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:
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?
It's about time for another Random Rant Thursday. Typically, the books I like to read are all fiction, all the
stuff of dreams and fantasy. The more unreal it is the more I love it, and my
shelves are bursting at the seams at the moments with all my lovely books. (It’s
about time to buy another shelf) I have everything on them from knickknacks to
book marks, and am always looking for things to make them more pretty. One day,
I’ll show them off, but that’s not today because I’m moving soon and
everything’s all boxed up.
Recently, I was contacted by Invaluable.com to make a blog
post of my dream literary collection from their site, and since they sell
awesome antiques, and the things I love to pretty my shelves with, I figured
Invaluable.com has a ton of first edition books on sale, in
addition to a ton of other books as well. After spending hours on the site,
these are the ones I absolutely would love!
I have a thing for pretty clocks (though you wouldn’t know
it from my house.) and these are absolutely stunning. I can only imaging one of
these on the end of my shelves, perhaps next to my shakespere collections, ro
next to my historical fiction. Seems like a good place.
I found myself getting sucked into this site, and eventually
had to just stop with the site all together so I could get to some homework.
I’d suggest you go take a look at what they offer. It’s much more than just
books, they have paintings, furniture, jewelry, and more. It’s a great site for
the collector, and for the person who just wants that one rare piece that makes
Thanks Invaluable.com for allowing me to add my insight on my “Dream
35.Throne of Glass (Throne of Glass #1) – Sarah J.
36.Crown of Midnight (Throne of Glass #1) – Sarah J.
Combined that means I have read 93 audiobooks. Therefore,
I have already met and passed my goal of 85 audiobooks. I still plan to keep up
my current progress, so I am looking to see if I can finish with more than 110
audiobooks. We will certainly see! For updates of my progress, follow my 2015 Audiobook Challenge shelf on Goodreads. Head on over to the hosts site to check out her progress, and check out other participants and to enter into a giveaway! Good Luck everyone on the Last quarter of the contest!
Book: Fearless (Fearless #1) By: Annie Jaocby Published: July 15, 2014 Published by: Self Published
*this book was given to me in exchange for an honest review by the author*
My Thoughts:Fearless was an interesting story about a woman who just wants to feel again, and the man who helps her.
The Story: We follow Dalilah Gallagher, a former child art prodigy who was put down by an art critic and who now desperately wants to find her place and purpose, and find a way to see the passion in the world again. Struggling to find her muse again, or even to feel something, she spends her days modeling for other art students, and her nights trolling the bars and engaging in various acts with the strangers she meets. Soon, she runs into Blake Nottingham, a rich man who is obsessed with her, and who commissions a broke, but talented artist, Luke Roberts, to paint a nude painting of Dalilah. Blake wants Dalilah, but he's into some dangerous things. Things that Dalilah knows would ruin her forever. Dalilah is quickly intrigued by Luke, and wishes she can do something to help the artist succeed. She later realizes that only Blake can help Luke, and she will do anything to help Luke reach his dreams, even if that means getting involved with Blake. What she doesn't know is that Blake may have motivations of his own, and she must decide if she can deal with them.
The Characters: I wasn't really a fan of our MC Dalilah. I understood her issues and motivations, and was very near to liking her, but then she would make quick decisions without thinking them through, and she began to make me think she wasn't even a person worth caring about. She seemed spoiled and stubborn and generally seemed as if she didn't care about herself, so I didn't want to care about her either. I was intrigued by our love interest Luke, but I never felt I got to know him enough to be sure. Blake was the only character I was sure I liked, probably because he was meant to be so unlikable, and devious, and I knew what to expect from him. He was a perv, and a stalker, and a devious, dangerous man, and he had secrets that scared even me. I kind of loved it.
The Verdict: I give this story 3.5 stars. It was quite interesting, and I enjoyed seeing the cliffhanger. That being said, I couldn't really connect to the MC, and that made it difficult for me to connect with the story. Beyond that, it took too long in my opinion for me to reach the climax of the story, and once that happened, the story was over and I was left with said cliffhanger. Finally, bits of the story were pretty predictable, which made me unsurprised at the end. Still it was a great start to the series and something that definitely taught me a lesson. I would recommend this to those who would like a nice love story with a proportionate dose of sex and a danger hanging over everyone's heads.
By: Shayla Black (writing as Shelley Bradley) Narrator: Cindy Harden Length: 6 hours 5 min Audio Published: Published by: Listen Up Audiobooks
*this book was given to me in exchange for an honest review by the author*
My Thoughts:Naughty Little Secret was a book filled with secrets and heartache. It was a book that, once you suspended belief a bit, was quite interesting and ridiculously sexy.
The Story: This story follows Lauren Southall, a divorcee' who is broken hearted, afraid of love, and completely jaded. She's also inappropriately interested in her boss/ex-husband's friend, Noah Reeves. What she doesn't know is that Noah is inappropriately interested in her too. Two years passes after her divorce, and Noah has a plan to win her heart. Unfortunately, everything doesn't always work out as planned. What ensues is an intense story that's at times frustrating and other times exciting.
