Balancing the Book Budget March 2014

Posted March 31, 2014 by Felicia S in Book Budget / 18 Comments


Balancing the Book Budget 2014

Balancing the Book Budget March 2014


  • I can purchase up to $600 $450 in GC from Christmas/Birthday and $150 actual Book Budget)
  • I can use up to $102.95 from the publisher settlement on books from Amazon
  • 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

Current Total (Beginning of March): 572.74 422.74 (I have decided to go with a spend no money of my own stance since the Publisher settlement came)

Books Purchased/Dollar Amounts:

Total Spent: 60.92 (Gifts/Giveaway: 38.17/For Me: 22.75)

Audiobook Credits used: I still have 2 unused credits for when something screams at me)

  • Lover Awakened by JR Ward: Black Dagger Brotherhood, Book 3
  • Lover Revealed by JR Ward: Black Dagger Brotherhood, Book 4
  • Lover Eternal by JR Ward: The Black Dagger Brotherhood, Book 2 : $6.45 (Kindle/Audible special)
  • A Lady by Midnight: Spindle Cove, Book 3 by Tessa Dare: $4.32 (Kindle/Audible special)
  • A Week to Be Wicked: Spindle Cove, Book 2 by Tessa Dare: $4.32 (Kindle/Audible special)
  • Lover at Last: Black Dagger Brotherhood, Book 11 by JR Ward: 14.06 (Purchased)
  • Snake Skin: A Lucy Guardino FBI Thriller, Book 1 by CJ Lyons: 2.15 (Kindle/Audible special)
  • Dash of Peril: Love Undercover, Book 4 by Lori Foster: Credit
  • Notorious by Allison Brennan: Credit
  • Pretty When She Kills: Pretty When She Dies, Book 2 by Rhiannon Frater: 2.15 (Kindle/Audible Special)

Total Spent: 2 Credits (2 left) and 33.45

Review Books Requested (from Edelweiss/NetGalley): None

Discover a New Love Credits (6): Still haven’t used my credits

Audiobooks for Review :

  • The Divorce Papers by Susan Rieger, read by Rebecca Lowman, Arthur Morey, Kathe Mazur, and Various (Listened)
  • Memnoch the Devil by Anne Rice, read by Simon Vance
  • Private Eyes by Jonathan Kellerman, read by Alexander Adams
  • Devil’s Waltz by Jonathan Kellerman, read by Alexander Adams
  • Bone Deep by Randy Wayne White, read by George Guidall (Listened)
  • Murder Of Crows by Anne Bishop, read by Alexandra Harris (Listened)
  • Kill Fee by Owen Laukkanen, read by Edoardo Ballerini  (Listened)
  • The King by J.R. Ward, read by Jim Frangione (Listening)
  • In Paradise by Peter Matthiessen, read by Mark Bramhall (Outside my box read)
  • Demon from the Dark By Kresley  Cole; Read by Robert  Petkoff (Just Got)
  • Seduce the Darkness By Gena  Showalter; Read by Justine  Eyre (Just Got)
  • Conquest By John  Connolly and Jennifer  Ridyard; Read by Nicola  Barber (Just Got)
  • Evening Stars by Susan Mallery
  • Concealed in Death by J. D. Robb
  • Carnal Secrets by Suzanne Wright
  • Mint Juleps and Justice by Nancy Naigle
  • Black Arts by Faith Hunter
  • Crime Wave by Rose Pressey
  • Romance Is My Day Job: A Memoir of Finding Love at Last by Patience Bloom
  • Killer Frost by Jennifer Estep

Thoughts; April will be Audiobook Review Month for me. I will only be listening to review books and library books

Books Won/Gifted (2):

What I shopped off my TBR (read off my shelves–purchased or received before March 1rst):

  1. Ignite Me (Shatter Me #3) by
  2. Rosemary and Rue (October Daye #1) by
  3. Bitten (Women of the Otherworld #1) by
  4. The Dragon Factory (Joe Ledger #2) by
  5. The Night Is Forever (Krewe of Hunters #11) by
  6. The Returned (The Returned #1) by

What I borrowed from the library/friend:

  1. Unravel Me (Shatter Me #2) by
  2. The Bone Bed (Kay Scarpetta #20) by
  3. Lord of Scoundrels (Scoundrels #3) by
  4. The V Wars by (Goodreads Author), (Goodreads Author), (Goodreads Author), (Goodreads Author), (Goodreads Author), (Goodreads Author), (Goodreads Author), (Goodreads Author)
  5. The Giver (The Giver Quartet #1) by
  6. Dying Echo (Grim Reaper Mystery #4)by
  7. The Maze Runner (The Maze Runner #1) by (Goodreads Author)
  8. Written in Red (The Others #1) by

Ending Total March:478.37 + 102.95 (Publisher Settlement) = 581.32 431.32

Thoughts: Gotta love when you end with more in your book budget than you started with 🙂 I need to catch up with my Audiobook Review books. I think I am going to cut out NetGalley and Edelweiss for another month to see if I catch up!

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18 responses to “Balancing the Book Budget March 2014

  1. Wow! You were able to get a lot for not too much money. I guess I need to start utilizing my Nook and my husbands Kindle to buy books. And just keep my eye out for good deals and freebies too. I never can resist a paperback though! 🙂

  2. Great job on the saving the money!! I think you might be able to milk the settlement money ALL YEAR 😀

    It’s funny, too, I just thought about cutting out requesting review books on Edelweiss/NetGalley for the month of April today. It just came to me today! Weird… I must have channeled your post or something (tee, hee).

    • That is for the year 🙂

      I got $450 in GCs for Christmas (I asked everyone to get me GCs for my Book Budget) and then the Amazon Settlement. I am going for a no-spend my own money (though originally I added $100 to the total–I took it out after the settlement). Compared to other years that is about 1/4 of what I have annually spent. I hate admitting that but I aim to do better 🙂

  3. That settlement was awesome. Holy cow, though, you got a lot of books. My head is spinning. I am doing a good job of keeping my pile in check and I am loving reading all the stuff in my TBR. Good job, Felicia!

  4. Wow what a budget!! I have had a terrible spending month but I have been very good when it comes to requesting on NetGalley! You have some great reads/listens ahead of you 🙂

  5. I was glad to see my $30 from B&N on the settlement. That helps me out with my no book buying budget. LOL

    I also need to work on my audios for review. I plan on hitting them hard in April so that I’m caught up.