Friday, 13 December 2019

Audiobook challenge 2019 Final Update!


Anybody who has followed this blog for a while knows that going into this year I was not much of an audiobook fan. However, I really really wanted to make them work for me so I decided to give this reading challenge a go and try listening to audiobooks in the car.

The good news?
I can totally listen to audiobooks in the car without getting distracted!
I can also listen to audiobooks while cleaning, ironing and cooking which is a huge win too!

The bad news?
I don't think I have any bad news... Except that I haven't reached a level of listening skill which would allow me to listen, follow and enjoy an audiobook while doing tasks that require a high level of brain power. That's the holy grail for me and I don't think I'll ever reach it but I'll take what I can get!

My target was pretty low...
I aimed for 5 audiobooks and I'm pleased to say I'd beaten that target before we even got to the mid-year point!
So I upped it to the 10 book target and guess what?
I beat that too!

Here, as we wind up 2019, I can say that I am currently on 11 audiobooks (for the year) and I'll probably get one more finished before 31st December rolls in.

How awesome is that?!

My audiobooks this year were:

The Lost Hero by Rick Riordan

Narrator: Joshua Swanson

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The Son of Neptune by Rick Riordan

Narrator: Joshua Swanson

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My review of The Son of Neptune

The Mark of Athena by Rick Riordan

Narrator: Joshua Swanson

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My review of The Mark of Athena

Broken by S.J. West


Narrator: Brittany Pressley

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My review of Broken

The House of Hades by Rick Riordan

Narrator: Nick Chamian

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My review of The House of Hades

The Blood of Olympus by Rick Riordan

Narrator: Nick Chamian

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My review of The Blood of Olympus

The Red Pyramid by Rick Riordan

Narrator: Joseph May & Jane Collingwood

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My review of The Red Pyramid

Red Winter by Annette Marie

Narrator: Emily Woo Zeller

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My Review of Red Winter

The Christmasaurus by Tom Fletcher

Narrator: Paul Shelley

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My Review of The Christmasuarus

The Throne of Fire by Rick Riordan

Narrator: Joseph May & Jane Collingwood

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I've written my review for Throne of Fire but it's scheduled for January... Needless to say, I thoroughly enjoyed it. Riordan writes awesome stories!

The Journals of Octavia Hollows by Stacey Rourke

Narrator:

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I haven't finished my review of this either but it'll be live next week!

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Given how well this went this year, I'm signing up again for next year's challenge!
Take this as my signup. 
Next year, I'm aiming for "Socially Awkward (Don’t talk to me) 15-20 books".

If you want to join in next year, you can sign up at the Caffeinated Book Reviewer!

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How did you do this year?


14 comments:

  1. Great job! It's sooo satisfying to get a challenge completed!

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  2. I'm glad to hear that you're an audiobook fan now. I tried a couple of times but I'd rather read the book.

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    1. I love them in the car when I'm by myself. :) And ironing... They make that better.

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  3. Yeah! Look at your embracing audiobooks. I listen to them all the time. Only certain types of stories work for me, when I am doing something that requires more attention (like at work), and accents are hard for me too, because I have to pay really close attention, but contemporary romances work perfectly for me.

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    1. I struggle with contemporary romances, I think. (Probably need to explore more on that one.) But fantasy/UF work really well.

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  4. I’m so glad you beat your goal! I will be joining in in 2020 too, but given that I’ve rarely ever listened to audiobooks in English and it’s my second language, I’ll aim for 5 books too. I have a lot of experience listening to audiobooks in Dutch but most aren’t well-narrated.

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  5. Nice work on your goal; I am glad audio books are working for you. That's one area I have zero interest in exploring - there simply is not time for me to listen on the way to work and when Eleanor is in the car we are always listening to music.

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    1. That's fair. I struggled to make them work for so long but I'm glad I have a place for them now... Even if it is a small one! :)

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  6. Congratulations on surpassing your goal, Nicci and good luck on the 2020 Challenge. I also made my goal and I signed up for this year, too. :)

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    1. Thanks Rachel! Good luck with your 2020 goal! :)

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