The Narration: Cindy Harden was a good narrator. At the beginning, her voice seemed a bit too breathless, but eventually I got used to it and settled in. She did a great job with the narration of the story and made sure we felt the correct emotions. I didn't quite like the male voices she made at times, but I could deal with them. I know from personal experience that I can really only make one male voice, so I felt okay with the few that she made.
The Verdict: I give this one 3 stars. While I thought the story was beyond hot, I just couldn't connect with the characters, and the story itself required a bit too much suspension of belief. I just can't put myself in her position no matter how hard I try. In the beginning, Lauren seems way too desperate for affection from anyone with a male appendage, and at the same time as the story progresses she's too guarded, and seems to make stupid decisions. Beyond that, she had no confidence in herself, no confidence in others, and just basically no confidence at all. Noah's plan to woo her was an idiotic one, and I could see the writing on the wall at first mention of it. In addition, once everything was revealed, it took too much (in my opinion) to wrap things all up. Still, Shayla Black knows how to write a sexy scene, and the story itself wasn't bad. I really enjoyed it despite my misgivings about the characters. I would recommend this one to those who like erotica that requires a significant amount of belief suspension, but that fully involves a taboo fantasy many would never admit to having.
By: Shayla Black (Writing as Shelley Bradley) Narrated By: Sasha Dunbrooke Length: 4 hours Audio Published: August 4, 2015 Published By: Listen Up Audiobooks
*this book was given to me in exchange for an honest review by the author*
My Thoughts:Watch me was a short, intense little book filled with seduction, temptation, and pure hotness.
The Story: Watch me follows the life of Shanna York, a particularly obsessive professional ballroom dancer who has been proclaimed as the, "B***h of the ballroom." She goes through dance partners almost as fast as she goes through dance costumes and she believes winning is all that's important. Then, her dance partner gets videotaped in a couple compromising positions with a couple romantic partners of his, the whole scene is videotaped and was done in front of an audience, and the video-taper is trying to blackmail Shanna by threatening to show the video to the judges at the next competition. Shanna knows that such an occurrence would ruin her chances of winning the competition with the conservative judges, and she can either pick a new partner yet again, setting her back with this year's competition, or she can find out exactly who is trying to blackmail her.
Enter Alejandro Diaz, the owner of the club where Shanna's partner performed for said audience. Alejandro is a sexy Latin man who has wanted Shanna since he first met her. He wants nothing more than to melt her icy exterior and find out exactly who she is. When Shanna comes to him to request he help her find out who is blackmailing her, he comes up with the perfect plan, one that's equally beneficial for both of them.
The Narration: From the first sentence, I loved the narrator. She really fits Shanna's icy personality and hidden softness. She also does a wonderful job portraying the hot and heavy moments so that the listener can really picture what's going on. Sasha even does a pretty good job with the male voices and the accents, and I thoroughly enjoyed listening to her.
The Verdict: This is a book filled with steam, exhibitionism and lust. Still, I had some misgivings, there was a portion near the end where things seemed to rushed and too HEA too soon. I don't believe the feelings were rushed between the two main characters, but I do believe the decisions as a result of those feelings were rushed. I give this book 4 stars. I would recommend it to anyone who likes erotica with sexy foreign men and ice queen women getting brought down to their secretly mushy selves.
My Thoughts: This book was given to me by the author in
exchange for an honest review.
The Story: This
story follows Scarlett Blake, a girl who recently lost her sister in what looks
to be a suicide. Scarlett misses her party girl sister, and turns to the last
place her sister stayed to find out what happened. There, she finds out that
not all is as it seems. Her sister had secrets, and Scarlett may be the only
one with the power to find out what happened.
The Characters: At
first I really liked Scarlett, and felt bad for her. I understood her reasoning
to want closure in the wake of her sister’s death.However, as time went on, Scarlett became a bit annoying in
that she constantly did stupid things, and I never understood why.Despite her protestations, she seemed a
bit suicidal and like she never thought of the repercussions of her actions.
The secondary characters are really what made this story. There were two male
interests, one of which I liked a bit more than the other, and a best friend
who I absolutely loved.
The Verdict: I thought this book was
pretty okay. It was unlike any other story I had ever read. There was a mystery
aspect as we tried to learn what happened to Scarlett’s sister, and as we tried
to find out what was going on with Scarlett herself. We don’t really find out
what’s going on until very late in the story and for that reason, I continually
got frustrated. Once we found out, I had more questions than answers. I was
hoping for more information. Still, the book wasn’t too bad. I would give it 3
stars. I would recommend this story to those who like YA mysteries with a
paranormal edge and a bit of romance.
