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2014 Hub Reading Challenge Check-in #9

2014 April 6
by Carli Spina
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Hub Reading Challenge logoNot signed up for YALSA’s 2014 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 doing with the competition? Are you just getting started? Or perhaps you have already finished? Have you found any new favorites or appreciated more about a past favorite as you reread it for the competition?

Though warm weather is just starting where I am, I hope at least some of you are enjoying Spring weather and can take your reading outdoors! We want to hear all about your reading experience! And, don’t forget to start thinking about your best spine poetry for our latest photo competition. Hopefully it will make you see the Hub Reading Challenge books in a whole new way!

The 2014 Hub Reading Challenge will run until 11:59PM EST on June 22nd, so you have until then to finish all 25 books. Just be sure to keep track of what you are reading/listening to as you go along. We’ll be posting these check-in posts every Sunday so you can share your thoughts about the book(s) you read/listened to that week and share links to any reviews you post online. If you just can’t wait for our weekly posts, you can also share your thoughts via social media using the #hubchallenge hashtag, or join the 2014 Hub Challenge group on Goodreads. Check out the social media conversation below!

If you have already completed the challenge by reading or listening to 25 titles from the list of eligible books, be sure to fill out the form below so we can send you your Challenge Finisher badge, get in touch to coordinate your reader’s response, and, perhaps best of all, notify you if you win our exciting grand prize drawing! Be sure to use an email you check frequently and do not fill out this form until you have completed the challenge by reading/listening to 25 titles

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23 Responses
  1. April 6, 2014

    I completed Navigating Early this week, so that’s twenty titles checked off my list. I’m halfway through March Vol.1, beginning Saints, and 3/4 done with the audiobook The Boy on the Wooden Box. No problems finishing the challenge this year!!

  2. Jennie Evans permalink
    April 6, 2014

    I can’t believe how close I am to being done! If I couldn’t count all 6 volumes of Strobe Edge I wouldn’t be as close to finishing as I am now. So, to all parties who helped make that happen, THANK YOU! :)

    Last week I finished Between Shades of Gray which I liked but not nearly as much as I did Out of the Easy.

    I also finished Jedi Star Wars Academy which I thought was cute.

    Today I started If You Could Be Mine. I’m not very far in, but right now I’m really wondering if the book has any punctuation–the narrator is not pausing for anything so the sentences are really running together. After this book, I’ll be DONE!!

    SO…CLOSE…TO…THE…END!! It’s in my sights! Happy reading, everyone!

  3. April 6, 2014

    Finished Sex & Violence this week and thought it was terrific. Also breezed through The Adventures of Superhero Girl, which was funny and cute. Very grateful to discover all these superb books.

  4. Sara Ray permalink
    April 6, 2014

    Didn’t finish any again this week :-( but I’m almost done with 3! I have 10 to go but still have 3+ graphic novels which will be quick AND there are plenty more I still want to really really read. I can’t wait for the next check in!

  5. April 6, 2014

    It’s been so long since I’ve checked in because I was on a hub challenge hiatus, but this week I got back in the swing of things and knocked out three titles: March (loved it), War Brothers (loved this one, too), and Audrey, Wait! (which I enjoyed but not as much as I thought it would). Only 3 more left until I hit 25!

  6. April 6, 2014

    I finished my 17th book this week, Scowler by Daniel Kraus—awesome!

  7. April 6, 2014

    I think I’ve finished two since the last check in, bringing my total to 14. Finished Help for the Haunted which I really liked and Two Boys Kissing which I thought was okay.

    I just started All the Truth That’s in Me and I’m hooked!

  8. Nichole Gardner permalink
    April 6, 2014

    I have completed 37 titles. I am currently listening to Scowler (taking me a while to get through it but I’m enjoying it) and reading Lexicon (so good!).

  9. charlene.librarian permalink
    April 6, 2014

    This week I happily completed All the Truth That’s in Me and was very impressed. Also, I thoroughly enjoyed Chip Kidd’s Go: A Kidd’s Guide to Graphic Design. Very well done indeed.

    I got to finish Will&Whit, another great graphic novel. It was not what I was expecting, but I liked the way it got a good message across about grief and friendship through difficult times.

    Looking forward to a few titles I’ve had sitting around for a few weeks already…

  10. Julie T permalink
    April 7, 2014

    Up to 60 completed for this challenge. It was a slow week – nothing at public
    library had come in. Did read 2 off list books.

