2020 Mid-Year Challenge Updates

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OMG it’s June and we are halfway through the year.  It’s been a slow year for reading/listening for me.  Once the COVID-19 hit and we where put into the stay-at-home order I went into a slump.  Some people didn’t and read more, but me I just couldn’t stick with anything.

I’m doing well on some of my challenges and others I’ve boomed so far this year.

How about you? How are you doing on your challenges? Did the COVID-19 affect your reading?

Take a look at my Mid-Year Updates:

My goal is Overdrive Junk 36+.  As you can see I’ve only done 11 out of my 36 and I’ve saved a total of $258.61 from Jan. to June.  I’m glad that my library has a wonderful online selection even though I haven’t been using it much this year. How much have you saved?  Want to join the challenge?  Check it out here!

  1. Side Jobs by Jim Butcher
  2. Kill The Queen by Jennifer Estep (Audio)
  3. Primal Bonds by Jennifer Ashley (Audio)
  4. Twice Tempted by Jeaniene Frost (Audio)
  5. Perfect Mate by Jennifer Ashley (Audio)
  6. Ghost Story by Jim Butcher (Audio)
  7. Cold Days by Jim Butcher (Audio)
  8. Wolf Trouble by Paige Tyler (Audio)
  9. Wild Cat by Jennifer Estep (Audio)
  10. The Beast in Him by Shelly Laurenston (Audio)
  11. Born of Darkness by Lara Adrian (Audio)


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My goal is Bing Listener 20-30.  I’ve passed that goal and am now shooting for Marathoner (Look Ma No Hands) 50+.  Interested in joining the challenge?  Check out all the details here.

  1. Moon Called by Patricia Briggs (Re-listen)
  2. Kill The Queen by Jennifer Estep
  3. Once Burned by Jeaniene Frost
  4. Iron Kissed by Patricia Briggs (Re-listen)
  5. Dragon Actually by G.A. Aiken (Re-listen)
  6. About a Dragon by G.A. Aiken (Re-listen)
  7. What a Dragon Should Know by G.A. Aiken (Re-listen)
  8. Pride Mates by Jennifer Ashley
  9. Primal Bonds by Jennifer Ashley
  10. Hard Mated by Jennifer Ashley
  11. Twice Tempted by Jeaniene Frost
  12. Everlasting Bad Boys
  13. Night Broken by Patricia Briggs (Re-listen)
  14. Perfect Mate by Jennifer Ashley
  15. Fire Touched by Patricia Briggs (Re-listen)
  16. Bodyguard by Jennifer Ashley
  17. Bone Crossed by Patricia Briggs (Re-listen)
  18. Silver Borne by Patricia Briggs (Re-listen)
  19. River Marked by Patricia Briggs (Re-listen)
  20. Frost Burned by Patricia Briggs (Re-listen)
  21. Blood Bound by Patricia Briggs (Re-listen)
  22. Love and Other Wild Things by Molly Harper
  23. Ghost Story by Jim Butcher
  24. Cold Days by Jim Butcher
  25. Even Tree Nymphs Get The Blues by Molly Harper
  26. Badger to the Bone by Shelly Laurenston
  27. Selkies are a Girl’s Best Friend by Molly Harper
  28. Wolf Trouble by Paige Tayler
  29. Silence Fallen by Patricia Briggs
  30. The Main Event by Shelly Laurenston (Re-listen)
  31. The Beast in Him by Shelly Laurenston (Re-listen)
  32. Born of Darkness by Lara Adrian
  33. Dark Arts and a Daiquiri by Annette Marie 


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My goal is New Release Newbie 1-30. If you’re interested in this challenge you can get the details here.

  1. Battle Bond by Lindsay Buroker
  2. Badger to the Bone by Shelly Laurentson
  3. Of Flame and Fury by Cecy Robson
  4. Suddenly Psychic by Elizabeth Hunter
  5. Grave Magic Bounty by Shannon Mayer
  6. Sinister Magic by Lindsay Buroker
  7. Cloudy with a Chance of Witchcraft by Mandy M. Roth
  8. Iron Master by Jennifer Ashley
  9. Rescued by the Alien Pirate by Celia Kyle
  10. Pack of Lies by Hailey Edwards
  11. How to Love Your Elf by Kerreyln Sparks
  12. Blood & Ash by Deborah Wilde
  13. Sweep with Me by Ilona Andrews
  14. Tangled Truths by Lindsay Buroker


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My goal is 12 books on my shelf. I finally picked up 1 out of my goal of 12.  I own the physical book, but picked up the audio at my library.  For a list of the books on my shelf unread click here.  For the sign-up page and details click here.

  1. Born of Darkness by Lara Adrian (Audio)


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My goal is to finish all the reviews for books I read in 2019.  I’ve done 23 reviews so far.  For details on this challenge click here.

