So, this is my final count! I have one more book that I’m working on finishing up but I’ll go ahead and count it as I should be done before the end of the year.
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. But, 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 IN 2020:
- 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
- Valor’s Choice by Tanya Huff
- The Empire of Gold by S. A. Chakraborty
- Unravel the Dusk by Elizabeth Lim
- Leviathan Wakes by James S. A Corey
- The Queen’s Road by R. S. Belcher
- Vita Nostra by Sergey and Marina Dyachenko
- The Spirit War by Rachel Aaron
- Peace Talks by Jim Butcher
- The Better Part of Valor by Tanya Huff
- Redshirts by John Scalzi
- A Secret History of Witches by Louisa Morgan
- The Shadowglass by Rin Chupeco
- Shine by Jessica Jung
- Bonds of Brass by Emily Skrutksie
- Borne by Jeff VanderMeer
Books I’m in the middle of or planning to read before the end of 2020:
- Blue Angel by Phil Williams
- The Heart of Valor by Tanya Huff
TO SUM UP:
My overall numbers are down A LOT from what I normally read in a year in audio. A few factors have gone into my decline this year.
- There’s been a gradual decline since I hit an all time high back in 2017 with 74 audiobooks (2018 – 69, 2019 – 63). This is mainly due to me reading more ebooks on my phone. So there were times when I’d listen to audio at work before but was now sneaking in print reading instead.
- I worked from home for 2.5 months which affected my normal audiobook reading time as I no longer had to commute.
- I was really stressed due to 2020 stuff and then also going through a home renovation and work stress which affected my mood which affected my reading overall.
- I started a new job! Which is awesome. But I also now have a 10 minute drive to work and back so it’s not super conducive to listening to books on my drive anymore and also I haven’t quite figured out if I can listen to them while I work.
Anyway, I still managed to get to a lot of audiobooks and I’m happy to have leveled off at My Precious. 🙂
Here are a few of my favorite audiobooks from 2020.
- Dune by Frank Herbert. I know a lot of people that have said they hate the audio production of this book but I actually loved it. It thought some of the sound and music effects were cool and I loved the cast recording. It was a fun way to revisit a fave.
- The Empire of Gold by S. A. Chakraborty. Not only was the story fantastic and engaging as the previous two books, but the audio continued to be amazing. I love the narrator for this series, she brought so much life to the characters!
- Peace Talks by Jim Butcher. While this wasn’t my favorite Dresden Files book it was still great to be back in this world and I continue to love the way the story is narrated by James Marsters.
And that about does it for this year’s challenge! I’m very much looking forward to 2021 and seeing how my audiobook listening goes in the future with all of the changes 2020 has wrought. 🙂