YALSA’s 2013 Hub Reading Challenge Begins!

reading challenge logoIt’s now February 3 here on the East Coast of the US, so it’s time for YALSA’s 2013 Hub Reading Challenge to begin! We’re hoping the challenge will push you to read/listen to more great books than you would have — and to discover something new in a genre or category you might not have tried.

Challenge objective
Read/listen to 25 of the 83 titles on our list of eligible titles [pdf] to finish the challenge. The list includes YA novels, audiobooks, graphic novels, and books for adults, so there’s plenty to choose from. Bonus objective: read/listen to all 83 titles to conquer the challenge!

Challenge rewards
Beyond experiencing the best of the best that YA lit has to offer, everyone who finishes the challenge will be invited to submit a response to a book they read for the challenge. The response can be text, graphics, audio, video and will be published on The Hub. Furthermore, everyone who finishes the challenge will be entered into a random drawing for our grand prize: a YALSA tote bag full of 2012 and 2013 YA lit! (If the winner is a teacher or librarian or something similar, we’ll also include a few professional development titles.)

Challenge conquerors will receive an elite digital badge to show off how well-read they are.

Challenge guidelines

  • The challenge begins at 12:01AM EST on February 3 and ends at 11:59PM EST on June 22.
  • Eligible books are the YA titles that were named winners or honor titles for the Schneider Family Book Award and the Stonewall Book Award and those on YALSA’s 2013 Best of the Best list (2013 winners and honor books for the Alex Award, Award for Excellence in Nonfiction, Margaret A. Edwards Award, Michael L. Printz Award, Odyssey Award, and William C. Morris Award, as well as the 2013 Top Ten Amazing Audiobooks, Best Fiction, Great Graphic Novels, Popular Paperbacks, and Quick Picks. Middle grade titles recognized by these lists and awards are not included in the list of eligible titles for this challenge.
  • Format matters: a title that has been recognized for both the print version and the audiobook version can be both read and listened to and count as two books, but a book that has won multiple awards or appears on multiple lists in the same format only counts as one title. If a book was recognized as a print version, listening to the audiobook does not count.
  • Books must be read/listened to (both begun and finished) within the challenge time period. If you’ve already read/listened to a title, you must re-read/listen to it for it to count. The only exception is for titles you read for the Morris/Nonfiction Reading Challenge; you may count those toward your 25 titles.
  • Just about everyone who doesn’t work for ALA is eligible to participate. Yes, non-ALA/YALSA members are eligible. Yes, teens are eligible. Yes, non-US residents/citizens are eligible. (More eligibility questions? Leave a comment or email us.)
  • Once you finish the challenge, we’ll contact you with details about creating and publishing your response.
  • The grand prize winner will be selected by 11:59pm EST on June 24. The winner will be notified via email.

How to participate

  • Comment here announcing your intention to participate. If you’re going to be tracking what you read/listen to on your blog or on Goodreads, LibraryThing, YouTube or some other site, include a link to your blog/shelf/channel/profile in your comment. If you’re not tracking your reading online, keep a list some other way.
  • You may “register” by leaving a comment here and starting your reading any time during the challenge period.
  • Every Saturday, we’ll publish a check-in post. Leave a comment with everything you’ve read/listened to since the last check-in post. If you’ve reviewed those titles somewhere online, include links to those reviews! Otherwise, let us know what you thought of the books in the comments.
  • If you’ve finished the challenge since the last check-in post, fill out the embedded form with your name and contact information. This is how you’ll receive your Finisher’s Badge, how you’ll be contacted about your reader’s response, and how you’ll be entered into the drawing for our grand prize. Please fill out the form only once.
  • If you’ve conquered the challenge, let us know in the comments and we’ll send you your Conqueror’s Badge.

Sound good? If you have any questions or problems, let us know in the comments or via email. Otherwise, grab this Participant’s Badge, put it on your blog or in your email signature, and get reading!

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391 thoughts on “YALSA’s 2013 Hub Reading Challenge Begins!”

  1. I’ve read a few of these, but I had recently made a personal goal to read more of these titles, so I love that you guys are having this challenge. Count me in!

    Not sure yet how I’m going to be tracking my books.

  2. Okay, I’m going to give this a try. I already did the Morris/Nonfiction awards challenge, so thankfully I already have ten done. Happy reading, everyone!

  3. Oh, and I’ll probably be tweeting my progress @srhlib – probably with the hashtag #hubchallenge again?

  4. Can’t wait to get started. A bunch of these are already on their way to me from the library and to my Kindle.

  5. Ready, set, read! I’m excited to start the challenge. I’ll post longer updates on my blog, Writing ‘Bout Reading and on a Librarything Shelf 2013 Hub Reading Challenge

    I completed the Morris and Nonfiction reading challenges and there are a couple of posts about that on my blog. Those books are on their own LibraryThing shelf, Morris/Nonfiction Reading Challenge

    I’ve been recruiting at work and have four co-workers who have agreed to read with me. Now the question is if I can get them to comment here. If not, I’ll post summaries of our group effort myself.

