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2015 Hub Reading Challenge Check-In #18

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_logoThe finish line is in sight! ONE more week! How is the reading going for you all? Close? Finished a long time ago? What has been your favorite read/listen? Was there that one title that everyone LOVED and you were scratching your head? It’s happened to me in the past. Tell me everything in the comments!

Just like last year, I did not participate in the reading challenge because of committee work (reading and evaluating some of the titles you’ll read for next year’s challenge!). Plue work has been keeping me so busy that I barely feel human after work I’m so tired. Plus the heat has zapped my brain cells. Ah summer!

Have you checked out the 2015 Goodreads Hub Reading Challenge group? Or are you a Twitter person and keeping up with the #hubchallenge hashtag? Check both out before time runs out!

If you are still reading, you have until 11:59 PM EST on June 21st to complete at least 25 books 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.  2015 reading challenge logo - participantYou can share your progress by commenting below, and please include links to your online reviews, if you have them.  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. 

14 Comments

  1. Cindy Cindy

    I reread Maus: A survivor’s tale this past week (#24) I originally read it a few years ago. Just one more book to go with a whole week to read it! With the Summer Reading Program in full swing I’ll be really busy this week, but thank goodness for Saturday!

  2. Justine Johnson Justine Johnson

    Blew through #22- The Young Elites- once final staff work week was over. It was just what u needed after a string of teary realistic fiction. Heading to the public library tomorrow to pick up three more quick reads to finish out the week, and my first Hub Challenge!

  3. Robin Robin

    In the home stretch with just two books to go. I went at a slower pace than in previous years, but I also made a point to read more non-challenge books during the challenge to keep things fresh. My favorite books of the challenge (so far) have been: The Gospel of Winter, And We Stay, Hole in My Life, The Port Chicago 50, and Afterlife with Archie.

  4. Bethany Miller Bethany Miller

    I’m finished!! Yea! This was my third year attempting the challenge and my first year completing it. I think I’ll Give You the Sun was my favorite (one and only 5 star book of the challenge), but there were many more that I really liked. Through the Woods, And We Stay, All the Light We Cannot See, The Carnival at Bray, The Young Elites, Popular, Tomboy, We Were Liars and Famous Last Words were all 4 star books for me. Probably half of those I would not have picked up if not for the challenge. There were only two books for the twenty-five that I didn’t like Bingo’s Run and Grasshopper Jungle. Grasshopper Jungle definitely falls into that category of “everyone LOVED and I scratched my head.” Overall, the Challenge was a great experience.

    • Julie Bartel Julie Bartel

      Congratulations, Bethany! Thanks for participating in the challenge this year and for the great summary. If you have feedback or suggestions for the Hub Advisory Board, please share them using the email link above!

  5. Emily Childress-Campbell Emily Childress-Campbell

    18. Five Six Seven Nate
    19. Afterlife with Archie

    I’m gonna finish 25 in less than a week, goshdarnnit!

  6. Katie Katie

    I’m up to 23 titles with I’ll Give You the Sun (loved, loved, loved it!) and the audiobook for Glory O’Brien’s History of the Future (definitely a good listen). I’m finishing up Batman Science: The Real-World Science Behind Batman’s Gear and then one graphic novel to go!

  7. Sara Ray Sara Ray

    I finished! I actually finished accidentally at 26 (forgetting to record one). This is my 4th year in a row participating and finishing. Thank you YALSA & The Hub for hosting this every year. I really love how it gets me out of my comfort zone and how I get to discover new things.

    I LOVED a lot of non-fiction this year: Laughing at My Nightmare, Popular, and Beyond Magenta.

    • Julie Bartel Julie Bartel

      Congratulations, Sara! Four years is an impressive track record! Thanks for participating again this year! If you have feedback or suggestions for the Hub Advisory Board, please share them using the email link above!

  8. Carly Pansulla Carly Pansulla

    I’m finished! I actually hit 27 titles last night (including all of the Morris finalists titles for a head-start), finishing up with And We Stay, which I found to be a thoughtful, quietly-but-powerfully moving piece covering a lot of heavy emotional ground. My favorite “find” of the challenge was Hole in My Life, which I probably would not have read otherwise but now will definitely recommend to students. I love the Hub Reading Challenge every year, it’s such a great motivator. Next up for me, reading-for-work-wise; as many of the Teens’ Top Ten nominees as I can get through!

    • Julie Bartel Julie Bartel

      Congratulations, Carly! Thanks for participating in the challenge this year and good luck with the Teens Top Ten nominees! If you have feedback or suggestions for the Hub Advisory Board, please share them using the email link above!

  9. Mindy Engler Mindy Engler

    Yay! Finished with only a weekend to go! I didn’t read/listen to as many books as I had in previous years, but still totally enjoyed the Challenge! This is my 3rd year finishing the Challenge! I love reading all the books, and reading the discussions on The Hub and Goodreads!
    Thanks for coordinating it again!

    • Julie Bartel Julie Bartel

      Congratulations, Mindy and thanks for the kind words! Thanks for participating in the challenge again this year! If you have feedback or suggestions for the Hub Advisory Board, please share them using the email link above!

  10. Cindy Cindy

    Just finished the challenge with #25 Copper Sun by Sharon Draper. This is my 2nd year participating in and finishing the challenge. I got a head start this year by participating in the nonfiction challenge. My favorite books were mostly from the nonfiction list and the Alex Awards. Family Romanov and Port Chicago 50 were my favorites from the nonfiction challenge. My other favorites were Bingo’s Run, Confessions, Everything I Never Told You and Lock In. I wouldn’t have read any of the above mentioned books if they hadn’t been included in the challenge. I’m not a fan of graphic novels but actually did enjoy Maus (which I reread for the challenge), Ms Marvel and The Shadow Hero. I love audiobooks and am a bit frustrated that I can’t get a hold of most of them. I did enjoy Revolution, which I thought was very well done. Since I had listened to Skink before the challenge, I couldn’t count it, but I thought it was a lot of fun. Hopefully more of the future audiobook picks will be more readily available.
    Thank you for hosting the challenge and I look forward to participating next year.

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