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YALSA’s The Hub 2016 Reading Challenge Begins!

It’s time to kickoff the 2016 Hub reading challenge! This challenge is intended to encourage librarians, library workers, and YA lit enthusiasts to dive into the award winner and honor books and YALSA selected lists with the hope of providing excellent readers’ advisory and even discovering a new favorite title or exploring a genre outside of your comfort zone.

Eligible books are the YA titles that were named winners or honor titles the following award and selected lists:

This year, based on feedback, we’ve expanded the eligible list of titles to include all YA literature recognized by any ALA division, including:

The titles are compiled into a this list [pdf].

the hub 2016 reading challenge

How to Participate

  • Declare your intentions in a comments on this post.
  • Read 25 of the selected titles to complete the challenge, or the entire list to conquer it.
  • If you’re going to be tracking what you read/listen to on your blog or on Goodreads, LibraryThing, YouTube or some other site, include a link to your blog/shelf/channel/profile in your comment. If you’re not tracking your reading online, keep a list some other way.
  • Make it a social experience! Share your challenge progress and get to know other participants by using the hashtag #hubchallenge on Twitter and Instagram.

  • Every Sunday, we’ll publish a check-in post. Leave a comment to talk about what you’re reading for the challenge. If you’ve reviewed those titles somewhere online, include links to those reviews! Otherwise, let us know what you thought of the books in the comments.
  • There will be an finisher form embedded in each check-in post, so once you’re done with the challenge, fill out the form with your name and contact information. This is how you’ll receive your Finisher’s Badge, how you’ll be contacted about your reader’s response, and how you’ll be entered into the drawing for our grand prize. Please fill out the form only once.
  • If you’ve conquered the challenge, let us know in the comments and we’ll send you your Conqueror’s Badge.

Challenge rewards

Beyond experiencing the best of the best that YA lit has to offer, everyone who finishes the challenge will be invited to submit a response to a book they read for the challenge. The response can be text, graphics, audio, video and will be published on The Hub. Furthermore, everyone who finishes the challenge will be entered into a random drawing for our grand prize: a YALSA tote bag full of 2015 and 2016 YA lit! (If the winner is a teacher or librarian or something similar, we’ll also include a few professional development titles.)

Guidelines

  • Format matters: a title that has been recognized for both the print version and the audiobook version can be both read and listened to and count as two books, but a book that has won multiple awards or appears on multiple lists in the same format only counts as one title.
  • Books must be read/listened to (both begun and finished) since the award winners and selected lists have been released and 11:59pm EST on June 23. If you’ve already read/listened to a title, you must re-read/listen to it for it to count. The only exception is for titles you read for the Morris/Nonfiction Reading Challenge; whether or not you finished that challenge, you may count that reading toward your 25 titles.
  • Just about everyone who doesn’t work for ALA is eligible to participate. Non-ALA/YALSA members are eligible. Teens are eligible. Non-US residents/citizens are eligible. (More eligibility questions? Leave a comment or email us.)
  • Once you finish the challenge, we’ll contact you with details about creating and publishing your response.
  • The grand prize winner will be selected by 11:59pm EST on June 23. The winner will be notified via email.

If you have any questions or problems, let us know in the comments or via email. Happy reading! 

198 Comments

  1. Leslie Carloss Leslie Carloss

    It seems too early, but I’m always excited about this challenge. It encourages me to read books that I might never read on my own and introduces me to titles that I may not know already. Happy Reading!

  2. Lois Stanton Lois Stanton

    I’m going to try again this year. I did the nonfiction challenge, so only 20 to go!

  3. Mindy Engler Mindy Engler

    I’m in again this year! Can’t wait to start!

  4. Julie Julie

    Ready to roll! Count me in!

  5. Sara Ray Sara Ray

    So in for my 5th year! I’ve finished 6 so far. Most recently More Happy Than Not – amazing story!

