Balancing the Book Budget: April 2013

Posted April 30, 2013 by Felicia S in Book Budget / 5 Comments


Balancing the Book Budget: January 2013 Check-In

Balancing the Book Budget: April 2013


  • I can purchase 2 books a month (Either Kindle or Paperback form)
  • I can use my audible credits (2 a month).  So if I hit a 3 for 2 sale score for me but I will not be purchasing additional credits in a month.
  • I can use my Discover a New Love credit every month. (I actually have 2 saved up that will be used at some time too)
  • I can make 1 book club purchase a month.  I had to add this in because I don’t always read the same books my book clubs do.  I have 2 book clubs so this does pose a bit of a problem as they don’t often pick the same book and one of the 2 I run.  However, I did not want to add 2 books to my purchase total.  Sometimes I will have to go strictly for the social aspect or get the book from the library.
  • I can download free books but must track them.
  • I can receive books as gifts or win them but must track them. (This is includes giveaway books from blogs, contests, Library Thing, and Goodreads)
  • I can request/receive no more than 2 (paper or kindle) books per month for review.  Once I am caught up from last years requests I might up that to 3 but right now I need to catch up.
  • I can continue to request Brilliance Audiobooks for review but no more than 5 of those.  I knock these out pretty quickly and audiobooks are something that I adore.
  • I will keep track of total dollars spent on all book related activities: dinners for book clubs, conventions, book related expenses, etc.

April 2013 Balancing the Book Budget Totals

Books Purchased/Dollar Amounts (9): $28.75 (7 books over allotted total)

  • Operation: Endurance (When the Mission Ends) by Christi Snow ($3.24)
  • CHANCES ARE (Last Chance Rescue) by Christy Reece ($3.24)
  • West of Want (Hearts of the Anemoi) by Laura Kaye ($8.24 combined)
  • North of Need (Heart of the Anemoi) by Laura Kaye (*have PB but wanted all digital)
  • In Bed With the Devil (Avon Romantic Treasure) by Lorraine Heath ($12.96 combined–I have the audiobooks too)
  • Between the Devil and Desire (Scoundrels of St. James) by Lorraine Heath
  • Surrender to the Devil (Scoundrels of St. James) by Lorraine Heath
  • Midnight Pleasures With a Scoundrel (Scoundrels of St. James) by Lorraine Heath
  • Kiss of Surrender: A Deadly Angels Book by Sandra Hill ($1.07)

Total Spent: $28..75

Audiobook Credits (4) used: $12.00 (I used my banked credits but still purchased 3 more books)

  • Rising Darkness by Thea Harrison (RETURNED)
  • Days of Blood & Starlight by Laini Taylor
  • The Indigo Spell by Richelle Mead
  • OutPost by Ann Aguirre
  • Defending Jacob: A Novel by William Landay
  • PURCHASED: The Hunger Games, Catching Fire, and Mockingjay for $12.00

Book Club Purchase (2):10.43 (1 over allotted amount)

  • What Happens in Scotland (Avon Romance) by Jennifer McQuiston
  • Kiss of Pride: A Deadly Angels Book by Sandra Hill

Total Spent: 10.43

Books for Review (Physical, Edelweiss, NetGalley) (10): 8 over on allotted amount

  •  The 40 Days to Better Living Cookbook
  • Simply Gluten-Free & Dairy-Free
  • Nutritionism
  • Caged Warrior
  • Finding Colin Firth
  • Just One Kiss
  • The Night Is Watching
  • Big Sky Summer
  • Werewolves Be Damned
  • Carniepunk

Discover a New Love Credits (0):  

Audiobooks for Review (12): This is 2 months worth they all arrived this week! I am 2 over on allotted amount for a two month time frame.

  • Headed for Trouble (Troubleshooters #16.5) by Suzanne Brockmann
  • Kiss of Frost by Jennifer Estep
  • The Dukan Diet by Pierre Dukan
  • And Then I Found You by Patti Callahan Henry
  • The Second Chance Cafe by Allison Kent
  • The Lazy Girl’s Guide to Losing Weight and Getting Fit
  • Dark Frost by Jennifer Estep
  • Wicked Cravings by Suzanne Wright
  • The Perfect Ghost by Linda Barnes
  • The Mystery Woman by Amanda Quick
  • Let the Dead Sleep by Heather Graham
  • The Stranger I Married by Sylvia Day

Books Won (0):

Book Events (1): Dewey’s 24 Hour ReadAThon

  • $125 to Charity
  • $13.00 for Prize

Total Spent: $138.00

Books Gifted ():

Freebies are tracked on Goodreads

Books I added to the shelves this month: 37 (EPIC FAIL)
Books I read this month: 18
Seriously Series Reads: 16
TBR Tipping (Books Purchased before 1/1/13): 10
Review Books: 3
New Purchases/Gifts Read (Books Purchased after 4/1/13): 5
Goodreads 200 book challenge :84 of 200 (42%)

Big Fail for Me this month *sigh*

Total Spent:  189.18 (The $125 to charity I don’t feel bad about but the $50 + I do LOL)

Felicia S
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5 responses to “Balancing the Book Budget: April 2013

  1. While you did add a large pile to your TBR, you didn’t end up spending all that much! (Hey, anything under $2000 is GREAT! That’s a good pair of shoes to a shoeaholic.) Plus, a big chunk was charity!

  2. Most of your total was for charity though so that’s a win! lol

    Do you only allow yourself two books to purchase no matter what the price. For example – even if it’s a .99 Kindle deal?

    I should do that. It’s those .99 deals that get me! I’m very good about physical books. I tend to really think about those, mostly because I have no room to put them after.

  3. I think you did pretty good. I did good this month as well. Actually skipped sales! Amazon ticked me off with a purchase which messed up (long story) but they fixed it. I was out some $$ until it was fixed so it made me be VERY good. LOL

  4. Dust yourself off and get back up and try harder next month. As if I have room to talk, I have so many requests that it is ridiculous. At least I have the budget under control as I hardly buy books because I am drowning in ARCS and such! When will I get that under control????

  5. This is a great way to try and reign in book spending. I do something similar in my head since if I write it down I feel guilty for overspending and adding to my already huge TBR.