Balancing the Book Budget 2016: June

Posted June 27, 2016 by Felicia S in Book Budget / 13 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
  • JUNE: I got $232 in the Apple Settlement so I will have a section that will be dedicated to that alone


Budget left after last month: $66.75 / 10 Credits

Breakdown Money Spent

Books Purchased/Dollar Amounts: $5.83

  1. Dark of Night – Flesh and Fire by Jonathan Maberry $5.83
  2. The Last Woman Standing: A Novel by Thelma Adams (FREEBIE)
  3. Checkered Crime: A Laurel London Mystery  by Tonya Keppes (FREEBIE)

Apple Settlement Purchase (I will be including Pre-Orders since the money comes out of the settlement their price may change but will not be more than the pre-order price):  $98.47

  1. Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them: The Original Screenplay by JK Rowling (Pre-Order) $14.99
  2. Rock Chick Reawakening by Kristen Ashley (Pre-Order) $2.99
  3. Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets: The Illustrated Edition (Harry Potter, Book 2) by JK Rowling (Pre-Order) $21.99
  4. Harry Potter and the Cursed Child , Parts I & II by JK Rowling (Pre-Order) $16.99
  5. The Vampire’s Fake Fiancée (Nocturne Falls Book 5) by Kristen Painter $5.40
  6. The Werewolf Meets His Match (Nocturne Falls Book 2) by Kristen Painter $5.40+$2.15 (narration)
  7. The Professor Woos The Witch (Nocturne Falls Book 4) by Kristen Painter $5.40+$2.15 (narration)
  8. Miss Frost Solves A Cold Case: A Nocturne Falls Mystery (Jayne Frost Book 1) by Kristen Painter $5.40+$2.15 (narration)
  9. The Gargoyle Gets His Girl (Nocturne Falls Book 3) by Kristen Painter $5.40+$2.15 (narration)
  10. Golden Dynasty by Kristen Ashley (narration) – $3.76
  11. Wildest Dreams by Kristen Ashley (narration) – $2.15

Audiobook Credits used: 0 / $3.76

  1. Dark of Night by Jonathan Maberry – $3.76

Review Books (Physical, Audio, or Edelweiss):

  1. Sweet Little Lies by Jill Shalvis (LISTENED/READ)

Books Won/Gifted: NONE

What I read this month:

  1. Grimm’s Fairy Tales by Jacob Grimm (LIBRARY)
  2. Don’t You Cry by Mary Kubica (BEA Book)
  3. Baby Doll by Hollie Overton (BEA Book)
  4. The Body Reader by Anne Fraser (Brilliance Review)
  5. Dark of Night – Flesh and Fire by Jonathan Maberry (Audible/Kindle)
  6. Wilde Lake by Laura Lippman (LIBRARY/DNF)
  7. Sweet Little Lies by Jill Shalvis (Avon/Harper Audio/BEA 16)


Budget left starting next month:  $57.16 + 10 Credits

Total Spent this year: $32.88 (Jan) + $18.83 (Feb) + $131.54 (March, April, May) + $9.59 (June)  = 192.84



Challenge Updates:

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13 responses to “Balancing the Book Budget 2016: June

  1. Oh my goodness! Book exchange party?! Best idea ever!! And I totally sympathize with the bok budget. I’ve got a house of 3 avid readers and we had to include a book budget in our finances. The library is my lifeline.

  2. Nikki H

    I was excited to see you bought the Kristen Painter books. I just read these a couple of weeks ago. I still need to read Miss Frost Solves a Cold Case. I wish there were more of her Nocturne Falls books. You’ve done a great job on your budget and what a nice settlement you got from Apple! I got a little over $100 but I haven’t spent any of it yet. I’m sure Kristen Ashley will play into it somehow. 😉

    • I really liked the first one. I think this will be my summer series read. I am listening to Kristen Ashley Fantasyland series right now. I am really enjoying the first one though I have heard I MIGHT have a problem with the second one 🙂

    • I had to develop a budget after years of not budgeting well. It came with buying a house on my own. That kind of made things real LOL

  3. Those professional narration prices have been good on a lot of books I’m interested in lately. I keep getting tempted but I’m trying to keep a Kindle book and my audiobook separate so I can try and get two in at a time. Those Apple Settlements were sure a nice surprise. I’m so confused on what I want to get. So much to choose from!

    • It was nice especially since next year I am going to limit myself to 12 purchases for books and 24 audiobooks. I have books I need to read and adding to the list is not helping. Then again next year is also a strict budget year for me (actually that starts in October).

      • Because I am retired and only working part time, I am on a fixed income and have to limit my spending. I threw a Book Bash and charged a gently used book for admission. 14 people showed up, almost all with a tote bag of books. People my age want to downsize! The ones that weren’t taken home from the party went to me and all the children’s books and books I had read which nobody took went to my Little Free Library. One had roaches, so it went to the dumpster. (My cat alerted me to this by playing with the creepy little thing and I found it feet up this a.m. on the rug.) Four will go to Half Price Books, hopefully to be spent along with other credits on cool bookmarks (some as low as 49 cents) to include in cards as nothings day gifts.

        • That is an awesome idea! I have lots of single friends around my age (mid 40s) and we are constantly going to weddings, baby showers, ect. I think a book exchange party would be an awesome thing to do 🙂