2017 Audiobook Challenge Sign Up!

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2017 Audiobook Challenge Sign Up


2017 Audiobook Challenge

The Audiobook Challenge is back for 2017!

Join Hot Listens and our new co-host Caffeinated Book Reviewer for the 5th year of great audio books.

Audiobooks are great for those times you want to read but can’t for some reason like driving, doing chores, working out, or if you’re one of the lucky ones like me, listen to them at work.

I hope all those new and old junkies can join us once again for The 2017 Audiobook Challenge.

Listening has never been better!  Thanks to the continued popularity of Audiobooks just about everything is being published on audio…YAY!

We will hold 2 updates with giveaways. First update will be June 30th, 2017 and the final update will be Dec 15, 2017

There has never been a better time for reading with our ears 🙂

  • Challenge Details

    • Runs January 1, 2017 – December 31, 2017. 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 2016.
    • 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. First update in June and last update in December 2017.
  • 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 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+

We like to welcome our new co-host CAFFEINATED BOOK REVIEWER, we like to thank The Book Nympho for the opportunity she gave us to co-host this wonderful event.


Join Us! Nice to see you back 🙂

Melanie Simmons
I’m Melanie and I live in Ohio. I have two horses and a dog. I’m an animal lover, avid book reader and audiobook listener. I like to live vicariously through fictional characters. I enjoy reading and listening to mostly fictional books in the paranormal genre, including Urban Fantasy, Paranormal Romance and Horror. My favorite paranormal creatures are shifters, doesn’t matter the flavor.


  1. Great to see the challenge is back! I’m aiming for My Precious.

  2. Great to see that the challenge is back! I am aiming for My Precious.

  3. Hi, I’m in a gain. Will try to get up to 30 again. more if time permits.

  4. Yay for this challenge! I used my 2016 wrap up to say I’m doing it again, but linked up my new 2017 GR shelf 🙂

  5. I’m so happy you’re doing this again for 2017! I am all signed up and look forward to participating once more, Melanie.

    • It would be weird to not be hosting this challenge. I’ve been a part of it for three years now. It has been a large part of my blogging since I started.

    • Woohoo! Good luck. I know that I will be getting ideas from your reviews.

  6. I’m going to start with 10-15 as my goal since I’m going full time at work and my drive to work will be 10 minutes. I won’t have as much listening time in 2017 plus I’m going to focus on reading more of my ebook/print books.

  7. Last time I did this I went for Newbie so this time I’m going for Weekend Warrior!

  8. Glad to give this challenge another go. I had fun with it in 2016 listening to nearly a fourth of my review books and also purchasing more audio books for the first time. Thanks for hosting.
    I’m going for Marathoner.

    Good luck, everyone!

    • Woohoo! Glad to have you back. I don’t purchase a ton of books. I get a bunch publishers for review and from the library. I only buy if I can’t get them the previous two ways. Good luck

  9. I’m going to try for Marathoner this year although I’m not super confident about reaching that goal. I’m at 51 for this year so we will see if I can do it again!

  10. Since I’ve not gotten more than 35 audiobooks listened to this year I’ll join at the “My Precious” level…I shot for 50+ this year (I know overachiever lol).

  11. Sounds like fun! Thank you for letting me play too 😉 I listened to 305 audiobook so far in 2016, yes I’m an addict!

    • That’s awesome. So glad you’re able to listen to so many. Nothing wrong with being an audiobook addict. I will completely enable you. Good luck on your goals.

  12. Count me in as “My Precious”

  13. I’ll be joining in this year!

    • Glad to have you Charlie. I hope you have some really great listens.

  14. Hey Melanie, So I signed up because I’ll definitely be listening to audiobooks. I’m number 6. But then the Goodreads group that also tracks these changed the shelf from audio-500 to audio-1000. Is there a way to change the url of my link?

    • Yep. I can update the URL if you just give it to me. It is simple enough to to. Glad to have you back.

  15. I’m up for the challenge again. This time I’ll do better at creating an update post lol. Thank you again for hosting Melanie and congrats Kim!!!

    • LOL. Glad to have you back Kathy. I hope you find some great listens.

  16. I’m silly, I forgot to sign up haha. Just fixed that though 😀 Going for the same as 2016 My Precious (I had my earbuds surgically implanted) 30+

    • Well, I’m really glad that you remembered. Its great to have you back. 🙂

  17. This is probably my favorite reading challenge. I love audiobook reading. Here’s to another great year of listening, audiobook junkies!

