I am always grateful to Netgalley and First to Read for allowing me access to books for the price of a review. There have been so many amazing books this year! I have bought copies of books I read as gifts for friends and family members, but never myself. Now, this may seem silly because I have already read it, and in many cases have the book still, but I want to give back to the authors that have thrilled me.
The Invisible Life of Ivan Isaenko, Scott Stambach is one of the books that come to mind. I am considering buying myself a hard copy of this book; but it is a lot of money. In most cases nothing really changes between the review copy and the copy that goes to print save a few typos; thus the cheap part of me doesn’t want to spend half my book money on one book when there are so many I haven’t read yet. I could buy a used copy off the internet, but the author/publisher doesn’t see anything from that. For now, I am waiting to see if this one and several others I love are coming to paperback.
How do you handle this, though? Do you buy all the read-for-review books you liked? Just the top, say, ten of the year? How do you decide?