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2013 Hub Reading Challenge check-in #9

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reading challenge logoSince my last check-in, I have read all of … one book. Ooops. To be fair, I have been on vacation for the last three weeks or so. I did keep with my goal of reading the Alex Award Winners and LOVED Where’d You Go Bernadette. I’m recommending it to everyone. Loved it. Next on my list (after sneaking in my teen book club book) is Mr. Penumbra’s 24-Hour Bookstore.

Have your reading challenge goals changed since you started? Are you reading more or less than you wanted too? How many of you have read or listened to your 25? Let me know what’s going on in the comments!

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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!


  1. Well, you beat me by 1 because I read no books for the Challenge this week. Life interfered with my progress, making this reading marathon more like an obstacle course.

    I started out sort of obsessed with reading as many as I can. I still have that goal, but as I approach # 25, I want to linger a bit. I’ve also abandoned more than I thought I would as I neared the goal.

    I’ve decided #25 will be the audiobook of Code Name Verity. It was my favorite book of last year and I’m excited to revisit it. I’ll keep going once I hit 25 this week, but , having reached the goal I might read only the things I love.

  2. Library.Lil Library.Lil

    I’ve read four since my last check-in, bringing my total to 15. (I’m checking in every other week, as it makes more sense with my schedule.) I have also made great headway on my sub-goal (stolen from Angela) of reading at least one from each award/list. I have only Quick Picks and Alex award left to go on that one.

    In the last two weeks, I have read:
    Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe: Loved it!

    Putting Makeup on the Fat Boy: liked it okay. Carlos got on my nerves which made it harder to like.

    Somebody Please Tell Me Who I Am: didn’t really care for; tried to do too much in far too little time. But I am convinced that Ariela’s college is a fictionalized version of my own alma mater.

    Annie Sullivan and the Trials of Helen Keller: didn’t really like it. I felt like it didn’t add much to what I already knew about Annie Sullivan & Helen Keller, the back and forth timelines didn’t really work well for me, and I didn’t care for the majority of the art.

  3. I’ve caught up a bit.

    #5 – The New Kids: Big Dreams and Brave Journeys at a High School for Immigrant Teens – an interesting look at the struggles of being a teen immigrant in NYC
    #6 – Crusher by Niall Leonard – an enjoyable noirish mystery featuring a young boxer embedding himself with mafia types to solve the murder of his father.
    #7 – Caring is Creepy by David Zimmerman – Ew. No. Just, No. Creepy is exactly how I would describe this book.
    #8 – Seraphina by Rachel Hartman – LOVED IT. Girls and dragons and GIRLDRAGONS! Hot princes. Intrigue. Castles. DRAGONS!
    #9 – In Darkness by Nick Lake – A young Haitian man recalls his tragic life while sitting in rubble after the earthquake, which is told along with the story of Toussaint L’Overture, the slave who led a rebellion for freedom in Haiti. Very compelling.

  4. This week I have read two more. Love and Other Perishable Items(Laura Buzo) and The Miseducation of Cameron Post(Emily M. Danforth). Combined, I thought they were pretty good. I did not complete any personal challenges because I did not set any. This week though I have finally placed myself back where I wanted to be by this point in the contest. I am officially finished with 12 books.

  5. Sara Ray Sara Ray

    Life has been so crazy so I didn’t complete any this week, leaving my total at 17. I keep checking on items that others are recommending and leaving my last 8 (3 of which are started and at least 1 I still really, really want to read) kind of up to how I’m feeling at the moment. I’m hoping I’ll be up for maybe doing 30 after I hit 25…

  6. h.vert h.vert

    Since the last time I checked in, I’ve finished 6 more books. In order of reading: Page, by Tamora Pierce; Dodger, by Terry Pratchett; The Silence of our Friends, by Mark Long; Stargazing Dog, by Takahashi Murakami; Squire, by Tamora Pierce, and Inheritance, Christopher Paolini.

    This brings my total to 10, leaving me 15 more to go to hit 25.

    While I haven’t yet written comprehensive reviews of the books I’m working through, I am trying to at least give a reaction to each of them via Twitter (@hari_vert).

  7. I did pretty well this week. I read two graphic novels, Drama and Friends with Boys, both are really great quick reads! I loved them both! I also re-read Fault in our Stars which is amazing the second time. I started Me Earl and the Dying girl which is sooo funny! Can’t wait to finish it.

  8. After last week of a reading orgy, I laid off on the challenge. Will try to return and finish the challenge next week.

  9. RHAR! I’ve been busy but I managed ONE BOOK too and I loved it FAULT IN OUR STARS, big, happy, freaked out crying. It’s so fun to cry over a book! So I’m at 15, I think? Ten more books to go! Happy reading everyone!