    You’ll excuse me, I now have to go start reading!

  6. Quick question – The Chris Lynch Vietnam series is one entry in the Quick Picks list but there are three books. Does each title count separately? Or do we have to read all three to be able to count it? They are included on one line in your challenge list.


  7. I’m definitely in! As a youth services librarian currently staying at home with my tiny children a little extra inspiration to stay up to date with the best YA lit is highly appreciated!

    I’ll be tracking my reading on shelfari, with the tag Hub Reading Challenge 2013. http://www.shelfari.com/arglefraster/shelf

  8. I go through so many books already, I might as well read someting new! I’m not sure how I’ll keep track, but this sounds fun.

  9. I’ll give it a shot! Not sure how I’ll track progress. Reviews will go on my blog and I’ll try to remember to mention the challenge in the post. I might set up a Goodreads shelf too.

    1. I guess I should have clarified before throwing myself in the challenge – does serving on a committee constitute working for ALA?

  10. I’m in! I have 7 books in the books thanks to the Morris/Non-fiction challenge. I’ll keep track on my “yalsa best of the best 2013” Goodreads shelf.

    It was interesting to see how many Alex Award titles were already on my “to read” list.

    This year’s challenge will also give me an opportunity to revisit some series I had started and loved, but not kept up with…like Artemis Fowl and Monstrumologist.

  11. So excited to participate again this year!

    I will be participating on a few different fronts.

    Personally, I’ll be keeping track of individual titles over at my library tumblr, here.

    Last year, a number of we reviewers over at No Flying No Tights participated, and we’re all geared up to do so again. We’ll be posting our reactions over at No Flying No Tights.

    This year, the group over at Good Comics for Kids will also be participating in a slightly different way — we’ll be reading (or re-reading) all of the graphic novels and comics which won awards and commenting on them over at the SLJ group blog every Wednesday. We’ll be alternating — one week we’ll simply discuss the title, and then the next week we’ll recommend read-alikes. I don’t know if that will really count as participation per se, as we will not ultimately be reading 25 titles (as we’ll just be reading the graphic novels/comics), but we thought it was an appropriate way to get in to the spirit of the challenge at that blog.

  12. WooHoo! The Hub Reading Challenge begins again! I am definitely participating….. I haven’t decided yet how I am going to track my progress. I will let you know!

  13. I think this will be great fun, I don’t know how I will track my progress probably twitter or goodreads.

  14. What a wonderful challenge! I’m up for it and will track on my goodreads account.

  15. I’m having a baby in March, but I can’t pass up the opportunity to at least try to read some of these amazing titles. I’ll probably just track on paper for now.

  16. I also am in. I tried last year and did not get as many as I wanted read but I am committed to do my best to get through alot of these titles. Let the games begin!!!

    1. As a side note, I only counted 83 titles on the list of eligible books instead of 84. Does anyone else get 83 or did I not count right?

      1. Oh, no, you’re right — I totally read my spreadsheet wrong. There are, in fact, 83 titles. The Vietnam series counts for just one entry, since it appears as one entry (rather than three) in its Top Ten list.

        1. Now I’m only counting 82. Ugh–I hate to be that commenter that keeps questioning everything and pointing stuff out! -___-

          I noticed that Draanen on the third page, first row is by itself and I think is supposed to go with Wendelin Van Draanen of The Running Dream. I think that is what tripped me up before to get 83.

          Is 82 the correct answer? Sorry again!!

  17. I’m so excited to see so many people signed up already!! I’m off to a late start but I’m ready to go! YAY!

  18. I will be participating and hopefully completing the challenge this year.

    I’ll be using Goodread again and will create my shelf later.

    So far I’ve read Heist Society by Ally Carter and I’ve listened to Artemis Fowl: the Last Guardian by Eoin Colfer (I love all of the Artemis Fowl books and the audiobooks are great)!

  19. Can’t wait! So many of the titles were already on my own “To Read” list. I haven’t decided how to keep track yet, but will let you know.


  20. Figured out the counting issue. I was only getting 82 until I realized Chris Lynch has 3 titles in the Vietnam series. Problem solved!

  21. I don’t know if I can conquer the list, but I look forward to trying! I am definitely in.

  22. I’m participating! This is a great motivator, thanks YALSA and The Hub! I’m hoping to review most of the books on my blog, but I’ll be keeping track with Goodreads too.

  23. I’m in! Have been looking forward to it since last year’s challenge! I’ll create a shelf on goodreads once I’ve read my first book.

  24. I’m looking forward to trying the challenge. I have read quite a few already and will gladly reread the one’s I have enjoyed. Can not wait to read some other titles I haven’t had an opportunity read to yet. Not sure how I will post yet.

