2013 Hub Reading Challenge check-in #3

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I was a little late to join the reading challenge, so thus far I can only tally books I read as part of the previous Morris/Nonfiction Reading Challenge. (Some of my faves from that challenge were Wonder Show, Seraphina, Titanic: Voices from the Disaster, and Bomb: The Race to Build — and Steal — the World’s Most Dangerous Weapon.)  That being said, I have a LOT of books I’m looking forward to reading from our challenge list. Just to name a few:

  • The Diviners (I haven’t really liked Libba Bray’s other books, but I have high hopes for this one based on the description and the reader responses)
  • I Hunt Killers (I’m intrigued by the reader reviews I’ve seen)
  • Wonder (This has been on my to-read list for AGES…)
  • Boy21 (Another one I see popping up on a lot of must-read lists)
  • Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe (Can’t wait to get my hands on this one!)


Any books that you have really enjoyed thus far? Any books that are on the top of your to-read pile?

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51 thoughts on “2013 Hub Reading Challenge check-in #3”

  1. I missed last week’s check-in and have read/listened to 3 books since my last check-in, bringing my total to 4. Since last time I have finished:

    Never Fall Down–it’s hard to like books about genocide but I thought it was well done
    Enchanted–love fairy tale retellings as a rule, so this was right up my alley. Liked all the different tales included
    Wonder–beautiful story beautifully read

  2. I finished The Miseducation of Cameron Post,Alanna: the First Adventure, Drama and The Stargazing Dog. I like padding each week with graphic novel or two because it looks as though I’ve read a lot. It was good to reread Alanna after so many years.

    I am still 3 discs short of finishing Inheritance, But I am planning on spending the weekend finishing a knitting project & Inheritance simultaneously. I’ll comment for real on Inheritance next week.

  3. I’ve read three. (I’m stuck at 1 per week, but I’m in the middle of moving!) This week I read Friends with Boys. I liked it, but I didn’t think it was as good as I’d been hearing it was. It seemed to end a little bit unfinished. I did love the artwork and the characters though.

  4. Books finished this week:
    The Running Dream by Wendelin Van Draanen – excellent
    After the Snow by S.D. Crockett – very good
    My Friend Dahmer by Derf Backderf – fantastic!

    My Friend Dahmer was my favorite. It was creepy and did such a great job depicting a normal high school and how a very sick individual can slip through the very wide cracks.

    1. I also read My Friend Dahmer and found it creepy and good at the same time. I wonder how many of his former classmates and teachers had to have therapy for knowing him and not doing anything to help.

  5. I finished Diary of Wimpy Kid: Cabin Fever on audio, bringing my total to one book finished. Nothing wrong with slow and steady ;)

    I just started listening to The Last Guardian, the final Artemis Fowl book. I’ve only read the first book in the series but so far Colfer has done a great job of bringing me up to date so I don’t feel too lost. The narrator’s voice is superb. Definitely the best audiobook I’ve listened to in a while. I’m also still working on the Titanic book.

  6. Not a lot of reading this week, but today on my lunch I knocked out Trinity: A Graphic History of the First Atomic Bomb. One of the things I am really loving about the challenge is how much it’s getting me to read graphic novels–a genre I have to admit I rarely pay attention to.

    Also this week, after last week’s serial-killer-story binge, I went for the lighter side and am halfway through a reread of Heist Society.

    I am LOVING the audio of Diviners, but anxious to get through the last three discs so I can move on to Code Name Verity.

  7. I did two graphic novels this week: Drama and the Annie Sullivan and the Trials of Helen Keller (which I LOVED); I’m reading the second book in the Protector of the Small and enjoying that too.

  8. So sorry! Just REALLY REALLY read the post and realized that the form is only for those who have completed! I’ve only finished one book so far so I’m nowhere near close to done.

    I did finish reading Drama which I really enjoyed.

    I’m still getting through Every Day which I am also really liking. It just gets me super emotional for some reason so I can’t read it for long spurts.

