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2013 March 2
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reading challenge logoNot signed up for YALSA’s 2013 Hub Reading Challenge? Read the official rules and sign up on the original post. Anything you’ve read since February 3 counts, so sign up now!

I technically haven’t started this year’s challenge, but that’s because I’ve already read eight titles from the lists (Love and Other Perishable Items, I Hunt Killers, Friends with Boys, The Diviners, Prom and Prejudice, The Fault In Our Stars, The Name of the Star, and The Disreputable History of Frankie Landau-Banks). And of the eight, I read (and re-read) most of them last fall. My plan was to read as many advanced reading copies as I could in February and then in March to start the Hub Reading Challenge.

My main goal for the challenge this year is to read all the Alex winners. I’m the teen services librarian, but I work the reference desk a lot and I want to be able to recommend adult books in addition to all the YA titles I recommend to everyone. So, now it’s your turn! How is the challenge going for you? Are you done? Have any specific lists you are targeting like me? Let me know in the comments!

If you’ve already completed the challenge by reading or listening to 25 titles from the list, let us know by filling out the form below. (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 be sure to use an email address you actually check!) Do not fill out this form until you have completed the challenge by reading 25 titles.

If you’re not done yet, happy reading and keep us posted on your progress! Tweet your reviews and progress with the #hubchallenge tag, and we’ll see you at next week’s check-in!

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60 Responses
  1. Jenn permalink
    March 2, 2013

    I’m also reading the Alex winners this year, but that choice was based on book availability at my rural public library. I’m excited though, because my focus on YA lit (I’m a high school librian) has led me to kind of lose sight of what’s out there for adult books in the last couple of years. And it’s always good to take the occasional break from YA.

    This week I finished Seraphina (which I LOVED) and The Watch That Ends the Night, bringing my total to 7. I am more than halfway through Bomb, which I’m enjoying way more than I expected and will finish that today. Next up are The Running Dream and The Night of the Star.

  2. Sara Ray permalink
    March 2, 2013

    I was very excited to have finished The Watch That Ends the Night on audio which was very well done with the multiple voices (but now I’m maxed out on Titanic stories for a bit). I also finished Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe. This was AMAZING!!!! I don’t know if it was the characters or the author’s voice or the honesty or the fact that I’ve never read a story like this before but I LOVED it! It has just hit the top 5 books of all time for me. I can’t wait to re-read it after I finish the challenge.

    Since these books bring my total to 11, I’m going to allow myself a little treat and read two off-challenge books (something I didn’t do last year but we have much more time this year!)

    • March 2, 2013

      I loved Aristotle & Dante too. I guess it’s not surprising that I missed it, since I work at an elementary school, but I really heard no buzz about it at all. I’m glad that all the people on the committees that selected it weren’t as out of the loop as I was. It is a real treasure.

  3. March 2, 2013

    I finally finished Inheritance on audio. Thanks goodness Gereard Doyle did such a good job. I never would have finished reading this. Way too much detail and as I approached the last 4 discs, I kept finding places I would be satisfied for the story to end.

    I only finished 2 books: In the Hand of the Goddess and The Woman Who Rides Like a Man by Tamora Pirece. I had a tough week & needed something lighter than many of the other books offer.

    A couple of funny stories:
    1. I abandoned listening to Rick Yancey’s Isle of Blood because, on the second disc, I started gagging while I was driving. I have a very sensitive gag reflex and figured this down;t bode well for the rest of the book or the drivers around me.

    2. This week Portland Oregon celebrated The Rose City Yarn Crawl. It’s like a pub crawl for knitters. The goal is to visit 19 yarn shops in 4 days. Titanic author and Portland resident, Deborah Hopkinson, will be at one of the shops this afternoon to promote her new book for elementary kids, Knit Your Bit. I’m hoping to get a photo with her which I will post on my blog along with a review of her book.

    I just got Mr Penumbra’s 24Hour Bookstore and Seraphina, so, once the Yarn Crawl ends Sunday, I have some good stuff lined up.

  4. Rose permalink
    March 2, 2013

    I just started the challenge last week so I don’t have many titles finished yet. I did finish “Annie Sullivan and the Trials of Helen Keller” in graphic novel format. I thought the author did a great job of incorporating sign language into to book. I also had not realized that Annie had such a challenging past before she went to work with Helen.
    I am almost finished with “Every Day.” I am currently hooked and can’t wait to see how it ends!

