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2019 Audiobook Challenge

2019 Audiobook Challenge
This year I have become a lover of audiobooks. A year ago, I would have said no thank-you, but have I changed my tune. This past year I listened to 162 audiobooks and the year is not over yet.
This will be my first year participating in the Audiobook Challenge hosted by Hot Listens and Caffeinated Reviewer. This the 7th year of audiobook fun. Whether you are new to audiobooks or a junkie like me, I hope you join us for the 2018 Audiobook Challenge.

Challenge Details

  • Runs January 1, 2019 – December 31, 2019. You can join at any time.
  • The goal is to find a new love for audios or to outdo yourself by listening to more audios in 2019 than you did in 2018.
  • 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, 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.
  • Updates plus a giveaway will be posted twice during the year. The first update will be June 30, 2019, and the last update will take place on December 15, 2019.

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 multitasking) 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+

I am going to go for Marathoner, but based on what I listened to last year, my goal will be 150 audiobooks for the year. Hop on over to Caffeinated Reviewer to sign up if you are planning to give audiobooks a try this year.


Goodbye Cruller World (Deputy Donut Mystery #2) by Ginger Bolton

Goodbye Cruller World (Deputy Donut Mystery #2)4 Stars

Published August 28th 2018 by Kensington Publishing Corporation

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The Rancher’s Redemption (Return of the Blackwell Brothers #3) by Melinda Curtis

The Rancher's Redemption4.5 Stars

Published October 2nd 2018 by Harlequin Heartwarming

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Death Over Easy (Country Store Mysteries #5) by Maddie Day

Death Over Easy (Country Store Mysteries #5)5 Stars

Published July 31st 2018 by Kensington

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WWW Wednesday (December 12, 2018) #30


Welcome to WWW Wednesday! This meme is hosted by Sam @ Taking on a World of Words.

The Three Ws are:

What are you currently reading?

The Spook in the Stacks (Lighthouse Library Mystery #4) The Rancher's Redemption 38086203

Audio                                  Tablet                         Physical Book

What did you recently finish reading?

Since last Wednesday, I finished reading and/or listening to  10 novels. 6 were audiobooks, 4  were ebooks.  Click on the cover for my reviews, although Goodbye Cruller World and Death Over Easy do not have reviews published yet.

The Christmas Secret Sabotaged Christmas (An Appleton, WV Romantic Mystery, #1) Jacob's Bell: A Christmas Story Can you Hula Like Hilo Hattie? Woman of Courage An Amish Homecoming Don't Touch My Petunia (The Holloway Girls, #2) A Healing Justice Goodbye Cruller World (Deputy Donut Mystery #2) Death Over Easy (Country Store Mysteries #5)

What do you think you’ll read/listen to next?

I have a few books that I promised to read and review by the end of this month so I will be concentrating on them as well as the one book I have left to read from the library.

The Rancher's Fake Fiancée

The Rancher’s Fake Fiancée (Return of the Blackwell Brothers #4) 

by Amy Vastine

“I’m coming home…With my bride-to-be.” Tyler Blackwell just announced that he and Hadley Sullivan are getting married. And they’ve never even dated! Now she and her boss are in Montana so Tyler can sell his family ranch. Hadley only agreed to continue the deception in exchange for a promotion. But moving up the corporate ladder pales beside her growing feelings for Tyler. Will his past and Blackwell family secrets sabotage what Hadley wants more than anything–a real wedding?


The Sixth Day (A Brit in the FBI, #5)

The Sixth Day (A Brit in the FBI #5)

by Catherine Coulter and J.T. Ellison

When several major political figures die mysteriously, officials declare the deaths are from natural causes. Then the German Vice-Chancellor dies on the steps of 10 Downing Street and a drone is spotted hovering over the scene. The truth becomes clear – these high-profile deaths are well-constructed assassinations, and the Covert Eyes team is tasked to investigate.

With the help of Dr Isabella Marin, a young expert in the enigmatic Voynich Manuscript and cryptophasia (twin language), Nicholas and Michaela home in on Roman Ardelean, a wealthy cybersecurity genius and a descendant of fifteenth century Romanian Vlad the Impaler – often romanticised as Dracula. Ardelean believes the Voynich Manuscript will unlock the secret to curing his severely ill twin brother’s blood disorder and is willing to murder anyone who gets in his way, including Nicholas and Michaela.

Along with MI5, the Covert Eyes team must race against the clock to find Ardelean before he unleashes a devastating attack on London intended to destroy those he believes betrayed him.


A Killer Keepsake (Collectible Mystery #6)

A Killer Keepsake (A Collectible Mystery #6)

by Ellery Adams and Parker Riggs 

In the world of antiques and collectibles, it helps to have a sharp eye for quality, a good ear for gossip, and a nose for murder.

When star reporter Molly Appleby exchanged vows with her new husband, she also made a promise to give up sleuthing. But given her knack for stumbling onto murders, and murderers, she’s realizing she never should have made a promise she couldn’t keep.

Molly’s just finished an article on the Forget Me Not Doll Club for Collector’s Weekly, but before the magazine even hits the newsstands, one of the club members is found murdered, and a stolen antique doll—purportedly haunted—is found in the victim’s house. When police discover that few of the peculiar club members will mourn the deceased, and that most of them had more motives than alibis, they once again enlist Molly’s help to solve this very odd case.

But piecing together a deadly puzzle is never easy, and when another member of the club is attacked, Molly begins to wonder if the eccentric group of doll lovers might have deeper and darker connections than she ever imagined. And as she begins to piece together the unusual background of the eerie doll and uncovers a history of troubled lives, she realizes there are more victims than the obvious ones in this case—and that some people will do anything to protect their darkest secrets.

Have you read any of the above books. Let me know what you thought about them. What are you going to read next? Time for me to catch up on reading all your wonderful blog posts, I have gotten a bit behind.

Don’t Touch My Petunia (The Holloway Girls #2) by Tara Sheets

Don't Touch My Petunia (The Holloway Girls, #2)3.5 Stars

Published September 25th 2018 by Zebra Shout

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An Amish Homecoming by Amy Clipston, Beth Wiseman, Shelley Shepard Gray, Kathleen Fuller

An Amish Homecoming4.5 Stars

Published October 16th 2018 by Zondervan

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A Healing Justice by Kristin von Kreisler

A Healing Justice by Kristin von Kreisler4.5 Stars

Published September 25th 2018 by Kensington Publishing Corporation

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Darkest Before the Dawn by Mike Martin: Book Blast and Giveaway

Darkest Before the Dawn (Sgt. Windflower Mystery Series)
by Mike Martin

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