Balancing the Book Budget 2017: Jan/Feb

Posted March 1, 2017 by Felicia S in Book Budget / 15 Comments



Monthly Balancing the Book Budget Check-In is back! I am doing this every other month this time since I don’t plan on buying many books this year 🙂


  • I can purchase up to $200 in books this year
  • I can use my audible credits — I am on a 2 a month plan & starting the year with 6 extra
  • If I buy extra credits or if I use “Add Professional Narration” that comes out of my $200
  • I will track all my monthly reads through this post

Budget left after left month: $200

Breakdown Money Spent


Books Purchased/Dollar Amounts: $10.64


Audiobook Credits used: 9 Credits used, 3 extra credits purchased $32.95, 5 Credits available

  • Ripper: The Secret Life of Walter Sickert Written by: Patricia Cornwell (1 credit-current listen)
  • Dogs of War: A Joe Ledger Novel Written by: Jonathan Maberry (1 credit-preorder)
  • Complicated Written by: Kristen Ashley (1 credit-preorder)
  • The Turn: The Hollows Begins with Death Written by: Kim Harrison (1 credit)
  • Between the Devil and the Duke Written by: Kelly Bowen (1 credit)
  • The U.S. Congress: A Very Short Introduction  Written by: Donald A. Ritchie (1 credit-listened)
  • This Is Not Over: A Novel Written by: Holly Brown (1 credit-listened)
  • The Life-Changing Magic of Not Giving a F*ck: How to Stop Spending Time You Don’t Have with People You Don’t Like Doing Things You Don’t Want to Do Written by: Sarah Knight (1 credit-listened)
  • FREE: Goodnight Smartphone Written by: Arianna Huffington (Free-Listened)
  • Wild Wicked Scot: The Highland Grooms, #1 Written by: Julia London (1 credit-Listened)


Review Books (Physical, Audio, or Edelweiss): These are from Nov 2016 to Now aka the reason I am having a Felicia got her reading groove back readathon this weekend!

  • Immortal Unchained: An Argeneau Novel by Lynsay Sands (Edelweiss)
  • The English Duke by Karen Ranney (Edelweiss)
  • Ride Rough: A Raven Riders Novel by Laura Kaye (Edelweiss)
  • Wrecked: LOST Series #6 by Cynthia Eden (Edelweiss)
  • White Hot: A Hidden Legacy Novel by Ilona Andrews (Edelweiss)
  • Love with a Scottish Outlaw: Highland Weddings by Gayle Callen (Edelweiss)
  • A Most Unlikely Duke: Diamonds in the Rough by Sophie Barnes (Edelweiss)
  • Affair with a Notorious Heiress, An by Lorraine Heath (Edelweiss)
  • From Duke Till Dawn: The London Underground by Eva Leigh (Edelweiss)
  • When the Marquess Falls by Lorraine Heath (Edelweiss)
  • Six Impossible Things: Rhymes With Love by Elizabeth Boyle (READ) (Edelweiss)
  • Snared by Jennifer Estep (Edelweiss)
  • The Darkest Corner by Liliana Hart (Edelweiss)
  • Borrowed Souls: A Soul Charmer Novel by Chelsea Mueller (Edelweiss)
  • Silence Fallen by Patricia Briggs (Audiobook & NetGalley) (READ)
  • Unplug by Suze Yalof Schwartz and Debra Goldstein (Audiobook)
  • Clean My Space by Melissa Maker (Audiobook)
  • Brighter Than the Sun by Maya Banks (Audiobook)
  • Etched in Bone by Anne Bishop (Audiobook)
  • The Roanoke Girls by Amy Engel (Audiobook) (Listened)
  • Old Bones by Trudy Nan Boyce (Audiobook)
  • I See You by Clare Mackintosh (Audiobook)
  • Andorra by Peter Cameron (Audiobook)
  • Gilded Cage by Vic James (Audiobook) (Almost done)


Books Won/Gifted:

  • None


What I borrowed from the library/friend (These I don’t feel like I have to finish if I am not in the mood–best thing about library books. These are the ones I gave a whirl and might get to in the near future. I also tend to check out books that I have the audio for to reference for spelling and such):

  • Gilded Cage: The Dark Gifts Trilogy 1 by Vic James (Library) (Currently Reading while Listening to Audiobook)
  • The Chemist by Stephanie Meyer (Library)
  • The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood (Library)(Read)
  • Lord of the Privateers (The Adventurers Quartet) by Stephanie Laurens (Library)
  • The Operator (The Peri Reed Chronicles) by Kim Harrison (Library) (Currently Reading while Listening to Audiobook)
  • Eleventh Grave in Moonlight: A Novel (Charley Davidson Series) by Darynda Jones (Library) (Deciding if I am going to continue the series)
  • Lean In: Women, Work, and the Will to Lead by Sheryl Sandberg (Library)(Read for Work)
  • Born a Crime: Stories From a South African Childhood by Trevor Noah (Library)
  • Paper and Fire (The Great Library) by Rachel Caine (Library)
  • Blood Vow: Black Dagger Legacy by J.R. Ward (Library)
  • Breath of Fire (The Kingmaker Chronicles) by Amanda Bouchet (Library)
  • You by Caroline Kepnes (Library)


What I Read:



Budget left starting next month: $156.41

Total Spent this year: $43.59


Challenge Updates:

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15 responses to “Balancing the Book Budget 2017: Jan/Feb

  1. I stopped doing my budget because I find myself not really buying books much anymore. I borrow a lot (From you, almost as much as the library) and really only seem to buy books if I can’t borrow book club books. I have a few authors that are must buys, but since I’m behind on pretty much every series I’m currently reading that’s not many. Looks like you’re off to a decent start though!

    • That is the main reason I switched to every other month. I am not buying a lot (well I do tend to get audiobooks regardless but I have the credits already so …) . I have only bought book club books so far this year with the exception of the Kindle First 🙂

    • Between all my libraries I can usually find what I need but my local one is a little bare. I always feel bad when people don’t have access to more than one library system 🙂 : ) I am really hoping to stay in it this year. I have one “big” book purchase (the next illustrated Harry Potter) but other than that it should be good 🙂

  2. I love getting books from the library because you don’t feel that need to finish them if you’re not enjoying them. I’ve frequently seen a book on a review list and pass on the review and either request from the library or ask them to purchase.

    • Plus they are a great way to look up things while listening to the Audiobook version. Sometimes I am like how did she spell that name.

        • YEP! It drives me up a wall sometimes if I can’t get either the review ebook or from the library 🙂 I just like having the reference (though most of the time I don’t)