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2013 Hub Reading Challenge check in #18

2013 June 8
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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!

With two weeks and two days to spare, I finally finished book number 25 for the Hub Reading Challenge and I’m feeling pretty pleased. Not only did I actually complete the challenge (which is, sadly, not a thing I do all that often) but I also read some really great books, many that I would definitely have missed were I not reading from the challenge list. Lucky #25 was Maureen Johnson’s The Name of the Star, a book I somehow just never caught up with when it first came out, so I ended on a real high note.

code name verity elizabeth wein coverraven boysRoundHouseOf the books I read specifically for this challenge, I think The Raven Boys, Code Name Verity, and The Round House were my favorites, which doesn’t surprise me. But I also feel like I read a lot further afield than I normally do, exploring unfamiliar authors and passed-over genres. I read a lot more nonfiction than I normally do, and picked up some titles that I would probably have avoided, were I not actively trying to stretch. I still feel like I could have pushed my own comfort zone a bit more, and I’ll keep working on that, but overall I really enjoyed this challenge.

What about you? Are you close? Have you finished? Do you feel like you learned anything about your own preferences or reading habits? I know I did!

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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18 Responses
  1. Richard Thornley permalink
    June 8, 2013

    I too am done! Hurrah! #25 was Putting Makeup on the Fat Boy. I really enjoyed it and I’ve really enjoyed the challenge overall. As a library manager I often feel like I’m not keeping up with literature — and so I approached this reading challenge as a crash course in contemporary teen lit. Thanks for letting me join in!! Will you do this again next year? I sure hope so.

  2. Sara Ray permalink
    June 9, 2013

    I definitely could have pushed my comfort zone a bit more BUT I did read a lot of things I would not have if it wasn’t for this challenge. I finished last weekend but want to continue for a few more.

  3. Anna permalink
    June 9, 2013

    I’ve brought it up to 30 total, which means 26 books I hadn’t read before (I reread the Song of the Lioness quartet for the challenge, but I wanted to keep going until I’d finished it with entirely new books). I read Moonbird (which was great, and B95 was spotted just a few days ago, so he’s still going!) and The Miseducation of Cameron Post, which was very well done, if the end felt too abrupt. I’m actually reading Me and Earl and the Dying Girl now, just for fun, and why not keep going? I’m really enjoying the challenge!

    • Sara Ray permalink
      June 9, 2013

      Anna, Thanks for the B95 update! I keep telling myself I’m going to check on him…

      • Julie permalink
        June 10, 2013

        Likewise – I was wondering about his present status. That is amazing!

  4. June 10, 2013

    I finished books #21 and #22 this week. I think I may actually finish the challenge this year! I read Pure and Me and Earl and the Dying Girl this week. I enjoyed Pure. Another dystopian/apocalyptic book. Trying to decide if I want to read the rest of the books in the series. I really enjoyed Me and Earl and the Dying Girl. It was written in a way that I think a lot of teenagers feel…unsure of themselves and their future, just trying to survive high school, and feeling ambivalent about death. I am now reading Terry Pratchett’s Dodger. What should be my last two book choices?

    • June 10, 2013

      I’m not completely sure what all you’ve read, but my favorites so far have been Code Name Verity, The Running Dream, and Bomb: The Race to Build -and Steal- the World’s Most Dangerous Weapon. If you like paranormal, I’d also recommend The Raven Boys and The Name of the Star.

      • Sara Ray permalink
        June 11, 2013

        I second the Running Dream!!! My other favs were Wonder (audio), Fault in our Stars (audio), Aristotle and Dante, and Every Day. But I’m a big contemporary lit fan!!

  5. Julie permalink
    June 10, 2013

    Am having a hard time getting a few of the more popular books from my local library, but am still reading others. Up to 42 books this week.

    39. Moonbird – fascinating and so interesting
    40. Seraphina – sorry, folks, not all that great – little too far out of my comfort zone
    41. Vietnam series #4 -agree with the person who said the last book seemed like they
    just wanted to get the series done – not much thought to it, just thrown together
    42. This is Not a Test which I liked a lot.

    Have 4 on hold at local library & hope they come in this week.

  6. June 10, 2013

    I made a big push this week and finished: THE MISEDUCATION OF CAMERON POST, THE RUNNING DREAM, THE DISREPUTABLE HISTORY OF FRANKIE LANDAU-BANKS, ALANNA: THE FIRST ADVENTURE, NEVER FALL DOWN, and HEIST SOCIETY. I think that leaves me with two books left to finish my 25, so I should finish!

