We love hearing from our members, especially when they confirm that we're doing our job. Our goal is to provide members with new books that go beyond the bestseller list - books that become our members' new favorites. Lauren wrote us telling us how an October selection was a book: "I never would have heard about...which became one of my favorite reads of the year"

Name: Lauren O'Brien

When I received my invitation to give Book of the Month a test run, I was hesitant and skeptical. I've never been much of a joiner. I don't like to have to buy something each month, particularly when my reading tastes are not what I would generally consider mainstream. But what could it hurt, right? Test it out for a few months, say thank you, and go on my merry way.

Well, turns out this ain't your granddaddy's Book of the Month club. I was blown away by the variety in selection options, the panel of judges, and the fervor with which each judge pushed his or her book each month. How can that kind of excitement not be contagious? My second month rolled around and I opted for Liberty Hardy's pick: F.H. Batacan's 'Smaller and Smaller Circles,' which proceeded to blow my socks off. This is a book I never would have heard about (which is a crime, it should be shouted about from the rooftops) and which became one of my favorite reads of the year.

That experience sold me. I have now signed up for a year subscription and eagerly anticipate each month's selection email in my inbox. It's also the little things. Each monthly box comes with a note from the judge and the books are carefully wrapped so as to avoid damage in the mail. Additional titles available for $9.99 is also a great draw. Overall, I'm very happy to have been proven wrong about Book of the Month and look forward to more great discoveries as the year progresses.

Lauren O'Brien Malcolm Avenue Review