    I’ve also started the audio for Wonder.

  9. I’ve read My Friend Dahmer and Gone, Gone, Gone this week. I’ll finish reading Trinity tonight. I also like reading a graphic novel alternately with a “regular” novel to seem like I’m reading more.

  10. Since the last check in, I have finished My Friend Dahmer (that was a crazy read! I enjoyed it very much!) and Beneath the Meth Moon (on my TBR list for a while. I liked it but maybe due to it’s short length, I didn’t feel the character as much as I expected). That brings my total to 9. I look forward to finishing my audio so I can start another and am savoring the novel I am reading right now.

  11. I finished off the Alanna books with Lioness Rampant by Tamora Pierce, which was a good conclusion to that series. I also read Drama by Raina Telgemeier, which is absolutely adorable and fun. I’ve also started listening to Libba Bray’s The Diviners (which I read the first week, but it’s so much fun I decided to listen to it too – it won’t show up twice on my goodreads hub page, though).

  12. I finished two books this week! In the Hand of the Goddess and Woman Who Rides Like a Man both by Tamora Pierce. I am behind on my reviews for my blog. I must find time to catch up.

  13. I had finished
    Me and Earl and the Dying Girl by Jesse Andrews
    It was such a funny, yet sad book.

  14. Between the holiday and a very light work schedule, I made a lot of progress this week. I finished 5 books and 1 audio book. The books were all fairly quick reads, but enjoyable none the less.

    In spite of the best intentions to pace myself, I finished the rest of The Lioness Quartet by Tamora Pierce: In the Hands of the Goddess, The Woman Who Rides Like a Man, and Lioness Rampant. I just couldn’t resist the excuse to relax with these long-time favorites!

    I also read The Pregnancy Project by Gaby Rodriguez and Drama by Raina Telgemeier. Maybe now I’ll finally stop putting off reading Telgemeier’s Smile. Sometimes I just need a little push.

    Finally, I listened to The Fault in Our Stars. Since I had read the book a couple of months ago, I knew I needed to listen to this at home and not while driving to work! I was right. Even knowing what happens, between Green’s writing and Kate Rudd’s narration, I was swept away emotionally all over again.

    I made good progress toward my mini-goal of reading at least one title from each award or list in the challenge, checking off three more, The Odyssey, The Stonewall, and Quick Picks for Reluctant Readers. That leaves four to go, and I already have books (or audiobook) in hand for each of those.

    I’ve posted a full Week 3 Update with my reactions to each book on my blog.

  15. Read: Drama, Where’d You Go Bernadette, The Silence of Our Friends, The White Bicycle, Prom and Prejudice
    Listened to: Code Name Verity

    That makes it 6 down, 19 to go!

    Next up: Trinity (I loved Bomb, and I’m so curious about this one!)

  16. I am still not doing as well as I’d like, but I read DRAMA by Raina Telgemeier this week. Still about halfway through DODGER and about to start THE WATCH THAT ENDS THE NIGHT on audio. Am still eagerly awaiting my copies of SERAPHINA and BOMB to come in at the library!

  17. This week I slowed down and only read two books. One was Wonder Show which I didn’t enjoy as much as the other books I’ve read so far for the challenge. But I got through it. And then I read The Silence of Our Friends which I enjoyed much more. Others (other?) have posted here about their slight discomfort about a civil rights story with a white “hero”, but I was ok with it. It was just one kid’s experience, which I appreciated knowing more about. The story felt natural and honest. Anyway, I liked it.

  18. I re-read Friends with Boys and Drama this weekend, and loved them both all over again! That brings my total up to 5. I’m a little more than halfway through Seraphina, which I love SO MUCH! It’s so long and I haven’t had much free time to read, so I’m hoping that once I finish it I will be able to blow through a few shorter reads.

  19. I read Heist Society by Ally Carter this past week. So far I’ve read 2 for the challenge. I’ll start The Name of the Star this week. Once basketball season is over hopefully I’ll read a few per week.

