Not signed up for YALSA’s 2015 Hub Reading Challenge? Read the official rules and sign up on the original post. Anything you’ve read since February 9 counts, so sign up now!
Now that we have reached the end of May, the end of this year’s Hub Reading Challenge is in sight. For some, I am sure this means a final push to finish up a few more books to complete the Challenge, but I am sure many of you have already completed your 25 books. So, now seems like a great time to discuss what everyone has gotten out of the Challenge. The Hub Reading Challenge offers a great opportunity to expand our reading patterns trying authors, genres, and even formats that would not normally make their way onto our to-be-read piles. I know that the Challenge, and reading The Hub more generally, has introduced me to great authors and books that I would never have considered otherwise. Have you found any notable new discoveries this year that you wouldn’t have considered outside of the Hub Reading Challenge? Did you find out that you love audiobooks or graphic novels? Are you excited to read more books from an author that you tried for the first time because of this year’s list? If so, tell us all about it in the comments! Hopefully lots of you have exciting new favorites that will take your to-be-read lists in new directions long after the end of this year’s Hub Reading Challenge.
If you are still looking for more new books to expand your horizons while contributing to your completion of the Challenge, you might take a look at the the 2015 Goodreads Hub Reading Challenge group or the tweets that use the #hubchallenge hashtag. Alternatively, the Hub’s posts about the Morris and Nonfiction nominees from this year’s Morris/Nonfiction Reading Challenge are another ideal source for discovering books that you might have overlooked in the past.
If you are still working on finishing up your 25 books, you have until 11:59 PM EST on June 21st to complete at least that many from the official list. If you participated in the Morris/Nonfiction Reading Challenge this year, you can count any books that you read for that challenge towards this challenge as well. However, if you’ve read any of the other books on the list prior to the start of the Challenge on February 9, you’ll need to re-read them if you want to count them for this Challenge.
Don’t forget to read the comments on our weekly check-in posts and comment on what you read as well! If you review books online, please include links to your reviews. Also, don’t forget to post the Participant’s Badge on your blog, website, or email signature, and, as always, if you have any questions or problems, let us know in the comments or via email.
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, to 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 25 titles.