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2014 Morris/Nonfiction Reading Challenge Check-in #3

2013 December 29
by Geri Diorio
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Have you signed up for YALSA’s 2014 Morris/Nonfiction Reading Challenge? You can read the official rules and sign up at the original post. If you’re finished, fill out the form at the bottom of this post to let us know. And well done!yalsa morris nonfiction seals

Do you have some time off due to the holidays? Have you used that time to get some reading done? Or are you at work, like me, noticing the slightly lighter-than-average amounts of patrons, and using that to tackle some more work at the desk? No matter your situation, I hope your end of year is warm and cheery, and that you have time to read more books for YALSA’s 2014 Morris/Nonfiction Reading Challenge! There is exactly one month until the Youth Media Awards, so you still have time to tackle this challenge.

So far I have read Evan Roskos’ debut Dr. Bird’s Advice for Sad Poets, and Chip Kidd’s book Go! A Kidd’s Guide to Graphic Design. This morning, I noticed that Neal Bascomb’s The Nazi Hunters had just been returned, so I grabbed it.

How is your reading going? Which Morris Award or Nonfiction Award finalists have you read and enjoyed? Please let us know in the comments section.
(And have a very Happy New Year!)

~ Geri Diorio, about to read The Nazi Hunters by Neal Bascomb

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21 Responses
  1. December 29, 2013

    Unfortunately, I’ve stalled out a bit on this challenge. I read 8 of the books, but I’m still waiting to get a copy of Go and Sex & Violence, so while I’m waiting I’m reading through the “best of” lists that were posted here a week or so ago.

    I have appreciated having a long winter’s break, though; I’m up to 14 books in the last 8 days! I guess I’m making up for all those days where I was at work, since librarians don’t actually sit around and read books all day (as much as my friends probably believe otherwise). :D

  2. December 29, 2013

    I’ve finished 3 of the nonfiction books, reading Imprisoned: The Betrayal of Japanese Americans During World War II by Martin W. Sandler. I just started The President Has Been Shot! The Assassination of John F. Kennedy by James L. Swanson.

    My company is here for another 4 days. After a deep sleep I intend to tackle the fiction list.

  3. Kim Farnsworth permalink
    December 29, 2013

    I just started the Morris Challenge this week and finished reading Belle Epoque. I downloaded Dr. Bird’s Advice for Sad Poets from my library, so I’ll start that one next. I’ve been on furlough all this week, but had to get other reading done first, but I’m really excited to do my first Hub Challenge!

  4. December 29, 2013

    I put my time off over the holiday to good use and have finished the Nonfiction Challenge. I think my favorite book was Imprisoned: The Betrayal of Japanese Americans During World War II. The President Has Been Shot was a close second. My least favorite was The Nazi Hunters. It was good, but seemed a bit slow to me.

    I’m hoping I will also be able to finish the Morris Challenge. So far I’ve read In the Shadow of Blackbirds. I think I liked the idea of the story better than the actual book, if that makes sense. Next up, Belle Epoque. I should be able to finish this challenge as well provided I can get my hands on a copy of Dr. Bird’s Advice for Sad Poets. We have it on order. So I’ve got my fingers crossed that it arrives and gets processed in time.

  5. Grace DKL permalink
    December 29, 2013

    I decided to stick to an ampersand theme this winter break, and finished Sex & Violence and Charm & Strange. I’m done with the Morris Challenge, but I hope to finish Nonfiction as well.

  6. December 29, 2013

    Been distracted by other books this week, but managed to finish one challenge book- Go: A Kidd’s Guide to Graphic Design, which I really enjoyed. Visually very appealing (as expected). Now I’ve finished 3 NF and 2 Morris. Of the remaining, I’m most looking forward to Belle Epoque.

  7. Amy permalink
    December 29, 2013

    I’ve only read In the Shadow of Blackbirds so far. You can read my thoughts on that here: http://ucplbookchallenge.blogspot.com/2013/12/in-shadow-of-blackbirds-by-cat-winters.html. I’ve got the rest of the Morris finalists on request, so hopefully those will come in soon and I can get them started!

  8. Sara Ray permalink
    December 29, 2013

    I finished Go: A Kidd’s Guide to Graphic Design, putting me at only two titles. I think the pace will be fine if I stick with it. I was craving a fiction book already so am reading that alternately. I’m glad to see everyone is enjoying the books for the most part!

