Mid-Year Audiobook Challenge Check-in

July 4th, 2018 Kimberly Event, Giveaway 55 Comments

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Hello Everyone, I can’t believe July 2nd marked the mid-year point for 2018. I hope everyone had fun with #JIAM last month, and that you are well on your way to meeting your challenge goals this year. Now is your chance to shine or double down. Shows us how you are doing. Link up your mid-year progress and then enter to win a new audiobook from Audiobooks.com.

A special thank you to the gals at Hot Listens for co-hosting this event with Caffeinated. We all share a passion for audiobooks and love cheering everyone on!

This year I’ve hit the backlist hard, finally listening to the Iron Druid Chronicles and beginning the Harry Dresden series. Audiobooks have become a huge part of my reading routine. I would say I am evenly divided between books and audio.

I love audiobooks for numerous reasons and the list grows daily…

  • The stellar narrations bring the characters, suspense and story to life
  • Audiobooks allow me to read while doing mundane chores, taking walks, and working in my garden.
  • I am finding, particularly with urban fantasy, that the details, story and characters stay with me longer. I still love the feel and smell of a good book in my hands, but more often than not I am holding out for the audiobook.


Challenge Achievement Levels

  • 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+

See official rules HERE

My 2018 Results to Date

I’ve listened to 65 books to date. Below are the reviews that posted to Caffeinated.

  1. Tides of Honour by Genevieve Graham
  2. Tricked by Kevin Hearne
  3. To Sir Phillip, With Love by Julia Quinn
  4. Murder's a Witch by Danielle Garrett
  5. The Red by Tiffany Reisz
  6. Trapped by Kevin Hearne
  7. Hunted by Kevin Hearne
  8. Discount Armageddon by Seanan McGuire
  9. The Grimoire of the Lamb by Kevin Hearne
  10. The Purloined Poodle by Kevin Hearne
  11. The Squirrel on the Train by Kevin Hearne
  12. Burn Bright by Patricia Briggs
  13. Lake Silence by Anne Bishop
  14. How to Date Your Dragon by Molly Harper
  15. Midnight Blue-Light Special by Seanan McGuire
  16. Binding Magick by Debbie Cassidy
  17. Most Likely to Score by Lauren Blakely
  18. Shattered by Kevin Hearne
  19. Staked by Kevin Hearne
  20. Promises to Keep by Genevieve Graham
  21. Dreaming in Chocolate by Susan Bishop Crispell
  22. The Buried Book by D.M. Pulley
  23. Wanderlust by Lauren Blakely
  24. Gaslight by Dannika Dark
  25. Charming by Dannika Dark
  26. Besieged by Kevin Hearne
  27. Two Tales of the Iron Druid Chronicles by Kevin Hearne
  28. Havoc Rising by Brian S. Leon
  29. As Bright as Heaven by Susan Meissner
  30. Defying Magick by Debbie Cassidy
  31. Twice the Witch by Danielle Garrett
  32. Guardian's Bond by Rhenna Morgan
  33. Scourged by Kevin Hearne
  34. Survive the Night by Katie Ruggle
  35. Half-Off Ragnarok by Seanan McGuire
  36. Pocket Apocalypse by Seanan McGuire
  37. Embracing Magick by Debbie Cassidy
  38. When He Was Wicked by Julia Quinn
  39. Digging In by Loretta Nyhan
  40. Chaos Choreography by Seanan McGuire
  41. Come As You Are by Lauren Blakely
  42. Unleashing Magick by Debbie Cassidy
  43. Magic for Nothing by Seanan McGuire
  44. Storm Front by Jim Butcher
  45. Down Among the Sticks and Bones by Seanan McGuire
  46. Tricks for Free by Seanan McGuire
  47. LIFEL1K3 by Jay Kristoff
  48. Witch Slapped by Danielle Garrett
  49. Love and Other Words by Christina Lauren
  50. Head On by John Scalzi
  51. Dread Nation by Justina Ireland
  52. Fade to Black by Heather Graham
  53. The Outsider by Stephen King
  54. The Wedding Date by Jasmine Guillory
  55. The Grendel Affair by Lisa Shearin
  56. Fool Moon by Jim Butcher
  57. Witch Way Home by Danielle Garrett
  58. Part-Time Lover by Lauren Blakely
  59. The Body Counter by Anne Frasier
  60. Good Witch Hunting by Dakota Cassidy
  61. I Flipping Love You by Helena Hunting
  62. Getting Wilde by Jenn Stark
  63. Kill the Farm Boy by Kevin Hearne, Delilah S. Dawson
  64. Born of Darkness by Lara Adrian
  65. A Plague of Giants by Kevin Hearne
  66. The Serpent by Sarah Fine
  67. Pale as Death by Heather Graham
  68. Iron and Magic by Ilona Andrews
  69. The Death of Mrs. Westaway by Ruth Ware
  70. Blackout by Dannika Dark
  71. The Real Deal by Lauren Blakely
  72. Magic Triumphs by Ilona Andrews
  73. Through the Fire by Katie Ruggle
  74. The Owlmen by S. E. England
  75. Hero Next Door by Lara Swann
  76. Grave Peril by Jim Butcher
  77. The Impossible Girl by Lydia Kang
  78. It's In His Kiss by Julia Quinn
  79. Modern Love by Beau North
  80. Echoes of Evil by Heather Graham
  81. Once Upon a Real Good Time by Lauren Blakely
  82. Summer Knight by Jim Butcher
  83. Lucky Witch by Danielle Garrett
  84. Love and Other Wild Things by Molly Harper
  85. Death Masks by Jim Butcher
  86. Foundryside by Robert Jackson Bennett
  87. Scribe by Alyson Hagy
  88. Awakened Spells by Logan Byrne
  89. Changeling by Molly Harper
  90. The Craftsman by Sharon J. Bolton
  91. Then There Were Nun by Dakota Cassidy
  92. Once Upon a Sure Thing by Lauren Blakely
  93. Once Upon A Wild Fling by Lauren Blakely
  94. An Easy Death by Charlaine Harris
  95. A Study in Scarlet Women by Sherry Thomas
  96. Heart-Shaped Box by Joe Hill
  97. All Systems Red by Martha Wells
  98. Let Me In by John Ajvide Lindqvist
  99. Rocky Mountain Cowboy Christmas by Katie Ruggle
  100. The Hollow of Fear by Sherry Thomas
  101. Of Blood and Bone by Nora Roberts
  102. The Bastard's Bargain by Katee Robert
  103. The Guardian by Sarah Fine
  104. Hour of Darkness by Lara Adrian
  105. Dark Peak by Adam J. Wright
  106. Artificial Condition by Martha Wells
  107. Blood Rites by Jim Butcher
  108. Dead Beat by Jim Butcher