  10. I finished two this week: Mr. Penumbra’s 24-Hour Bookstore (which I wasn’t impressed with) and Wonder Show (which I loved). I’m only at a total of 6 books, but I’m not too worried.

  11. Rose Rose

    I read The Night She Disappeared this week. I enjoyed this book. I thought it had a great mystery thriller vibe throughout it. I liked how the story was told from different perspectives. So far I have read 11 books in the challenge. I have been able to keep on track and not get too distracted from my reading list.

  12. This week I only finished Love and Other Perishable Items by Laura Buzo and am about 3/4 through Mr. Penumbra’s 24-Hour Bookstore by Robin Sloan. So I am up to 18 & making progress towards 19. We had a bake sale this week that was way more successful than I expected, so I was up late baking goodies every night and had didn’t get much reading time in.

    Love and Other Perishable Items was sweet and intelligent, and just Australian enough to give it flavor.

    I am really enjoying Mr. Penumbra’s 24-Hour Bookstore so far! It is a deliciously nerdy mystery & great for both book people & tech people. The cover also glows in the dark! Can’t wait to finish it.

  13. MindyE MindyE

    This week I read… The Raven Boys!! and am disappointed… that I have to wait until September for Book 2!! and I finished listening to The Watch that Ends the Night! I am done with my 25… but am going to continue reading from the list until the end of June!

  14. I’ve made it to twelve books read! I finished I Hunt Killers by Barry Lyga (really liked that the main character being the son of a serial killer), reread Seraphina by Rachel Hartman, and read Putting Makeup on the Fat Boy by Bil Wright. That was a very diverse selection of books. I liked all of them and am now trying to decide what to read next.

  15. Hit 25 with 2 more books this week: Crusher and After the Snow. I haven’t read the Printz yet, so I started it and began listening to Monstrous Beauty. I’d like to read another Best Fiction, Popular Paperback, and Stonewall so that I’ll have read at least 2 in each Award/List.

  16. Katie Katie

    I forgot to check in last week, so in the past two weeks I read Heist Society and My Friend Dahmer. Heist Society was a really fun read and I’m definitely putting the next books in the series on my to-be-read list! Although really creepy, My Friend Dahmer was an interesting graphic novel and the panels perfectly captured the creepiness of the story. I also finished the Personal Effects audiobook, which captured my attention during my daily commute. That brings my total to 13 so far and I’ve just started reading Every Day and will begin the Wonder audiobook tomorrow.

  17. Glad to see that I’m not the only one who keeps getting distracted by other books! The only book I finished for the challenge this week is ARISTOTLE AND DANTE DISCOVER THE SECRETS OF THE UNIVERSE. So glad I read that one! I’ve started THE DIVINERS on audio and MR. PENUMBRA’S 24-HOUR BOOKSTORE. Slow and steady and I’ll hopefully get to finish.

  18. Debbie Debbie

    This week I only finished one from the list, Page by Tamora Pierce. Love the series and can’t wait to read the rest. I can’t believe I never read any Tamora Pierce before this challenge.

    I also read The Monstrumologist and The Curse of the Wendigo by Rick Yancey. They don’t count for my challenge total, but I couldn’t read book three in a series without reading the first two!

    Next up is Isle of Blood.

    • Debbie Debbie

      Oops! Forgot my total. I’m at 22 books read.

  19. Sharon Amastae Sharon Amastae

    This week I finished Somebody, Please Tell Me Who I Am, the Schneider Teen Award Winner. I agree with the comment above that it attempted way too much for its 148 pages. I also read the graphic novel (memoir?) My Friend Dahmer. That was one I never would have read without the Challenge. However, I found it interesting and I enjoyed the art and the very effective use of the graphic format, especially the panel placements. Perhaps because the library copy I borrowed hadn’t been circulated, the binding was so tight it was a real struggle to read. These two books bring me to 12 Challenge books read so far.

  20. Richard Thornley Richard Thornley

    #15 this week, Ten. I expected to like it more than I did, but the mystery was fairly transparent, the horror not that horrific, and the romance, well, it was was what it was. It doesn’t approach the sublime tension of its inspiration, Agatha Christie’s And Then There Were None, let’s just say. I’m half way through #16, Aristotle and Dante… Not sure what to make of this one yet. I don’t really want to finish it, but I suppose I should. :). Julianna Baggot’s Fuse just showed up on my holds list, the sequel to Pure, one of the first books I read for the challenge (and loved!) This may reduce my challenge productivity in the week to come…

  21. Anna Anna

    I read both Squire and Lady Knight by Tamora Pierce (definitely awesome, I like this series better than the Alanna one!) and listened to The Fault in Our Stars by John Green (sad, but the humor and the truth made it totally worth it) and Code Name Verity by Elizabeth Wein (amazingly done, I already want to read it again, in print). Total: 22!

