Balancing the Book Budget June 2014

Posted June 30, 2014 by Felicia S in Book Budget / 11 Comments


Balancing the Book Budget 2014

Balancing the Book Budget June 2014


  • I can purchase up to $450 that I got in GC from Christmas/Birthday. and $150 actual Book Budget I have decided that I will spend zero dollars of my own money this year.
  • I can purchase up to $102.95 in books from Amazon w/the Publisher Settlement
  • 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

ANNOUNCEMENT: I have decided to use $200 of my Book Budget for my Home Improvements so that leaves me 34.02 for the rest of the year. This is actually a good thing because next year I am planning on only reading books off my shelf, review audiobooks, or library books. This will be good training!

Budget left after left May:$234.02 – $200.00 (Home Improvements)= $34.02

Books Purchased/Dollar Amounts: 

  1. Worth the Risk (Entangled Indulgence) by Robin Bielman (Freebie)
  2. The Apple Orchard: Bella Vista Chronicles Book 1 by Susan Wiggs ($3.24)
  3. A Demon And His Witch (Welcome To Hell Book 1) by Eve Langlais (Freebie)

Total Spent: $3.24

Audiobook Credits used: I have 6 credits

  • The Color of Hope: The Color of Heaven Series, Book 3 by Julianne MacLean (Won)
  • The Color of Heaven by Julianne MacLean ($1.99)

Total Spent: $2.15

Review Books Requested:  I canceled my NetGalley account (5 years but it was making book blogging a job) and kept my Edelweiss only to submit review to publishers (since you can do that for books you don’t get for review there):

  1. None

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

  1. None

Audiobooks for Review (15):

  1. The Book of Life by Deborah Harkness, read by Jennifer Ikeda (Penguin)
  2. When Day Breaks by Maya Banks, read by Adam Paul (Penguin)
  3. Top Secret Twenty-One by Janet Evanovich, read by Lorelei King (Random House)
  4. For All Time by Jude Deveraux, read by Kirsten Potter (Random House)
  5. Shattered: The Iron Druid Chronicles by Kevin Hearne, read by Luke Daniels (Random House): LISTENED
  6. Rogues—Anthology edited by George R.R. Martin and Gardner Dozois, read by an ensemble cast (Random House)
  7. Accidentally Catty: Book 5 in the Accidentally Paranormal series | By Dakota Cassidy | Read by Meredith Mitchell (Tantor): Currently Listening
  8. Accidentally Dead, Again: Book 6 in the Accidentally Paranormal series | By Dakota Cassidy | Read by Meredith Mitchell (Tantor)
  9. Vixen in Velvet: Book 3 in the Dressmakers series | By Loretta Chase | Read by Kate Reading (Tantor)
  10. A Vision in Velvet | Author(s): Juliet Blackwell |Read by: Xe Sands (Tantor)
  11. Some Enchanted Eclair | Author(s): Bailey Cates | Read by: Amy Rubinate (Tantor)
  12. Then Came You | Author(s): Jill Shalvis | Read by: Karen White (Tantor)
  13. FACEOFF – By Lee  Child; Michael  Connelly; Dennis Lehane; David Baldacci; RL Stine; Read by Various (Simon & Schuster): LISTENED
  14. MR. MERCEDES – By Stephen  King; Read by Will  Patton (Simon & Schuster): My Current Car Listen
  15. GASP – By Lisa  McMann; Read by Joy  Osmansk (Simon & Schuster)

Books Won/Gifted (1):

  1. Must Love Pets: A Romance Box Set (Kindle Edition) by Theresa Weir (Thank You Wendy)

What I shopped off my Shelves (2):

  1. Gameboard of the Gods (Age of X, #1) by Richelle Mead (Audible)
  2. Air Bound (Sisters of the Heart, #3) by Christine Feehan (Audible)

What I borrowed from the library/friend (1):

  1. After I’m Gone by Laura Lippman

I only read 6 books this month! This is by far my worst reading month in YEARS!

Budget left starting next month: $28.63

Total Spent this month: $5.39

Total Spent this year:  $324.32


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11 responses to “Balancing the Book Budget June 2014

  1. I took a look at what I had spent so far this year and was appalled. Of course I counted my RT ticket and other reader events. My reading has kind of dropped off as my review shelf got really big and I just haven’t really *felt* the books I’m reading. Now the ones I’m listening to are mostly my *wants* so I have been sitting in my car in the driveway a lot not wanting to stop listening! LOL I might have to drop my Audible account to the 1 credit a month to save some that way, but I just know I’m going to do that and I’ll want a flood of books all at once.

  2. You did great on the spending front! I have two outstanding review requests to read and then I think I need a break. I need to read my own books and read without a deadline.

    I think I’m going to start tracking my spending now that I have it more under control. :p

  3. I didn’t know you could just leave reviews on Edelweiss. Cool.

    I’ve been reading more books off my shelves too. My goal this year is to read every BEA book I brought home.

  4. I think reading from your own shelves is a great thing or the library. I am trying to mix in review books, books from the shelves and library books each month. So far it’s been mostly review books. But there is still half a year left to mix it up!

  5. You are still rocking it. In all honesty if you utilize your library and your Edelweiss accounts and such, you should be so busy you won’t need to buy books, right? I hear ya, this month is not going well for reading for me. I haven’t been up to it since I lost my dog last week 🙁

  6. Finley Jayne

    You did good on the budget front! And I hear ya-my reading totals have been dismal lately blech! I’ve gone from reading around 20 books a month, to now reading 3-4 a month sigh…. at least we’re still reading though 🙂

  7. Great job. I should start the book budget idea. I have no idea how much I spend on book. I know I try to get as many as possible from the library and only buy what I have to, but I couldn’t tell you how much I spend. Maybe I’ll start keeping track for the rest of the year. I can then go into next year with a budget.

  8. Good for you for having a budget – I also like the idea of reading off your shelves. I need to do more of that – so many great books and they get set aside for what is new that came in.