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2013 Hub Reading Challenge check-in #14

2013 May 11
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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!

How is everyone’s reading coming along? I can’t believe there are just six weeks left in the challenge! Are you on track to finish in time?

Which list or award have you enjoyed reading from the most? What new gems have you discovered that you’ll be keeping a closer eye on in the future — interesting formats, new authors, new genres?

On May 22 from 2 to 3pm EDT, we’ll be hosting a Reading Challenge chat on Twitter, Goodreads, and Facebook, so plan to join us on whichever platform you prefer!

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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25 Responses
  1. May 11, 2013

    I only read one this week, Where’d You Go Bernadette, but it really made me laugh. I guess being a Canadian living in the Pacific Northwest, I embrace and represent all the things Bernadette claimed to hate about Seattle. I shared this one with a lot of the adults at my school.

  2. May 11, 2013

    I read two more this week –

    #19 – Pure by Julianna Baggott – It took me a while to get into this book (the post-apopcalyptic reality was a bit much for me at times) but I’m glad I stuck with it, because I came out loving this book in the end.

    #20 – Tell the Wolves I’m Home by Carol Rifka Brunt – Really lovely and heartbreaking. Anyone who has had someone they love pass will appreciate this book.

  3. May 11, 2013

    I read just one book this week: First Crossing: Stories About Teen Immigrants. The quality of stories was uneven, something I expect in anthologies like this. But some were really very good. In the end, it was a good match for what was a very busy and distracted week for me.

    I’m going back off the Challenge list again, reading My Sister Lives on the Mantelpiece. I’ve heard such good things about it and I won’t be able to renew it. But I’m hoping to get to Struts and Frets this week as well.

  4. Sara Ray permalink
    May 11, 2013

    I didn’t finish any this week :( I’m still at 21. I’m definitely going to finish, I’ve just been super busy and tired (averaging one page a night before bed… errr)… I have an upcoming vacation and all I plan on doing is reading!

  5. Rose permalink
    May 11, 2013

    This week I finished Mr. Penumbra’s 24 hour bookstore. I thought it was great! I like how books and technology were both given their share of fans in the book.

  6. May 11, 2013

    I only read one this week – I’m now at 22. It was ‘Where did you go, Bernadette’ and it was fantastic. I’m waiting for some still from the library or from my chapters order. Loving this challenge!!

  7. Katie permalink
    May 11, 2013

    This week I finished the audiobook for Code Name Verity, which I loved, and I Hunt Killers, which kept me enthralled to the very end. I cannot wait to read the sequel! The brings my total to 18, so, with Monday being the last day of classes, I think I’m on track to finish the challenge. My next book will be The Miseducation of Cameron Post and I have Where’d You Go, Bernadette? waiting for me at the library.

  8. Sharon Amastae permalink
    May 12, 2013

    Finished this week: The Miseducation of Cameron Post, Moonbird, and the third book in the Chris Lynch VietNam triology, Free Fire Zone. I loved Moonbird and have promised myself to read more nonfiction this next year. I’ve started The Raven Boys. I checked out/reserved enough titles to complete the Challenge, so I think I will!

  9. Alison McKenzie permalink
    May 12, 2013

    Didn’t check in last week. Finished The Fault in Our Stars and Bomb last week. Absolutely loved both of them! Hopefully when the movie comes out for The Fault in Our Stars they will do the book justice. John Green’s characters are so funny and clever. With the push for nonfiction with Common Core Bomb is a great middle school pick!

    Currently reading The Diviners.

  10. May 12, 2013

    Finished “Pure” (Wow! Horrifying. And good) and “Vietnam #1″ (also horrifying, also good, in a completely different way). Hoping I can finish the Challenge before the deadline. Its getting close!

  11. Debbie permalink
    May 12, 2013

    After reading three books this week, my total is 34.

    Struts and Frets had realistic, likable characters and I would recommend it to music lovers.
    This is not a Test is set during a zombie apocalypse, though the emphasis is more on character development than zombie gore.
    I Hunt Killers was deliciously creepy and my favorite of the week.

    • May 13, 2013

      I love that you’re still reading even though you’ve hit the 25 mark! Are you working toward a particular goal now, or are you just reading as much as you can before the challenge ends?