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Now it’s your turn to share. Linkup your progress. Are you ahead, on track or needing to dig deep? After you have shared be sure and enter the giveaway to winΒ  an audio of your choice from Audiobooks.com

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Good luck and happy listening! What was your favorite listen during the first half of the year?

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55 Responses to “Mid-Year Audiobook Challenge Check-in”

  1. writer.... [@ goodreads]

    whoop! all done the Marathoner by end of April, but a def fav genre of reading, so carrying on for 2nd 1/2 of year won’t be a prob πŸ˜‰
    62 tallied for mid year. Another 4 done so far in July … Thanks for hosting the party , Kimberly and inspiring audio listeners/listening !

  2. Angelica @ Paperback Princess

    65 audiobooks, that’s AMAZING! I’m on 5 just started getting into audiobooks mid last year, will be going up to the next level, originally chose Newbie. I actually just updated my challenge list yesterday so will post that soon on my blog and link up. Thanks for hosting this challenge.

  3. Jennifer

    I’m in the middle of my 51st audiobook for 2018 so I’m ahead of my 75 audiobook goal for this year.

    • Kimberly

      Wahoo! Next year I think we are going to add levels since so many of us are rocking well past 50. πŸ™‚

      • Jennifer

        I can usually hit around 100 in a year but my listening time has slowed down due to my job.

  4. Erin-Joi

    Hi, non-blogger here. My link goes to my Goodreads list for this challenge. I have listened to 60 so far according to Goodreads, but I am a little behind on entering books.
    I have a long commute and listen most of the workday to tune out co-workers and distractions.

