2020 Audiobook Challenge – Mid-Year Update


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.


  • 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+


  1. Steel Crow Saga by Paul Krueger
  2. Sorcerer’s Legacy by Janny Wurts
  3. The Rise of Magicks by Nora Roberts
  4. Dune by Frank Herbert
  5. Blindsight by Peter Watts
  6. The Austen Playbook by Lucy Parker
  7. The Lightning-Struck Heart by TJ Klune
  8. The Monster of Elendhaven by Jennifer Geisbrecht
  9. Blood Lines by Tanya Huff
  10. Jade City by Fonda Lee
  11. Night of the Dragon by Julie Kagawa
  12. Blood Pact by Tanya Huff
  13. The Heart Forger by Rin Chupeco
  14. Blood Debt by Tanya Huff
  15. Night Shift Dragons by Rachel Aaron
  16. Race the Sands by Sarah Beth Durst
  17. The Betrothed by Kiera Cass
  18. Crosstalk by Connie Willis
  19. In the Garden of Iden by Kage Baker


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!

30 thoughts on “2020 Audiobook Challenge – Mid-Year Update

  1. evelynreads1 says:

    I’ve only been sitting at home for the last two weeks, and my audiobook listening is going down so much haah! There are just so many less opportunities to pick up an audiobook!


  2. Lola says:

    I think I have read 10 audio books so far this year or thereabouts. I mostly enjoy listening to non-fiction though. I prefer to read fiction with my eyes for some reason 🤔😉

  3. Tammy says:

    I think you’re doing great! I’ve read 0 audio books this year🤣🤣🤣 But seriously, these are weird times and we can’t expect things to be normal right now.

    • waytoofantasy says:

      Thanks! It doesn’t feel like a lot but I guess it is, I think I just have unreasonable expectations for my reading haha. Those novellas a great and easy to binge. 🙂
      Thanks, Kaya!

  4. mistysbookspace says:

    I didn’t join this challenge but I have been keeping up with how many audiobooks I’m listening to. I’ve currently listened to 29 and have 2 more on the go. I think I could potentially listen to 50+ this year!!

    • waytoofantasy says:

      Thanks! Hah, that makes sense. 🙂 I should be finishing one other between today and tomorrow but it wouldn’t help my numbers much so I wasn’t worrying too much about it lol!

  5. Malka @ Paper Procrastinators says:

    I actually just finished my very first audiobook this month! I even wrote a whole discussion post about the experience! Since I’m still very much a newbie listener, I’m still working out what activities I can manage to do while listening, and at what speed I process the words best. But I’m currently on my second audiobook and enjoying myself, so I consider that a win!

    • waytoofantasy says:

      Glad you found audiobooks worth checking out! It can definitely take some trial and error getting used to them and seeing what all you can do while listening. I also find it really depends on the narrator–some narrators I have a hard time paying attention to. Good luck!

  6. Sophia Rose says:

    I was a bit off my listening/reading game for much of this year, too. You’re doing great so still might make your goal. 🙂
    I need to finish that Nora Roberts’ series and I have the Lucy Parker on my pile, too.

    • waytoofantasy says:

      Thanks! I hope you can make up for things in the 2nd half of the year. 🙂
      I really enjoyed this Nora Roberts series. It was my first books by her–definitely will check out her other work–you can see he romance roots in this. I LOVE that Lucy Parker series–it’s so much fun. This was actually a reread. I think I’ve probably reread that particular book 3 times not haha.

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