  6. Ellie O'Keefe Ellie O'Keefe

    I’m so excited! I’m starting off having read more of these than I had last year (15), so I’m looking forward to trying some of the titles I’m less familiar with. I’ll be posting my reviews on Goodreads here: https://www.goodreads.com/user/show/38560685-ellie

    • Ellie O'Keefe Ellie O'Keefe

      I just noticed that “Silence of Six” isn’t on the list of Top Ten Quick Picks for Reluctant Readers. Is this an accidental omission? My TAB participated in the multimedia challenge when the book was first released, but I haven’t gotten a chance to read it yet :)

      • Yes, we’ll get that corrected – thanks!

    • First time!
      I am excited!!
      I am going for the challenge.

  7. I’m in, and excited to be joining my first challenge.

  8. Well here goes! I get to experiment with WordPress, read new books, and start a blogging practice. Count me in! :)

  9. Andrew Andrew

    Just getting started with the 2016 Hub Challenge. First up Challenger Deep off the YA Top Ten.

  10. Sionna Hartigan Sionna Hartigan

    Sounds like fun! Glad to have more of an idea of what to read ^_^

  11. I’m in. I finished the Morris/Nonfiction challenge, and I’ve got all the Alex winners and Amazing Audiobook winners on hold, so I have a stack to get me started. I will be attempting to conquer the challenge again this year.

  12. Julie T. Julie T.

    I can’t wait to start. When exactly is the start date? It is usually sometime in early Feb. (except for the Morris and non-fiction which we could count if read before Jan. 11).

    • The “official” start date is now! Anything you’ve read since the YMAs and selected lists for awards counts. The date is usually in February because Midwinter is usually in late January, instead of the beginning.

  13. I’m in! I’ll be tracking on my goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/review/list/3591728?shelf=2016-hub-challenge-read as well as hopefully posting to my blog (which I say every year and stop doing after 3 titles). I do have two questions:
    Are we only limited to the David Levithan books listed?
    Are the nominated volumes in the graphic novel series counted separately this go round? In the past they have been but I just want to make sure that still applies.

    • Hi Jennie,

      Great questions!

      The Levithan books listed are the included ones because they are the ones the committee singled out http://www.ala.org/yalsa/edwards-award

      Graphic novel volumes can be counted separately.

      Thanks!

  14. Katie Cropper Katie Cropper

    Excited to try this challenge!

  15. Erica Christianson Erica Christianson

    Excited to start the 2016 edition of the Hub Challenge! I have a bit of a head start as I completed the nonfiction and Morris challenges. I’ll be tracking on myGoodreads account.

  16. Becky Cline Becky Cline

    I’m in!

  17. Donna Siebold Donna Siebold

    For once my timing is perfect. I just read The boy in the black suit today. I enjoyed it immensely. Every year I hope to read more than I did the previous year. I can easily handle the 25 required.

  18. I’m totally excited about trying this challenge again. Last year I was completely unsuccessful. I only read 13, but the two years before I finished at least 25 books.

  19. I’m going to give it a try!

  20. Jenny Smith Jenny Smith

    First time participant, looking forward to some great reading. Only hope that I can find that all the titles want to read are available in New Zealand.

  21. Bick McSwiney Bick McSwiney

    I’m in. Great challenge! Thanks.

  22. Love the Hub Challenge! I will be tracking books read here https://www.goodreads.com/review/list/1060755-amy-wheatley?shelf=2016-hub-challenge and tweeting @MHHSELibrary
    I remembered to do the Morris/Nonfiction Challenge this year, so I’ve already read all the nonfiction nominees, but only made it through 3 of the 5 Morris titles. I still have Weight of Feathers & Conviction to go there. I saw some of the Alex titles at my Public Library & thought, no, must wait for Hub Challenge… So excited to get started!

  23. Yay! I swear this year when I say I’m in, I’m actually in.

  24. Katie Katie

    I’m in! I finished 4 of the Morris finalists for that challenge, so this is the first year that I have a head start. :)

  25. I am jumping in for my first Hub challenge. I will be tracking my progress on this blog post: http://alibrarianslibrary.com/the-hub-challenge-2016/ and also through this Goodreads shelf: a href=”https://www.goodreads.com/review/list/6324268-jennifer?shelf=challenge-hub-2016″>Challenge Hub 2016 Shelf

    #ReadStrong :)

  26. I think I’m up for the challenge. I completed the Morris Challenge last month so I already have five books down. I will be keeping track of my reading on my blog http://snmelfi.blogspot.com/ Gotta go reserve some books at my library now. Happy Reading!