    • Kimberly

      *waves* That is awesome Erin. I have zero commute, but try to listen whenever possible. I wear wireless headphones and do mundane chores.

  5. Michelle Gilmore

    It’s so crazy we are halfway through the year. Audiobooks have been my staple this year, as I haven’t had a ton of actual reading time in a long time. You are doing freaking awesome Kim!

  6. Tyler H. Jolley

    Holy cow, I can’t believe we are over half way through the year! I agree audiobooks can be a lifesaver. I’d never get as many books read per year without it.

  7. MarthaE

    You are doing awesome and I am not far behind. I was surprised that I was to 50 already…but happy too. Thanks for hosting. πŸ™‚

  8. Lorna

    I didn’t do the challenge, but probably should have. I never realized that I would love audiobooks so much. It’s a whole different experience and a lot of the time it’s like listening to actors doing a performance. I certainly can picture things better! I also didn’t realize that I would have a to be listened to pile too. You are doing great this year!

  9. Mary @StackingMyBookShelves!

    When I redid the blog I forgot to put this back on my sidebar…Thanks for the reminder. I have listened to 11 so far. I was going for the socially awkward so I am almost there. I am off all of August and I am planning on a listen a day (depending on length of course). I feel like I am on track so I am not too worried. Linking up my post! Thanks for doing this challenge!


  10. Susan T.

    29 so far so I’m right on track to meet my goal of 50 for the year!

  11. blodeuedd

    I think I will write a post for Saturday so gonna go check this post as unread and come back then πŸ™‚

  12. Sophia Rose

    My goal was to reach Marathoner and I’m at 47. Never thought I’d be close this early. I’ve definitely upped my audio game this year. πŸ™‚

  13. Kimberly

    Fantastic Kathy! I plan to listen to the Charley Davidson series after I read the last book. I listened to book one but Charley sounds so different in my head..lol

  14. Kathy @ My Nook, Books & More

    Wow, you are doing great! I’m on track and I love audiobooks. I always make sure I have one downloaded on my phone to listen to. I’m also tackling my backlist and I’m finally caught up on the Charley Davidson series. There are so many series I need to read lol. Thanks for hosting this challenge and for the giveaway. I hope you h ave a great 4th of July!

    Kathy @ My Nook, Books & More recently posted: Mid-Year Challenge Wrap-Up
  15. Jamie

    I’ve only been doing one or two a month, but got three in June. Here is what I have listened to so far:
    Pandora’s Daughter–Iris Johansen
    Lord of the Flies–William Golding
    Escape From Mr. Limoncello’s Library–Chris Grabenstein
    Eat the Cookie, Buy the Shoes–Joyce Meyer
    Who Was Dr. Seuss?–Janet B. Pascal
    The Castle in the Mist–Amy Ephron
    Hotel For Dogs–Lois Duncan
    The Underneath–Kathi Appelt
    Last Light Over Carolina–Mary Alice Monroe
    Island of the Blue Dolphins–Scott O’Dell
    Incantation–Alice Hoffman
    The Broken Road–Richard Paul Evans
    Lincoln in the Bardo–George Saunders
    The Mars Room–Rachel Kushner

  16. gaele

    I’ve almost hit the Marathoner level – I’ll be there before mid-month. I’ve been doing a bunch of ‘other genres’ and “I love this author so let’s try audio for their stuff”choices, along with heading through my UF files – I have to agree – they’ve got the complex layers I want and I find that the narrators fit the stories they are presenting- often better than in other genres.

    • Kimberly

      I think next year we need to add another level for 100 audiobooks. I am glad you feel the same Gaele.

  17. Angela Adams

    I don’t listen to audios, but a friend in my book club buys the audio version of our monthly read. She’s able to absorb the book while she drives or does things around the house. Happy 4th!

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  18. Yvonne

    I actually finished the challenge…I signed up for Weekend Warrior and listened to 10. It’s a good thing I didn’t do more because I’m not working right now. I only listen to audios during my commute. This was fun. Thanks for hosting.

    Yvonne recently posted: Audio Book Challenge 2018 - Wrap Up