  9. Alaina permalink
    December 29, 2013

    I’m stuck on waiting lists for the nonfiction list. Tick tock, tuts my clock. I’ve also slowed down on the Morris, having soldiered bravely but slowly through “” Dr. Bird’s Advice for Sad Poets “” all the way to the underwhelming end. Uneven, unconvincing, and meandering are my three words for Roskos’ debut. On an up note, I’m several happy chapters into ““Belle Epoque” ““.

  10. Chelsey Masterson permalink
    December 29, 2013

    I finished three of the Nonfiction titles this weekend (not much else to do when you’re feeling sick and your friends have all left town!), so that brings my total to 4. I’m waiting to get [i]The Betrayal of Japanese Americans…[/i], so I’ll probably start on the Morris ones this week. So far, my favorite has been either [i]The President Has Been Shot![/i] or [i]The Nazi Hunters[/i].

  11. Donna Siebold permalink
    December 30, 2013

    I finished Dr. Bird’s Advice for Sad Poets, I can’t say I enjoyed it. And, Sex & Violence which I found much more interesting. I am at about Chapter 20 in Charm & Strange (which so far, is indeed strange!). I just started Go. I’m still waiting for most of the non-fiction to be delivered to my holds request and somehow I failed to snag Belle Epoque. Hopefully I can get it before the deadline.

  12. j wells permalink
    December 30, 2013

    Belle Epoque was an easy reread this weekend since I loved it so much the first time. Only 2 down, somehow time is getting away from me, still waiting for alot of holds!

  13. Martha Boksenbaum permalink
    December 30, 2013

    I’ve read Charm & Strange, Belle Epoque, and Sex & Violence. I’ve just got to read In the Shadow of Blackbirds to be done with the Morris Award nominees. I’m requesting the nonfiction titles today so I can get in on that next.

    They’re all interesting, although so far none have grabbed me especially. Belle Epoque had a cool premise, but didn’t follow through very well. The other two I’ve read seem to address mental illness, which they do tactfully and with skill. I’m interested to see how the next one goes.

  14. Brenda Schwarz permalink
    December 31, 2013

    it has been a busy holiday season. I have gotten two of the books that is on the non fiction section and hope to get them read this week. I’m a bit slow on the challenge but hope to get a jump start on the new year.

  15. December 31, 2013

    Finished In the Shadow of Blackbirds and Go: A Kidd’s Guide to Graphic Design. Both were great: a good test of a book is whther you immediately want to recommend them to friends and/or family, and I did that with both of them. That puts me at 2 each for Morris and Nonfiction; I have all the books, so I will see what grabs me before I leave the library today and try to find time over this next holiday week to read….

  16. Margaret permalink
    December 31, 2013

    Over the holiday I finished Imprisoned, Courage has no color, and The Nazi hunters.

    I have some issues with the fact that The Nazi hunters is a shortened-version-based-on-an-adult-book. I’m now reading Bascomb’s Hunting Eichmann with a great deal of interest to see how it was edited: which parts were removed, what was added, which sectionss were rearranged, and where on occasion vocabulary was changed. Both versions are well done — but I’d prefer for the award to recognize original works of nonfiction for the teen audience.

    Go is still my hands-down pick.

  17. December 31, 2013

    Finished The Nazi Hunters, which I think has been my favorite nonfiction so far. This just leaves me with Go for the nonfiction list. I also finished Belle Epoque, my second from the Morris list. It was good, but In the Shadow of Blackbirds was better, IMHO.

  18. Jenn Hartley permalink
    January 1, 2014

    Finished Belle Époque, which was okay. Also read Go:A Kidd’s Guide to Graphic Design. Really enjoyed that one. I ended up reading it aloud with my husband, who also liked it.

  19. Alison permalink
    January 3, 2014

    I was able to read four of the five Morris books – I still have In the Shadow of Blackbirds left. I have two of the five non fiction downloaded – have to track down the other three!

  20. Elizabeth permalink
    January 9, 2014

    our public library does not have a copy of the Sex&Violence book. I don’t know if I’m able to find a copy before the deadline. Any ideas? I have had success finding and reading all 4 of the books. I am finishing up Dr. Bird. I tried looking at the nonfiction list and I am able to get 4 of the 5 books there too. any ideas? Thanks!

    • Geri Diorio permalink
      January 9, 2014

      Hi Elizabeth,
      You could always ask your library to do an Inter-Library Loan and get the books from another library for you.

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