Balancing the Book Budget 2016: January

Posted February 1, 2016 by Felicia S in Book Budget / 24 Comments



Book Budget 2016

Monthly Balancing the Book Budget Check-In!


  • I can purchase up to $250 that I got in GC from Christmas/Birthday.
  • I can use my audible credits — I have 24 Credits
  • If I buy extra credits or if I use “Add Professional Narration” that comes out of my GC amount
  • I will track all my monthly reads through this post


Budget left after left month: $250.00

Breakdown Money Spent

Books Purchased/Dollar Amounts: $15.66

  1. Stone Guardian: Gargoyle Urban Fantasy Romance (Entwined Realms Book 1) by Danielle Monsch– $0.00
  2. Shadow Sight (Ivy Granger, Psychic Detective Book 1) by E.J. Stevens (READ)  -$0.00
  3. The Match of the Century: Marrying the Duke by Cathy Maxwell (READ) – $7.57

Audiobook Credits used: 7 credits/ $17.22

  1. (Preorder) Marked in Flesh by Anne Bishop – 1 credit
  2. (Preorder) Bitter Bite by Jennifer Estep – 1 credit
  3. Stone Guardian by Danielle Monsch – $3.78
  4. The Vampire’s Mail Order Bride by Kristin Painter – $2.15
  5. Trust No One by Jonathan Maberry – $5.36
  6. Sealed with a Curse by Cecy Robson – $3.78
  7. Shadow Sight by E.J. Stevens – $2.15 (LISTENED)
  8. Contractor by Andrew Ball – 1 credit
  9. (Preorder) Ghost in the Wind by E.J. Cooperman- 1 credit
  10. 3 Truths and a Lie by Lisa Gardner- Freebie (LISTENED)
  11. The Ex by Alifair Burke – 1 credit (LISTENED)
  12. Kingdom Come by Jane Jameson- 1 credit (LISTENING)
  13. (Preorder) She Tempts the Duke by Lorraine Heath – 1 credit

Review Books (Physical, Audio, or Edelweiss):

  1. The Rebel Bride by Catherine Coulter (Brilliance) (LISTENED)
  2. The Countess by Catherine Coulter (Brilliance) (DNF)
  3. Croc’s Return by Eve Langlais (Tantor)
  4. Orphan X by Gregg Hurwitz (Brilliance) (LISTENING)
  5. Shadowfever by Karen Marie Moning (Brilliance) (DNF)

Books Won/Gifted: (this was my housewarming gift I got added narration to several of my TBR Books which will help me knock them off–I love whyspersych)

  1. Season of Harvest by Michael R. Hicks (added narration)
  2. Tin God by Stacy Green (added narration)
  3. A Fall of Water by Elizabeth Hunter (added narration)
  4. Leonardo by Melissa Schroeder (added narration)
  5. Lady of Devices by Shelley Adina (added narration)
  6. In Deep Voodoo by Stephanie Bond (added narration)
  7. The Empty Quarter by David L. Robbins (added narration)
  8. The Force of Wind by Elizabeth Hunter (added narration)
  9. McKinnon’s Bride by Tanya Anne Crosby (added narration)
  10. Secrets on the Sand by Roxanne St. Claire (added narration)
  11. Married by Midnight by Julianne MacLean (added narration)
  12. Caged by Amber Lynn Natusch (added narration)
  13. Elusive by Sara Rosett (added narration)
  14. Taming Mad Max by Theresa Ragan (added narration)
  15. Blood and Sand by Elizabeth Hunter (added narration)
  16. This Same Earth by Elizabeth Hunter (added narration)
  17. The Countess Conspiracy by Courtney Milan (added narration)
  18. Building from Ashes by Elizabeth Hunter (added narration)
  19. A Hidden Fire by Elizabeth Hunter (added narration)
  20. Hanover Square Affair by Ashley Gardner, Jennifer Ashley (added narration)
  21. Silver Storm by Cynthia Wright (added narration)
  22. Sparks Fly by Lucy Kevin (added narration)
  23. Close to You by Kate Perry (added narration)
  24. A Demon and His Witch by Eve Langlais (added narration)
  25. The Scribe by Elizabeth Hunter (added narration)
  26. Graveyard Shift by Angela Roquet (added narration)

What I read this month:

