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2013 Hub Reading Challenge check in #17

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This is my last check in before the challenge is over and I am still failing. I haven’t been reading as much for many reasons, but mainly because of hockey playoffs, summer reading program preparation, and shiny new books that just keep coming into my library.

Even though I totally “bombed” this challenge, I do plan on reading all the Alex Award winners at some point. Are any of you lacking in the “good intentions department” like me? Or did you all finish months ago? Let me know in the comments!

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!


  1. h.vert h.vert

    I finished the challenge a couple weeks ago, but kept forgetting to update the list here. I kept track of book titles on twitter though, @hari_vert.

    Looking back, I’m glad I did the challenge, because I read a lot of books that otherwise I wouldn’t have. And it was very interesting to see/learn what constituted an award winning book.

    Thanks for offering this challenge.

  2. Sara Ray Sara Ray

    I am almost there! I finished book 24, Unchained, last weekend. I really enjoyed it! It was simple reading and would be great for some of the teens at my urban library. I’m going to have to try the author’s other books for a quick read.

    I am halfway through The Running Dream, my last book — loving it!!!!!! Gonna curl up and read right now and save all my chores for tomorrow. I plan to read a few more from the list (maybe before the challenge ends or add them to my long TBR pile) just because others here have recommended them.

    • Sara Ray Sara Ray

      I FINISHED!! Just plowed through Running Dream — what an inspiration!!

      I’ll be attempting a few more before the challenge ends…

  3. Library.Lil Library.Lil

    I finished two books this week, bringing my total to 22.

    Heist Society–Loved it, though I knew that. I’m a huge Ally Carter fan-girl. This was a reread for me because I led a book discussion on it this week. Might have even enjoyed it more the second time!

    The Watch That Ends the Night–liked it. Parts were really hard to listen to. And when the ship started to sink and I had 4 discs left, I was a little concerned, but was relieved that the last disc is all author’s notes about the real people depicted in the story. I liked it more when I realized that ALL the characters in the book were real people. I knew about some, like Margaret Brown, John Jacob Aster, and Captain Smith, but didn’t realize until it was over that everyone in the story has been a real passenger.

  4. I finished Pure this week. I completed the Challenge already, but I’m continuing my mission to read as many Alex & Morris books as possible before it’s all over. I’ve recommended several challenge books to others. I wouldn’t have been able to do this without attempting the challenge & reading some great books I missed last year.

  5. Finished this week!

    Book # 23 Round House by Louise Erdich – loved it.

    Book # 24 – Monstrous Beauty by Elizabeth Fama – never thought I’d be into a mermaid book, but this one was so interesting.

    Book #25 – One Shot at Forever by Chris Ballard – Probably the farthest from my comfort zone, since I’m not a sports person, but this was well written and easy to read and get into.

  6. Karen Meharg Karen Meharg

    I’m in the same boat. I have been reading, just not as fast or as much as I would have liked to. I ended up with a long-term sub gig for the last 3 weeks of school, and I had to make up my own lesson plans and grade papers, and all the other lovely end-of-the-school stuff that is required. So long gone were my quiet nights for reading! I am proud to say that I am half way through the challenge! I am currently reading Mr. Penumbra’s 24-Hour Bookstore. I haven’t gotten to anything exciting yet, but absolutely LOVE the fact that the cover GLOWS-IN-THE-DARK! :) (Gotta enjoy the little things in life!) I will continue to try to read more of the titles, but highly doubt that I will finish in time.. Good luck to everybody!

  7. I missed check-in last week, but I suppose it’s okay because I haven’t finished anything challenge-related for two weeks. I’m at 17 and really hoping to power through 8 more before the challenge is over! We’ll see, though, as June will be my busiest month yet.

  8. I keep missing every other week of the check in posts, so again I’m writing for two weeks of reading/listening. Over the Memorial Day weekend, I finished listening to two audio books, Wonder, which I’d read before but listened to this time with my daughter as we drove back and forth from soccer games and The Watch That Ends the Night.

    Then I also read Alethea Kontis’ Enchanted which was a fun rewritten compilation of many famous fairy tales, Matthew Quick’s Boy21 which I really enjoyed, and Mazer & Lerangis’ Somebody, Please Tell Me Who I Am. I don’t think I would have selected any of these books on my own, but they were all good stories that I would recommend to various students. Boy21 and Somebody, Please Tell Me Who I Am are both books I’d highly recommend especially for boys. The first is a basketball story set at an inner city school. The second is about a high school graduate who decides to volunteer for the military rather than going to college. Since I tend to read books written more for girls, it’s good to know some great titles to suggest to guys.

    So with this latest update, I am up to 17 books completed. I’ve got another four checked out from the library already, so with the end of school nearing quickly, I hope to pick up the pace for a strong finish to the challenge!

  9. Debbie Debbie

    I finished the 25 titles a few weeks ago, but I’m still going to see how many I can read before the challenge ends. Like other people have commented, I’ve discovered several books that I love and am happily recommending to others.

    This week, I read Mr. Penumbra’s 24-Hour Bookstore, Annie Sullivan and the Trials of Helen Keller, and Code Name Verity (the audiobook). Code Name Verity is a must-read for lovers of historical fiction.

  10. Katie Katie

    I read The Miseducation of Cameron Post and Ten this week, bringing my total to 21 so far. Really enjoyed Miseducation and, though I’m not a huge murder mystery fan, Ten was a pretty good read, as well. I have a couple graphic novels lined up, so I’m confident that I’ll be able to finish the challenge! I think next up is going to be Mr. Penumbra’s 24-Hour Bookstore.