Book:Captivated (Club Destiny #4.5) - Unabridged By: Nicole Edwards Narration: Mark Chesterfield and Lily Savage Published: March 17, 2015 Published By: Blackstone Audio Length: 4.1 hours
My Thoughts: Finally after hearing of the story between Lucie and Kane in the background of all the others, we get to read it for ourselves
The Story: Lucie lied to Kane, not telling him that he was the father of her daughter, or that anything even transpired between them. Now, she has finally told him the truth, and she's sure he wants nothing to do with her besides being in his daughter's life. Kane, on the other hand, has always liked Lucie, and despite being supremely pissed at her for keeping something like this from him, wants to make everything right, beginning with a family trip to Hawaii.
Narration: The Narration of this one was okay. Both characters did a good job of bringing the story to life. Lily's voice was slightly husky which brought a seductive edge to the story that I liked. Mark, too, did a good job.
Verdict: This is a novella, so it was short. In the past, Nicole filled her novellas with lots and lots of intimacy and sex but not much else. Thankfully, this one had more storyline, and I appreciated it. It was a good read. I think I will stop this series at this book. I'm just not interested enough in the characters in this or any of the other stories to care how they end up. I give it 3 stars.
Book: Infatuation (Club Destiny #4) - Unabridged By: Nicole Edwards Narration: Florence Luptak and C. J. Mills Published: March 17, 2015 Published By: Blackstone Audio Length: 9.6 hours
My Thoughts: Nicole Edwards brings us deeper into the world of Club Destiny with this installment, showing us that though we think we know everything about it, we don't.
The Story: We met Tag Murphy a few books ago. He's the lawyer for Club Destiny and he was recently "hired" as the "third" in the relationship between Samantha and Logan. Unfortunately, because it doesn't constitute an actual relationship, he feels like something is missing from his life. Enter McKenna Thorne, the owner of an internet magazine that focuses on kink. She's about to do a story on Club Destiny, and Tag Murphy is just the guy to show her around. Unfortunately, old issues with the club have not yet disappeared, and new issues quickly arise bringing McKenna into the inner workings of the Club's inner circle. Soon, she must fight not just for a relationship with Tag, but also to save the Club, and to protect herself.
Narration: Florence was great at narrating this story. She seemed to really get into the scenes and portrayed them, and the various accents beautifully. C.J. on the other hand was okay. His narration of the hot and heavy scenes were decidedly un-hot, but his narration of the various accents was pretty great. Still, I find that due to the change in narration with each story, the various carryover character personalities become a bit skewed with each story. It's a bit unsettling, but I got over it.
Verdict: This story had a bit less heat than the other's, but it made up for that missing piece with more story, a fact I found refreshing. I also loved the inclusion of McKenna's posts. After a while of the excessive sex scenes, it's nice to see more story that has a bit more substance. This book was much better than the others. I give it 3.5 stars.
Book:Seduction (Club Destiny #3) By: Nicole Edwards Narrated by: Ava Erickson and Patrick Leigh Published: February 24, 2015 Published by: Blackstone Audio - Unabridged Length: 8.8 hours
**This audiobook was received from Audiobook jukebox in exchange for an honest review**
My Thoughts: First things first, the abs on that cover model are gorgeous.... *sigh*. Okay so we have another book from Nicole Edwards that I like so much better than all the others.
The Story: This book picks up right where Temptation left off, and overlaps a few events in Addicted. It follows Ashleigh, a friend of Samantha and Sierra from the previous books, and Alex, a friend of Logan, Luke, and Cole from the previous books. We saw him on the sidelines in the previous books, but never had much interaction with him. Now, he gets his own story.
Alex has been into Ashleigh for a long time, but as she is 12 years younger than him, he had stayed away for a while. Now though, they're both grown up, she's moved back to town, and he can't stay away. He has secrets though, ones that she may not like, and she has some as well, ones that may make him look differently at her if he knew. This story is so much better than all the others because there are more challenges to overcome, more storyline, and there's more buildup.
Narration: Ava Erickson and Patrick Leigh were the best narrators of this series so far. They seemed to get into the moods of the story, though I liked Patrick a bit more because Ava sounded a bit strange when she was trying to make the male voices. Still, the pacing was good, and I really liked them as narrators.
Verdict: I give this one 3.5 stars. I really liked that though it was definitely erotica, there was more to the story than just the sex, at least at the beginning, and all the side stories were actually needed for this storyline. I do believe the story itself was a bit too long. There was a point where practically all the challenges were overcome, but there was still a ton of story left, and it seemed the author couldn't help but give us more heated scenes. Then an issue came back around and it made the story seem a little unbalanced. Still, the story was good. I was thinking about stopping after the previous novella, but decided to give this one a chance. I liked this one more than all the others in the series, and it gave me more hope to continue the series.
I am a 26 year old married woman with a love for reading. It's difficult to catch my attention once I've started, and many times people can have a full conversation sitting next to me while I'm caught up in a book and I will not hear a word. Young Adult, Science Fiction, Paranormal, and Romance are my favorite genres, although I tend to read other books from time to time. I love to meet new people; therefore, you can comment or email me and talk to me.