  27. Monica Monica

    Doing it!

  28. I’ll be doing this again! I’m still working my way through the Morris Award finalists and then we’ll see where I go from there!

  29. Cindy Cindy

    I’m in! I’ve already read 1 book for the nonfiction challenge (First Flight Around the World). I’m hoping to read at least one book from each category. I’ll keep track of my reading on twitter.

  30. Yes, I’ll be participating again this year. There are so many great titles to choose from! I couldn’t quite finish 25 titles last year, so I’m excited to complete the challenge for 2016.

  31. Charles Charles

    I’m in. I believe this is year 4 (5?) for me. Good luck everyone!

    • Wow, it’s great to have veterans come back year after year! Good luck to you, too!

  32. The 2015 challenge had the specification of “If a book was recognized as a print version, listening to the audiobook does not count.” Is that true again for this year?

    • Good catch! We made a few changes this year. In addition to adding extra lists, we also dropped that. Even if it’s a print book recognized, reading audio counts (but for audio awards, we encourage the audio version). The thought was that the point of the challenge is to familiarize yourself with great YA literature, and many people have more time or prefer audio, and that it should still “count” as reading. Ultimately, this challenge is what you make it.

      • Jennifer Jennifer

        Love that change!

      • Bethany Miller Bethany Miller

        Yea! I’m so happy that audiobooks count this year.

      • charlene.librarian charlene.librarian

        This is a great change for me. Thanks for counting the audiobooks too. It makes sense!

    • Great! Any reading you’ve done since announcements counts.

  33. Stefanie Hughes Stefanie Hughes

    Okay! I’m in!

  34. Maria Kramer Maria Kramer

    Woohoo! Can’t wait to do a lot of great reading!

  35. Leanne Posey Leanne Posey

    I’m in!

  36. I’m in! I’ve already finished the nonfiction and morris titles as part of that challenge.

  37. Bree Dumont Bree Dumont

    So it begins! Can’t wait to begin

  38. Kirsten Dees Kirsten Dees

    Hi, I am excited to start the challenge!!!

  39. Rachel Salazar Rachel Salazar

    This will be my first year doing the challenge! It will be a challenge!

  40. Looking forward to my first crack at the Hub Reading Challenge! Hopefully this will push me to read more widely .

    • Yay! Reading widely is indeed the goal/benefit.

  41. Hooray! I’m in! My Goodreads shelf is here. This is awesome, as I haven’t read very many books that were published last year.

  42. If a book is nominated, can you listen to it or does it have to be read unless it is An Amazing Audio? I have an audiobook of Girl at War and want to know if I listen to it will it count as being read? Thanks!

    • Hi BJ, to make the challenge more flexible and accessible, listening to a book that was honored in print “counts” this year. We’re recognizing that because of time and preferences, many people do most of their reading as listening, and the point of the challenge is to become familiar with excellent YA literature. The challenge is for your benefit, so if it works better for you to listen to a title rather than read print, go for it!

      • Thanks, Molly! I have participated for 2 years now and since I read many current YA titles before the challenge- I made myself read more graphic novels, nonfiction, and listen to audiobooks so I did not have to re-read books- and I absolutely loved branching out with the new titles, thanks!

  43. Aaron Volner Aaron Volner

    I’m going to give it a shot! This will be my first time in the challenge so this should be exciting! How long does the challenge last? Is there an end date or does it just last through the end of the year?

    • Hi Aaron,

      The Challenge runs until ALA Annual, so you have until almost the end of June.

  44. Jennifer Hartley Jennifer Hartley

    Okay, here we go again. Looking forward to a lot of great reads!

  45. Emily Goodknight Emily Goodknight

    Count me in!

  46. Robin Robin

    Always a pleasure! Excited to dive in. :)

  47. Laura Mason Laura Mason

    First timer!! It sounds fantastic! I hope to get our students excited about new books!

  48. Stephany Stephany

    Commenting to follow blog :)

  49. Melissa Melissa

    I’m in! Looking forward to the Bloomer and Alex books in particular. :-)

  50. Joanna Joanna

    I will be participating!