  22. I’m at 16 books, but not for lack of reading! I’ve been catching up on a lot of work reading – plus many of the ones I need to reread are lent out (my copies) or checked out (those of my library). I plan to reread several – just need to do it! I did get caught by format a few times – I read a couple books and then realized that they were nominated for Audio book – I’m still glad I read them!

  23. I had grand plans at last week’s check-in to read from the pile of books I had checked out from the library. But when push came to shove, I wasn’t in the mood for any of them. And I was away for the weekend for a half marathon. Decided I needed something fun to while carb-loading and staring at the ocean. So, I grabbed Heist Society from my school library before leaving on Friday. The biggest issue I had with it was that I got so engrossed, I was up past midnight the night before my race! What a fun book.

    Now I’m well into Every Day and enjoying it.

    I think I started out wanting to read a little bit from each list, but I’m finding my mood as I finish each book is the larger dictator of what I’m reading. Especially if the previous book or two were particularly dark or heavy, I end up looking for something that might be lighter or more fun. Today I’m also looking to go pick up some more of the graphic novels, thinking some of them may be suggestions for the summer reading list.

  24. Jeanenne Robinson Jeanenne Robinson

    Since I started the challenge, I have finished listening to The Round House by Erdrich on CD and started reading Ten by McNeil.

  25. j wells j wells

    This week I read Putting Makeup on the Fat Boy, which I liked and laughed out loud at, BUT, I didn’t walk away feeling like the characters were right beside me still. Started The Disreputable History of Frankie Landau Banks and am loving it still laughing just thinking about it. Got really distracted by other books this weekend, Code by Reichs, Revenge of the Girl with the Great Personality (predictable, think Mean Girls) by Eulberg, and OCD, the Dude and Me by Vaughn. All so good, but not on the list!

  26. jbartlett jbartlett

    I missed the last update, and am late on this one. Sigh. But, since the last time I checked-in, I have read:
    Ultimate Comics Spider-Man, V-1: My first comic book ever and an interesting story line.
    In The Hand of the Goddess, The Woman Who Rides Like a Man, and Lioness Rampant: A re-read (the whole series). I find in re-reading, there were many details I forgot and many parts I still love. I love the strong main character and her constant struggle to be recognized as strong and capable while still coming to terms with her womanhood.
    First Test: A recent finish, I am not sure that I actually read this Tortall story line when I was younger. (For those who haven’t read it, First Test is the first in another quartet, companion to the Song of the Lioness Quartet). I am enjoying reading about another strong female, struggling to become a night.

    I have also started Pure and Prom and Prejudice. So, 8 down, 17 to go.

  27. Well I finally finished the Diviners! It was just as amazing as I thought it would be. I had to turn it in late to be able to finish it but it was worth it! I’m working on Steve Sheinkin’s Bomb now, which is interesting even though non-fiction is not my Zen. If anyone can get me to read about this topic it’s Sheinkin.

  28. I’ve been meaning to check in all week…you know you’re busy when you don’t have time to write a simple paragraph on a blog! It’s spring research time at our HS and we are busy reinforcing critical thinking skills with all our freshman English classes. And then life, the universe and everything else continues to interfere with my read-a-thon.
    Speaking of the Universe, I’m halfway through Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of. It reads so simply and so sweetly and maybe that’s the secret of its power. I’m still on my own quest to discover the universe’s secrets, I plan on it taking a while.
    Next up I have Where’d you go Bernadette? and Mr. Penumbra’s 24 hour Bookstore. That will bring me up to book number 11!

  29. I just started the challenge this week, but have read a few of these since February 3rd, so this will be my first “check-in” post.

    • The Fault in Our Stars by John Green. I loved this one and am now planning on teaching it to my students next semester.
    • Wonder by R. J. Palacio. I actually taught this one to my undergraduates this semester and re-read it for that week.
    • Code Name Verity by Elizabeth Wein. I re-read this one to double-check if I wanted to teach it next fall, a resounding YES.
    • Putting Make-up on the Fat Boy by Jacqueline Woodson. I read this one for a grad-school class this semester! I enjoyed it, though not as much as some of the other similar books I’ve read.

    • Next up is Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe, Seraphina and In Darkness— all of which I’ll be reading for the first time! I can’t wait!

  30. Allison McLean Allison McLean

    I’ve finished Drama and In Darkness. I’m currently reading Daredevil, it’s better than I thought it would be! It’s still going slow for me. I don’t know if I’ll finish by June but I love having a goal to work towards.

    Drama was a really fun read. In Darkness I didn’t love so much. I found it dark and depressing and hard to relate/engage with the story. I did see the quality of the writing that the Printz committee clearly found distinguished. I’ve read 7 so far, Daredevil is my 8th.

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