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2013 Hub Reading Challenge check-in #13

2013 May 4
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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!

Another check-in and another admission of failure! I finished NO books for the challenge since my last update. I was distracted once again by shiny ARCs. I don’t feel bad about it. I should, but I don’t. I see it as summer reading program prep. When these books are released, I can put them in the hands of the teens who will love them.

That doesn’t mean I haven’t given up on the challenge! I’m still in it. I’m currently reading Heist Society and enjoying it. Then I hope to switch back to the Alex Award winners since that was my original goal. Where did the time go? How are all of you doing? Any of you struggling? Have any of you finished all the Alex Award winners?

Mark your calendars! On May 22 from 2-3pm EDT, The Hub will be hosting a Reading Challenge chat on Twitter, Goodreads and Facebook. More details to come!

If you’ve 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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30 Responses
  1. Sara Ray permalink
    May 4, 2013

    I have finished one this week, First Crossing. I was read this short story book on break time at work and brought it home to finish the last two stories. I really enjoyed reading about all of the different immigrant experiences.

    This puts my total up to 21 with hopes of finishing my last graphic novel and an Alex award winner this weekend. I was hoping to be done with the 25 by the end of May and spend June reading some extras or some non-challenge books I’ve been wanting to get to… don’t think I’ll quite make that goal at the pace I’m going.

  2. May 4, 2013

    This week I read: 4/5 5/5… just checked out the sequel, and can’t wait to read it!

    My total is 19.

  3. Rose permalink
    May 4, 2013

    I finished 3 books this week:
    Gone, Gone, Gone-I thought this was an interesting perspective on Sept. 11 and the sniper shootings on the east coast. As a senior in high school in the Midwest at the time of these events, it seemed like they consumed the news but not my entire life like they did for the people who lived close to them. Interesting read…
    I Hunt Killers and My Friend Dahmer- I decided to read these two titles back to back because of a post by another challenge reader. The nature vs nurture argument is very evident when comparing these two titles. How convenient for I Hunt Killers to be set up for a sequel. I was also surprised to learn that I Hunt Killers is a tv series. I do remember seeing it advertised now and recall closing my eyes and plugging my ears at the horror depicted. Now I come to find out I have read the book it was based on! Wow!

  4. May 4, 2013

    Once I’d hit 25 on the 2013 Hub Reading Challenge, I decided to try to read one book a week and concentrate on off-list reading. I failed this week because I finished 3, bringing my total up to 32. I have always been a OCD reader.

    First, I finished Tell the Wolves I’m Home by Carol Rifka Brunt.I saw myself in June and my twin sister in Greta. I was the quiet, shy twin & my sister was very out-going. We had our ups and downs and high school was hard because that’s when we really got our own separate sets of friends, just like June & Greta.

    Then, my hold on October Mourning: A Song for Matthew Shepard by Leslea Newman arrived at the library.Newman, who I knew from the elementary school chapter book Hachiko Waits, knocked my socks off. I wish I’d read this during National Poetry Month and I wish I taught older kids because I really wanted to share this with my students.

    Finally, just yesterday, I finished listening to the audio versions of Monstrous Beauty by Elizabeth Fama. I probably would not have picked this one up, but for the Challenge. And it was really good, too. At first I was skeptical of a mermaid story, but this is not Disney’s Little Mermaid. It is dark and horrific (without being scary or graphic enough to make me gag) in places but the reading was riveting. I’m glad I listened to this one!

  5. Jeanenne permalink
    May 4, 2013

    I am still reading Ten and Love and Other Perishable Items. I am making it my goal to finish both by this coming Wednesday.

  6. May 4, 2013

    I finished two that I didn’t really care for this week: “Crusher” by Niall Leonard and “Putting Makeup on the Fat Boy” by Bill Wright. Both bored me to pieces although Putting Makeup on the Fat Boy had some interesting things going on with gender and sexuality. Next up, listening to The Fault in Our Stars and reading Beneath a Meth Moon. I have 8 more to go!

  7. Lois permalink
    May 4, 2013

    I finished the challenge which came as a surprise to me as I had not counted one of the books I’d finished earlier. So my last 2 were Monstrous Beauty (audio) and In Darkness. Both surprised me. Monstrous Beauty was not the “supernatural romance” I expected. though there is a supernatural romance, there is also mystery, horror and more. In Darkness taught me Haitian history via an alternating point of view – one contemporary and one historical. I’ve really enjoyed reading from this list and plan to read several more.