  51. I’m in! This will be my first year participating, and there are a lot of books that look good! Some are on my “to read” list, others are ones that would generally be outside of my reading zone. I did a different reading challenge last year, and loved how it exposed me to good books and authors I wouldn’t have known about otherwise.

    https://www.goodreads.com/review/list/2079469-emma?shelf=2016-yalsa-hub-challenge

    • I love your instagram! I just followed you (I’m amysaysread). You’re inspiring me to get more creative with my reading instagrams. :)

      • Karen Steinberger Karen Steinberger

        Thanks, Amy!

  52. I am excited to participate this year! I will track my progress through Goodreads.

  53. Carly Pansulla Carly Pansulla

    Hurray! The Hub Reading Challenge always helps keep me motivated, and I’ve got some of my students joining me in the Challenge! Really excited about the expanded YA inclusions from across ALA’s other divisions this year. I add titles to a YALSA Hub Challenge shelf on Goodreads as I finish, under username Ms. Pansulla.

  54. Kim Farnsworth Kim Farnsworth

    I’ve started my list on GoodReads: https://www.goodreads.com/review/list/2072864-kim?shelf=hub-challenge-2016
    I forgot to post until now though I did start the challenge when it first opened. I love this challenge!
    Anyway, the one thing that’s hard about GoodReads is that it’s not really equipped to show more than one reading of any given book (don’t they read the same books multiple times themselves?), so I’m putting a new note in each one that I’ve read before.

    • If you hit the “more options” button under the review box, there’s a box where you can tally how many times you’ve read a book, though it will only count for your yearly stats for the date you’ve put for “read.” I like to keep a list of the dates I’ve previously read something, along with previous reviews in the review itself, as well as tally of the total number of times I’ve read something.

  55. Kim Farnsworth Kim Farnsworth

    Also, I forgot to mention: thank you for adding the additional awards this year!

  56. Oh, every year I come so close, maybe this is my lucky year. Started Shadowshaper as my first book!!
    I will be logging on my Twitter

  57. Dave Combr Dave Combr

    I’m in.

    • Dave Combe Dave Combe

      I’m in. Looking forward to it.

  58. I’m always up for a reading challenge. Let’s do this. I’ll be keeping track on Goodreads and Instagram.

  59. Sarah Carpenter Sarah Carpenter

    I am ready to beat this challenge again this year!

  60. I always look forward to this challenge! It’s a great motivator for me to familiarize myself with this year’s award winning YA lit!

  61. Connie Widney Connie Widney

    I am going to give it a good try! It will provide a real incentive to stay up on the best of YA material!

  62. Amy Kirchofer Amy Kirchofer

    I think this will be my 4th time attempting. Haven’t completed yet, but maybe this will be the year! Especially with the expanded list of acceptable titles, and the fact that I attempted the Morris/Non-Fiction Challenge, so I’ve got a few titles finished already – yay! I’ll be tracking progress on GoodReads – https://www.goodreads.com/review/list/4988215-amy?shelf=2016-hub-reading-challenge

  63. Gloria Collyard Gloria Collyard

    I am joining the challenge for another year. I enjoy this challenge as it exposes me to the best selection of books for my students. I share with them as I read, both as a role model, but also to catch their interest in the books. I love when my students read my reviews and decide to read the book. I will be tracking my books through GoodReads.

  64. Jeanenne Jeanenne

    I am joining the challenge for this year. I am glad there are more choices!

  65. Amanda Melilli Amanda Melilli

    Happy to join the challenge again this year!

  66. Jean Broughton Jean Broughton

    I’m excited for my first Challenge!!

  67. Hannah Rapp Hannah Rapp

    I’ll be participating! I’m at 6 already, thanks to the Morris challenge and reading Between the World and Me in January. Can’t wait to pick my next titles!

  68. Heydi Smith Heydi Smith

    Third year, can’t wait!

  69. Shannon Krug Shannon Krug

    I’m in. Didn’t finish last year, but finished the year before. We’ll see what happens for 2016. Let’s do this!