  25. I will read for months! I am in and I am encouraging our building students and staff to join me.. Go SPHS!

  26. I’ll play! I thought I did a pretty good job keeping up with Major Contenders last year, but I’ve only read 28 of the books on this list… and 8 are by Tamora Pierce. I’ll be glad to revisit all the ones I didn’t finish or never started.

    I am a paper-list tracker, but I’ll also try to keep track via Twitter: @brownekr.

  27. I’m going to give this a try. I’ve been wanting to try out Tumblr, so I’ll be using my new Tumblr blog to post the books I’ve read. I’ll post the URL for it once I get it set up. I’ve read a lot of these already, but are looking forward to reading/listening to some of the ones I haven’t.

  28. I’m in! I’ll be tracking via goodreads and doing occasional reviews on my blog. I did the non-fiction and Morris challenges and I’m so excited to be doing this one!

  29. I think I’m going to try this out. I’ve never checked out Goodreads so I may keep track that way, and if not then it will be here in the comments.

  30. I’m up to the challenge! This will give me a great excuse to revisit some favorites from 2012! I’m currently inhaling a whole host of amazing 2013 titles.

  31. Wow! What a great looking list. I look forward to reading/listening to a lof of this list. (And help me with RA for teens!)

  32. I want to join. I’ll track my progress on my blog (lovedbyliana.tumblr.com) and goodreads shelf that I haven’t made yet.

  33. I am starting the challenge today. First book is Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe. I will be tracking my books on Goodreads.

  34. I had already put a dozen of the most recent award-winners on hold – now I have the challenge to ensure that I make it through everything!

  35. Challenge Accepted! I’ll be tracking my reading on my blog: boybookshelf.blogspot.com. I’ll do a challenge begins post this evening.

  36. I’m going to give it a shot. Until I can figure out how to post a link to my Goodreads shelf, I’ll be posting my progress here. Cheers!

  37. I love it! I’m going to put the badge on my blog and I’ve already downloaded the list (great collection development tool by the way) with highlights of all the books I’ll read.

    Thanks for putting together such a terrific challenge. :-)

  38. BTW, the Ledger article runs Tuesday in print, hopefully up on-line by Wednesday February 13

  39. I’d love to give it a try! I’m not sure I’ll have enough time, but isn’t that the eternal dilemma for librarians and book lovers? :)

  40. Full time employee. Full time student. However, there’s that lull between spring and summer semester. And perhaps I can convince our teen graphic fiction book group to select a few of these titles. Hmmmm…I’ll give it a go.

  41. I’m in, and will publicize this to Iowa’s youth services librarians. I’ve started with Tamora Pierce’s Edwards Award books.

  42. This is my first YALSA Hub Challenge. I am so excited to participate and will be tracking my progress on Goodreads and Twitter @FriendRsquared. I hope to do weekly check-ins on my blog, but I don’t have a computer at the moment, so we will see how that goes.

  43. Hi,
    I’m excited to have started the reading challenge. I’m currently reading The Fault in our Stars by John Green. I’m going to try to keep track of my books read on goodreads, but I haven’t set it up yet.

  44. Goodie! Super fun motivation to read everything in my stacks of books at home (and in my car and on my desk at work…). I’m in.

  45. We are doing this as a YA Department challenge at Granville (Ohio) Public Library! I’m in. :)

  46. Turns out I started the challenge w/out even knowing it! Just finished Pratchett’s Dodger. I’m in!

  47. I also started the challenge without knowing it. I finished Nick Lake’s In Darkness and have just started reading Moonbird. So, I guess I only need to pick 23 more books and several were on my list of books to read anyway. Should be fun. Thanks!

  48. This challenge is a great motivator to increase the variety of teen books I read. Thanks!

  49. Hadn’t realized that this started! Not sure if I will use GoodReads to track stuff or just posting.

  50. I’m in. Here’s hoping I can convince some of my colleagues and our library’s teens to take this challenge with me. Maybe we can even get them to post a comment or two on our Facebook page!

  51. I’ll be going for it – not sure how many I’ll be able to get through (what with AP classes and whatnot) but I’ll try my best! I’ll be keeping track… simply on paper. Or a Word document.

  52. Started the Challenge!
    So far:

    Me, Earl, and the Dying Girl
    Steve Jobs: The Man who Thought Different
    The Diviners (read)
    The Fault in Our Stars (listened–gave it another try, TRYING to figure out how it won the Odyssey)
    In Darkness
    Crusher (hadn’t listened previously)
    Every Day
    I Hunt Killers
    Somebody, Please Tell Me Who I Am
    October Mourning (read)
    Wonder (re-listened)
    Code Name Verity (hadn’t listened previously)

  53. I started a new shelf on Goodreads; I’m excited that there are so many audiobooks listed. I’ve read several of these books already, but have been wanting to listen to many!