  8. May 4, 2013

    So much reading this week!

    #14 – I Hunt Killers – Well-written, but I get creeped out by serial killers, this one was a bit too much for me.
    #15 – Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe – BEAUTIFUL! Loved it.
    #16 – Where’d You Go, Bernadette? – My favorite read this challenge. Hilariously weird and somewhat heartbreaking.
    #17 – Mr. Penumbra’s 24-hour Bookstore – Cute, techie friendly read.
    #18 – This is not a Test – Like the Walking Dead but with a High School

  9. May 5, 2013

    This week I have finished Boy21. It pretty okay. I do not believe I am struggling, I think I will find out as the last few weeks roll around.

  10. Jenn permalink
    May 5, 2013

    Finished only one Hub book this week, A Wrinkle in Time. Nice adaptation; makes me want to reread the original. I’m up to 15 books; think I might actually reach 25 :)

    • Rebecca King permalink
      May 5, 2013

      Wrinkle in Time? Is that on the challenge list, or are you referring to something else? Just wondering…

  11. MindyE permalink
    May 5, 2013

    This week I finished Moonbird and Me and Earl and the Dying girl. This brings my total to 35!!

    Reading the nonfiction selections is a stretch for me.. but a good stretch. While reading Moonbird, I have to admit, I had to explain that I was reading it for a Reading Challenge. It would not have a personal choice for me, but it was still very interesting! And I found myself enjoying telling people how this particular shorebird migrated the entire length of the world from the tip of South America to the Arctic Circle…nature is pretty amazing.

    Contrast that to laughing out loud while reading Me and Earl and the Dying Girl!

    I’m also loving the audio books! I don’t think I would have chosen audio books myself, but I find myself preferring to listening to books rather than music during my daily walks!

    Looking forward to the chat!

  12. May 5, 2013

    I definitely did better this week, finishing two books, The Disreputable History of Frankie Landau-Banks and The White Bicycle, bringing my total to 34.

    The Disreputable History of Frankie Landau-Banks: Definitely a fun read. I had listened to the audiobook about a year ago and actually liked it better as an audio. Still, it was nice to revisit such an enjoyable book.

    The White Bicycle: I really liked this book. It was eye-opening to see Taylor’s thought processes and the unique way she views the world. But the book didn’t feel moralizing or preachy at all. It was a good coming of age story about a girl trying to become an independent adult. This is another book I would not have read if it weren’t for the Challenge. I will now have to go back and read the first two books in the trilogy, though not having read them first did not diminish my enjoyment of this book at all.

    And now I am about to be sidetracked again, this time by Steve Sheinkin’s Lincoln’s Grave Robbers.

  13. May 5, 2013

    I got one book in this week, Juvenile in Justice, making my total 32. I still need to pick up another Best Fiction, Popular Paperback, and Stonewall, but there’s time. Currently still enjoying Mr. Penumbra’s 24-Hour Bookstore, and wondering if Personal Effects is going to drop the ball.

  14. Rebecca King permalink
    May 5, 2013

    I just started Moonbird and am already amazed by the longevity of B95. I get tired walking my dog and this tiny bird has flown the equivalent of to the moon and half way back! So far, very interesting with appealing side notes sprinkled on each page.

    Also just started Where’d You Go, Bernadette. Felt a bit slow but the pace has really picked up now that Bernadette is actually missing. Hoping to finish it today. After these 2, I’ll be at 17 and fully expect to complete the challenge. What to read next?

  15. Richard Thornley permalink
    May 5, 2013

    Only five more to go! I’m reading randomly now, just as holds come in and I notice other titles that are available. This week I read: #18 Juvenile in Justice (eye-opening), #19 Monstrous Beauty (way better than I expected, a fun, dark read), and #20 A Flight of Angels (good, but not consistent). Next? The Isle of Blood and maybe The Raven Boys.

  16. Debbie permalink
    May 5, 2013

    I finished one book this week, bringing my total to 31. I wouldn’t say I’m struggling, as I’ve technically finished the challenge already. However, my personal goal is to read all 85 titles, so I will need to step it up a notch to get there. I just started reading Son by Lois Lowry this morning. It’s not on the challenge list, but it’s a must-read for fans of The Giver.

    I read The Name of the Star this week and enjoyed it. I just started I Hunt Killers and, wow is it ever grabbing me. I sure hope the end is as good as the beginning!