  1. Sentinel (Galactic Gladiators; House Of Rone, #1)
  2. Defender (Galactic Gladiators: House Of Rone, #2)
  3. Hero (Galactic Gladiators, #3)
  4. Protector (Galactic Gladiators, #4)
  5. Champion (Galactic Gladiators, #5)
  6. Barbarian (Galactic Gladiators, #6)
  7. Beast (Galactic Gladiators, #7)
  8. Rogue: Information Rogue / Desert Rogue (Galactic Gladiators, #8)
  9. Guardian (Galactic Gladiators, #9)
  10. Cyborg (Galactic Gladiators, #10)
  11. Redeeming Zorus (Cyborg Seduction, #6)
  12. Taunting Krell (Cyborg Seduction, #7)
  13. Haunting Blackie (Cyborg Seduction, #8)
  14. Loving Deviant (Cyborg Seduction, #9)
  15. Claimed: Brides of the Kindred Book 1
  16. Hunted (Brides of the Kindred, #2)
  17. Melting Iron (Cyborg Seduction, #3)
  18. Touching Ice (Cyborg Seduction, #4)
  19. No Getting Over a Cowboy (Wrangler’s Creek, #2)
  20. Just Like a Cowboy (Wrangler’s Creek, #2.5)
  21. Branded as Trouble (Wrangler’s Creek, #3)
  22. Pulled by the Tail: Celestial Mates (Tail and Claw #2)
  23. Heat Exchange (Boston Fire, #1)
  24. Star Witch (The Lazy Girl’s Guide To Magic, #2)
  25. Controlled Burn (Boston Fire, #2)


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My goal is Discussion Dabbler 1 – 10 discussions.  I’ve passed my goal of 10.  We will see how many more I do this year.  If you’r interested in this challenge you can check it out here.

  1. Book Tag: 20 Questions
  2. The Calendar Book Tag
  3. TTT: What Do You Read In Winter?
  4. The Valentine’s Day Book Tag
  5. 25 Questions Tag – Facts About Me
  6. TTT: Books I Bought Because They Were On Sale
  7. Library Lovers Book Tag!
  8. The #StayAtHome Diaries Tag!
  9. Romance Reader Book Tag
  10. The Burnish Bookish Questions: The Quarantine Edition
  11. Lay out the Beach Towel – It’s Summer Book Tag!
  12. TTT: Lines That Grabbed/Opening Lines
  13. TTT: Books I’ve Added to my TBR and Forgotten Why



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I'm an outdoor sun loving reader living near San Fransisco. I’m a mother, wife, animal & book lover. I'm the owner, reviewer & mind behind Angel’s Guilty Pleasures. My favorite animals are horses & dogs. As for reading I love all things paranormal & urban fantasy & my favorite shifters are dragons.

10 comments on “2020 Mid-Year Challenge Updates

  1. Hey, well done with your progress with the audiobook challenge. I’m doing this one too.

    • I hope you are enjoying the audiobook challenge. I discovered my love for audiobooks in 2018, can’t believe it took me so long, but it’s a great way to read books. Good luck in your challenge.

  2. Looks like you are doing pretty good with the challenges overall.

    • Overall yes. The only one I’ve had trouble with is Start On Your Bookshelf.

  3. Oh this slump is horrible! I’m so far behind on my challenges. I’ve got one more week of work from home because of some health issues, but hopefully then I will get back to my audiobook listening. I can’t seem to work and listen at the same time. I think there are two reasons my ebook reading has declined. One, the book I am reading is a bit of a disappointment, but I am in too far to DNF and my video game. It’s going to be a very depressing mid-year update!

    • Sometimes I can multi task and listen while I work on the blog or go through emails other days I just don’t feel it. It’s gotten harder and harder to feel like doing anything. I’m so all over the place. I can’t stick with things. The slump is depressing, but I keep trying each day. I did better then I expected when I worked on this post. The only challenge I’m falling at is my own personal physical book shelf. Have a great week!

  4. I’m in the same boat with the slumping. Hey, not bad on most of those challenges! I’m doing the first three with you. 🙂 I like the idea of the shelf reading challenge and the discussion ones since those are areas I need to do better.
    Cheering you on for the last half, Angela!

    • The slumping is hard and sad. Most of my challenges have been great. The only one I’m struggling with is the physical books on my self that I haven’t read. The self reading is one I wanted to really focus on, but no mater how many times I try a challenge that focus on my physical books I just can’t get into the channels, but I keep trying. I wish you luck in your challenges and happy reading!

  5. You’re doing better than me! I gave up on my challenges for the first time ever. My reading slump wouldn’t go away. Plus I had to work so many more hours now. Mid year! Can’t believe it’s here already!

    • Aww I’m sorry to hear you gave up on your challenges. I understand though with everything happening this year life has become more challenge and lots of changes. My slump is off and on, but I’m sad when it happens. This year is the first time since I started reading fully again that I’ve been in reading slumps. I can’t believe it’s Mid-Year either. It just jumped up. Take care!