    Brewster (4.5/5) – Very good book, enjoyed it
    Better Nate than Ever (3/5) – Did not like Tim Federle’s reading – boring voice

    Am listening to Eleanor & Park & not enjoying at all. The 2 readers are fine,
    but reading profanity & listening to it are not the same. More offensive
    listening.

  11. Mindy Engler permalink
    April 7, 2014

    Here is my list from this week:
    #34 All the Truth That’s in Me
    #35 Vietnam #4: Casualities of War
    #36- 41 Strobe Edge (glad to be done with those!)

  12. April 7, 2014

    This week I finished Belle Epoque by Elizabeth Ross

    I had very mediocre feelings. I thought overall the plot was very predictable, and I didn’t like the main character much, but I really loved her descriptions of Paris. I was also the first person to check the book out and it has been on the shelf since September…

    So I’m up to two books! (I will catch up!)

  13. Allison permalink
    April 7, 2014

    I finished two short, fun graphic novels this week. The Adventures of Superhero Girl (I am a huge fan of Faith Erin Hicks!) and Star Wars Jedi Academy. They were both so much fun. My total is now 11. I love having two more fantastic graphic novels to hand sell to my patrons.

  14. April 7, 2014

    Almost done with HOLD ME CLOSER, NECROMANCER. Scowler’s up next! Scowler will bring my total up to 17!

  15. Robin Brandt permalink
    April 7, 2014

    One book this past week: Etiquette and Espionage by Gail Carriger. A little too “let’s throw in a bunch of genres” for me.

  16. Donna S. permalink
    April 7, 2014

    Finished three this week – Saints and Boxers – I thought the history was actually fairly light in these two. Of them, I preferred Saints. I liked the mingling of the story of Joan of Arc into the Boxer Rebellion. I also read Winger which I thought was quite well done. I am now up to 41.

  17. Bethany Miller permalink
    April 7, 2014

    I finished Boxers and Saints last week. I have to say I was pretty underwhelmed. I’m not a huge fan of the graphic novel format, but American Born Chinese (by the same author) is one of my favorites, so I had very high hopes. That brings me to either seven or eight completed depending if Boxers and Saints counts as one or two. I am currently reading Lexicon and really enjoying it!

  18. April 7, 2014

    I am about half way through Beautiful Music for Ugly Children and I really like it. I am rooting for Gabe to be comfortable in his own skin. This puts me at 15.5 for this week. Plan on finishing Beautiful and starting either Freakboy or The Adventures of Superhero Girl, whichever comes in first.

  19. April 7, 2014

    Skipped last week – here’s what I think is new since my last post:

    If You Could Be Mine 2/5
    War Brothers 3/5
    Viva Jacquelina! 4/5
    Eleanor & Park (audiobook) 1/5
    Saints 3/5

    I’m at 39, just a little shy of my total from last year. Currently I’m reading Lexicon and listening to <Billy Shakes' Star Wars.

  20. April 8, 2014

    I can’t believe I am halfway through! Starting with the 10 original challenge books (Belle Epoque, Charm & Strange, Dr. Bird, In The Shadow of Blackbirds, Sex & Violence, Courage Has No Color, Go, Imprisoned, Nazi Hunters, and The President Has Been Shot), I have since added eleanor & park, Star Wars Shakespeare: Verily A New Hope, Beauty Queens, The Testing, and Between Shades of Gray. I’ve also picked up Boxers and Saints, but I’m not really sold on it so far – we shall see!

    More details at http://rowsingreads.blogspot.com!

    I wasn’t a fan of Sex & Violence or Charm & Strange and I enjoyed eleanor & park, Verily A New Hope, and The Testing the most so far – what should I read next?!?

    • Julie T permalink
      April 9, 2014

      Beautiful Music for Ugly Children
      Out of the Easy,
      Golden Boy (Sullivan version)

  21. April 8, 2014

    I’m up to 12. Read Nothing Can Possibly Go Wrong! and Rose Under Fire this week.

  22. Andrea Egbert permalink
    June 11, 2014

    I read Out of the Easy this week. Think I liked Between Shades of Gray better, but I still liked it. Especially Josie’s spunk, and the colorful cast of supporting characters. Next on the Hub list (still fighting for attention with all the new releases still pouring in!) is Hold Me Closer, Necromancer. That’s one I’ve picked up, read the cover, thought would be amusing, then put back down because my shelf was too full already, at least 3 different times. We’ll see how it holds up to expectations!

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