  17. May 5, 2013

    Finished book 25 this week…First Test by Tamora Pierce. Here’s where I’m thankful for the challenge. I’ve been meaning to read Tamora Pierce for years, but only just not got around to it and what a delightful story!

    Continuing on, I’m partway through The Running Dream and Trinity.

  18. Katie permalink
    May 5, 2013

    I just finished reading The Night She Disappeared – definitely a page-turner! I’m still working on the audiobook for Code Name Verity and I should be finished with that toward the middle of the week, which will make my total 17. Originally I was skeptical that I could complete the challenge by the deadline, but I’m getting more confident as time goes by and, with the semester ending in a week, I should have some more time, too!

  19. May 5, 2013

    Finished THE FAULT IN OUR STARS on audio this week – still just as wonderful as I remembered. I think I’m at 13 or 14 – starting to wonder if I’ll actually finish. Really hoping to – I have 3/4 checked out, but I keep getting distracted. It’s only going to get worse as I just returned from TLA with a number of summer galleys. We’ll see how it goes!

  20. Julie permalink
    May 6, 2013

    Am up to 24 books and have more on my list. Have finished all Tamora Pierce books this week- eh! Very predictable after the 2nd book of each series. Also read this past week Gone, Gone, Gone (was like reading historical fiction for me. I live in Silver Spring, MD. , have been to both the Glenmont and Wheaton Metro stations and remember it all very well. I still pumped gas, but many I know refused to) and Unchained (Tillit) and give it a 4. Know it’s not on the list, but thoughts on “172 Hours on the Moon” if you have read it? Yikes, was my reaction.

  21. Joanna permalink
    May 6, 2013

    I actually read two books this week! Somebody, Please Tell Me Who I Am by Harry Mazer and The Raven Boys by Maggie Stiefvater.

  22. Sharon Amastae permalink
    May 6, 2013

    I haven’t checked in for a while. I finished Drama (so middle school–I love it!) and The Night She Disappeared (fast moving and easy-to-follow multiple viewpoints) and am almost through The Miseducation of Cameron Post, which I’m enjoying, but finding long for the students who I think would like it. I’ve completed 15, and should finish by June if I don’t get further distracted by non-Hub Challenge books.

  23. May 6, 2013

    It’s been awhile since I checked in. I actually can’t remember what I listed last time so maybe there will be a few repeats here.

    Struts and Frets
    Where’d You Go Bernadette – wonderfully funny
    Trinity – A graphic history of the first atomic bomb
    My Friend Dahmer – lots of suspense but not too graphic
    Prom & Prejudice
    Love and Other Perishable Objects – Seemed awfully mature in sections.
    Dodger – absolutely loved this one.

    That brings me up to 17. I guess I’m a little farther along than I thought. I might finish after all.

  24. Elaine Fultz permalink
    May 7, 2013

    Aaaahhh! Congrats to EVERYONE who has finished The Diviners cover to cover. I cannot get through that thing. I did, however, finish Mr. Penumbra (is the Googleplex REALLY like that?) and Friends with Boys. I’m halfway through Bomb (thank goodness for soccer practice).

  25. May 7, 2013

    After the Snow
    Steve Jobs
    Heist Society
    Monstrous Beauty
    Annie Sullivan and the Trials of Helen Keller
    Prom and Prejudice
    The Name of the Star
    One Shot at Forever

    and all the ones I did for my original 25. So I’m up to 35, and I’m listening to the Artemis Fowl book in my car on my commute

  26. May 8, 2013

    I finished the challenge! But I’m still going strong. I just finished Heist Society which I thought was very light and fun. I’m reading In Darkness now, which has a very interesting format switching between Toussaint and Shorty’s point of view in different time periods. Enjoying it so far, still loving this challenge!

  27. j wells permalink
    May 8, 2013

    Barely any time to read these past few weeks, but I just finished The Night She Disappeared by April Henry. Good for a quick pick, good for giving to those kids who like creepy! That puts me at 13, little over half way, gotta pick it up if I want to finish in time!

  28. May 10, 2013

    This week reading was a luxury I could not afford. So sad. I could only passively listen to the 11th CD of the Diviners on audio on what I’ve decided is now too short of a commute. I find myself lingering in the car just to listen to more of the story. And is January LaVoy the Daniel Day-Lewis of spoken word recordings? I don’t listen to many audio books so I’m not sure if all performances are as impressive as hers. I started Moonbird, and Heist Society but have not made enough progress to suitably comment. Until next week!

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