Not signed up yet for YALSA’s 2016 Hub Reading Challenge? Read the official rules and sign up on the original post. Anything you’ve read since the awards were announced counts, and the challenge runs until 11:59pm EST on June 23, so sign up now!
We are six weeks into the 2016 Hub Reading Challenge, with over 150 (and counting!) participants. I have already had some really satisfying reading experiences from the list of eligible titles. If you, like me, are still only a few titles in, do not fret! We have fifteen weeks left to read, so it’s definitely not too late to jump on board if you’re just joining us! Let us know what you’ve been reading or listening to in the comments below, and find us with the #hubchallenge hashtag on Instagram, Twitter, and the 2016 Hub Challenge Goodreads group.
This past week I finally tackled a title that’s been on my to-read list for months; Laura Ruby’s mesmerizing Bone Gap, winner of this year’s Printz Award. I’d heard only awesome things about it from sources I totally trust, but I’d been putting off reading it – something about the jacket blurb wasn’t quite hooking me, and it just never seemed like exactly what I was in the mood for. My to-read list (like yours, I’m sure!) is long enough that it can take months – or years – for me to get to those books. But this is why I love the Hub Challenge; it’s that extra little incentive to pick up a title I’ve been intending to get to but haven’t started yet. And once I did start reading Bone Gap, it only took a page for the writing to reel me in, and I couldn’t put it down, so I’m grateful for the extra push to read it now.
Also this week, I read the first three volumes of A Silent Voice by Yoshitoki Oima, the only manga on the 2016 Great Graphic Novels for Teens Top Ten list. I promptly brought it back to work the following day, book-talked it, and had a student take it immediately. The premise has strong appeal for a lot of my students – one main character on the margins, another lashing out, the long-lasting repercussions of bullying and ugly behavior, the question of redemption, and motive, and forgiveness. I found myself troubled by the pivotal role suicide plays in the plot (both in the volumes recognized for the list, and later volumes), and curious to see what other readers thought of how that was portrayed. Even though I was frequently quite frustrated by many of the characters’ behavior, it’s really stayed on my mind since I finished reading, and I’m planning on finishing the series.
What have you been reading for the challenge this week?
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-Carly Pansulla, currently (re)reading A Tale for the Time Being by Ruth Ozeki
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