Skip to content

2013 Hub Reading Challenge check-in #19

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!

This is our penultimate check-in! With just one week left, do you think you can finish the challenge? Or have you already gone above and beyond? Is there anyone out there who’s read the whole list (or come close)? If you’re not going to finish the challenge, what got in your way — and was it still a worthwhile experience? Have you learned something about yourself as a reader?

Our final check-in post will go up next Saturday, June 22nd, and you’ll have until 11:59pm that night to finish reading. If you complete the challenge by reading 25 books, make sure you’ve filled out the form by 11:59pm on Sunday, June 23rd. On Monday the 24th, we’ll select our winner, send out the final set of challenge finisher badges, and invite everyone who finished the challenge to submit a reader response to their favorite (or least favorite!) title they read.

Keep up the good work as we enter the home stretch!

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. Sara Ray Sara Ray

    I completed last week but wanted to do extra… but then a couple of new books came in… so I may be able to complete one more but probably not. Learned so much! And had a blast! Can’t wait for next year!

  2. Library.Lil Library.Lil

    I finished one this week, bringing my current total to 23. I do think I will be able to finish, though it may be close!

    This week I finished Freinds with Boys, which I really liked. My favorite part was Maggie’s relationship with her brothers, especially Daniel. I didn’t understand why there was a ghost in it, but whatever. Didn’t change that I enjoyed it.

  3. Anna Anna

    I finished Me and Earl and the Dying Girl, bringing it up to 31. I mostly enjoyed it, especially the ‘movies’, but the end seemed a little odd. We’ll see if I finish anything else – there are some new books coming in…

  4. I am up to 48 now, 39 if I don’t count those from the Winter Reading Challenge. I may make it to 50 after all.

    This week I finished Prom and Prejudice, which was, as I had hoped, a quick, fun read. I also read Trinity: A Graphic History of the First Atomic Bomb. Trinity was quite good. It definitely made a good companion to Bomb: The Race to Build – and Steal – the World’s Most Dangerous Weapon by Sheinkin, another book I had really enjoyed. This was also yet another book my husband enjoyed and that neither of us would have read if not for the Challenge. I do enjoy being able to pass on my discoveries to other people who enjoy them.

    I am still working through Inheritance and The Round House. I expect I will be able to finish them both in the next week.

  5. I finished After the Snow (#36). I liked the first half better than the second, which felt rushed. I hope to get one more done by the next check in.

  6. I started teaching summer school this past week, so I didn’t quite finish the challenge yet. However, I did finish Ten by Gretchen McNeil and We’ve Got a Job: The 1963 Birmingham Children’s March by Cynthia Levinson. It paired nicely with the audiobook I’ve been listening to and hope to finish next week, Warriors Don’t Cry by Melba Patillo Beals.

    These two books bring my total up to 23. I’m confident I can finish this next week, even with summer school still in full swing. The only question is how many books over 25 will I finish by the end of the challenge? I’m going to focus on non-fiction titles for my finish.

  7. MindyE MindyE

    I’m one of those above and beyond people. I just finished “The Disreputable History of Frankie Landau-Banks” as my 52nd book! I’m going to try to hit 60! Logging off now, so I can get back to reading!

  8. I completed #23 this week. I read Dodger by Terry Pratchett. Really enjoyed it and it was a pretty quick read. About halfway through Steve Jobs: The Man Who Thought Different and will hopefully finish it and the last one for the challenge this week. I can’t believe I may actually finish this year!

  9. Katie Katie

    I finished Mr. Penumbra’s 24-Hour Bookstore and The Silence of Our Friends this week, bringing my total to 23 so far. It’s going to be down to the wire, but I think I can complete the challenge! Next up is Beneath a Meth Moon…

  10. Julie Julie

    Less than a week left. All my holds from public library came in this past week, so I have a few to read to finish off the challenge.

    #43 I Hunt Killers – Pretty good
    #44 Ten – Fabulous book – my favorite type
    #45 October Mourning – Wow! Short but oh, so powerful!
    #46 The Running Dream – Super book
    #47 Love and Other Perishable Items – Pretty good, not great
    #48Monstrous Beauty – Sorry – not at all a favorite
    #49 One Shot at Forever – If you like baseball

  11. I have finished 35, 25 if you don’t count the winter challenge. This was fun!

  12. Elaine Fultz Elaine Fultz

    Ack! The Diviners is my downfall, but I love it. I’m unlikely to get to 25, but this has been a great way to tackle new & award-winning titles. Next year, I’ll rally some co-workers to compete, too.

  13. The end of the school year is a race to the finish, and our school year here in NY ends this Friday and the Challenge ends on Saturday, what’s a girl to do? Just keep reading…! I am so impressed with those who have read beyond the 25! Please tell me your secret. If I am lucky, and I am determined to be, I will just finish Raven Boys and Everday by Saturday at 11:59pm. Those will be my books 24 &25. Last week I finished Boy21 which I loved and put on our suggested summer reading list. I was overlooking that one until I read a Blog post recommending it here, so glad that I did. I also read Girlchild: poverty, neglect, sexual abuse/pedophiles, I didn’t think I was going to get through it, but I did. The darkly weird and witty standardized test questions helped a little. But I was so happy to move on to Raven Boys. I don’t have time to type, must get back to reading, see you on the other side (of the challenge).

  14. Regina Renee Regina Renee

    Woot! I have finished 25 of the books, so have officially finished the challenge. Next year my goal is to conquer the entire list!!!

  15. Debbie Debbie

    I had a very hard time with Pure, the only book I finished this week. Excellent world building and a truly horrifying dystopian future that doesn’t seem so very far from where we are. I’m moving on to Squire and Lady Knight because I feel the need to spend time with a plucky female character who triumphs in the end.

    I finished weeks ago, but have continued to read. My total this week is 45. I will keep working my way through the list because, while I haven’t loved all of the titles, I have discovered several that I wouldn’t have known about if not for the challenge. And I’ve been able to pass my recommendations along to my students and colleagues, which is priceless. Can’t wait for next year!

  16. Molly Wetta Molly Wetta

    I’ve been terrible about checking in, but I finally finished #25!

    I read a lot of books that I wouldn’t have otherwise checked out and discovered I really do enjoy graphic novels. The challenge helped so much with reader’s advisory, and even if I didn’t love every book I read, I’m glad it pushed me out of my comfort zone.

  17. JBartlett JBartlett

    Just finished this morning! My last book was Every Day by David Levithan (which I liked, but was left feeling a little let down by the ending). I found a lot of books that I might not have tried otherwise and quite a few still on the list that I would like to get to. I can’t wait to do this again next year!!

  18. I’m finishing up my last 2 books this week! Last week I read Daredevil and In the Hand of the Goddess by Tamora Pierce. This week I’m reading Spiderman and Dodger!

  19. I just finished! This was such a great challenge. I hope you all do it again next year!

Comments are closed.