Balancing the Book Budget May 2013 Check In

Posted June 1st, 2013 by in *Feature/Meme / 4 comments

Monthly Balancing the Book Budget Check-In!

I can purchase 2 books a month (Either Kindle or Paperback)

I can download free books but must track them.

I can borrow up to three library books in one month.

I can use Paperbackswap credits throughout the month.

I can receive books as gifts or win them but must track them. (This includes giveaway books from blogs, contests and RAKs)

I can request/receive no more than 1 (paper or kindle) book per month for review.

I can participate in RAK with a budget of $20.00

I will keep track of total dollars spent on all book related activities: blog giveaways, RAKs, gifts and of course my own personal purchases

May 2013 Balancing the Book Budget Totals

Book Purchased (Allowed 2): $162.04 (Total for all categories)
The Uninvited by Heather Graham (3.99)
Sisters of Magic Boxed Set by Donna Grant (1.99)
If I Should Die by Amy Plum (1.99)
The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald (4.99)
Left to Die by Lisa Jackson (0.99)
The Prophet by Amanda Stevens ($2.00)
Summer Days by Susan Mallery ($2.00)
A Woman of Substance by Barbara Taylor Bradford ($2.00)
Temptation in a Kilt by Victoria Roberts ($1.75)
Bride of the Water God Vols I-V by Mi-Kyung Yun ($12.47)
Lost by Gergory McGuire ($3.75)
Needle in the Blood by Sarah Brower ($1.99)
Colters’ Woman by Maya Banks ($1.99)
A Wolf in Wolf’s Clothing by Deborah McGillivray ($0.99)
Carrier of the Mark by Leigh Fallon ($2.99)
Bewitching by Alex Flinn ($2.99)
Starcrossed by Josephine Angelini ($2.99)
Ruins of Lace by Iris Anthony ($1.99)
Call Me Irresistible by Susan Elizabeth Phillips ($2.99)
Dark Prince by Christine Feehan ($1.99)
Awaken Me Darkly by Gena Showalter ($1.99)
Red Run by Kami Garcia ($0.99)
Embattled Hearts by JM Madden ($0.99)

Books for Review (Physical, Edelweiss, NetGalley) (Allowed 1):

Uglies by Scott Westerfeld
A Deadly Cliche by Ellery Adams
The Mountain’s Call by Caitlin Brennan

Free Books (Allowed but Tracked): 6

Books Won:

Books Gifted/RAKs:
Heart of Iron by Bec McMaster (freebie from taking a survey for Discover a New Love)
What Happens in Scotland by Jennifer McQuiston
Thief of Shadows by Elizabeth Hoyt
For Her Pleasure by Maya Banks

Gift Books May 2013:
3 Year Blogiversary Winner – $34.79
Unleashed by Sara Humphreys – $7.19

Other Bookish Goodies:
CueCat Scanner for my Collectorz program – $14.90
Discover a New Love 6 Pack – $10.71

Freebies are tracked on Goodreads

Books I added to the shelves this month:
Books I read this month: 4
Seriously Series Reads:
Review Books: 1
Money saved through library books this month:
Money saved through library books this year: $17.88
Goodreads 75 book challenge: 29 of 75



4 Responses to “Balancing the Book Budget May 2013 Check In”

  1. Alexa

    Wow that is really a lot of books! I think I bought 5 books this month if I remember correctly and all of the books were rather cheap so I don’t feel so bad. I hope you are able to stick to your goals next month but great job on actually posting this for all to see.

    I hope everything is going well for you and your husband. I will try to find more time to text you!

    Alexa recently posted: June TBR Pile
    • Stephanie @ Once Upon a Chapter

      I’m starting to love the Used Book Market again. Ebooks are so expensive and I can’t do anything with them after I’ve read them. It’s aggravating so I’m switching back to used physical books to get more bang for my buck.

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