Balancing the Book Budget April 2014

Posted April 29, 2014 by Felicia S in Book Budget / 17 Comments


Balancing the Book Budget 2014

Book Budget April 2014

Monthly Balancing the Book Budget Check-In!


  • 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

Budget left after last month: 431.32

Books Purchased/Dollar Amounts: 

  1. Flesh & Bone by Jonathan Maberry $4.35 (used reward points for the rest)
  2. Dash of Peril by Lori Foster (Giveaway) $6.13
  3. Angel Kin by Tricia Skinner $1.07
  4. An Uninvited Ghost by E.J. Cooperman $6.28
  5. Old Haunts by E.J. Cooperman $6.28
  6. Hearts of Anemoi Bundle by Laura Kaye $1.07
  7. East of Ecstasy by Laura Kay $1.07
  8. What Doesn’t Kill You by Iris Johansen $3.28
  9. The Blue-Ribbon Jalapeño Society Jubilee by Carolyn Brown $0.00
  10. Tin God by Stacy Green $1.07

Total Spent: $29.53

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

  1. The Traitor’s Wife: A Novel by Allison Pataki (1 credit)
  2. Flesh & Bone by Jonathan Maberry (1 credit)
  3. Old Haunts by E.J. Cooperman $3.49
  4. An Uninvited Ghost by E.J. Cooperman $3.49
  5. Red Dragon by Thomas Harris $12.99
  6. What Doesn’t Kill You by Iris Johansen $3.49

Total Spent: 2 credits (2 left) and  $23.46

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):

  • When We Met by Susan Mallery (Physical Copy from Book Trib) -READ
  • Star Wars Shakespeare from Quirk (Physical Copies for my new Reviewer)

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

  • None

Audiobooks for Review :

  1. When We Met by Susan Mallery (Listened)-Brilliance
  2. Spinning in Her Grave by Molly MacRea (Listened)-Tantor
  3. Xom-B by Jeremy Robinson (Currently Listening)-Brilliance
  4. Live to See Tomorrow by Iris Johansen – Brilliance
  5. Crossfire Trail by Lous L’Amour (Listened)-Random House
  6. Chestnut Street by Maeve Binchy – Random House
  7. Forgotten Sins (Sin Brothers, #1) by Rebecca Zanetti – Hachette
  8. The Accidental Werewolf by Dakota Cassidy – Tantor
  9. The Goodbye With by Heather Blake -Tantor

Books Won/Gifted : None

What I shopped off my TBR :

  1. Enchanted by Alethea Kontis (4 stars)
  2. Notorious by Allison Brennan (4 stars)
  3. The King of Plagues by Jonathan Maberry (4 stars)
  4. Cress by Marissa Meyer (4 stars)
  5. Red Dragon by Thomas Harris (5 Stars)

What Review Books I knocked off the TBR:

  1. Dash of Peril by Lori Foster (3 stars)
  2. The King by J.R. Ward (3 stars)
  3. Killer Frost by Jennifer Estep (4 stars)
  4. Crime Wave by Rose Pressey (2 stars)
  5. Concealed in Death by JD Robb (4 stars)
  6. Storm Bound by Dani Harper (3 stars)
  7. Spinning in Her Grave by Molly MacRae (3 stars)
  8. When We Met by Susan Mallery (4 stars)
  9. The Son by Joe Nesbo (DNF)

What I borrowed from the library/friend :

  1. Uninvited by Sophie Jordan (4 Stars)
  2. The Coldest Girl in Coldtown by Holly Black (DNF)
  3. Partials by Dan Wells (DNF)
  4. Prey by Andrew Fukuda (4 stars)

Budget left starting next month: 378.33

Total Spent this year: $174.62


Felicia S
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17 responses to “Balancing the Book Budget April 2014

  1. You are doing an outstanding job on your book budget. So proud of you, plus I love seeing you cross off book in the old TBR and utilize your library more. I am doing the same.

  2. I almost bought the Anemoi bundle too but I have a thing with bundles from the past where the books were not in order inside the bundle and that has me shying away from them altogether. You are doing great on your budget! I am sort of hoarding my Amazon credits in hopes that I can get some great deals on books off my tbr cheap and actually come out with more books than I originally bought.

    • I just couldn’t see spending $5 per book when I could get all 3 for .99. I haven’t looked to see if they are in order (though I hope they are 🙂

      • Very good point, and this is a series I probably will read so I probably should get the bundle. That is a huge discount, and for 99 cents, I should be able to handle them being out of order if that is the case lol

  3. nicely done Felicia!! I’ve been thinking about cancelling my netgalley account too. When I started blogging I requested a bunch of books, not realizing that I not only would get approved for a lot of them but that they would also not be accessible after a short period of time. So now I have a bunch of books counting against my ratio that I can’t even read. It feels impossible to catch up so I never request anything anymore.

    • I wish I would have done it sooner. It is great that it is there but I have no restraint. Though the solution to your problem is to send in a review stating that you didn’t get to it before it archived. That should make your ratio go back up. I used to do that on the ones I didn’t get to and it didn’t negatively effect my working relationship with any of the pubs.

      • Really?!?! Good to know – I’m going to do that and maybe NetGalley won’t feel like such a huge pressure anymore. And I’ve already learned not to request books since I’ve been trying to find a way to get to all the books that were deleted on me. Yay! Thanks!