Sunday, January 24, 2016

New Baby, Break from blogging

Hey everyone,

I'm sure you've noticed my lack of posts for the last little bit. With getting married, getting a house, finishing my masters, and a starting a new job, I just haven't had the time, though I haven't stopped reading (or listening to audiobooks, which are my current preference for by book consumption.). That being said, I haven't read or listened to anything since last week because on January 18th, my first child, a beautiful baby boy, was born. Here he is making faces with me below:


My time at the moment with a newborn who requires much changing and feeding is swamped, and I just can't know when I'll have a chance to make prompt posts. I will continue to post those that I have already committed to, but beyond that I just won't have the time. Therefore, I'm taking an indefinite break from blogging. I hope you all understand.

Until next time,

Saturday, December 19, 2015

2016 Audiobook Challenge

2016 Audiobook Challenge
It's time for the 2016 Audiobook challenge. If you follow my page, you know I do this every year. This year is no different. 

Here are the rules (stolen from the Hot Listens page):

  • Runs January 1, 2016 – December 31, 2016. You can join at anytime.
  • The goal is to find a new love for audios or to outdo yourself by listening to more audios in 2016 than you did in 2015.
  • 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.
Here are the levels (also stolen...I'm a thief):
  • 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+
  • With my baby coming, I don't have as much time to listen, so I'm going to stick with last weeks level of Marathoner, and aim for 85+ books instead of 50.

    Feel free to join me by going here and signing up.

    Audiobook - Fourth Quarter Update


    To see the main page for the challenge go here. This challenge is about to end with the ending of the year, and here is my final update.

    My chosen level for this year is: Marathoner (Look Ma no hands) 50+. More specifically, I planned to read at least 85+ audiobooks, but after the last update, I increased it to 110. Lets go into how I've done for the final quarter:


    1. Bloodfire (Blood Destiny 1) - Helen Harper
    2. White Hot Kiss (The Dark Elements #1) - Jennifer L. Armentrout
    3. Mark of the Demon (Kara Gillian #1) - Diana Rowland
    4. Trial By Fire (The Worldwalker Trilogy #1) - Josephine Angelini
    5. Life After Death (Twilight #5) - Stephenie Meyer
    6. The Offer (The McGregors #2) - Karina Halle
    7. Steelheart (Reckoners #1) - Brandon Sanderson
    8. Wake (The Watersong Quartet #1) - Amanda Hocking
    9. The Lightning Thief (Percy Jackson and the Olympians #1) - Rick Riordan
    10. Second Grave on the Left (Charley Davidson #2) - Darynda Jones
    11. Third Grave Dead Ahead (Charley Davidson #3) - Darynda Jones
    12. Fourth Grave Beneath my Feet (Charley Davidson #4) - Darynda Jones
    13. Fifth Grave Past the Light (Charley Davidson #5) - Darynda Jones
    14. Sixth Grave on the Edge (Charley Davidson #6) - Darynda Jones
    15. Seventh Grave and No Body (Charley Davidson #7) - Darynda Jones
    16. Eighth Grave after Dark (Charley Davidson #8) - Darynda Jones
    17. November 9 - Colleen Hoover
    18. Sweep in Peace (Innkeeper Chronicles #2) - Ilona Andrews


    With the addition of this to my other quarters, I finish the challenge with a total of 111 audiobooks, meeting my goal. I'll add that I've read more than this because some I listened to some more than once within the year, but I didn't want to count them each time. To see my goodreads shelf with all the books, click here.

    I can't wait until the next challenge, though with the addition of a new baby in January, my time may be a bit strained. We will see.

    Did you participate in the challenge? How did you do?