  70. Jennifer B. Jennifer B.

    I’m in!! I will be keeping track on goodreads!!

  71. Jessica Jessica

    I’m in for this year’s challenge!

  72. I’m going to give this a try again this year (I’m a sucker for list keeping)

  73. Killian Weston Killian Weston

    Hopefully the 3rd time is the charm and I actually complete it this time. I’m in!

  74. charlene.librarian charlene.librarian

    I’m in and very happy to see the additional awards included: Coretta Scott King Awards, Pura Belpre, Amelia Bloomer, and Rainbow list.

    Currently reading Conviction (Morris Award Finalist)

  75. Terri Jones Terri Jones

    I’m in!

  76. Erin Erin

    I’ll give it a shot

  77. Emily Childress-Campbell Emily Childress-Campbell

    Was holding out to see if I could make the time commitment this year, but I think I may be able to! Gonna try at least. Count me in.

  78. Excited for the third year in a row! I will be keeping track of books read on a separate shelf on my Goodreads account.

  79. Kennedy Kennedy

    I’d like to join!

  80. San Diego Central Library’s Teen Book Club will be participating in this challenge! We will be updating via my Twitter account @librarianmo and look forward to reading the best of the best of YA and sharing our journey with everyone.

  81. I am late to the party this year, but I am here. Yay, for more categories!

  82. I will give this a try! I would love to have more YA books that I can recommend.

  83. Carolyn Roys Carolyn Roys

    I’m late to the party but I’ll give it a go…

    • YAY! Welcome to the madness; it is so much fun!

  84. Magda Cupidon Magda Cupidon

    I’m in!

  85. I am doing the HUB CHALLENGE again! I will be updating via twitter @Madam_Pince.

  86. Jayna Jayna

    I’m ready to finally get this started!

  87. Robin Goetz Robin Goetz

    Late comment as I’ve already started. I enjoy participating in the challenge every year.

  88. Kendra Kendra

    I’m in and am excited to get started, especially on some NF and graphic novels. I’m currently reading Nimona so I’m off to a good start!

  89. Susan Swords Steffen Susan Swords Steffen

    I am in. I am keeping track on Library Thing in the 2016 Category Challenge Group.

  90. I’m late this year but I’m going to give it a try!

  91. Laura Laura

    I am in. I hope to be able to complete the 25 title even though I am starting late. I just started a blog and will be posting my update of the challenges at http://readinglist2.blogspot.com/.

  92. Sarah Sarah

    I’m in! It sounds interesting!

  93. I’m joining a little late, but I’ve read a lot of the titles in the last month, so I’m hoping that still counts!

    • Anything you’ve read since awards were announced counts!

  94. Samantha Godbey Samantha Godbey

    Count me in! Been reading already, but just now getting around to stating my intentions. :-)

  95. I’m in – I’ll be reporting with the GoodReads group. I’m Jmrunninglib

  96. Rachel Rachel

    I’m late, but I’m gonna do it! :D

  97. Excited to participate this year!

  98. Vanessa Warner Vanessa Warner

    I’m a little late, but I’m going to try! This will be good motivation for me to become a better blogger!

    It’s new and completely bare at the moment, but I will be blogging at http://theheartfullibrarian.tumblr.com/.

  99. Lonnie Elliott Lonnie Elliott

    ! somehow missed this post two months ago! I’m going to try again this year.

    • There’s still plenty of time!

  100. Debra McCracken Debra McCracken

    I will try again this year–made it over half way last year before other required reading lists overcame me!

  101. I’m a little late to the party but i’m in!

  102. I am currently working on the challenge :)

  103. Amanda Amanda

    Looks like I’m a bit late to the game, but I’ll see if I can get enough titles checked-off by June 23rd. My semester (I’m working on MLIS now) will be over shortly, so I should have a bit of time for fun reading!

    I’m looking forward to tackling the Amelia Bloomer’s and the Stonewalls.

  104. Coreena Coreena

    Well I’m really late, but I just can’t resist. I just started working with young adults again, and I need to get a feel for the new great titles available to them. I created a new Goodreads account here: https://www.goodreads.com/review/list/55327664
    I’m excited to get started!

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