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I felt pretty good about my odds this year, given that I did well on the Morris/Nonfiction Challenge and can (thankfully!) count those titles towards my goal. But then my BFF came home from ALA’s Midwinter Conference with advanced reading copies of the two books I was most dying to read, and all progress stopped short as I dove headfirst into 2009 Printz Award Winner Melina Marchetta’s Quintana of Charyn and Mortal Fire by Elizabeth Knox (author of the 2008 Printz Honor book Dreamquake). I have to say, I feel quite good about that decision, too, since both of those books were unbelievably excellent.
Mortal Fire came to an end last night, despite my best attempt to make it last forever, so today I’m back on the Reading Challenge bandwagon, which means it’s time to take stock.
So far I’ve read Wonder Show, Steve Jobs: The Man Who Thought Different, Love and Other Perishable Items, The Miseducation of Cameron Post, Seraphina, Moonbird: A Year on the Wind with the Great Survivor B95, Titanic: Voices from the Disaster, Bomb: The Race to Build — and Steal — the World’s Most Dangerous Weapon, and The Fault in Our Stars (the first book I read post-Feb 3 and the only challenge-approved book I read before my detour into ARCs). I’ve read a handful of other titles on the list, like Drama and Code Name Verity and all the Tamora Pierce titles, but I read them all last year — or earlier — so of course I can’t count them (which is just fine — they were all great reads, after all!)
Which leaves me with nine titles down, 16 to go, and that seems totally doable. Reasonable, even. I’ve got Dodger, The Raven Boys, Artemis Fowl: The Last Guardian, and Enchanted sitting on my bedside table (or, to be slightly more honest, in a stack on the floor beside the bedside table) and have placed holds on half a dozen more titles at my local library.
What about you? Do you have a detailed attack plan or are you meandering through the list of eligible titles [pdf], picking at random? Do you have any personal goals you’re trying to accomplish, like reading all the titles from a particular list, or reading a title from every list? What books have you loved (or not) so far?
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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