2015 Hub Reading Challenge Check-In #16

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!

2015_reading_challenge_logoNow 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.

2015 reading challenge logo - participantDon’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. 

11 thoughts on “2015 Hub Reading Challenge Check-In #16”

  1. I finished re-reading This One Summer for book #22! I love the style of this graphic. It feels so real to me. I am really enjoying I’ll Give you the Sun… have an audio in progress… and just need one more to finish in 3 weeks!

  2. I did it!!
    #76 ACID 3.5 – It was pretty good. The changing of identities was getting tedious & I didn’t buy her mother bit at the end. It is definitely open for a sequel/trilogy.
    #77 William Shakespeare’s Star Wars Collection – 2 – I don’t like Shakespeare all that much and I really don’t/didn’t like Star Wars. Not a Trekkie. It was a waste of talent to do this.

    My 3rd year doing the Challenge and my 2nd year finishing all of the selections. When I started I did not like/read any book that wasn’t real. I have come to like them a little – at least read them thru & enjoy them. I still, however, do not like, or even see the purpose of, graphic novels. My favorite books (I can’t choose just one) were Noggin, Scar Boys, We Were Liars, I Hunt Killers & The Scandalous Sisterhood of Prickwillow Place. My least favorites were all of the graphic novels. Looking forward to next February. Thanks for putting this together.

    1. Forgot comments on the narrations. ACID narrators were okay, but I obviously like English accents. Even tho I wasn’t thrilled by the Star Wars format, I did like the narrator who had an English accent. Those Brits seem to put more feeling/expression in their reading.

  3. I thought I read/listened to all of these, but after I was just checking all boxes and submitted the form, I see Option 54 in there. What is that? And there was no Tears of Tiger. I can’t find Option 54 anywhere. Help!!

    1. I apologize, Julie– Tears of a Tiger is now on the form. Option 54 was a typo and has been removed. (It was literally option #54 on the form). Thank you for bringing this to our attention!

      1. Allison – Should I fill out the form again with Tears of Tiger checked?

  4. Well, I think I’ve resigned myself to the fact that I’m just not going to finish this year. My other “reading demands” have pulled me away from this challenge too often. But I’m going to keep reading & adding to my progress when I can. Maybe I’ll make it halfway!

    #11 – I Hunt Killers – I’m so glad I read this book. I already talked it up to a reluctant reader who went for it hook, line and sinker. I think it will be a great title to have in my bag of tricks when I’m book talking to kids. And I rather enjoyed it for myself too, when I wasn’t too eeked out and disturbed by it.

  5. I’m up to 18 so far, working on meeting that goal! My favorite book has been Confessions. Read it in one day and could not stop talking about it!

  6. #18 = Bingo’s Run (fascinating)
    #19 = Through the Woods (like listening to ghost stories at a slumber party…)

    I’m cutting it close, I’m afraid, but still hoping to get finished on time. I have a bit or “required reading” that’s interesting but not on the list. :(

  7. Since the last check in (13…) I’ve just read one more, This One Summer by Mariko and Jillian Tamaki. The art is great and I liked the story, but would have liked something more somehow. That brings me to 17, plus the 10 from Morris/Nonfiction, so I’ve finished! I think I might be able to do eight more by June 21 though, to get to 25 new ones. I just got the Rithmatist and Lock In, so they’re next!

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