Book of the Month Club February 2017 Selections: What Would I Choose?

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Book of the Month Club February 2017 selections

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Do you want help choosing from the five Book of the Month Club selections each month?

Welcome to my new monthly feature “Book of the Month Club Selections: What Would I Choose?”! Every month, I’ll provide commentary on the books that are chosen as that month’s Book of the Month Club selections and tell you which book(s) I would choose.

Book of the Month Club February 2017 Selections

Pachinko, Min Jin LeePachinko by Min Jin Lee (Release Date: February 7, 2017)
496 Pages
Average Goodreads Rating: 4.32
Selected By: Alexander Chee (author of  The Queen of the Night)

For readers of The Kite Runner and Cutting for Stone.

Pachinko follows one Korean family through the generations, beginning in early 1900s Korea with Sunja, the prized daughter of a poor yet proud family, whose unplanned pregnancy threatens to shame them all. Deserted by her lover, Sunja is saved when a young tubercular minister offers to marry and bring her to Japan.

My Thoughts:
I’ve seen this book around (by around, I mean I’ve seen other bloggers I follow mention that they’re interested in reading it), but I haven’t seen that any of them have actually read it yet. It doesn’t sound like my cup of tea, mainly due to its length and heavy subject matter (just not what I have the mental space for at the moment).

Update: A little more information about Pachinko from Beth Fish Reads.

The Animators, Kayla Rae WhitakerThe Animators by Kayla Rae Whitaker (Released: January 31, 2017)
384 Pages
Average Goodreads Rating: 4.18
Selected By: Cynthia Sweeney D’Aprix (author of The Nest)

At a private East Coast college, two young women meet in art class. […] A decade later, Sharon and Mel are an award-winning animation duo, and with the release of their first full-length feature, a fearless look at Mel’s childhood, they stand at the cusp of success. […] When unexpected tragedy strikes, long-buried resentments rise to the surface, threatening their partnership—and hastening a reckoning no one sees coming.

My Thoughts:
Susie at Novel Visits, a blogger who has similar taste to mine, said this debut novel was her favorite book of the year so far and wrote this glowing review. Consequently, I added it to my “must at least try before the end of the year” TBR list.

Update: Here’s one more review from a blogger I follow (52 Books or Bust)…it’s not as positive as Susie’s and will give you a different perspective. Also, Liberty Hardy mentioned on today’s All the Books podcast that this book has a chance to be one of her favorites of the year.

Behind Her Eyes, Sarah PinboroughBehind Her Eyes by Sarah Pinborough (Released: January 31, 2017)
320 Pages
Average Goodreads Rating: 4.06
Selected By: Cristina Arreola (Bustle Books Editor)

Louise is a single mom, a secretary, stuck in a modern-day rut. On a rare night out, she meets a man in a bar and sparks fly. […] As Louise is drawn into David and Adele’s orbit, she uncovers more puzzling questions than answers. The only thing that is crystal clear is that something in this marriage is very, very wrong, but Louise can’t guess how wrong―and how far a person might go to protect their marriage’s secrets.

My Thoughts:
This twisty psychological thriller has been compared to Gone Girl and The Girl on the Train (seriously, when will publishers get sick of these comparisons?!) and apparently has a controversial ending that people will be talking about. Beth Fish Reads, a blogger I follow, shared these thoughts on it. If you like psychological thrillers and/or want to be a part of the conversation about that ending, this one might be a good choice for you.

Perfect Little World, Kevin WilsonPerfect Little World by Kevin Wilson (Released: January 24, 2017)
352 Pages
Average Goodreads Rating: 3.81
Selected By: Maris Kreizman (Book of the Month Club Editorial Director)

When Isabelle Poole meets Dr. Preston Grind, she’s just about out of options. […] So when Dr. Grind offers her a space in The Infinite Family Project, she accepts. Housed in a spacious compound in Tennessee, she joins nine other couples, all with children the same age as her newborn son, to raise their children as one extended family. Grind’s theory is that the more parental love a child receives, the better off they are.

My Thoughts:
Perfect Little World has gotten starred reviews from Kirkus and Booklist and the premise sounds intriguing. Catherine at Gilmore Guide to Books, a blogger whose taste I trust implicitly, thinks I would like it. So, it’s joined The Animators on my “must at least try before the end of the year” TBR list.

The Possessions, Sara Flannery MurphyThe Possessions by Sara Flannery Murphy (Released: February 7, 2017)
368 Pages
Average Goodreads Rating: 3.82
Selected By: Liberty Hardy (co-host of Book Riot‘s All the Books podcast)

In this electrifying literary debut, a young woman who channels the dead for a living crosses a dangerous line when she falls in love with one of her clients, whose wife died under mysterious circumstances.

My Thoughts:
This is another psychological thriller with the obligatory comparisons to Gone Girl and The Girl on the Train, BUT is also being compared to Station Eleven (review) and Margaret Atwood, which is definitely a combination I’ve never seen before. Another blogger I follow (Michelle at That’s What She Read) shared her brief thoughts about it on Monday. I’m sort of burned out on psychological thrillers and am generally skeptical of comparisons to Gone Girl and The Girl on the Train, so I probably wouldn’t choose this one.

