2019 Audiobook Challenge – Mid-Year Check In


This year I decided to sign up for the Audiobook challenge run by Hot Listens and Caffeinated Reviewer because it sounded like a lot of fun and just my type of thing since I already listen to a lot of audiobooks. More details about the challenge can be found in my original post here.

Well, the year is about half-way over and it’s time for our Mid-Year check in already. How time flies! I know I’ve been listening to a lot of books on audio this year but it’s been a couple of months since I counted. Let’s see how I’m doing!

Levels of achievement:

  • Newbie (I’ll give it a try) 1-5
  • Weekend Warrior (I’m getting the hang of this) 5-10
  • Stenographer (can listen while multitasking) 10-15
  • Socially Awkward (Don’t talk to me) 15-20
  • Binge Listener (Why read when someone can do it for you) 20-30
  • My Precious (I had my earbuds surgically implanted) 30+
  • Marathoner (Look Ma No Hands) 50+

I decided to go for Marathoner since I generally listen to a ton of books on audio. Having a longer commute and a workplace where I can listen to books a couple hours a day has really helped me increase my reading!

Here’s a list of all the books I’ve listened to so far this year:

  1. Of Blood and Bone by Nora Roberts
  2. This Mortal Coil by Emily Suvada
  3. My Lady Jane by Cynthia Hand, Brodi Ashton, and Jodi Meadows
  4. In an Absent Dream by Seanan McGuire
  5. White Stag by Kara Barbieri
  6. Tess of the Road by Rachel Hartman
  7. Minimum Wage Magic by Rachel Aaron
  8. Dracul by J.D. Barker and Dacre Stoker
  9. The Kingdom of Copper by S.A. Chakraborty
  10. The Gilded Wolves by Roshani Chokshi
  11. Look Alive Twenty-Five by Janet Evanovich
  12. King of Scars by Leigh Bardugo
  13. Illuminae by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff
  14. Bloodwitch by Susan Dennard
  15. The Au Pair by Emma Rous
  16. The Ruin of Kings by Jenn Lyons
  17. The Spirit Eater by Rachel Aaron
  18. The Hiding Place by C.J. Tudor
  19. The Obelisk Gate by N.K. Jemisin
  20. Once & Future by Amy Rose Capetta and Cori McCarthy
  21. The True Queen by Zen Cho
  22. The Prince and the Fangirl by Ashley Poston
  23. The Goblin Emperor by Katherine Addison
  24. Enchantée by Gita Trelease
  25. Shards of Honor by Lois McMaster Bujold
  26. Fledgling by Octavia Butler
  27. Good Omens by Neil Gaiman and Terry Pratchett
  28. The Night Tiger by Yangsze Choo
  29. A Memory Called Empire by Arkady Martine
  30. A Boy and His Dog at the End of the World by C. A. Fletcher
  31. The Stone Sky by N.K. Jemisin
  32. Beautiful but Juliet Marillier

12 more books since my last update and 32/82 books have been audiobooks so far this year! At this pace, I’m sure to reach Marathoner level before the end of the year. Huzzah! I know last year my overall percentage of audiobooks went down compared to the previous year because I read a lot more ebooks. This year I expect ebooks and audiobooks to battle it out for highest percentage of my overall reading–it will be interesting to see how things shake out in the end. 🙂

A lot of these books have been really fun listens, while a few just didn’t work for me. I loved the production of The Ruin of Kings by Jenn Lyons! This is one that is a bit unique in that I absolutely loved the narration but I don’t know if I’d recommend audio for first time readers of the book since it’s such a convoluted plot and story structure. It’s easy to get confused. However, if you don’t mind that, it’s a rollicking good time. My Lady Jane is also one with particularly fun narration and I’d recommend it in audio for sure. Both The Kingdom of Copper and A Boy and His Dog at the End of the World have also been stand outs for me, both in audio narration and the overall story. Whereas I don’t know if I’d recommend A Memory Called Empire in audio–think about picking up a print edition of that one instead. The story was good but the audio just didn’t do it for me.

So, that’s my update! Thank goodness I’m doing good at one of my challenges this year, LOL! Do you listen to audiobooks? What are some of your favorite audiobook recordings? Leave a note in the comments, I’d love to hear from you!

9 thoughts on “2019 Audiobook Challenge – Mid-Year Check In

  1. evelynreads1 says:

    Oh i love listening to audiobooks! On top of my head, some of my favourites are the timekeeper trilogy, the gentlemans guide to vice and virtue, two can keep a secret, reign of the fallen!


  2. Mogsy @ BiblioSanctum says:

    I’ve scheduled my mid-year update for later this month, so I’ll probably rack a few more before then, but I feel confident I’ve listened to more audiobooks this year at this point compared to the same time last year! I definitely did better than quarter one, lol! Great job, keep it up!

    • waytoofantasy says:

      Yeah, I’ve been on a roll this year, not sure why it seems like more than last year, I’ve had the same amount of listening time. Sounds like you’re doing great too! Looking forward to your update!

    • waytoofantasy says:

      I really enjoyed the audio! Of course, I was expecting all of the footnotes since this was a reread for me. My husband didn’t like the footnotes in the audio so ymmv. 😀

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