  20. I checked one more off my list this week, bringing my total to 4. (I’m not sure I’m moving at an appropriate pace to finish, but it’s all about the effort, right?)

    #4 – My Friend Dahmer by Derf Backderf (is that a pseudonym, by the way?) – In th end, I think I am glad that I read this one. It was certainly fascinating and I have never read anything else like it. Unfortunately, I think I am a little bit scarred by the experience as well. What a sad story and situation overall.

    Working on two more right now. Hopefully I’ll have them done by next Saturday!

  21. Read this past week: Prom and Prejudice (Eulberg), Annie Sullivan and the Trials of Helen Keller (Lambert), I Hunt Killers (Lyga). This brings my total to 10.

  22. Finished Levithan’s Every Day and need to pick up the pace. I’ve started I heritance and got several graphic novels this weekend. Very much looking forward to them along with starting/enjoying Wonder Show.

  23. I just started this challenge. So far I’ve finished and posted about The Fault in Our Stars and The Pregnancy Project. I did just finish reading I Hunt Killers and it was amazing. I can’t wait for the sequel.

  24. I’ve had a slow start to the reading challenge, so thus far I’ve only finished The Disreputable History of Frankie Landau-Banks (E. Lockhart). I’m a few discs away from finishing The Watch that Ends the Night: Voices from the Titanic (Allan Wolf) and I’m about 150 pages into The Diviners (Libba Bray), which I am loving – just wish I had more time in the day to tackle it! =)

  25. I read ‘In Darkness’ and reread ‘Enchanted’ this week. That brings my total up to 15, when you include the Non-Fiction and Morris. I’m going to reread some of my favorites from that list this week and hopefully get ‘Aristotle and Dante…” in the mail!

  26. Read four, listened to one this week, bringing my count to 11:

    Artemis Fowl: The Last Guardian finally got me around to this series, and even though I’d read none of the prior books before listening to the audiobook, I wasn’t lost and enjoyed it.
    Unchained was a good urban hi-lo.
    Alanna: The First Adventure opened the world of Tamora Pierce to me at last, and I’ve already started the second in the series.
    Trinity: A Graphic History of the First Atomic Bomb imparted great detail about the Manhattan Project I never knew before, and explained the science behind it an an accessible manner.
    Ultimate Comics Spider-Man, v.1 relaunched the title with a new hero that felt right for the role and whose character was explored before they threw him in the midst of super-hijinks.

    In addition to continuing The Song or the Lioness series, I started listening to The Isle of Blood. I am looking forward to reading Dodger, Wonder Show, The Diviners, and Code Name Verity. More info at my Goodreads linked above.

  27. Since the Challenge began I have read:
    “The Round House” – The book is very good, but my reading was slowed down by the lack of quotation marks.
    “Moonbird” – This well-researched book reads more like a novel, with an extraordinary bird as the main character.
    “Code Name Verity” – Once I picked up this riveting book I could not put it down. I loved this book, and have recommended it to my adult friends.
    Seraphina” – Equal parts political thriller, murder mystery, bittersweet romance, and coming-of-age story, this is an excellent story for fantasy lovers.
    I am currently listening to “The Diviners” on audiobook and enjoying it very much. The narration is one of the best audiobooks I have ever heard.

  28. This past week I finished Raven Boys by Maggie Stiefvater. I really like it and can’t wait for the next book to find out what happens with Blue and the boys. I am currently reading The Diviners by Libba Bray.

  29. I’ve read another three this week! Whew! I listened to Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Cabin Fever. I read books two and three of the Song of the Lioness series — it’s fun reading them!

  30. Read October Mourning and Drama since last check in. Drama’s OK, I didn’t enjoy it as much as Cardboard, but drama tech kids will love having a book devoted to their work and its unique challenges. October Mourning: A Song for Matthew Shepard has some stellar moments. I hope its accessibility (just over 100 pages and very readable, painful, but readable) will help it reach a wide audience. Every Day and Aristotle are next on my list.