Update: Michelle at That’s What She Read has now posted her full review.

What Book of the Month Club February 2017 selection(s) would I choose?

My choices this month would be The Animators and Perfect Little World!

Make your Book of the Month Club selections by Monday, February 6th.

For anyone unfamiliar with Book of the Month Club…

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Sign up for any of the subscription plans below and you get to choose one of five books selected by Book of the Month Club’s panel of judges (including a surprise guest judge) for $9.99 per month. Book of the Month Club will then mail your chosen book to your house with a cute note. You also have the option to purchase additional books for $9.99 each and to skip a month if you want.

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25 Responses to “Book of the Month Club February 2017 Selections: What Would I Choose?”

  1. Kay

    There are some good ones this month. I already have BEHIND HER EYES, so I think I would (and will) choose THE POSSESSIONS. Like this feature. Good job with it!

    • Sarah Dickinson

      Thank you! And I think I’m actually going to read Behind Her Eyes…even though I’m not a huge thriller fan at the moment. It’s getting too much buzz.

  2. Susie | Novel Visits

    Thanks for the shout out! I really did love The Animators. My second pick for this list would be Perfect Little World. I tried to get an ARC of that one, but no luck.

    This new feature is wonderful. What a great idea!

    • Sarah Dickinson

      You’re welcome! And with you on Perfect Little World! Sounds like an interesting premise. We’ll see if I get to it – haha.

  3. Wendy@Taking the Long Way Home

    I’m not a fan of epic, multi-generational novels. They’re just too long for me. I might have to try that thriller: Behind Her Eyes. I do love me a good thriller, altho like you I am skeptical of comparisons to Girl on the Train or Gone Girl. I won’t read the other one, since the supernatural doesn’t interest me at all.

    • Sarah Dickinson

      I’m with you on supernatural – UGH! And I might try Behind Her Eyes – even though I’ve been burned out on thrillers lately.

  4. KatieMcD @ Bookish Tendencies

    Oooh fun! I currently have a 3 month subscription, so I will look forward to these each month. Alas, I decided to skip this month, although “Perfect Little World” is probably the one I would have gone with.

  5. Michelle

    I went with Behind Her Eyes because it was one I wanted to get anyway. Two birds and all that. I was eyeballing The Animators but there is something about it that made me hesitate. I still love that cover for The Possessions way too much. I wish I loved the book as much.

    • Sarah Dickinson

      Two birds are good! And I think I’m going to give Behind Her Eyes a shot…I’m hearing so much buzz.

  6. RK

    Loved this post/new feature! I’m currently reading Behind Her Eyes and I’m hoping to read Pachinko soon.

  7. Tanya Boughtflower

    Thanks for including my review here. I would choose Perfect Little World. From the second I heard about it I knew I was in. But i do feel it will either be great or not great at all. No in between ground. And like you, I always trust Gilmore’s suggestions.

    • Sarah Dickinson

      I totally think this one could go either way…but apparently it’s going a good way per Catherine.

  8. Tara

    I’m really pumped to read The Animators, also thanks to Susie; I wish I could be happy reading hard back books and I’d order from BOTM – ha! I just can’t handle it at nighttime when I want to read for a little while in bed with the lights off! Book lights all seem too bright and my Kindle is just perfect…oh, well. This is really fun, though, and I’m so happy to see your recommendations!

    • Sarah Dickinson

      I’m with you on the hardbacks! I love the concept of BOTM club and think it’s awesome for people that like to read physical books, but wish they also offered e-books!

  9. Megan -- booksandcarbs

    I am a BOTM Club member and chose The Animators and Behind Her Eyes! I spent an Audible credit on Perfect Little World so I already have that covered — listening and enjoying right now!

    • Sarah Dickinson

      Sounds like we’re in sync! I’m almost finished with Behind Her Eyes. 35% to go.

  10. Naomi

    I’m intrigued by Perfect Little World… I think I would have to choose that one. Next choice would be Pachinko.
    The book and author comparisons for The Possession have me curious, even though it doesn’t sound like a book I would normally pick up.
    I like this new feature!

    • Sarah Dickinson

      I would never pick up The Possessions based on the cover alone…but the combination of comparisons does have me intrigued. Still doubtful I’ll read it, though.

  11. Rebecca Foster

    I didn’t know how the Book of the Month club worked. It sounds like a good deal for people who want to keep up with new titles. I’ve read two of this month’s — Pachinko and The Animators — and enjoyed both. Pachinko I’ve reviewed for the upcoming issue of BookBrowse. If you’re not tempted by the description, I’d say don’t bother; it’s a LONG book and can feel like a slog in places, especially when you get to the third generation of the family. The Animators, on the other hand, is entirely wonderful and I’d recommend it to pretty much anyone. I think it’ll be one of my favorites of 2017.

    • Sarah Dickinson

      I think BOTM is a fun way to read and I love seeing their choices every month. BUT – you have to love reading hardcovers. And I prefer my Kindle 🙂 So, if you like hardcovers, then I recommend it wholeheartedly!

      So glad to hear another glowing report on The Animators! I’m definitely going to pick it up sometime in the near future…but probably not right away b/c my March review schedule is jammed. And I’ll skip Pachinko…long slogs are definitely not a good fit for me at the moment.

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