In 2011, Missie @ The Unread Reader started the Show Me the Free reading challenge as a way to get some of those freebie ebooks read. It was a hit and in 2012 it morphed into the Why Buy the Cow? challenge and she invited Kelly at Reading the Paranormal to join her as a co-host. Missie was unable to continue hosting and handed the challenge off to Kelly and Amanda @ On a Book Bender. Unfortunately, Kelly and Amanda are unable to continue hosting and graciously handed the challenge off to me. While the hosts have changed, the goal remains the same: read those freebies!
I bought my first Kindle back in 2010 and I’ve been
Reading Challenge Details:
- Runs January 1, 2014 – December 31, 2014 (books read prior to 1/1/2014 do not count towards the challenge). You can join anytime before 9/30/2014. Sign up on The Book Vixen’s blog.
- The goal is to read at least twelve (12) free ebooks. While twelve is the minimum, there is no maximum limit. See the different levels below and pick the one that works best for you. You can move up a level as often as you’d like but no moving down.
- This reading challenge is for LEGALLY obtained FREE ebooks. We do not condone ebook piracy. These can be books offered through bigger sites, such as Amazon and Barnes & Noble, or smaller sites, such as Smashwords and All Romance Ebooks. Ebooks offered through author or publisher websites are acceptable as well, provided they are available free to everyone at the time of download.
- Any ebook format will work for this challenge (azw, EPUB, iBooks, mobi, PDF, etc.). You DO NOT need to have an ereader to participate in this challenge. You can read ebooks using Amazon’s Free Kindle Reading Apps, which you can download for your iPhone, iPad, Mac, PC, Blackberry and more. Free audiobooks also count towards this challenge provided they are free to the public. They can't be free as a condition of signing up for a service and they can't be provided by the publisher for review.
- Only ebooks and audiobooks that were available free, in a legal manner, to the public will count towards this challenge. eARCs, library books, ebooks free through Amazon Prime, and/or books won or gifted are not eligible for this challenge.
- Books can be any genre (fiction, nonfiction, romance, fantasy, mystery, thriller, horror, etc.).
- Crossovers from other reading challenges are allowed, however, re-reads are not eligible for this challenge. The goal is to read the freebies you’ve legally acquired so that they are off your TBR pile.
- To join this challenge, grab the 2014 Read Your Freebies! Reading Challenge button and post this reading challenge on your blog to track your progress. Please include a link back to this sign-up post so others can join the reading challenge too. You do not have to be a book blogger to participate; you can track your progress on Goodreads, LibraryThing, BookLikes, Libib, etc., so as long as you have a dedicated shelf for the 2014 Read Your Freebies! Reading Challenge and your profile is not private. The point of linking up is to have a place where people can see what you’re reading.
Coupon Clipper: read 12 books
Penny Pincher: read 24 books
Buying in Bulk: read 36 books
Super Saver: read 50 books
Extreme Couponer: read 100+ books
I have, over the last two years, taken part in Why Buy The Cow Reading Challenge hosted by Reading the Paranormal. I read 28 free books in 2012 and in 2013 I read 58. I was quite sad when I realised that the challenge wouldn't return in 2014 and equally please when I found out The Book Vixen had taken over.
My goal is Buying in Bulk: Read 36 books.
List of Books:
- A little Christmas Magic by Sylvie Kurtz (free on Amazon.co.uk 9th of January 2013)
- Deep Blue Secret by Christie Anderson (free on Amazon.co.uk 28th of August 2013)
- Aurora Sky by Nikki Jefford (free on Amazon.co.uk 18th of November 2013)
- Unexpected Gifts by Elena Aitken (free on Amazon.co.uk 13th of November 2013)
- The Highlander's Hope by Cali MacKay (free on Amazon.com 30th of August 2013)
- Honeymoon For One by Chris Keniston (free on Amazon.com 21th of January 2014)
- What Stays in Vegas by Beth Labonte (free on Amazon.co.uk 15th of July 2013)
- Night of the Purple Moon by Scott Cramer (free on Amazon.com 10th of September 2013)
- Forever Fae by L.P. Dover (free on Amazon.co.uk 4th of June 2013)
- An Unlikely Match by Barbara Dunlop (free on Amazon.co.uk 15th of March 2014)
- The Inconvenient Duchess by Christine Merrill (free on Amazon.com 21th of January 2014)
- The Bride wore Chocolate by Shirley Jump (free on Amazon.co.uk 24th of February 2014)
- A Charming Crime by Tonya Kappes (free on Amazon.co.uk 11th of April 2014)
- Death on the Aegean Queen By Maria Hudgins (free on Amazon.co.uk 6th of October 2012)
- The Breeders by Katie French (free on Amazon.co.uk 31st of May 2013)
- Along Came A Demon by Linda Welch (free on Amazon.co.uk 21st of August 2013)
- The Way They Were by Mary Campisi (free on Amazon.com 27th of July 2013)
- The Keepers by Donna Augustine (free on Amazon.co.uk 18th of May 2014)
- The Cold Moon Run by L. Filion (free on Amazon.com 27th of June 2014)
- Drip Drop Teardrop by Samantha Young (free on Amazon.co.uk 18th of May 2014)
- After the Storm by M. Stratton (free on Amazon.co.uk 28th of June 2014)
- Cart Before the Horse by Bernadette Marie (free on Amazon.co.uk 16th of May 2014)
- The Tiger Princess by Sarah Renee (free on Amazon.co.uk 25th of April 2014)
- If the Shoe Fits by Laurie LeClair (free on Amazon.co.uk 13th of November 2013)
- Untouched by Robert J. Crane (free on Amazon.co.uk 11th of April 2014)
- Champagne and Lemon Drops by Jean Oram (free on Amazon.co.uk 11th of April 2014)
- Reckless Nights in Rome by C.C. MacKenzie (free on Amazon.com 12th of November 2013)
- One Sweet Summer by Cali MacKay (free on Amazon.co.uk 26th of July 2014)
- Texas Secrets: The Gallaghers of Morning Star by Jean Brashear (free on Amazon.com 7th of October 2013)
- Illicit Magic by Camilla Chafer (free on Amazon.co.uk 21st of August 2013)
- Macaron Murder by Harper Lin (free on Amazon.com 29th of July 2014)
- Winter's End by Clarissa Cartharn (free on Amazon.com 3rd of August 2014)
- Hot Summer by Judy Powell (free on Amazon.com 6th of August 2014)
- Gnome on the Range by Jennifer Zane (free on Amazon.com 21st of November 2013)
- Kept by Elle Field (free on Amazon.com 19th of March 2014)
- The Yellow Fairy Book by Andrew Lang (free on Amazon.co.uk 27th of December 2011)
- Who Censored Roger Rabbit? by Gary K. Wolf (free on Amazon.co.uk 16th of January 2014)