  31. I only finished one this week, “The Pregnancy Project”. I enjoyed the book, Gaby had a very interesting experience and I liked her take on how negative comments can yield a negative result – and therefore hopefully – being more positive and supportive could yield a positive result. I did find the writing style and substance to be extremely simplistic, though.

  32. I forgot to check-in last week, but this week, I finished Somebody Please Tell Me Who I Am by Harry Mazer and Peter Legranis, which was quite sad, but worth the read. I’ve also started BOMB and My Friend Dahmer. I don’t typically read a lot of juvenile nonfiction or graphic novels, so this challenge has been great at getting me to try new categories!

  33. I read The Diviners over the weekend. What a book! And boy can Libba Bray write. On to Tell the Wolves I’m Home and Monstrous Beauty both of which are available for me at the library. :)

  34. I finished Enchanted and Boy21 this week. I thought Enchanted read just like a traditional fairy tale, and I loved seeing the different fairy tales she incorporated. I never felt like they were forced at all, and sometimes I felt like one was included in a very tongue-in-cheek manner. Boy21 was a very different book for me. I typically steer clear of sports novels, but in this one, I felt like the characters came first and the sports came second. I did think it ended kind of abruptly.

    I’m working on The Miseducation of Cameron Post now, so I’ll talk about that one next check-in!

  35. Finished Aristotle and Dante, My Friend Dahmer, and Drama this week. All are five star books to me. LOVED them. Brings my total up to 6. I am currently in the midst of Trinity and Ten.

  36. I just read one again this week – Drama. I liked it a lot. I really need to pace myself a little better, working more of the challenge books in my read pile. I am really looking forward to rereading the Alanna series, which I haven’t read since middle school (when I read them several times).

  37. Drats and bebother, I was too busy with auditions and casting last week to check in. Oops! Well, since week one, I’ve read the first two books in the Song of the Lionness series – I found them on one of my own shelves at home and had forgotten my mother bought them for her little, red-headed daughter who read like crazy and wanted desperately to be a knight. Great blast back to my childhood. I also finished Trinity: A Graphic History of the First Atomic Bomb and Bomb: The Race to Build—and Steal—the World’s Most Dangerous Weapon. Both were fantastic reads and gave me interesting new takes into the atomic bomb and I’m slowly starting to understand the science behind it. I also finished Seraphina and I need the next book to be out already.

    At least I reached my five Hub books goal for February! I have a few other things to read to round out February, then I’m going to shoot arrows at a target (it’s like the bigger version of choosing something by throwing darts at a board) to decide what to read in March besides the rest of Pierce’s books on the list.

  38. I forgot to post my update last week, so this will include the 2nd and 3rd weeks’ books. I’ve been on a graphic novel kick (although I did read the incorrect Spider-Man volume.)

    I read The Silence of Our Friends, My Friend Dahmer, Drama, Enchanted, and Somebody, Please Tell Me Who I Am.

    I love fairytale retellings and Enchanted was great! I actually passed over this book before because of its cover (yes, I judge books by their covers sometimes.) Since it was on the challenge list I decided to at least read the book jacket and it was the best decision. Can’t wait for the sequel.

  39. This week I started listening to The Diviners by Libba Bray. “Beauty Queens” was one of my all-time favorite auidobooks, so I have high expectations for “The Diviners”.

  40. Continued reading the Protecter of the Small series; in the middle of Lady Knight right now.

  41. So Far I’ve only read one book, Never Fall Down by Patricia McCormick. It was interesting (esp. because it was a true story) I just had problems with the POV voice and the grammar. I know why she wrote it that way (she explains it in the epilogue) but it still bothered me. Intriguing read, nonetheless.

  42. So far I have finished four books. This week I finished One Shot at Forever and Wonder. I started off well, but slowed down drastically after beginning Titanic: Voices from the Disaster. It a great book, but it majorly slowed my progress. I am enjoying participating in the Challenge so far and can’t wait to get back to reading!

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