Member Spotlight: Amanda Berendt
Finding unexpected books that take her breath away
Book of the Month, Amanda Berendt
Amanda is an avid reader from Landing, New Jersey. However, she would often find herself stuck when it came to finding her next book. That is, until she joined Book of the Month. She tells us how Book of the Month helped introduce her to new books that she wouldn't have otherwise discovered. Be sure to check out Amanda's Book of the Month review video, here. "
I love to read. I've always loved to read. I have a very eclectic style - reading anything from history to scifi to classics. Because I (for the most part) don't tend to read one specific genre or author, I often find myself stuck as to what book to read next. Going to the bookstore is a bit daunting because there is so much to choose from. I've also tried asking friends for selections without much luck.
A year or so ago, I found out about subscription boxes. I tried a few different book subscriptions, but the books were selected for you and if that book was a bust, well you just wasted your money. Then last year I came across Book of the Month Club. I had remembered it from the mailings my mother used to get when I was a kid. (I liked playing with the book choice stickers). After finding a coupon code (three months for $20 or so) I decided to give it a try, figuring it'd be like the others and I'd drop it after the trial.
My first book was Smaller and Smaller Circles. Wow! It is a book I probably wouldn't have picked up in a store, but I loved it. Same with Bohemian Gospel - again, a book I wouldn't have picked up but it took my breath away. Now I find myself looking forward to the first of the month to see what the selections are. Each month there is at least one book that I want. And once I get my book, I love the discussion area so I can share my thoughts with people who chose the same book.
Amanda with her pets: Rose (big dog), Jake (little dog) and Percival (cat)