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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.


COYER Challenge for 2018

What Time is it? It’s COYER Time!

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Ho Ho Ho Readathon Wrap Up Post #HoHoHoRAT

HoHoHo RAT 2018 Caffeinated

This is my wrap up post for the Sixth Annual HoHoHo Readathon hosted by Kimberly @ Caffeinated Reviewer.  I did not read the books that I had proposed, which I expected somewhat. I had said I would choose 5 out of a possible 10. Well, I did read 5, but two of them were not in the original post. I have started a sixth book, but will not get it finished until tomorrow. I have linked to my reviews for the books that I have posted the reviews for, the rest will be posted tomorrow.  I read the following:

Oh Holy Fright (Pecan Bayou Book 8) Slay Bells Ring (Caprice De Luca Home Staging Mystery #7) Murder in Her Stocking (A Granny Reid Mystery, #1) Christmas at Mistletoe Cove (Hope Island #3) Yule Log Murder A Holiday by Gaslight

This was a great way to read some of those Christmas Books that I had but kept switching up. I hope to participate again next year and do even better. Thanks Kimberly @caffeinated reviewer for organizing this event and all the elves who offered mini challenges and games throughout (even if I did not participate in all of them).


‘Renaissance Faire’ Cozy Mystery Series Readathon: Wicked Weaves

I am participating in a readathon for the month of November hosted by James J. Cudney on This is My Truth Now.  We are reading the first four books in  Renaissance Faire cozy mysteries by Joyce and Jim Lavene.

I read the first book back in 2015, so had to skim it to remember what it was about. Below is my review from the first time I read it. I added a few new thoughts to the end.

3253308Wicked Weaves (A Renaissance Faire Mystery #1)

4 Stars: This is the first book in the Renaissance Faire mystery series. The main character in this book is Jessie Morton. She is a professor who is earning her doctorate. Every summer she works at the Renaissance Faire and apprentices to different people to learn everything she can about the period and the crafts. This year she is working with Mary Shift, a master basket-weaver. When Mary’s ex-husband turns up dead outside her shop, she is the prime suspect. The fact that nobody knew she had ever been married or had a son added to the mystery. As days go on and Jessie and Chase, the town ballif and her new boyfriend try to figure out who the murderer is. When Mary disappears, Jessie thinks she knows what is going on. I really enjoyed this series. The characters were a hoot as they acted in character during the story. It was funny, romantic and there was a mystery, what else could you ask for. I am definitely going to look for the next one in the series.

Additions in 2018: The mystery in this book, was not front and centre, the story was very much about the setting of the Renaissance Faire. Learning about the many crafts and jobs of the time will be covered over the next few books. This one was about basket-weaving. As I have become an avid reader of cozy fiction over the last few years, I would definitely not rate this book as high now as I did three years ago, I would probably give it 3 stars now. The pacing of this book was very halting. You start getting into the flow, then the chapter ends. I shall see how the next one goes.  I also want to mention that since I read this book, both Jim and Joyce Lavene have passed on. They were prolific writers in the cozy mystery genre and have many followers of their books. Rest in Peace Jim and Joyce Lavene.

Ho Ho Ho Readathon – November 9th to 18th

It’s time to sign up for the Sixth Annual HoHoHo Readathon hosted by Kimberly @ Caffeinated Reviewer.  Gather up your favorite cocoa, comfort foods, holiday music and books and join in the fun! For this event books and audiobooks with holiday or winter themes count.  You can participate for a day or cozy up by the fire and hang out every day.

I am in the middle of my Christmas books, so I am in. Over the nine days of this readathon, I hope to read 5 Christmas books. If I read novellas, I should finish more. I have picked 10 that I will choose from, they are not in any particular order. Of course, those who follow my blog realize, I might go totally off script if something else strikes my fancy.

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Are you joining the Hohoho? What books are you excited to read?

Have an awesome day and Happy Reading!

#COYER Winter 2018 – Let The Games Begin!

COYER challenge winter 2018 - (un)Conventional Bookworms

What Time is it? It’s COYER Time!

