love BOTM. It’s been a fantastic tool for discovering new titles and authors, plus the books are all great quality and look beautiful lined up on my shelf next to each other.

IMG_5851The one downside (and is it even really a downside? You be the judge) is that I can’t read my incoming BOTM selections fast enough. They arrive and then end up competing with other books on my TBR shelves and although I DO want to read them, they don’t always get read. Part of the problem is that I keep my BOTM books on a separate shelf from my other TBR books so they aren’t front and center when I’m looking for my next read. This needs to change because there are some amazing books on this shelf that are being neglected, and that’s an absolutely horrible crime.

IMG_5852So, I was scrolling through Instagram a few days ago as I do and I came across a new reading challenge for the month of November. Caroline over at @TheLiteraryMom is hosting a challenge called #ThankfulforBOTM where participants either a) read a minimum of two unread BOTM books, or b) read only BOTM books for the entire month. We’re also encouraged to post on Instagram about each BOTM book we read using the hashtag #ThankfulforBOTM.

This challenge could not have come at a better time! Just when I was thinking something had to be done about the state of my unread BOTM shelf, I now have a challenge that will help to keep me accountable. My goal is to read (or listen to) at least three BOTM books in November. Of course, if I can get through more than three that would be amazing, but realistically that might be a bit of a stretch. With the holidays starting, I know I won’t have as much time for reading as I’d like but even just reading three books from my shelf will make me feel better about their current state.


Here are two lists – the first one contains the BOTM books that I’ve already read and my ratings for them and the second contains the BOTM books I haven’t read yet. Comment below with your suggestions for which books I should pick up! Also, if you decide to participate too, let me know! I’d love to hear your thoughts on the books you read and see your pictures on Instagram.

Books I’ve Read:

  1. The Nest by Cynthia D’Aprix Sweeney (2 Stars)
  2. Ocean at the End of the Lane by Neil Gaiman (4 Stars)
  3. The Wife Between Us by Greer Hendricks and Sarah Pekkanen (5 Stars)
  4. The Woman in Cabin 10 by Ruth Ware (4 Stars)
  5. The Couple Next Door by Shari Lapena (3 Stars)
  6. The Secret History by Donna Tartt (5 Stars)
  7. The English Wife by Lauren Willig (3 Stars)
  8. Whatever Happened to Interracial Love? by Kathleen Collins (4 Stars)
  9. American War by Omar El Akkad (3 Stars)
  10. Eligible by Curtis Sittenfeld (3 Stars)

Unread Books:

  1. The Girls by Emma Cline
  2. Circling the Sun by Paula McLain
  3. The Wonder by Emma Donoghue
  4. The Glass Castle by Jeannette Walls
  5. The Woman in the Window by A.J. Finn
  6. One Day We’ll All be Dead and None of This Will Matter by Scaachi Koul
  7. A Gentleman in Moscow by Amor Towles
  8. Hunger by Roxane Gay
  9. The City of Brass by S.A. Chakraborty
  10. Calypso by David Sedaris
  11. The Summer Wives by Beatriz Williams
  12. The Poisonwood Bible by Barbara Kingsolver
  13. The Silence of the Girls by Pat Barker
  14. The Air You Breathe by Frances de Pontes Peebles
  15. The Blind Assassin by Margaret Atwood
  16. Theft by Finding by David Sedaris
  17. Pachinko by Min Jin Lee
  18. Circe by Madeline Miller
  19. Exit West by Moshin Hamid
  20. Manhattan Beach by Jennifer Egan
  21. The Broken Girls by Simone St. James
  22. The Power by Naomi Alderman
  23. The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo by Taylor Jenkins Reid
  24. Swing Time by Zadie Smith
  25. Behold the Dreamers by Imbolo Mbue
  26. The Windfall by Diksha Basu
  27. All Grown Up by Jami Attenberg
  28. Priestdaddy by Patricia Lockwood
  29. Swimming Lessons by Claire Fuller
  30. Artemis by Andy Weir
  31. Into the Water by Paula Hawkins
  32. The Queen of the Night by Alexander Chee
  33. The Oregon Trail by Rinker Buck

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  1. You have a great list of books! I loved The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo. Broken Girls is a great one for this time of year! Happy reading! I hope you enjoy them all!

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