Saturday, November 23, 2013

2013 Why Buy the Cow? Reading Challenge Finished

2013 Why Buy the Cow? Reading Challenge hosted by Reading the Paranormal and On a Book Bender.

Here's how it works:  
  • Should you choose to participate in this challenge, your goal is to read at least twelve (12) legally obtained FREE e-books. While twelve is the minimum there is no maximum limit.
  • Anyone can join. You don’t have to be a blogger, and you don’t have to live in the United States. 
  • Any E-Reader will work for this challenge, including: iPad, Kindle, Nook, Kobo, Sony Reader, enTourage. 
  • Please Note: If you don’t have an e-reading device, you can still join in with Amazon’s Free Kindle Reading Apps which you can download for your iPhone, iPad, Mac, PC, Blackberry and more.
  • The challenge runs from January 1, 2013 to December 31, 2013. You can join at any time.
  • e-books in ANY genre count for this challenge as long as it was FREE at the time that you downloaded it.
  • Every month in 2013, I will make a post for the 2013 Why Buy the Cow? Reading Challenge so you can link your reviews.  Based on participation, monthly link ups may be combined.
Challenge Guidelines:
  • If you have a blog, create a post announcing your participation in the challenge. Please include a link back to this post.
  • Non bloggers: participate by linking up your profile URL from the site you plan to post your reviews on such as Goodreads, Shelfari, LibraryThing, Amazon, or Barnes & Noble.
  • When you post your book review, you MUST reveal how you obtained the free & legal download. Please make your source clear. We do not condone piracy of any sort.
  • You can list your books in advance or list them as you read them.
  • Crossovers to other reading challenges is acceptable, but ARCs/galley e-books DO NOT count. Again, this is a Reading Challenge to read as many of the FREE e-books legally offered for your e-reader. 
Coupon Clipper: 12 Books
Penny Pincher: 24 Books
Buying in Bulk: 36 Books
Super Saver: 50 Books
Extreme Couponer: 100+ Books

In 2012 I read 28 which is why this year I decided to set my goal at 24 books. Well I have had to upgrade twice and I have now completed this challenge as a Super Saver and read my book number 50, XBestia by Melissa Conway the 16th of October. Since then I have read another three free books.

I have decided to finish at this level as I am sure I won't be able to make it to 100 free books, but I will keep adding books the rest of the year to see how far I can make it.

If Reading the Paranormal and On a Book Bender decides to host this challenge again in 2014 I will definitely take part again. I will have a lower goal though as I have started reading more library books.

My list of books:
  1. De Novo Syndrome by Jim Buckner, David Mark Brown 
  2. Dogs Don't Lie by Clea Simon 
  3. Legend of the White Dragon: Legends by Melanie Nilles
  4. My Familiar Stranger by Victoria Danann
  5. Deadly Legacy by Alison Bruce 
  6. Exclusively Yours by Shannon Stace 
  7. Cross My Heart by Abigail Strom
  8. Become by Ali Cross 
  9. Always the Designer, Never the Bride by Sandra D. Bricker 
  10. Old Before My Time: Hayley Okines' Life with Progeria by Hayley Okines, Kerry Okines, Alison Stokes 
  11. Winging It! by Shel Delisle
  12. Winter's Passage by Julie Kagawa
  13. Stained by Ella James
  14. Lady of Devices by Shelley Adina
  15. Wise Follies by Grace Wynne-Jones 
  16. Wait For Me by Elisabeth Naughton 
  17. Goddess Legacy by M.W. Muse 
  18. Amy's Story by D'Elen McClain
  19. Manhattan Grimoire by Sandy DeLuca
  20. Hollowland by Amanda Hocking
  21. Marked by Kim Richardson
  22. For a Good Time, Call... by Trish Jensen 
  23. The Hunt by Joseph Williams 
  24. Just Doll by Janice Daugharty
  25. The Light Within Me by Carly Fall 
  26. Zombacter: Center City Contagion by Sean Bingham 
  27. Waking Up Married by Mira Lyn Kelly  
  28. Alone by Robert J. Crane 
  29. Alice in Zombieland by Nickolas Cook 
  30. The Case of the Flashing Fashion Queen by Norah Wilson  
  31. Origins by Kristen Middleton
  32. The Long Midnight Of Barney Thomson by Douglas Lindsay
  33. Amethyst by Heather Bowhay
  34. To Kill a Warlock by H.P. Mallory
  35. Witch Way Bends by Olivia Hardin 
  36. Cursed by Casey Odell
  37. Frey by Melissa Wright 
  38. Drowning Mermaids by Nadia Scrieva 
  39. Eternal Vows by Chrissy Peebles 
  40. Between the Land and the Sea by Derrolyn Anderson 
  41. I Bring the Fire: Part I Wolves by C. Gockel
  42. Life of Pi by Yann Martel 
  43. Dorothy: The Darker Side of Oz by Scott Stanford
  44. Everblue by Brenda Pandos
  45. One Glass Is Never Enough by Jane Wenham-Jones 
  46. Dollhouse by Anya Allyn  
  47. DRT by Eric Thomas
  48. Fire Burn and Cauldron Bubble by H.P. Mallory 
  49. How (Not) to Kiss a Toad by Elizabeth A. Reeves
  50. XBestia by Melissa Conway
  51. Wyrd Girl by Jon Jacks 
  52. Leopard Moon by Jeanette Battista
  53. Playing for Time by Barbara Bretton 
  54. Winter Warmers by Carole Matthews
  55. While Snowbound by Anna J. McIntyre
  56. All I Want for Christmas is You by Lisa Mondello 
  57. A Cowboy For Christmas by Kristen James
  58. The Santa Shop by Tim Greaton
 All posts for this challenge are HERE.

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