  5. March 2, 2013

    Just began but I read Prom and Prejudice and The Raven Boys. Next up is Pure and Inheritance.

  6. Anna permalink
    March 2, 2013

    This week I read The Running Dream by Wendelin Van Draanen, which was an amazing read, very fast and thought-provoking. I also read First Test by Tamora Pierce, first in the Protector of the Small series, which I really enjoyed. I’m listening to The Diviners but haven’t finished, and am about to start Pure for next week. I’m also working on The Round House, which is good but it doesn’t use quotation marks and that tends to give me a headache, so it’s slow going. :)

  7. Gage Lawson permalink
    March 2, 2013

    I’m starting The Miseducation of Cameron Post today. I finished Lady Knight a few days ago, which was a nice end to the Keladry storyline. I hope Kel shows up in later stories; she is a total badass. I just set out an avalanche of holds at the library; here’s to hoping I get ’em soon!

  8. Amy permalink
    March 2, 2013

    I’ve been having a slow go at it as I have so many other books to read!

    I’ve read only four so far. I finished Drama last week and really liked it. I’m going to have to pick up Smile when I have time.

    I just finished Code Name Verity on audio which I wish I would have read it since I personally found it hard to follow. Plus I did not like the voice of Maggie at all! She seemed to enthusiastic at times. But I loved the book and think I will got back and read it.

    I have Wonder Show to read next and have requested Stargazing Dog-I’m really excited to read that one.

    • March 2, 2013

      I read Code Name Verity & have the audio on hold at the library. I’ve been wondering how well they’ll be at capturing the very vivid voices of the book. I shall brace myself.

      • Amy permalink
        March 2, 2013

        Julie’s voice was great I loved her but I just didn’t like Maddie (made a typo in my first post!) It’s just a preference thing really I can’t stand audio books if I don’t like the voice actor.

  9. March 2, 2013

    I’ve only read three. I’m reading The Diviners right now & am loving the characters!

  10. March 2, 2013

    I had a fun reading week and completed:
    Sparks: The Epic, Completely True Blue, (Almost) Holy Quest of Debbie by S.J. Adams (Stonewall Award)
    Ultimate Comics, Spider-Man, Volume 1 by Brian Michael Bendis and others (Great Graphic Novels)
    Wonder Show by Hannah Barnaby (Morris Award)
    Heist Society by Ally Carter (Popular Paperbacks) – my favorite for the week
    Boy 21 by Matthew Quick (Best Fiction)

    This has almost been like a treasure hunt, finding what books are available from the high school library where I work, my friend’s middle school library, and the public library. I carry a printed copy of the list with me wherever I go.

  11. March 2, 2013

    I made it through my 26th book today! (But I had a head start with the Morris and Non-Fiction books.) I’ve finished most of the graphic novels – those really help in getting your numbers up ;)

    Yesterday I finished the audio of The Fault in Our Stars – it’s so well done! Now I want all my audiobooks to be read by Kate Rudd.

  12. March 2, 2013

    I slowed down a bit this week but made it through “The Diviners” (nice book!) and actually made a shelf on GoodReads to keep track of everything. Happy reading to everyone!

  13. March 2, 2013

    I didn’t read anything leading up to the last check-in (okay, not true: I finished Eliot Schrefer’s Endangered and Arcos’s Out of Reach, but unfortunately neither counts for this challenge). However, this week I finally managed to finish The Raven Boys. I thought it was a really cool concept, and but for me it lacked the visceral impact of The Scorpio Races. I think I really missed Stiefvater’s first-person narration; comparatively, The Raven Boys felt a bit disconnected. Still, I am intrigued by the characters and can’t wait to see what will happen to them in the next installment.

  14. March 2, 2013

    I just finished Where’d You Go, Bernadette this morning. I really liked it! That’s all I got through on the list this week, though.

  15. Sharon Amastae permalink
    March 2, 2013

    I didn’t check in last week. I completed Trinity: A Graphic History of the First Atomic Bomb; I learned a lot from it. Right now I’m reading Seraphina and also The Name of the Star. I’m on a short trip and I didn’t want to carry the hardcover Seraphina (plus I needed a break from those dragons!) The Name of the Star was good airplane reading and think students will like it also. Next up: more nonfiction (not something I usually read).

  16. March 2, 2013

    I don’t think I checked in last week because I was in the midst of a long non-fiction book.