  12. May 12, 2013

    Ah! There are only six weeks left?? I didn’t finish any this week, so I think I’m at 14. I have a lot of reading to do in the coming weeks! I should finish ENCHANTED this week, then I have a few other titles on deck. Hoping to finish!

  13. Julie permalink
    May 13, 2013

    Only 2 Challenge books this week, tho I read 4. The Night She Disappeared was creepy, but very good (reminding us of the Cleveland news of last week). Somebody Please Tell Me Who I Am – fabulous, but so emotionally draining. That’s 27 for me. Need to get those graphic novels done – definitely NOT looking forward to that.

    • May 13, 2013

      Why aren’t you looking forward to the graphic novels?

      • Julie permalink
        May 15, 2013

        Guess I am living in the Dark Ages, Gretchen. If I want to read a comic book, I will pick
        up Little Lulu, Archie, or the like. Started to read the With the Light series last year and
        quit after about 10 pages. Could not stay interested with the format. Put these book in “normal” (to me) format and I would read them. Going to public library this weekend
        and getting the GNs on the list. Am over 25 books for the challenge, but will keep going
        as there are many more I want to read.

        • May 16, 2013

          Well, good luck with the ones you pick up at the library! I hope they surprise you. :)

          • Julie permalink
            May 20, 2013

            Okay – the library only had 2 & I have 1 on hold. My Friend Dahmer & Stargazing Dog I was able to get. Stargazing Dog made no sense at all and the Dahmer book was dreadful. Awful artwork in both and Jeffrey Dahmer was just an awful child who used his dismal life as an excuse. I will read more of them, hoping to find one that is appealing.

  14. MindyE permalink
    May 13, 2013

    This week I read In Darkness! Very powerful! I’m past the 25 books! I’m hoping to read/listen to 50!

  15. May 13, 2013

    I missed posting my update last week, so here’s my two-week summary. My favorite read over the past two weeks was Levithan’s Every Day and found it very enjoyable. It’s a unique storyline that allows the author to work in his philosophy of life as it is lived through an ever-changing perspective. There were several great quotes that I liked on Goodreads, and as one reviewer said, this is the kind of book that sparks some interesting conversations.

    I also read Never Fall Down by Patricia McCormick. It’s the story of Arn Chorn-Pond who was a teen during the time of the killing fields in Cambodia. It’s of course a sad, dark story, but there are rays of hope in it.

    Two quick reads for me this week were The Night She Disappeared by April Henry and Unchained by L.B. Tillit. Both of these were books I typically wouldn’t pick for myself, but they were interesting. I enjoyed Henry’s story as there is some suspense related to the kidnapping. Unchained is about a boy who ends up involved with a gang and trying to break free from the poor choices his parents made. Teens who read urban fiction will enjoy the story.

    So, this brings me up to nine books finished for the challenge.

  16. May 13, 2013

    I’m on number 29, I just finished In Darkness, which was really good, and I’m listening to Pure, which seems pretty promising. In Darkness, paints a vivid portrait of Haiti’s struggles, and I liked the switch in POV between the boy in modern day Haiti and Touissant during his revolution. I’ve got the makeup on the fat boy, and another couple I’m going to try to get to before the end. However, I’ve started to read non-challenge books since I completed the challenge and my to-read list just keeps growing!

  17. Kristie Bartlett permalink
    May 13, 2013

    I read “I Hunt Killers,” which I loved. Very suspenseful with lots of twists and turns. The flawed hero kept my interest. I also finished “My friend Dahmer,” which creeped me out. The last book I finished this week was, “Under a Meth Moon.” This books depiction of addiction was accurate and disturbing.

  18. May 13, 2013

    I at 35 now, having finished October Mourning, Mr. Penumbra’s 24-Hour Bookstore , and Personal Effects. Just put The Diviners on my phone to listen to on my commute, but haven’t picked a new book…

  19. May 14, 2013

    This week(or should I say last week) I read Superman: Volume 1 The Price of Tomorrow. I didn’t really think I would like it, but it was very enjoyable. I love the storyline, and side comments I may have or may have not said for the characters in my own head. I am sorry for the delay in my respond. It simply slipped my mind!

  20. May 17, 2013

    I only made it through one (The Fault in Our Stars audio) and it was fabulous, but I needed to read something silly after that for a pick me up!

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