I’m signing up for the COYER Going Back to Basics challenge, which runs Dec. 19 through March 5 (I think.) It’s hosted by Fantasy is More Fun, Because Reading & Books, Movies, Reviews! Oh My! COYER is a challenge to work on your virtual pile (um, mountain) of free and bargain ebooks and audios. Basically, if it’s in digital format and you paid less than $5 for it ($16 for audiobooks), it’s fair game. You can see the full list of rules and the sign-up linky here.
Under $5 covers pretty much everything on my Kindle — and I have a lot of unread Kindle books. Some are ARCs, some are free, most are bargain books. On the other hand, I also have print books to read, some books I agreed to review and others just because I want to. So I don’t want to go overboard on this challenge.
I figure I can probably manage 12 ebooks during COYER and still read the other stuff I want to read, so that’s my goal. If I get there early, anything more will be a bonus! I’m not committing myself to specific titles, but here are a few I’m considering (in no apparent order):
ARCS of forthcoming books, and some older ones:
- The Masquerading Magician (Gigi Pandian)
- The Case of the Missing Morris Dancer (Cathy Ace)
- Death and the Brewmaster’s Widow (Loretta Ross)
- Reign of Shadows (Sophie Jordan)
- A Study in Charlotte (Brittany Cavallero)
- Flamecaster (Cinda Williams Chima)
- Mrs. Roosevelt’s Confidante (Susan Elia MacNeal)
- A Murder of Mages (Marshall Ryan Maresca)
- Cable Left, Cable Right (Judith Durant) (a knitting book)
Freebies and bargain books:
Way too many to list, and who knows what I’ll be in the mood for! I have a lot of romances, a fair number of mysteries, and a smattering of fantasy.
I met my goal… and I didn’t. For the entire COYER period, I read 15 books, 1 novella, and 3 long short stories, but I only wrote reviews for 7 books.
- The Readers of Broken Wheel Recommend (Katarina Bivald) – ARC
- The Masquerading Magician (Gigi Pandian) – ARC
- Everything She Wanted (Jennifer Ryan) – ARC
- Murder on Wheels (Lynn Cahoon) – ARC
- Switcheroo (Aaron Elkins) – ARC
- Restoree (Anne McCaffrey) – $1.99
- Death and the Brewmaster’s Widow (Loretta Ross) – ARC
Read but not reviewed (as of 3/04/16):
- “The Son of Sobek” (Rick Riordan; long short story) – $1.99
- “The Crown of Ptolemy” (Rick Riordan; long short story) – $1.99
- The Silenced (Heather Graham) – $1.99
- “Mrs. Hudson’s Case” (Laurie R. King; short story) – $1.99
- Sandry’s Book (Tamora Pierce) – $1.99
- Tris’s Book (Tamora Pierce) – $1.99
- Briar’s Book (Tamora Pierce) – $1.99
- Heart Change (Robin D. Owens) – purchased under $5
- Heart Search (Robin D. Owens) – purchased under $5
- Bridal Jitters (Jayne Castle; novella) – $1.99
- What We Find (Robyn Carr) – ARC
- Til Death Do Us Part (Amanda Quick) – ARC
Bea @Bea's Book Nook
Whew, I’m glad you’re joining in! I’m leaning toward a goal of 12 also. 🙂 We can do it!
Bea @Bea’s Book Nook recently posted…EXCERPT from Marred by Sue Coletta
Yes, we can! (Good grief, I sound like Bob the Builder or something.)
That is very reasonable goal. I plan to sign up for this one too (mostly to work on my NetGalley backlog–so embarrassing!). From your list, it looks like you have a lot of good reading ahead of you.
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I think a lot of us have a NetGalley backlog. [hangs head in embarrassment] I’m glad you’ll be signing up too!
The rules also cover most of my e-books as I have so many free ones or review copies. I am hoping to make a nice dent into my review books pile this Coyer! I am happy you’re participating too!
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Oh, good, you’re on board too! 🙂
I am really looking forward to this COYER. I just love the idea of going back to how it was and it us so relaxing this way. Good Luck, Lark and Happy Reading!
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Thanks, Michelle! I’m sorry it took me so long to reply. I’m only barely getting started on COYER reading and reviews. (Well, I read 5 books that would technically count if I can get reviews written… but it’s 5 romances in a series and sometimes I have a hard time coming up with anything original to say by book three.)