Balancing the Book Budget Feb 2014

Posted February 28, 2014 by Felicia S in Book Budget / 12 Comments


Balancing the Book Budget 2014

Balancing the Book Budget Feb 2014

Monthly Balancing the Book Budget Check-In!


  • I can purchase up to $600 ($450 in GC from Christmas/Birthday and $150 actual Book Budget) +$50 from Valentines Day GC
  • I can use my audible credits (2 a month).  If I buy extra credits or if I use “Add Professional Narration” that comes out of my budget
  • I will track my review requests this year too

Books Purchased/Dollar Amounts: I have 522.74 + 50.00 left from last month: 572.74

  • The Burning Men: A Nathaniel Cade Story by Christopher Farnsworth $2.15 (ebook)
  • Dead Man’s Deal (The Asylum Tales) by Jocelynn Drake $1.07 (ebook)-Finished
  • Ever Yours by Gabi Anderson $4.32 (ebook)
  • Daring the Highlander (The Legacy of MacLeod) by Laurin Wittig $2.17 (ebook)
  • One Dance with a Duke: The Stud Club Trilogy, Book 1 by Tessa Dare $4.95 (audiobook)
  • Love in the Time of Dragons: A Novel of the Light Dragons by Katie McCallister $4.95 (audiobook)
  • The Mane Event: Pride Series #1 by Shelley Laurensten $4.95 (audiobook)
  • Rosemary and Rue: An October Daye Novel, Book 1 by Seanan McGuire $4.95 (audiobook)
  • What the Duke Desires: The Duke’s Men, Book 1 by Sabrina Jeffries $4.95 (audiobook)
  • Feed: The Newsflesh Trilogy, Book 1 by Mira Grant $4.95 (audiobook)
  • Enchanted by Alethea Kontis $6.99 (audiobook)
  • Shatter Me by Tahereh Mafi $4.95 (audiobook)-Finished
  • Daring the Highlander by Laurin Wittig $1.99 (audiobook)
  • Dead Man’s Deal: The Asylum Tales, Book 2 by Jocelynn Drake $3.99 (audiobook)-Finished
  • Enslaved: Eternal Guardians, Book 5 by Elisabeth Naughton $5.36 (audiobook)
  • 3 Extra Credits $34.41

Total Spent: $97.10
Left to Spend in 2014: $475.64

Audiobook Credits used: I still have 1 unused credits for when something screams at me

  • Unravel Me by Tahereh Mafi
  • Ignite Me by Tahereh Mafi
  • When the Duke was Wicked by Lorraine Heath-Finished
  • Hope Flames by Jaci Burton
  • The Pirate Bride by Sandra Hill-Finished

Review Books Requested (14):

  • Vixen in Velvet by Loretta Chase
  • One Kick: A Novel by Chelsea Cain
  • To Marry a Scottish Laird by Lynsay Sands
  • The Secrets of a Scoundrel by Gaelen Foley
  • When We Met by Susan Mallery
  • Always on My Mind by Bella Andre
  • Talk Dirty to Me by Dakota Cassidy
  • A Biscuit, A Casket by Liz Mugavero
  • Atonement by BJ Daniels –In Progress
  • Holy Shift by Robert Holden
  • Nothing Changes Until You Do by Mike Robbins
  • Guidebook to Murder by Lynn Cahoon
  • Archetype by MD Waters  –Finished
  • Dancing with Dragons by Lorenda Christensen

Discover a New Love Credits (6): Can use until they are gone

Audiobooks for Review (12):

  • Archetype by M.D. Waters (Penguin Audio)-Finished
  • The Bone Collector by Jeffrey Deaver (Penguin Audio) – Finished
  • Twisted Sisters by Jen Lancaster (Penguin Audio)-DNF
  • ACID by Emma Pass (Listening Library)
  • The Winner’s Curse by Marie Rutkoski (Listening Library)-In Progress
  • Killer by Jonathan Kellerman (Random House Audio)-Finished
  • Fear Nothing: A Novel by Lisa Gardner (Brilliance) – Just Got 2/25
  • Single by Saturday by Catherine Bybee (Brilliance)- Just Got 2/25
  • Blood Trade by Faith Hunter (Brilliance)- Just Got 2/25
  • Home to Seaview Key by Sherryl Woods (Brilliance)- Just Got 2/25
  • Lost Lake by Sarah Addison Allen (Brilliance)- Just Got 2/25
  • Optical Delusion in Deadwood by Ann Charles (Audio Jukebox)- In Progress (almost done)

Books Won/Gifted (4):

  • Cress by Marissa Meyer
  • High-Heeled Wonder by Avery Flynn- Finished
  • Tycoon Reunion by Candace Havens- Finished
  • Pearls and Poison by Duffy Brown- In Progress

What I shopped (read) off my Shelves aka I bought them (8): Finished

  • Pack Challenge by Shelley Lauren (Ebook)
  • Still Missing by Chevy Stevens (Audiobook)
  • Fate’s Edge by Ilona Andrews (Audiobook)
  • High-Heeled Wonder by Avery Flynn (Ebook)
  • The Pirate Bride by Sandra Hill (Audiobook)
  • Dead Man’s Deal by Jocelynn Drake (Audiobook/Ebook)
  • When the Duke was Wicked by Lorraine Heath (Audiobook)
  • Shatter Me by Tahereh Mafi (Audiobook)

What I borrowed/read/listened from the library/friend (3): Finished

  • Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me? by Mindy Kaling (library)
  • Still Missing by Cheryl Stevens (library)
  • Romancing the Duke by Tessa Dare (library)


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12 responses to “Balancing the Book Budget Feb 2014

  1. Holy Organization Batman! I tried to keep up, but found I lack the ability to keep up for more than a few months.

  2. Don’t you buy paper books anymore? Every time I start thinking I have to stop buying so many books, someone emails me with a stack of books they want to sell for a bargain price, and I can’t refuse them …

  3. You are going to LOVE the audiobook of FEED. I think the narrator just brought this book to life for me. I don’t want to say to much and give away spoilers so I will be looking for your review.

    Can’t wait to see what you think of the Pride series by Shelly Laurenston. It is my favourite series – Book 9 is coming out this year 🙂 Haven’t listened to the audiobooks – maybe I shoud re-read (listen) to them.

    You are inspiring me to keep book of my reading habits too 🙂

  4. Nice work Felicia!! When I grow up I want to be just like you 🙂
    No, seriously, I admire your organization skills, I don’t have any, I have no control what’s so ever. I’m an impulse buyer and impulse reviewer, I don’t hink I can ever be a proper blogger 🙁

  5. Love your list of review books. I hope you are enjoying Shatter Me. I think my library has the next one on audio, so I’ll be doing it that way as well. 🙂 Looks like you have done so well!

    Btw, how do you get on the Brilliance audio list? I am wanting to get into more audio.

  6. That’s a lot of books but without spending a ton of money! good for you.

    I dont’ keep track but I know I didn’t go .99 crazy this past week so success! lol

  7. You know, I really like your idea of allowing some purchasing in there instead of an all out ban. That allows a little freedom, instead of being so restrictive. I may have to revisit my plan. (Since its not working out the best anyway!) I am jealous at how many books you were able to get!

  8. Yeah for you! Well on track for the year. I am excited to read Talk Dirty To Me by Cassidy, I got that one as well. Where do you get all your audiobooks for review? I would like to review a few more audiobooks a year,

  9. Wow, that is a very organized want to teach me how to be so organized..I bet your other budgets are very well organized as well. I am horrible at organization and don’t really have a book budget..which I did..most of my books are coming from review books cause I can’t afford to shop for them.