  7. June 10, 2013

    I’m getting very close… I finished The Name of the Star (another book I never would have chosen for myself but I loved it), Stargazing Dog, The Pregnancy Project, and the audio of Code Name Verity.

    That brings my total up to 21! One more week of four books done, and I’ll be at 25.

  8. Donna Siebold permalink
    June 11, 2013

    I added The Raven Boys, Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Cabin Fever and The Silence of our Friends. I was shocked not to enjoy The Raven Boys very much. I think I was just in a mood this weekend and one not conducive to reading enjoyment – so I will read at least the next one in the series to see if it was me or the book. I thoroughly and completely did not enjoy the Wimpy Kid book – I think I am too old for that series. And I found The Silence of our Friends to be very thought provoking. I have about five more on my TBR shelf that I am sure I will cover before June 22. I might fit a couple more in – who knows how the wind will blow. I am not sure what number I am up to at this point – something in the 30s I think. I am very glad I participated in the challenge, I would not have read most of these books otherwise and some of them were really great.

  9. Debbie permalink
    June 11, 2013

    I only finished one this week, so my total read is 44. I’m going to keep going right up until the end of the challenge to see how many I can get to. It’s only bragging rights once you pass 25, but still. :)

    This week, I finished Enchanted. It’s a fun read, especially for readers who enjoy fairytales. I enjoyed the many references to familiar tales and the way they all fit together at the end.

    I normally read a lot of fantasy, but I was surprised at how much I liked the historical fiction on the list. It’s not a genre I normally read a whole lot of, but I may pay more attention in the future.

    I few of my favorites were The Diviners, Tell the Wolves I’m Home, The Miseducation of Cameron Post, The Round House, The Fault in our Stars, Seraphina, The Name of the Star, I Hunt Killers, Wonder, Code Name Verity, The Watch that Ends the Night, and The Isle of Blood.

  10. Elaine Fultz permalink
    June 11, 2013

    I’m at 17 and determined to finish The Diviners. If I can snag an audio of one of the others, I just may make it by the deadline. Aristotle and Dante is dreamy goodness. Who can’t relate to these guys and their joys and struggles?

  11. June 13, 2013

    I’ve read 37 so far, and I’m slowing down. I’m hoping I’ll make it to 40, but I’ve been reading other things, and I’ve got classes starting, so it might not happen. I’m really glad I did this challenge, I definitely read a lot of books I wouldn’t touch on my own. I started a new job after starting this challenge, and I feel that it prepared me well to recommend books to children. Coming into a Youth Services position with little experience can be difficult because I just don’t know about all the books, and this gave me a bunch that I had actually read that I could purchase or recommend because I had read them and knew they’re good.

  12. June 13, 2013

    I have completed my 25, but decided to push to 35 – I had read 10 of them for the Morris and Non Fiction challenges. I have ‘The Pregnancy Project’, ‘The Disreputable History of Frankie Landau-Banks’ and ‘The Raven Boys’ (a reread) left. I’ve tried to put other books to the side while I do that – not always easy!

  13. June 13, 2013

    I’m definitely losing my momentum. I never checked in last week and am quite late this week. I am up to 46 titles. Most recently I finished My Friend Dahmer. It was interesting and depressing, though not as upsetting as I feared. But I wasn’t blown away by it. Then I got sidetracked by The Summer Prince by Alaya Dawn Johnson – absolutely loved it!

    I am still hoping to finish 50 titles, but I’m not sure if I will get there. I am still listening to Inheritance and wondering why I forced myself through the series. I should have given up back when I still on Eragon. But now I’ve got so much invested, that I feel like I need to finish it. Just 7 more CDs. I’m also reading The Round House. I’ve got Trinity sitting on my shelf and just requested Prom and Prejudice for what I hope will be a fun, quick read to finish the Challenge.

  14. June 14, 2013

    Yay! I’m done with my 25! I was worried that I wouldn’t finish in time because I really started to lag near the end. Too many new books not on the Challenge list started coming in and I got distracted reading them instead. (“Eleanor and Park” was a particular favorite, so was “Quintana of Charyn.”)

    Thanks to the Hub Challenge I read a lot more graphic novels and adult books than I usually do and I am definitely looking forward to this challenge next year. Thank you!

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