    One Shot at Forever – Loved this one. Great writing, and I can’t put down the story of an underdog sports team.

    Somebody Please Tell Me Who I Am – I just didn’t buy that Ben would go into the army. The most interesting part of the book for me was learning about traumatic brain injury especially when contrasted with how autism affects the brain. It makes sense it would win for the Schneider award.

    Titanic: Voices From the Disaster – I’m not usually a Non-Fiction reader, so I had bypassed this on last year. The writing is tight and I love how suspenseful the book feels even though we all know what happens to the Titanic.

    The Running Dream – LOVED, Loved, loved, loved this story. I wish I had had a best friend as loyal as the main character Jessica does in this story.

    Unchained – It seemed like a fairly typical hi/low book. It wasn’t one of my favorites, but I would talk it up at my local high school.

  17. Cheyenne permalink
    March 2, 2013

    I haven’t gotten much done for this challenge in the past few weeks, since I’ve been busy with school reading and various other books that I keep finding in the library, but I have now also finished Heist Society and Enchanted. I loved Enchanted especially, since I’m a big fan of fairy tale retellings. That puts my total at 11. Only 14 to go!

  18. March 2, 2013

    The challenge is going grand for me. I have not finished yet, and am going much slower than I had originally hoped to. This week I read Alanna: The First Adventure. One of my old favorites. I do not have a specific list that I am targeting, I am basically choosing the books I read at random. I am hoping to find something I hadn’t even though about reading that way. Link, because I forgot last time:

  19. March 3, 2013

    This week I finished Annie Sullivan and the Trials of Helen Keller by Joseph Lambert. Loved it!

  20. Richard Thornley permalink
    March 3, 2013

    Well, this week I slowed down a bit. I read Barry Lyga’s I Hunt Killers. Hadn’t realized this was the start of a trilogy so the ending caught me totally by surprise — but pleasantly so because I really loved this book. Also finished The Silence of Our Friends (or did I read that last week, can’t remember) and Ultimate Spider Man vol. 1. Both were great. I’m just starting Trinity now and also Crusher (enjoying greatly).

  21. March 3, 2013

    Since I’d already read ten of the books before the contest began, I’m seeing this as an opportunity to read outside my “comfort zone”. I have a few of the Alex titles on request from our library. In the meantime, I’ve read five books so far:

    Enchanted by Alethea Kontis
    Titanic: Voices from the Disaster by Deborah Hopkinson
    Somebody Please Tell Me Who I Am by Harry Mazer and Peter Lerangis
    Love and Other Perishable Items by Laura Buzo
    Dodger by Terry Pratchett

    My favorites so far are-no surprise-Dodger, because Terry Pratchett is a genius and Titanic. I second everything Cheresse said above in her comments. Deborah Hopkinson did an incredibly thorough job.

    I’m currently finishing October Mourning: A Song for Matthew Shepard by Leslea Newman, but this slim volume of poetry is a heartbreaking read. Ms. Newman has employed several different poetic forms and included notations so, despite its size, I think this is a book that should be read slowly, thoughtfully and considered not just for its emotional wallop, but also its craft.

    • charlene.librarian permalink
      March 3, 2013

      Hey–thanks for the heads up on October Mourning because I would like to savor the craft of the poetry.

  22. March 3, 2013

    I’m currently reading Moonbird: A Year on the Wind with the Great Survivor B95. This is a fantastic read. You can understand the excitement when this bird is sighted. Although the book is about the rufa red knot, I have also been introduced to some interesting people and discovered some amazing places and food sources for this bird. I highly recommend this book.

  23. March 3, 2013

    All I finished this week was Stargazing Dog, which was amazing and so heartbreaking. My total is now 8 finished titles! Next up, I Hunt Killers! And hopefully I’ll finish a few graphic novels this week, too!

  24. March 3, 2013

    So far I’ve read Drama, Seraphina, Somebody Please Tell Me Who I Am, Trinity: A Graphic History of the First Atomic Bomb, and I’m on Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe. I’m loving this because I’m studying for my MLIS and I’m starting a Youth Services Librarian position in a Public Library soon, so this is how I’m boneing up on my YA knowledge! I wish there was a challenge for children’s books too, I’m sure there’s one somewhere I haven’t found yet. I’ve been super overwhelmed trying to learn all about the books in the field and this is a super fun way for me to read what I’ve got to.
    Good job everyone, keep up the fun!

