Tuma's Book of the Month: How It Works!
Tuma's BOTM Box: Awesome book + cute gifts + personalized note in a custom box for $29.99 (Hardcover) or $21.99 (Paperback).
Continue reading to learn more about the service and purchase a box. Make sure to sign up for our newsletter to be the FIRST to know when new boxes are available each month.
The aim is to highlight and amplify diverse voices, stories, and experiences by people of color who have historically been silenced. As Nigerian writer, Chimamanda Ngozi Adiche, discusses in her well-known Ted Talk, the danger of a single story is that "the single story creates stereotypes, and the problem with stereotypes is not that they are untrue, but that they are incomplete. They make one story become the only story." There is POWER in the stories told about and by others. By learning the stories of those who may be different from us, we recognize our shared humanity--what brings us together, rather than what separates us. It creates a larger community built on love and respect. This initiative is my form of social justice and creating a world of equity for all.
How it Works:
- You will have a choice between several titles by writers of color every month for $29.99 (Hardcover) or $21.99 (Paperback). The titles will be hand-picked by myself (learn more about me) based on my own reading, research, and recommendations from others. We will provide a selection of new, old, popular, obscure, and classics, so everyone can find something exciting to love and diversify their reading!
- Books will be available in both Hardcover and Paperback, unless only one is available.
- Additional books are available for add-on and can be shipped with a purchase of a book box. Each box can hold 1 large book , 2 medium books, or three small books. 1-2 additional books can be slipped into the package alongside the box. You may add up to THREE additional books per box based on size (see product details for book size). Add-on prices range as newer and hardcover books tend to be more expensive.
- If you would like to purchase a BOTM box with a book from a previous month, please leave a note during checkout. I will be happy to substitute as long as I still have copies of the book available at home.
- We are NOT a subscription, so there is no need to remember to log in to skip a month. Simply visit our site and choose your book(s) at the beginning, middle, or end of each month. New BOTMs will be announced via our Newsletter and social media accounts, @tumasbooksandthings.
- Boxes will be shipped within 3-7 business days via USPS Media Mail (2-9 days). Orders over $50 will ship for free. I typically ship at least twice a week. I'm a one-woman team and a full-time teacher. Thanks for understanding! Too excited to wait? Expedited shipping via Priority Mail (1-3 days) is also available for $7. Select during checkout.
- Want gifts in the box to be tailored to you? Leave a note during checkout with a list of your loves/likes and I'll do my best!
- Want to purchase only the book from a previous box? Books can be shipped separately. They will arrive from the supplier in plain packaging. A flat rate shipping fee of $5.25 will be applied to cover supplier shipping costs.
- Books will be carefully wrapped and enclosed in our custom Tuma's BOTM box with cute gifts and personalized notes.
- Earn rewards points in our Book Lover Rewards Program for every purchase. Redeem points to save off the cost of your future BOTMs and other items on the site. Refer friends for even more points!
"I am so happy to have found Tuma's shop and her BOTM collections. This was my 3rd box and I am hooked! It's clear how much time and energy Tuma takes to carefully select the titles for her latest BOTM - I especially love that she focuses on female and diverse voices for these selections. I like that I am able to pick the books I want for each box, but since this isn't a subscription, I don't always need to ship a box every month. I now always look forward to the days she shares her selections and it's been hard to not want to fill up my box with every single title :)"
- R.Z (Aug. 2020)
What are you waiting for? Browse our current BOTM selections now!