Not signed up for YALSA’s 2015 Morris/Nonfiction Reading Challenge? Read the official rules and sign up on the original post. If you’re finished, fill out the form at the bottom of this post to let us know!
Happy New Year!
How many of you lucky souls found time to read–maybe even extra time!–over the holidays? I emphatically did not, but I snuck in couple chapters here and there and came away with a stack of new books, so I’m calling it a win. I did read The Strange and Beautiful Sorrows of Ava Lavender by Leslye Walton which I found kind of amazing and wonderful.
Luckily, the challenge doesn’t end until 7:45AM Central Time February 2nd (when the Youth Media Awards are announced live at the 2015 ALA Midwinter Meeting in Chicago) so those of us who haven’t started yet still have almost a whole month to tackle either the 2015 finalists for the William C. Morris Award for debut YA authors or the 2015 finalists for YALSA’s Award for Excellence in Nonfiction, or both. If you got a head start over winter break, I’m jealous. High five!
Remember, any reading you do as part of this challenge counts towards your total in the Hub Reading Challenge, which starts in February, so crack open a book and get a head start! We’d love to hear about what you’re reading and hope you’ll leave us a comment below and let us know how the challenge is going so far. What book has you most excited? What book are you finding it hard to get your hands on? (That would be Gabi, a Girl in Pieces by Isabel Quintero for me–word of mouth on this book is crazy!) And if you’ve completed the challenge, make sure you fill out the form at the end of this post to let us know and share your favorite title! As always, if you have any questions or problems, let us know in the comments or via email. And if you want to talk about the challenge on Twitter, use the hashtag #hubchallenge.
– Julie Bartel, currently reading and loving Egg and Spoon by Gregory Maguire and trying to get my hands on Scott McCloud’s The Sculptor before February because I can’t wait that long!