A Free Book is:

  1. A gift
  2. Book Mooch
  3. Book-Crossing
  4. Found somewhere book
  5. ARC (Advanced Reader’s Copy)
  6. Book “bought” with store credit or through a trade
  7. Book gotten in the FREE section of or a similar organization

Library books don’t count, because  even though they might be in your bookcase, the books belong to the community.

In the comment section, tell us which definition applies. Please make sure that the link that you enter is for the site of the review, not the first page of your blog.

If you don’t have a blog, write a short review in the comment section.


41 Responses

  1. This is my first entry in this challenge.

    I won my free from from a raffle done by blogger, Reading Matters.

    It’s The Attack by Yasmina Khadra

  2. My free book is called “Who You Know” by Theresa Alan and I received it from a wonderful Bookmooch member…I love!! Can’t wait to read this one.

    • I’ve never heard of I’ll have to stop by there.

  3. […] on the shelf, but takes up so much room in my bag! Will I actually crack the cover this year?) Free: The Northern Clemency by Philip Hensher (ARC) Dusty: Early Morning, Remembering My Father, William […]

  4. I read Barbara Kingsolver’s The Poisonwood Bible.

  5. Hello,

    I read Be Strong and Curvaceous which was an ARC I received from First Wild Card Tours – Review is here:


  6. I received a book from one of my mom’s two best friends called Crazy ’08, about the 1908 Chicago Cubs.

  7. My free book is Ruth by Elizabeth Gaskell. I won it from Sarah of <a href=””Library Hospital>.

  8. This is my first entry for the challenge. I read “Confessions of a Jane Austen Addict” by Laurie Viera Rigler.

    I won this through a giveaway. Thanks~ Nely

  9. I choose Isolation by Travis Thrasher as my free book. I won it last year from another book blogger. Here’s my review:

  10. I read an ARC book – From Butt to Booty by Amber Kizer.
    review is here –

  11. My free book is Harry, a History, by Melissa Anelli, as received as a gift. Review here:

  12. I received Undercover by Beth Kephart in a contest from Em at Em’s Bookshelf. Here is my review:

  13. Finished Tara Road a week or so ago. Forgot to link it!

  14. Here’s the review of my Free book! It was an ARC.

    Eclipse (Richard North Patterson)

  15. […] Richmond. This one was given to me at a book group meeting and I’m also counting it for my 9 for 09 reading challenge. This is the gripping story the disappearance of six-year old Emma. It’s […]

  16. Here is my post about my ‘free’ choice, Housekeeping Vs. The Dirt. Thanks!

  17. Oops, I forgot to say on here that it was a birthday present my my niece, so it falls under the first category.

  18. Received Daring the Moon from author Sherrill Quinn.

  19. I chose “The Wordy Shipmates” by Sarah Vowell for my “free” book. It was a Christmas gift from my parents. My review can be found here:

  20. I read MAN OF THE HOUSE which was an ARC sent to me by the author. The review is here.

  21. My first book for this challenge! I read The Stranger by Albert Camus, which I received for free via Bookmooch. The review is here.

  22. “American Rust” by Philipp Meyer was my choice for this category; an ARC that I received from the author, via Good Reads. You can read my review, here.

  23. Ok, for my free book I’m going to use a book from my Author challenge. The book is “The Secret Life of Bees” by Sue Monk Kidd. I traded for this book at a bookstore. This is so much fun.

    I’m avoiding “long.” One day I will have to face it.

  24. I read Chalice by Robin McKinley. I won this book in a giveaway on the blog Presenting Lenore. My review is here:

  25. While not perfect (for example, any reader, with at least some experience of reading fantasy novels will see most of the plot twists coming) but it is carried off with such charm, and so likable are the characters that any faults are totally forgivable.

    Read and comment on my full review at Bart’s Bookshelf

  26. My free book is “Jantsen’s Gift” by Pam Cobe and Aimee Malloy. I posted earlier about “Secret Life of Bees.” I’ve changed my mind. If it’s alright, Jantsen’s Gift” is my free choice. A review is on my blog. I hope I’m doing this right. I’m getting nervous about linking correctly.

  27. Tea – you’re doing great.
    Hope to read more reviews from you.

  28. My first post is up… The Valley of the Giants which I received free through Craigslist.

  29. Big Fish was free to me as a gift from a friend.
    My review:

  30. I just reviewed my free book, which was an extremely generous birthday present from my sweetie: Deborah Nadoolman Landis’s Dressed: A Century of Hollywood Costume Design. It was amazing!

  31. Hi! My free book, Lady Windemere’s Fan by Oscar Wilde, was a gift from a friend. My review is up on my blog:


  32. My free book was a library discard I picked up from a table–I’m not good at saying no to free books! It’s The Green Years, by A.J. Cronin. Here’s the full review at my blog:

  33. This is a short book but big on message


    my free one was a birthday gift from last july!

  35. My free book was given to me at a lunch/ book swap party 5 years ago.
    The Poisonwood Bible by Barbara Kingslover, review at

  36. My free book was Cult Insanity by Irene Spencer which I received free from Hachette Book Group for review.

  37. I got my free book through BookMooch: Sarah Stewart Taylor’s O’ Artful Death. It’s a murder mystery. A bit slow but had a charming heroine.

  38. My free book came from ..
    The Suburban Dragon By Garasamo Maccagnone

  39. Hi there,

    I read Jonathan Strange & Mr Norrell for this category!


    I received a free copy of Benny & Shrimp to review.

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