    • I’m so glad that you enjoy this challenge as much as I do. I love sharing the love of audiobooks with more people. Good luck and I hope you find some great listens.

  18. I so need to do some type of challenge this year to get myself back into reading 10 books a month! I can’t decide between doing this challenge or a different one I just saw today! I’ll keep thinking about it!♡

    • I don’t do a lot of reading challenges too. I’m horrible about tracking them. I do this one and the Goodreads one and that’s it. I hope you find a challenge you’ll enjoy, even if it isn’t this one.

  19. To join here do on the website do you have to be a blogger?

    It will not let me un

    • You don’t have to have a blog, the linky does require a link to a website. Many people create a shelf on Goodreads and link to that. If you have a Pinterest or Instagram board or something that you could link to. Just a place to track the audiobooks you’ve tackled in 21017.

  20. Hi, I’m new to this challenge, but not to audio books.I’m aiming for the marathoner. 🙂

    • Glad you’ve join us this year. Good luck on your goal and I hope you find many great audiobooks. 🙂

  21. Can you go up levels?

    • I don’t see why not. Good luck on whatever level you choose. I hope you find some great audiobooks for 2017. Happy New Year!

  22. Going again in 2017! Aiming for 50 books for 3rd year running. Thanks for hosting!

    • Glad to have you back, Jen. Good luck on your goal. I hope you find some amazing audiobooks. 🙂

  23. Thank you for hosting this challenge – it’s one of my favorites! I’m going for Marathoner again…I listened to 80 audiobooks last year – let’s see if I can beat that number this year 🙂

    • You’re welcome, Kristin. I love this challenge too. I listen to more books than I read. Good luck on your goal and I hope that you find some really great listens. 🙂

  24. I finished 53 books in 2016… my aim is still 50 this year… however, I am starting the year off with 10 books that are Ginormous… and I mean that on disc they are 35-40 discs long. (Outlander serires to start). These are worth 4-5 books in themselves. I hope I can stil lmeet my challenge! Wish me luck and good luck to you.

    • Wow, that is impressive! Good luck with your challenge this year! I tried listening to Outlander a few months ago but I couldn’t get into it. I’ve heard from several people that I need to give it another shot because it starts slow.

    • Long books can really cut into your reading time. I listened to Stephen King’s IT last year. It took me over a week, when I can normally listen to a book in two days. I plan on tackling The Stand this year. Good luck.

  25. Thanks for doing this challenge! I’m relatively new to blogging (started last October), but not to audiobooks. I have a combined 1.5 hours of commuting everyday so I love listening to books! I didn’t track my audiobooks last year so I’m going for “my precious” for now.

    • Glad to have you as part of the challenge. I have a one hour commute each way, so I know how much audiobooks can save you on those commutes. Good luck. I hope you find some great listens.

  26. I’m up for Marathoner. Thanks for hosting!

    • Thanks for joining. I hope you find some great listens. 🙂

  27. This is my first time do this challenge, so I’m going to go with the 10 to 15 audio books.

    • Glad to have you join us, Becky. I hope you find some great audiobooks. Good luck on hitting your goal

  28. Such a great challenge. I am definitely in and hope to manage my goal for 6 months))

    • Good luck on your goal. I hope that you will find some great reads.

  29. Technically joining a little late, but since I’ve already listened to 12 audiobooks, does it really count as joining late?? Challenging myself to reach My Precious (love the reference). But it’d be a major accomplishment to hit Marathoner!

    • It is never too late to join. Glad to have you on board. Good luck on your goal.

  30. I love this! I have a total of close to 3 hr daily communte and have been listening for the past 2 months, can’t wait to see what I can accomplish, It is tracked through Goodreads is that correct?? I think I am on book 6 so far.

    • There are several ways you can sign up for the challenge. We will do a post next month. You will need to link to something (a Goodreads shelf will work). We will have a giveaway then. We will do the same in December. Good luck and I hope you find some amazing listens.

  31. I’m not sure if I’m doing this correctly, but I was trying to sign up for the audio book challenge. I stopped counting the audiobooks I’ve listen to this year (2017) at 56…. that was in 5 months… I know I’m a “marathoner”. I am always looking for new books.

    • We do wrap-up posts around the end of June again around the end of December. There will be a Linky to share your post and a rafflecopter to enter a contest. You don’t have to have a blog. A link to a Goodreads shelf or some other way you’re tracking your reads is fine. We have a lot of non-bloggers who participate. Glad you could join in.


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