Sunday, December 1, 2013

Audiobook Challenge 2014

2014 Audio Challenge

Here's another reading challenge I'm doing next year.  I never got into the idea of audiobooks until 2012 when I began reading the "Stephanie Plum" books and could only find one of them at my library as an audiobook.  After listening to this one, I got into the idea, and have listened to several over the last two years.  I've even found used ones on cassettes (yes, I have equipment for that).   In many cases, I find myself concurrently reading a physical book and listening to an audiobook on the side.

This year, I listened to over 20 audiobooks, but for this challenge I'm picking the Stenographer level, but often I'll go over whatever level I choose for these challenges. I can assure you I'll get at least 15 next year.

To sign up, visit Hot Listens at this link.  Below are the details copied from the blog:

  • Books must be in audio format (CD, MP3, etc.)
  • ANY genres count.
  • Re-reads and crossovers from other reading challenges are allowed.
  • You do not have to be a book blogger to participate; you can track your progress on Goodreads, Shelfari, Facebook, LibraryThing, etc.
  • If you’re a blogger grab the button and do a quick post about the challenge to help spread the word. If you’re not a blogger you can help by posting on Facebook or Tweeting about the challenge.

  • 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+
My progress:

As of 7/8, I will going up to the next level since I know I will be listening to more audiobook this year. there are still five months left and I will try to listen at least one each month. But I may do more than that. Will see how many I get over the next months.
EDIT: 8/2 Now I've got to go up again, because I know I will be listening to more!  I'm now a Binge Listener.  

    1. He's Just Not That Into You--Greg Beherendt and Liz Tuccillo
    2. Zoot Suit--Luis Valdez
    3. The Devil Wears Prada--Lauren Weisberger
    4. Water For Elephants--Sara Gruen
    5. The First Eagle--Tony Hillerman
    6. Number the Stars--Lois Lowry
    7. A Wrinkle in Time--Madeleine L'Engle
    8. Gossamer-Lois Lowry
    9. Dying to Please/To Die For/Killing Time--Linda Howard
    10. Drop Dead Gorgeous--Linda Howard
    11. A Wind in the Door--Madeleine L'Engle
    12. A Swiftly Tilting Planet--Madeleine L'Engle
    13. Al Capone Does My Shirts--Gennifer Choldenko
    14. The Cove--Catherine Coulter
    15. Hatchet--Gary Paulsen
    16. Because of Winn-Dixie--Kate DiCamillo
    17. Vanished--Karen Robards
    18. A Single Shard--Linda Sue Park
    19. Made From Scratch: A Memoir--Sandra Lee
    20. All Night Long--Jayne Ann Krentz
    21. Cooked--Jeff Henderson
    22. A Touch of Crimson--Sylvia Day
    23. Three Tales of My Father's Dragon--Ruth Stiles Gannett
    24. Flora and Ulysses--Kate DiCamillo
    25. Oh, the Places You'll Go/The Lorax--Dr. Seuss
    26. The Memory Quilt--T.D. Jakes
    27. The Memory Keeper's Daughter--Kim Edwards
    28. The Mercy Watson Collection, Volume 1--Kate DiCamillo
    29. The Mercy Watson Collection, Volume 2--Kate DiCamillo
    30. The Polar Express--Chris Van Allsburg


    Unknown said...

    Great job!!! Interesting titles :) I haven't listened to any Linda Howard's in a long time, I remember not enjoying that much romantic suspense back then, but I got into it this year. I think I need to go back and check her out again.
    Keep up the good work! I hope you can join us again for 2015 :)

    Melanie (@AudiobookMel) said...

    The only Lois Lowry books I've read The Giver and the books that followed. I've never listened to a Dr. Seuss book, I bet that was a good listen. I will have to try that.

    Valeria @ A Touch of Book Madness said...

    Wow! That's a great number there! Congratulations!

    Kathryn T said...

    Great listening year. Congrats. And a wide range of genre. I read Hatchet to my class, the audio was probably better!