  54. I would like to give it a try if starting a bit late, unsure how I will track, but will take a look at goodreads and get back if this luddite can figure it out.

  55. So far I’ve read:

    The Raven Boys by Maggie Stiefvater
    Every Day by David Levithan
    Enchanted by Alethea Kontis
    Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Cabin Fever by Jeff Kinney
    The Running Dream by Wendelin Van

    (I wrote this because I don’t have a blog!)

  56. I’d already declared this a reading weekend, with a lovely stack of YA lit, so this sounds like a fun extension.

  57. Sounds like a fun challenge I’m willing to try.
    Not sure how to keep u posted on progress. Sorry I’m new to this, a little help?

    1. We’ll publish weekly check-in posts where you can comment to tell us what you’ve read and how you like it. The important thing is to fill out the form at the end of a check-in post once you hit your 25 titles!

  58. I just found out about the challenge yesterday! I was excited to see that we have many titles on our shelves at the middle school where I am the library aide. I can’t wait to get started!

  59. Just got started on the Challenge on Wednesday. I have read The Fault in our Stars and are more than halfway finished with Titanic: Voices from the Disaster. I think that both are very well written books. I could not put down The Fault in our Stars, as it was very interesting. On the other hand, Titanic: Voices from the Disaster is a great book and includes many details of how this tragic event unfolded. It’s going a lot slower for me. Moving on to Wonder next! Hope it’s a good one!

  60. Finished: “My Friend Dahmer” 5 of 5 for my rating, “Pure” also 5 of 5

    I really should read more of these, and I can’t wait to read the next title in the “Pure” trilogy, but after I bag my 25 for this challenge…

  61. I am now entering! Can’t I can’t believe that their is actually a contest for reading! Well I can or I wouldn’t be entering plus I won some for my school, but still I am super excited.

  62. Okay I won’t have access to any computer from later today till Monday. So I am posting what I have read so far now.
    1) Steve Jobs: the Man Who Thought Different
    It is a biography and if you read this book you will learn a lot more about Steve Jobs like how he was a drop out and how he was doing an illegal business with his best friend. Out of biographies I would rate this 4.25/5 and out of all books I would rate this 2.375/5.

  63. Sign me up! Looking foward to meeting this goal this year! First year doing it and so excited

  64. Just finished “Steve Jobs: The Man Who Thought Different,” okay, interesting person, not hugely informative, but I did learn some things I didn’t know about Mr. Jobs. What a weird life!

  65. Books I have listened to/read:
    2) Wonder: August has a damaged face and some disablitities. So he is home schooled until one day his mom decides to put him in public school so he can get a better education. How will he ever survive the “not staring” looks each kid peaks behind their note book and the bullies calling him a alien? Will he ever make friends in this amateurish world?

  66. I have actually started reading some of these titles as part of my internship, but it was after Feb. 3, so they count :) Since I am almost finished with school, I am able to read more! 5 titles that I have read thus far: Heist Society, The Fault in Our Stars, Aristotle & Dante, Code Name Verity, & Putting Makeup on the Fat Boy. Just checked out 3 more titles from the public library yesterday!

  67. I was just informed of the wonderful fun to be had in participating in this challenge. I’m in!!

  68. I’m also joining quite late. So far I’ve read and/or listened to 19 titles.

  69. Luckily I’ve read several titles recently (listed in Good Reads), so I am still hoping to make the 25. I’m a big reader so maybe I could have read all 83 had I known about it from the start. Is this an annual challenge? I sure hope so. I’m surprised I did not hear of it from Houston Public Library, nor from Harris County Public Library nor from my school! I borrow so much from these places but never heard of this challenge till today by chance I happened upon it.

    1. This is indeed a yearly challenge! We’ll have a different challenge that starts in November, and then the 2014 Hub Reading Challenge will start in late January/early February 2014.

  70. I’ve been horrible at checking in at The Hub lately because I’m not currently doing programming and so I’m incredibly sad that I’m just now signing up this late. So I have exactly one month to try to read at least 25 books. I might be crazy, but challenge accepted.

  71. Wow, I am SUPER late. But the presence of “The Miseducation of Cameron Post” on this list (which I’ve already read twice) and “The Fault in Our Stars” (which I read last year and it was incredible) makes me want to see how good these other books on the list are. I’ll see how far I can get, though I doubt I can read 25 books in less than three weeks while working full time. :)

  72. I cannot locate the embedded form to complete regarding my completion of the Hub Challenge 2013. Please help. Thanks.

  73. I am now at 16, don’t think I’m going to make the 25! I start getting into other books from different challenges I am doing, so this list is on the back burner, mostly so because I don’t have a lot of the books on it and neither does my library, and I am cheap, cheap, cheap so I don’t want to have to buy any of them.

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