    • Sara Ray permalink
      March 4, 2013

      I’d love to see a children’s book challenge as well :)

  25. Debbie permalink
    March 3, 2013

    So far, I’ve finished nine books. I’m not concentrating on any particular list, but rather wandering the library shelves with my list and grabbing whatever is available. This week, I finally finished listening to Inheritance by Christopher Paolini (after also listening to the first three books). Man, that was a slog. The downside of an audiobook is that you can’t skim, even when you desperately want to. I enjoyed Every Day by David Levithan, especially the message that love is love, wherever we find it. My favorite book of the week, by far, was The Diviners by Libba Bray. What a wonderful mishmash of genres. The historical details were superb, the characters well-developed and realistic, and the murder mystery delightfully creepy.

    Next up are The Heist Society and Trinity: A Graphic History of the First Atomic Bomb.

  26. March 3, 2013

    Finally remembered to come and check in! I just finished Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe (didn’t love it, but was an enjoyable read) which brings my total to 8 including:

    Me and Earl and the Dying Girl (hard not to compare it to The Fault in Our Stars, but well written)
    The Diviners (a hefty book to hold, but so worth the read)
    Prom and Prejudice (a fun, quick read)
    The Name of the Star (equal parts creepy and exciting)
    The Disreputable History of Frankie Landau Banks (Frankie both annoyed me and intrigued me)
    The Raven Boys (one of my favorites so far this year)
    and Code Name Verity (one of the best audiobooks I’ve listened to)

  27. Lois permalink
    March 3, 2013

    I read Annie Sullivan and the Trials of Helen Keller (#13) and Every Day“(#14). “Annie” told her story from a different perspective. The art and story was very well done. I would not have picked it up if not for this challenge, so “Thanks!” to The Hub! Every Day was great…note to self: Read more books by David Levithan…

  28. March 3, 2013

    I’m up to 11 books now. This week I finished Struts and Frets, thanks to a couple of gigundous bubbles in my front tires that necessitated an emergency trip to the car dealer. Fun story.

    And then the first part of my award book order showed up at the end of the day on Friday. So, I brought Drama home. LOVED it! Absolutely loved it.

    I’m a little more than halfway through In Darkness. I’m very much enjoying it.

    This week, I also have Mr. Penumbra’s 24 Hour Bookstore on my list after a coworker told me that 50 pages in he felt the book was written for me.

  29. March 3, 2013

    Finished DODGER this week…I seem to be slow-going for this challenge. I’m still waiting on my holds to come through for a few of the books. Just got MR. PENUMBRA’S 24-HOUR BOOKSTORE, looking forward to starting that. And still working on THE WATCH THAT ENDS THE NIGHT audio. No real rhyme or reason to my reading – just what’s available and of interest.

  30. March 3, 2013

    I keep missing the check in on Saturday…but here goes. I have read Lioness Rampart and Wonder this week. Hopefully once I get the school yearbook submitted I’ll have time to do some more reviews for the blog. Soooo behind.

  31. charlene.librarian permalink
    March 3, 2013

    I’m not making the progress I would like to, but I’m hoping I can get a good week in coming up. I have way too many in my possession at the moment. Still making my way through Inheritance (24 audio discs!) and Wonder Show and enjoying both.

    Next, I will turn my sights on graphic novels, Annie Sullivan and the Trials of Helen Keller and Friends with Boys.

  32. Katie permalink
    March 3, 2013

    I’ve been working on The Diviners and it’s sure grabbed my attention! With work and school, though, it’s a bit difficult to get a ton read each day, but slow and steady! I have Raina Teigemeier’s Drama due back at the library in a few days, so I’m taking a short break from The Diviners to read that. I finished The Watch that Ends the Night this week and, as a fan of the movie Titanic, it was really interesting to hear a different take on the tragedy and learn about some of the real people on the ship (though largely fictionalized accounts).

  33. March 4, 2013

    I didn’t read many this week. Unfortunately, format counts, so my reading of Wonder and of Diary of Wimpy Kid: Cabin Fever does not add into my total . However, I have a couple re-reads to do to add to the 15 I have read already. Can’t wait to get Dante and Aristotle in the mail!