  11. Richard Thornley Richard Thornley

    #23 for me was Daredevil. Which was fine, but inconsistent. Much as I enjoy graphic novels,the mainstream superhero ones tend to leave me cold (although I’ve enjoyed ultimate Spider-Man that I read for this challenge and have bought more volumes in this series). I’m still working in #24 because I got sidetracked midweek by some newer Garth Ennis books. But I’m enjoying now The Disreputable History of Frankie Landau-Banks. Not at all what I normally read but again, that’s been the fun of this challenge, n’est-ce pas?

  12. Finished Code Name Verity last week and finished I Hunt Killers today. Verity was great historical fiction, but the 2 high school students I spoke with about this title lost interest in it, found it too slow at times and got lost in the historical element. I Hunt Killers was a quick read with a unique story line, I can definitely see this as a series, with Jazz maturing and hunting down serial killers, including his own dad. I think that puts me at 22 titles done, plan on starting Boy21 tomorrow after reading all the positive comments on here. Looking forward to completing this challenge, and reading more off the list before summer is over.

  13. I’ve completed already (with my shiny finisher badge on my website!) but I’ve been trying to read some more – trying to get to 35. I’m part way through ‘Girlchild’ and have ‘Friends with Boys’ on my desk. After that it will be a bit harder, trying to find some of the books to read them in time but I’m hoping I can make it work!

  14. Julie Julie

    Finished the first 3 books of the Vietnam series (4th one tonight) and The Miseducation of Cameron Post which was enjoyable. Total of 37 read so far. 3 more from list to read this week.
    Read off-list this week also with a Teen Read Week book (Butter).

  15. I don’t remember the last time I commented, but I’m about halfway my 22nd book – Tell the Wolves I’m Home. This book is tied with Seraphina as my favourite that I’ve read for the challenge (at least so far). I’ve really enjoyed reading the Alex winners and will try to read as many as I can over the summer (I’m particularly interested in The Round House). I mostly read YA, so reading the Alex winners has been a nice change of pace.

  16. Elaine Fultz Elaine Fultz

    Here I am waving back at you from the Good Intentions Department. I got bogged down in The Diviners and never quite recovered. I’m hovering around 16 read now and will continue to strive for the goal. Code Name Verity is at bedside, and Aristotle is on my Kindle. Onward.

  17. Donna Siebold Donna Siebold

    I finished the challenge a few weeks ago and am still reading. This week I finished The Round House and The Running Dream. I was thoroughly impressed by them both. I thought the ending of the Round House was a tad weak, but overall the story was stunning. The real shocker for me was the Running Dream. I have had it signed out for a while but kept reading other things because the synopsis just did not grab me. It was fantastic. It is very close to my favorite of all the books I’ve read, though I would have to scrutinize the list to make that final choice. I am in the midst of Tell the Wolves I’m Home and am enjoying it, though I do have to keep reminding myself it is not set in the present. I finally received the Fault in Our Stars and am looking forward to reading that one as well. I have read a wide number of books I would have never even heard of in this challenge, so I am very pleased to have participated. I am surprised, though, at how low my number of reads (for the challenge) has been. I easily read three or four books a week, so I thought I would finish the challenge itself in about a month – instead it took me almost two. Part of the reason is that the books have been difficult to obtain through our libraries – but part of it is because I am/was also trying to keep reading in my other areas of interest at the same time. Since the challenge started I’ve read almost 80 books – it is just that most of them are in other genres!

  18. Amy Amy

    Nothing new read this week. I’ve been treating myself to some non-challenge mountain climbing books (Eiger Dreams and The Will to Climb). And I’m totally sucked into the Locke & Key series by Joe Hill. I still have plans to read Code Name Verity, once I’m done Eiger Dreams. It’ll be a good refresh before book club and I want to see if it’s any different with the knowledge of the ending.

    Has anyone else listened to Personal Effects and liked it? I feel kinda bad about my decision to ditch it and would love to hear another perspective on it.

  19. Kristie Bartlett Kristie Bartlett

    This week I finished “Code Name Verity.” I thought it was a bit slow, however once I got to the second half I really started to like it.

  20. I finished the challenge this week. I read some really superb books — and a few “eh” ones — and I’m really happy I committed to this. It has been a great experience.

  21. Joanna Joanna

    This week I’m trying to read quick books, so graphic novels here I come!

    I read Ultimate Comics Spider Man and really enjoyed it.

    Stargazing Dog was okay. It made me happy at the end, but I don’t know who to reccomend it to.

  22. I conquered the challenge this week – finished the last of the 83 books on the list! Now I’m reading Orson Scott Card’s most recent book. :)

  23. Amy Amy

    Well, it’s the 22nd, and I know that I am not-no-way-not-no-how going to finish by 11:59 tonight. I just wanted to say that I’m really glad I participated, because I read some really wonderful books that I never would have picked up otherwise. I was also happy/sad that 5 of my favorite books – already read before February 3rd – were on this list. Happy that they were award winners and recommended reads, sad that I had “wasted” my read before the challenge began. But reading Ari & Dante, Seraphina, The Name of the Star, Everyday and Verity was certainly no waste of time, whether they “counted” or not :) Thanks for issuing the challenge – maybe next year I’ll complete it! :)

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