The Sunday Salon: Free vs. Purchased….

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Having an e-reader, I have the opportunity to read fabulous books for FREE.  Many of these books are from authors I have not heard of and book titles I may not otherwise have known about.  There is definitely an upside to downloading free books, besides the cost factor, some of these books have really been a great way to introduce myself to new authors.  I’ve enjoyed reading books from authors, such as: Julie Klassen, Heather Wardell, Ruth Ann Nordin, and Elizabeth Bass to name a few.

The downside to free books is that it has kept me away from reading other books, such as Listen by Rene Gutteridge, The Other Daughter by Lisa Gardner, and Love Amid the Ashes by Mesu Andrews.  Yes, those are books I have already purchased and have yet to read.  I am beginning to miss those New York Bestseller’s books that intrigue me each time I walk by the book aisle at Walmart or Barnes and Noble.

There are only so many hours in a day and most of my time is spent with family, so there is not a whole lot of time I actually spend on reading.  Thankfully, I am an avid reader and can read rather quickly.  However, I have found that if I start a book too quickly after finishing one, I don’t enjoy that book as much.  I think I have to give my brain time to sort through the ending of a book, grieve the characters (if I loved the book), and spend some time processing the story.  Yeah, I am a book geek.  I dissect a lot….perhaps it goes back to my analytical skills and writing so many papers in college.

I am curious…have you been able to balance your freebies with your purchased books?  How has it been for you?

One thing is for sure….there is always a great book waiting to be read!!  Thankfully, I have an overflow of great books to choose from and am very glad that I have the choice to read any book I would like and still have more waiting for me.

9 thoughts on “The Sunday Salon: Free vs. Purchased….

    Debbie Nance said:
    June 26, 2011 at 8:45 am

    I agree. I feel obligated to read anything I receive for review. Some books are so awful that I feel actual physical pain while reading them. And then I must write a review….very unhappy experience.

    Here’s my Sunday Salon: Une Petite Visite à Paris
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      Books in the Burbs responded:
      June 27, 2011 at 12:50 am

      Debbie-YES! I didn’t mention those, but review books can also put me behind on my TBR list. I have read a few of those, and it feels like I am in English class and “have” to read a book so that I can write a book report. Thanks for stopping by :D

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    laurelrainsnow said:
    June 26, 2011 at 9:27 am

    Oh, yes, I can relate to your experience, and I do try to include books I am eager to read in with the others (in the same week)…just in case the free ones aren’t wonderful. I can relate to Deb’s experience…but it’s getting better! I am now more selective when accepting review books.

    And it is painful to write the reviews of those we hated….GRRR
    Here’s MY SUNDAY SALON POST

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      Books in the Burbs responded:
      June 27, 2011 at 12:52 am

      Yes….book bloggers get many review requests and sometimes I can tell if it is a book I will enjoy or not…however, there are times when I am surprised and it becomes a chore rather than something I enjoy. I love the way you blend TBR books with review books….I need to do that! Thanks for stopping by :D

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    Jeremy said:
    June 26, 2011 at 10:16 am

    I’ve downloaded a few freebies on my Kindle, but mostly the classics. I haven’t gotten the opportunity to read them yet. With the tomes I’ve been reading this year, it’s been difficult to get much of anything else in though!

    Usually, in between my tomes, I’ll try to get in reading a quick freebie, or other type of book to break things up. Here’s my post .

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      Books in the Burbs responded:
      June 27, 2011 at 12:54 am

      You can never go wrong with the classics!! I can never tire of Pride and Prejudice and Jane Eyre. I love and appreciate that these classics are free, too….and it feels so wonderful to have them on my reader when I just want to curl up with a great book :D

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    sleighanne said:
    June 26, 2011 at 5:30 pm

    I’ve downloaded a few of Ruth Ann Nordin, but I haven’t had the opportunity to read them yet.
    Free books are a really great way to find new authors, so I think that even if it keeps you from reading other books, its still a good thing!

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      Books in the Burbs responded:
      June 27, 2011 at 12:55 am

      I was pleasantly surprised to read Ruth Ann Nordin’s books and found that I enjoyed them. They are simple reads, but I loved that they are a series and I get to meet the characters and follow them in other stories. She has written quite a few new books lately that I have not had the opportunity to read. You will have to update me! :D Thanks for stopping by!

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