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2012 Best of the Best Reading Challenge check-in #1

Not signed up for YALSA’s 2012 Best of the Best Reading Challenge? Read the official rules and sign up on the original post. Anything you’ve read since April 1 counts, so sign up now!

Happy Saturday, everyone! I hope your first week of April and your first week of our Best of the Best Reading Challenge are off to a good start. What’s been your plan of attack? Are you starting with the titles you’ve had on your “to be read” pile the longest? Indulging yourself and reading the books that sound most exciting first? Are you mixing formats and audiences? Leave a comment and let us know what you’ve read this week and what you thought of it!

I’m not sure it’s even possible, but if by some incredible effort you’ve managed to finish the challenge already by reading 25 titles, fill out the following form to let us know. (The information you provide is what we’ll use to send you your Challenge Finisher badge, contact you about your reader’s response, and notify you if you win our grand prize drawing, so pick an email address you actually use!) Do not fill out this form until you have completed the challenge by reading 25 titles.

We’ll check in with you again next Saturday. Until then, happy reading!

— Gretchen Kolderup, who’s currently in between reads


  1. Penny Johnson Penny Johnson

    I’m happy to say I am on schedule! I finished listening to the amazing audiobook Carter’s Big Break yesterday, and I finished Printz Honor book The Returning this morning. Whew!

  2. Not making great progress this week–but hoping to make a bigger dent this weekend. So far, have listened to “Are these my basoomas I see before me” and read Zahra’s Paradise.

  3. Lily Lily

    I’ve been reading whatever I can easily get my hands on, but I’m going down the list alphabetically, so the three works I finished this week (and probably the works I’ll tackle in the next couple of weeks) are from the beginning of the alphabet. The benefit is that alphabetizing somewhat randomizes genres and formats so I don’t overdose on any one type of reading.

    This week I finished:
    Anya’s Ghost
    Brain Jack

  4. Sara Ray Sara Ray

    Hello all!! I started on April 1st with some “short reads” finishing Pavement Chalk Artist (very awesome art! and the details behind the pics were fun to read), A Bride’s Story (my first manga!! loved it, can’t wait to read the 2nd and 3rd volume), and The Scrapbook of Frankie Pratt (I’ve always loved scrapbook novels since reading Griffin and Sabine, good story!) the following day. I then moved on to a novel, A Monster Calls, which I just finished this morning. It was a very touching story with crazy, hard-to-understand art. My “strategy” has been to spend some days off looking at “quick” books like shorter GNs and also reading some of the winners that I’ve had home for several weeks now. The majority of the books I want to read are novels and will take me longer to finish but for now this strategy is working :)

  5. Mark Flowers Mark Flowers

    I’ve read five so far, mostly working on the GN and Quick Picks lists, since those are the areas where I hadn’t read any of the titles yet.

  6. Emily Calkins Emily Calkins

    Well, for reasons pretty much unrelated to the challenge, I started off abysmally – I’m less than 100 pages into my first book, Leverage. But! I put a bunch of stuff that’s currently checked out on hold, and when my non-reading life settles down a little, I think I’ll be able to catch up.

  7. Jenny Carroll Jenny Carroll

    2 zombie graphic novels:
    Daybreak by Brian Ralph and My Boyfriend is a Monster #1 by Evonne Tsang. Two very different angles on the zombie apocalypse – enjoyed them both.

    Anya’s Ghost by Vera Brosgol – liked the illustrations and the story was entertaining.

    Zahra’s Paradise by Amir and Khalil. Incredibly disturbing; a well told story.

  8. Maria Kramer Maria Kramer

    I’m on track for my 25 books — setting a daily page goal has helped. (And also makes me feel a bit like Rocky training to fight Apollo Creed…no one else feels that way? Never mind.) So far I’ve finished Robopocalypse and Leverage, and am currently 2/3 of the way through with Where Things Come Back.

    So far I wasn’t blown away by either of the books I finished, but they are both enjoyable, exciting, fast-paced reads that I will keep in mind for readers’ advisory.