  34. Beth permalink
    March 4, 2013

    One more to add to my total of 5 – slow, but steady…

    5 – The Silence of Our Friends by Mark Long – I appreciated the topic of the story and the focus on the SNCC elements of the Civil Rights movement in Texas. That being said, I felt that the art was sometimes a little confusing. To me, many of the characters looked similar and I had some trouble distinguishing different characters. There were many pages that didn’t contain any text, where the images moved the story along, so not always knowing which character I was following made those places occasionally difficult. And perhaps that is just my problem, not a universal issue with this text.

  35. Robin Brandt permalink
    March 4, 2013

    Three this week: The Silence of Our Friends (Long), The Disreputable History of Frankie Landau-Banks (Lockhart) and Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe (Saenz). Which brings my total to 13.

  36. March 4, 2013

    I reread Friends with Boys and am still reading The Diviners. I have completed three and will try to finish The Diviners and The Silence of Our Friends this week.

  37. MindyE permalink
    March 4, 2013

    This week I read Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe.. my new favorite book! Of course I say that after every book :) and I also read Annie Sullivan and the Trials of Helen Keller which reminded me how proud I am to be a teacher!

  38. March 4, 2013

    I signed up for the challenge last week and just started Caring is Creepy. I’m only two chapters in and Holy Cow! Now I have to rewatch Garden State and listen to The Shins for more insight. Who knows where a book will take us, should I be worried?
    Also re-read The Fault in Our Stars, which everyone LOVES. Got to love John Green. We have an unofficial John Green fan club at our high school; recently a “nerdfighter” note fell out of one of our books. That was a great day!

  39. March 4, 2013

    Finished three this week to bring my total up to nine:

    Trinity: I thought it was excellent and I now understand more about the atomic bomb than I thought it was possible for me to understand.

    Ten: the writing was just ok, but the story certainly was chilling. I loved the idea of taking an Agatha Christie novel and writing a modern YA version of it.

    The White Bicycle: The voice is astoundingly good, I thought. Not much stands out to me in this book other than the protagonist. Still well deserving of a Printz honor, though, I think.

  40. March 4, 2013

    I only finished one this past week, bringing me to 12. It was In the Hand of the Goddess, which was good, but I find redundant to comment on: if you liked Alanna… there’s no way you wouldn’t like this one. I’m reading Dodger and listening to The Isle of Blood right now.

    I like having more time for the challenge this year. It makes me feel like I have time to enjoy the books more, instead of having to burn though them and, in the in the process, burn myself out on them. I also like our minireviews we post here: it turns my interests in ways I wouldn’t have gone by myself, and helps my reader’s advisory (I work in a public library one block away from a 2,700 student hogh school).

  41. Elizabeth permalink
    March 4, 2013

    A little late with the checkin, but it was a productive reading week!

    Audios: Finished Diviners (LOVED–so creepy!) and started Code Name Verity

    Books: Read Beneath a Meth Moon (in the cold, dark library, waiting for the last of my staff to get picked up during an epic snowstorm), Ultimate Spidey 1, One Shot at Forever

    Up Next: First Test, the rest of Code Name Verity, The Night She Disappeared

  42. Carole permalink
    March 4, 2013

    Got a late start on the challenge, but I have read Every Day by David Levithan, Star Gazing Dog, Trinity: A Graphic Novel History of the First Atomic Bomb, and The Night She Disappeared. I’m currently reading First Test. My favorites so far have been Every Day and The Night She Disappeared; I didn’t want to stop reading.

  43. Tibby permalink
    March 4, 2013

    This past week I finished several books. Friends With Boys, Moonbird (which I adored), October Mourning (which was just amazing), girlchild, and Monstrous Beauty. I am making selections based on what sounds interesting, but mostly I’m at the whim of what is available from the library (which is not everything, both because they don’t own them and because of long hold lists). I just started In Darkness and am off to get into it.

  44. Kefira Philippe permalink
    March 4, 2013

    I finished October Mourning by Leslea Newman. I found it sparse words added to the power of the writing and topic,

  45. Brenda Schwarz permalink
    March 5, 2013

    I have read two and am working on a third one which is the Pregnancy Project. It is a very good book and I also watched the movie on Lifetime. It really makes you think about the stereotypes we put on people and how we need to see the people for who they are and not what is going on with them. I also have two audio books on ILL and will probably get a couple of graphic novels to read that are fast reading. I need to read faster but sometimes it is hard to do. :o( too many good books and not enough time!!

