2020 has been a wild year so far. On the one hand–hard to believe we’re halfway through! But on the other hand, how is it almost July already? Where did the year go? Can we get a re-do?
If this challenge is new to you: The audiobook challenge is hosted by Hot Listens and Caffeinated Reviewer–this is their 8th year hosting it! It’s a fun challenge to see how many audiobooks you can listen to in a year. The rules are pretty simple, you can find out more details on the sign up page over at Hot Listens. Please do check them out because they’re going to have two updates throughout the year with giveaways.
In the meantime, the basics are: any genre of book counts, if you’re already using a book for another challenge you can still count it for this one, etc. It’s pretty simple and straight forward.
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 multi-tasking) 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+
- The 100 Club (Audiobook Elite) 100+
THE BOOKS I’VE LISTENED TO SO FAR
- Steel Crow Saga by Paul Krueger
- Sorcerer’s Legacy by Janny Wurts
- The Rise of Magicks by Nora Roberts
- Dune by Frank Herbert
- Blindsight by Peter Watts
- The Austen Playbook by Lucy Parker
- The Lightning-Struck Heart by TJ Klune
- The Monster of Elendhaven by Jennifer Geisbrecht
- Blood Lines by Tanya Huff
- Jade City by Fonda Lee
- Night of the Dragon by Julie Kagawa
- Blood Pact by Tanya Huff
- The Heart Forger by Rin Chupeco
- Blood Debt by Tanya Huff
- Night Shift Dragons by Rachel Aaron
- Race the Sands by Sarah Beth Durst
- The Betrothed by Kiera Cass
- Crosstalk by Connie Willis
- In the Garden of Iden by Kage Baker
PROGRESS AND SOME THOUGHTS ON THE BOOKS
In my first quarter update I mentioned that I had an abysmal start to the year for audiobooks–only 9 audiobooks in the first three months. And that was before the pandemic hit which certainly didn’t help my progress–only 10 more audio since then. Usually by now I’m well into the 20’s qty-wise but circumstances just haven’t been in my favor this year and sometimes lately I’ve just not been in an audio mood either. 2020 whyyyyyyy???
Anyway, 19 books is still great progress and while it may be a stretch to make marathoner this year (womp womp) I’m definitely on track for my precious. 😀 That’s a fun level, right?
It’s hard to say what my favorite audiobooks have been because I feel like a lot of them have been 3 and 4 star reads for me, not a ton that are 5 star hitting it out of the ball park jumping up and down in excitement wanting to yell about this book forever to everyone type of reads. Of course, this could just be the general ‘blah-ness’ of everything this year eating into my overall mood. Let’s see.
- I’ve really enjoyed going through Tanya Huff’s Vicki Nelson urban fantasy series in audio. They’re quick reads and I find that urban fantasy books tend to work really well in audio format for me provided they have a good narrator (which these do).
- Night Shift Dragons by Rachel Aaron, while not my favorite book in that series, was narrated by Emily Woo Zeller and I definitely recommend checking out things she’s narrated as she’s fantastic and one of my favorite audiobook narrators. The series was great overall and Aaron continues to be one of my favorite authors that I’ve started reading in the last few years. I think she might also be my most reviewed author on the blog!
- The Betrothed by Kiera Cass was a terrible book imo but the narration by Jasika Nicole was amazing. She did sort of an almost Marilyn Monroe type voice which made the main character’s vapidity really shine. 😉
- I thought Crosstalk by Connie Willis was really great in audio as well and I’m glad I listened to it rather than reading it because having to parse through the print would have been annoying for me with that book (the main character’s family is soooo needy). It’s one of the few audiobooks this year that I was able to completely disappear into and want to keep reading even when I should have put my headphones away earlier in the day.
Anyway, that’s how it’s been so far! I’m hoping to make much more progress in the 2nd half of the year but I guess we’ll see how it goes. 🙂
Are you participating in the Audiobook Challenge? I’d love to know how you’re doing! Leave a note in the comments, I’d love to chat!