  9. Charles Charles

    Got me a count of four so far. Doing GN, since they just came in from my order requests…;)

  10. Wow-I am feeling way behind! So far all I’ve done is…compile the list and place holds on things I most want to read :) My strategy is going to be mostly graphic novels and fiction first, and I should be able to pick up my holds on Monday and get reading!

  11. Robin Robin

    This week I finished Anya’s Ghost, which was quite funny. I’m hoping to finish a few longer ones next week.

  12. This week, I read (1) A Stolen Life, (2) The Girl of Fire and Thorns, (3) Middle School, the Worst Years of My Life, (4) Whoogles, (5) Anya’s Ghost, (6) The Zodiac Killer, (7) Pavement Chalk Artist, and (8) DC Comics: The Ultimate Character Guide. The Girl of Fire and Thorns was the best by far, but Anya’s Ghost was a chose second. I also read Princess of the Midnight Ball for class, 36 picture books for my own enjoyment, and got partway through Sidescrollers for this challenge.

  13. Faythe Faythe

    I read graphic novels this week to get me into the swing of things: Wandering Son 1 and Axe Cop 1. Hoping to read an Alex one this weekend.

  14. Jacqueline C. Jacqueline C.

    So far I’m a little behind schedule. I finished listening to Chime and am about 10% into The Scorpio Races (the book, not the audiobook). I’m also about 60% into the Beauty Queens audiobook which I had expected to be finished with by now, but it’s slow going.

  15. One of my priorities with this challenge is to be sure I read at least one title from each category. If a title appears in multiple categories, I will only count it for one. So far I’ve read from the Edwards Award (Over Sea, Under Stone), the Non Fiction Award (Wheels of Change) and the Top 10 Best Fiction list (Everybody Sees the Ants). Next on my pile to read is Anya’s Ghost by Vera Brosgal, from the Top 10 Great Graphic Novels list. It is going to be an extra challenge to continue my progress this week since I have two ARCs awaiting reviews. My first audio book will be Young Fredle by Cynthia Voigt, but that must wait until I finish listening to Matched by Ally Condie.

    I posted a full update on my blog:

  16. This week, I plodded through Salvage the Bones, laughed and “oh gross!”-ed it through the audiobook “How They Croaked”, and knocked out “Daybreak” in an afternoon.

    This challenge is totally motivating me to work toward my Goodreads yearly goal. Weeeeee reading!

  17. Brenda Schwarz Brenda Schwarz

    Wow!! I need to step up the game. My husband has been ill and with all that going on I have only gotten two books checked out and started Brain Jack. After reading the posts I am miserably behind. Good luck everyone and Happy Reading!

  18. Molly Molly

    I don’t know how to read directions… sorry Gretchen… but I did finish one book and start another, not 25. whoopsie daisie

  19. I read one so far – The Scorpio Races.

  20. Kate Carlson Kate Carlson

    So…evidently I cannot read and didn’t scroll down enough…I sent in the final form that I had finished instead of commenting here… I’m not even close to finishing…my only progress has been to check out my first book from my local library…quite a way from finishing 25 titles! :(

    • Don’t worry about it: a lot of people have had a similar problem! Just fill out the form again when you’re up to 25. :)

  21. Tiffany Bronzan Tiffany Bronzan

    I don’t know how I’m going to get through all 25 books! My thought was to tackle the “quickest” books first and work through the harder stuff later. I’m not sure if that is a good plan of attack or not.

    I finished “The Scrapbook of Frankie Pratt” by Caroline Preston. I liked it.

  22. I read three this week, including my first ever graphic novel, Anya’s Ghost. I also read Geektastic, and Chain Reaction. All were better than anticipated based on the covers.

    My plan of attack is pretty simple: whatever my library has available, and holds on everything currently checked out.

  23. Jennifer Hitchcock Jennifer Hitchcock

    I just signed up for the challenge and put a bunch of books on hold. I’m about to start Anya’s Ghost by Vera Brosgol.

  24. Cheryl Gladfelter Cheryl Gladfelter

    Behind on where I wanted to be. Sometimes life just comes and makes other plans for you! I’ve made a list of the books I want to start with first and putting holds on them today. Hope to finish Anya’s Ghost this weekend.

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