  46. Joanna permalink
    March 5, 2013

    This week I only had time to read one book — Linoness Rampant by Tamora Pierce. My mom was visiting, so she took priority :)

  47. March 5, 2013

    Checking in a bit late this week. It was a slower week for me, but I did still manage to complete a book from another list. That leaves just three lists to go for my personal goal of a title from each. I finished 3 more this week for a grand total of 15 so far.

    Somehow I managed to leave Terry Pratchett’s Dodger out of my update last week. I’m a huge fan of Pratchett and can’t believe I overlooked mentioning one of my favorite books from last year. This was one of the few re-reads I will allow myself.

    This week I indulged in another re-read, Seraphina by Rachel Hartman. Such a good book! I couldn’t believe how much detail I missed the first time. I also read Ultimate Comics Spider-Man. It was okay, but superhero comics are really not my thing. My husband read it and enjoyed it. Finally, I finished listening to the audio of Wonder by Palacio. I thought it was a very good book when I read it last summer. But the audio really brought it alive for me and helped me connect with characters. It truly is an Amazing Audiobook!

    Full progress report on my blog as Belated Week 4 Update

  48. Erin L permalink
    March 5, 2013

    Heist Society was recommended by a friend and was on the list two thumbs up a quick pace read with many twist and turns. Great if interested in spying and espionage.

  49. March 5, 2013

    Here’s my late check-in. I had family visiting this weekend, and I was sick yesterday, so I completely forgot. Anywho, I finished The Miseducation of Cameron Post, The Night She Disappeared, and Code Name Verity.

    I thought that, on the one hand, The Miseducation of Cameron Post is a very long book to commit to, and I initially wondered if it was all that necessary to start the book when she’s, what, eight? Then by the end of it, I was thinking, no, you have to start the book when she’s that young to emphasize that this wasn’t a choice for her, and it’s something she’s struggled with pretty much her whole life, or else the impact when she’s older isn’t as great.

    I finished The Night She Disappeared in one day. It’s such a fast-paced read, and like I said in my blog post, it felt like I was reading a crime television show, so the changes in POV never bothered me.

    So… Code Name Verity. I’m not enamored with it like a lot of people are. I definitely don’t think it’s the best thing I’ve ever read, but it’s also nowhere near the worst. I think I enjoyed Part Two much more because you realize how unreliable Verity/Julie was as a narrator, and then all of the things that come to light. Still, I didn’t feel an emotional connection to her, and that’s rare for me.

  50. March 6, 2013

    I just finished I Hunt Killers (it’s wonderful – as are Barry Lyga’s other novels) and Titanic: Voices from the Disaster. I tried reading Seraphina this week because my students constantly rave about it, but I just couldn’t get into the story. I’m about to start The Diviners and I can’t wait!

  51. Molly Wetta permalink*
    March 6, 2013

    I’m up to 5 books!

    1. Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe by Benjamin Alire Sáenz (loved!)

    2. Somebody Please Tell Me Who I Am by Harry Mazer and Peter Lerangis (sad, but moving)

    3. Love and Other Perishable Items by Laura Buzo (adorable!)

    4. Bomb: The Race to Build—and Steal—the World’s Most Dangerous Weapon by Steve Sheinkin (what a page-turner!)

    5. My Friend Dahmer by Derf Backderf (loved this, and now my husband is reading it.)

    This week I’m reading Drama and starting Alanna, then onto In Darkness!

  52. Kefira Philippe permalink
    March 10, 2013

    I read Annie Sullivan and the Trials of Helen Keller. I liked how Helen’s consciousness was portrayed and that it fleshed out both their stories beyond the usual. I found the ending abrupt and wish the epilogue had gone into more detail.

  53. April 9, 2013

    I am behind, as usual, but am working on two books this week. I have finished a couple and have 3 more coming via ILL. The first I finished was Annie Sullivan and the Trials of Helen Keller. I was moved by the art in this story because it made you see and feel what it must have been like to be both blind and deaf. The frames that were simply black with her rough sketchy movements made me feel anxious and closed in. The emotions of anger and frustration coming through clearly. Thus, my sympathy for Helen’s situation was more pronounced. As a former teacher, I related to the daily frustration and feeling of failure experienced by Ms. Sullivan. However, the perseverance of both brought the story home for me. I felt triumph at the end. That is a great feeling!

  54. April 11, 2013

    I just finished the dark historical fiction by Nick Lake, In Darkness. That puts me at 10 books for the challenge. I am starting Everyday by David Levithan next. You can find my list at,

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