It’s time for our first Hub Reading Challenge Check-In!
Now that we’re really into the swing of things, I’m wondering how y’all have gone about choosing books to read for the challenge? One of the best parts about the Hub Reading Challenge is having a giant list (in sortable spreadsheet form!) of amazing, pre-vetted books to choose from. And if you’re looking to expand your reading horizons, you really couldn’t ask for a better list than this year’s.
But, I know for me personally, actually choosing a starting point from such a big list can be overwhelming. I’m quite like the seagulls from Finding Nemo when it comes to grabbing books in my everyday life, so I know it can be easy to end up with an overwhelming to-be-read pile when you have a lot of options.
This year I’m starting with the Morris titles. I was lucky enough to hear the Morris recipients speak at Midwinter and receive copies of their books while I was there, so I’ve been able to dive right in. I know I’m way late to the game here, but The Hate U Give is absolutely stunning and worthy of every award.
But there’s just something very exciting about debut novels. Don’t get me wrong, I’ve got a long list of favorite authors and I will always be excited to read their work. But it’s so much fun to pick up something by a first-time novelist with no expectations only to be totally blown away. There are some great debuts on this year’s reading list beyond just the Morris honors, like Last Seen Leaving, Girls Made of Snow and Glass, and Dreadnought.
So, how is your challenge going? What are your favorites so far? Be sure to let us know in the comments! And be sure to tag any social media posts with #hubchallenge!
Here’s a quick reminder of the challenge guidelines:
- The goal of the Hub Reading Challenge is to read 25 books over the next four months from a list of the most recent award winner and honor books and YALSA selected lists.
- 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) between the date the award winners and selected lists have been released and June 30, 2018 at 11:59pm EST. If you’ve already read/listened to a title (before the winners/selected lists were announced), you must re-read/listen to it for it to count. The challenge ends on June 30, 2018 at at 11:59pm EST.
- 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.
- If you’ve already finished, let us know here! The grand prize winner will be selected by 11:59pm EST on July 1, 2018. The winner will be notified via email.
–Stephen Ashley, currently reading The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas