Erin from TexErin-in-Sydneyland and Dani from Faster than Forever hosted a non-competitive book challenge last month in which participants had to complete one simple task:
Only read books that you already owned in June.
This turned out to be an interesting challenge for me, given that I also started Megan's Semi Charmed Summer Book Challenge on June 1. Fortunately, I had enough books and audiobooks already in my possession to choose from in order to satisfy several SCSBC16 categories and to fare well in this challenge, too.
If this task was a simple Pass/Fail endeavor, then I admit - I failed. Of the 7 audiobooks that I listed to in June, I only owned 6 before the month started. My achilles heel was that I found myself in the mood for a book by a certain author and I didn't have any of his books that I hadn't already listened to. So, I caved...
But, if percentage and letter grades are being awarded, I would receive an 86%, which would have been solid B on the grading scale back in my high school days. A "B" is passing, so I'm pleased! I consider my attempt a noble one.
Here's are the audiobooks I listened to in June that I already owned:
- The Wonderful Wizard of Oz by L. Frank Baum | Acquired (free from Audible): November 26, 2013
- The Opposite of Loneliness by Marina Keegan | Bought: November 14, 2015
- The 9th Girl by Tami Hoag | Bought: December 3, 2015
- The Unidentified Redhead by Alice Compton | Bought: February 26, 2016
- Pretty Girls by Karin Slaughter | Bought: March 6, 2016
- As You Wish: Inconceivable Tales from the Making of The Princess Bride by Gary Elwes | Bought: March 30, 2016
*These books were reviewed on Tuesday in my Recently Read post.
The one book that I bought and subsequently listened to in June was Sick Puppy by Carl Hiaasen. What can I say? I was in the mood for some of Hiaasen's noir humor and I didn't have any Hiaasen books that I hadn't already read and I wasn't in the mood for a re-read.
Read My Books Q & A
How many unread books do I have in my Audible library? 52. Yep. Fifty-two. I have enough audiobooks to listen to one a week for an entire year.
Why do I have so many? Well... I'd say it's because many of them were impulse buys. I always take advantage of any sales that Audible has, like their 3 books for 2 credits or their Daily Deal where you can buy the featured audiobook for anywhere between $1.95 - $4.95.
Why don't I utilize my public library? My preferred mode of reading is via audiobook, primarily because I listen to them during my 90 mile roundtrip daily commute during the school year. When I'm off from work, I like the versatility that audiobooks give me. I can do housework and still continue listening to a book. Audiobooks allow me to multitask. Anyway, my public library isn't the greatest at the audio format just yet and I've honestly had no luck in getting the titles I want when I want them. When it comes to books/audiobooks, I'm sorry to say that I'm very much like Veruca Salt...
What are the five audiobooks that have been in my library the longest that I have yet to listen to and why haven't I listened to them?
- Beautiful Creatures by Kami Garcia and Margaret Stohl - Purchased January 2013 - I guess I just lost interest.
- 11-23-63 by Stephen King - Purchased November 2013 - I'll be completely honest here. This book is 30 hours long! That's a HUGE time commitment for me. Every time I download it to my phone, I have the best of intentions of listening to it, but I still haven't.
- Special Topics in Calamity Physics by Marisha Pessl - Purchased November 2013 - I was inspired to read/listen to more of Pessl's work after I listened to her audiobook, Night Film, which I really liked. For whatever reason, my interest wained and I chose to listen to other audiobooks at the time until this one eventually got buried in my Audible library.
- My Bluegrass Baby by Molly Harper - Purchased February 2014 - I haven't a clue as to why I haven't read it. It has a cute premise, it's set in the state in which I live, and it's not long...
- The Scarecrow by Michael Connelly - Purchased June 2014 - This book is the followup to another of Connelly's books, The Poet. I thoroughly enjoyed The Poet, but for whatever reason, I just haven't been interested enough to see what happens in the next book.
What are the five most recent audiobooks I have acquired that I have not read yet? When do I plan to listen to them?
- ICE by Ice-T and Douglas Century - Perhaps for the second round of Book Challenge by Erin 5.0
- Beautiful Ruins by Jess Walter - Probably during the second round of BC by Erin 5.0.
- Gulp by Mary Roach - Not sure...
- To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee - I might use this book during the second round of BC by Erin 5.0, but if I don't, I'll probably listen to it in late September during Banned Books Week (something I started doing last year...)
- The Edge of Lost by Kristina McMorris - Soon. I am using it for one of the categories in BC by Erin 5.0
Alrighty... How about you? Are you guilty of acquiring a lot of books (print, digital, and/or audio) that sit on your shelves unread as you go about reading/listening to others? Why do you think that is? Please share your insights, for I am genuinely curious to know.
Thank you for stopping by and happy reading!