  1. A Killer Plot (A Books by the Bay Mystery #1) by Ellery Adams (Tantor)
  2. FIND ME – Part One by Michelle Mankin (my books)
  3. The Ex by Alafair Burke (my books)
  4. The Knave of Hearts (Rhymes With Love #5) by Elizabeth Boyle (my books)
  5. Shadow Sight (Ivy Granger, #1) by E.J. Stevens (my books)
  6. Feverborn (Fever Series, #8) by Karen Marie Moning (My Books/DNF/Returned)
  7. Three Truths and a Lie (Detective D.D. Warren, #7.5) by Lisa Gardner(My Books)
  8. The Dirt on Ninth Grave (Charley Davidson, #9) by Darynda Jones(Borrowed from a Friend)
  9. The Match of the Century (Marrying the Duke, #1) by Cathy Maxwell(My Books)

What I borrowed from the library/friend :

  1. The Rebel Bride (Regency, #2) by Catherine Coulter(Brilliance/Library)
  2. To Love and To Kill by M. Willliam Phelps(Library)
  3. Cold-Hearted Rake by Lisa Kleypas (Library)
  4. Troublemaker: Surviving Hollywood and Scientology by Leah Remini (Library)
  5. Murphy’s Law (Molly Murphy Mysteries #1) by Rhys Bowen (Library)
  6. Never See Them Again by M. William Phelps (Library)
  7. Everything I Need To Know I Learned From a Little Golden Book (Little Golden Books)
    by Diane Muldrow (Library)
  8. You’re Never Weird on the Internet by Felicia Day ((Library)


Budget left starting next month: $217.12 / 17 Credits

Total Spent this year: $32.88


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24 responses to “Balancing the Book Budget 2016: January

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  1. Oh, how I envy your gift cards! But I did pretty well with book budget this month too- I don’t count my Audible credits or my book box subscriptions since those are already budgeted for, but I have a hard time passing up some of those daily deals on Audible!

    • That is the only thing I get for Christmas/Birthday because I make sure they understand it is what I want. I actually got a little more but I saved some of them specifically for cookbooks. I don’t count my audible credits (yearly renew) because that is in my budget. While I sometimes get it for my birthday/sometimes I buy it for myself. I won’t give it up so it is just a standard yearly charge.

  2. My library is really helping my book budget. I’m trying extra hard this year to save using the library, my reward points, and outlets or used bookstores. I have to do something because my book budget was out of control last year. I’m keeping a couple of subscription services, but I also cancelled the most expensive one. I’m determined to make it work this year.

    • Reward points are awesome. I am using those for any paper copy books I buy. That way I don’t use much of my book budget (since I rarely buy paper books anymore).

    • I have a rule with audio credits: If the book costs less (I am a BIG Whyspersych user) to buy the kindle and add the narration then I do that. Luckily I have almost all the backlists I need (that aren’t library available–oh another tip you can totally borrow the kindle version from the library and get the audible version for less if it is whyspersync enabled). Now it is just new books and I am down to 17 credits LOL

      • I do the same thing with the Whispersync. I always check the combo price before I spend a credit. I also never use a credit on a book that costs less than a credit, but I’m sure that’s standard. I have the 1 credit/month plan right now, but I’ve been seriously mulling over upping it. I didn’t know that library books would include that. That’s a great tip I’ll have to check that out. I know there’s a way on Amazon that you can see all the books you have that are Whispersync eligible; I need to be better about going through that.

        • To do that: On the main page click shop by department, books & audible, whyspersync for voice. Then in the top graphic the 4th choice add to your books. They moved it like 3 months ago 🙂

  3. I really miss authors names in your list, as titles doen’t often ring a bell. But I am curious about your review books, those are ancient Catherine Coulter books, are they re-issued?

    • I was in a hurry putting this together–I will add them later. They were reissued (yes Catherine Coulter) updated and setting changed a bit but the stories are basically the same.

        • No the leading guys are still the same up to and including the one scene in The Rebel Bride where he kidnaps his bride, pretends to be someone else, sleeps with her, ect.

  4. You stacked up the professional narrations! That is awesome! I love that service. I used to use it all the time until I started getting so behind on my TBR and had to split time between at least two books. I’m starting to think my plan may also be slowing me down. We shall see. Great list and congrats on the house!