Have you been a little over eager with your mouse when browsing Kindle Freebies? Or maybe those books on Netgalley were just too hard to resist? Are your free reads sitting in your E-reader, neglected, just waiting for when you have time to get to them? Well now is the time with the “Clean out your E-reader Challenge”

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20 Books of Summer Reading Challenge 2018 Finished

Cathy@746books host a yearly summer challenge called 20 Books of Summer. The challenge is to read  20 books between June 1st and September 3rd.

This is the second year I participated and even though it was right down to the wire, I finished my last book in the evening of September 3rd, I once again read all 20 books. I only switched out 1 book during the challenge from those I designated at the beginning, so that was pretty good. Here is my list and if you click on the book, it will take you to my review.

The Great Alone  Her Last Word Flying at Night How to Walk Away

The Forgotten Ones  Father Figure by [Cudney, James J.] A Mother’s Sacrifice Three Day Fiancée (Animal Attraction, #2)

A Gathering of Secrets (Kate Burkholder, #10)  Spring at Lavender Bay (Lavender Bay, #1) The First Kiss of Spring (Eternity Springs #14) My Mother the Liar

One Summer The Girl in the Woods Save the Date Us Against You (Beartown, #2)

At the Stroke of Midnight (The Naughty Princess Club, #1) In Bed with the Beast (The Naughty Princess Club, #2) Sold on a Monday The Perfect Couple

This was a great year for me. I read a variety of genres and had many 5 Star books in the mix. Here’s to next year! It would be great to have more people participate next year, but that will be a decision to make next summer.

20 Books of Summer Reading Challenge 2018

Cathy@746books host a yearly summer challenge called 20 Books of Summer. The challenge is to read  20 books between June 1st and September 3rd.

This will be the second year I have participated in this challenge. I read all 20 last year finishing the last one just under the wire. Last year I chose all summer books. This year I am going to mix it up and read books that I have been looking forward to. Some are ARCs, some are ebooks that are already out and some are books off my shelf that I have been meaning to read. Here we go:

The Great Alone Read August 12  Her Last Word

Flying at Night How to Walk Away  Read June 13

The Forgotten Ones Read July 14  Father Figure by [Cudney, James J.]

A Mother’s Sacrifice Read August 16 Three Day Fiancée (Animal Attraction, #2) Read June 23

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Children’s Book Readathon With This Is My Truth Now– Picture Books (Week 1)

Week One in the Children’s Book Readathon featured Children’s Picture Books. The three that were chosen are often referred to as classics, but for very different reasons. These are very different books, by very different authors and loved by varying audiences.

I remember reading this book to my son and daughter when they were young. My son really enjoyed it, my daughter, not so much. I agree that this story needs have a discussion about “wild behaviour” especially when it is hurtful or disrespectful. I love the imagination that comes from the little boy and his trip on his boat to the island. The illustrations could be scary for young children, but my grandson had no problem with them. He liked the story, but when we talked about the boy and his behaviour, he just wanted to play. Perhaps he is still a bit young for that. This book was certainly a game changer when it first came out and you either loved it or disliked it immensely. I say the message of imagination, time to be “wild”, time to go home to those who love you is timeless.

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Goodnight Moon was the book that my son and daughter-in-law read to my grandchildren for bedtime when they were little. My grandson still likes it, but it is not his first choice for a bedtime story anymore. It is quiet, simple and comforting. Another great story.


I have always loved Dr. Seuss, so have my children and now my grandchildren. I have so many of his books that I kept that I can keep reading them and the kids will not get bored. This book is one that I do not own. I never really thought of this one as a young child’s book. When I was the principal of a K to 8 school, we purchased a copy for each of our grade 8 graduates. They were signed by all their teachers with a little note and read at their graduation ceremony. It is a great story for launching a new pathway in your life. Adults could also read this one and ponder the Dr’s message.

I read about  an adapted version called Oh, Baby, the Places You’ll Go.  The rhythm and rhymes follow the original and make for a delightful story according to fellow blogger Nina at The Cozy Pages. I want to get a copy of my son and daughter-in-law as they are expecting a new baby in December.

So that is it for my post on the first week of the Children’s Book Readathon. I know I was a bit late posting as I could not find my copies of some of the books profiled. Make sure to check out Jay’s Blog, This Is My Truth Now to read the posts from other participants.


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