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The 2019 Hub Reading Challenge Begins Today!

What’s the Hub Reading Challenge?

The goal of the Hub Reading Challenge is to read 25 books over the next four and a half months from a list of the most recent award winner and honor books and YALSA selected lists. This challenge encourages participants to discover new titles and explore genres outside of your comfort zone. And for library staff, you’ll hopefully get to build your readers’ advisory skills and totally impress your coworkers and patrons.

How do I participate?

First of all, comment on this post and let us know that you’re in! 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. And be sure to tag your posts #hubchallenge19! (If you’re not tracking your reading online, keep a list some other way.)

Once a month, 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.

What books can I read?

Eligible books are titles with teen appeal that were named winners, honor titles, or top ten selections from 2019 awards and YALSA’s selected lists. We included as many options as possible. Click here for a sortable spreadsheet of eligible titles! New this year: ALA affiliate award winners and honors! More middle grade with teen appeal. If you’d like to see the complete lists or learn more about individual awards, links with more information will be at the bottom of this post.

Challenge rewards




Beyond experiencing the best of the best that YA lit has to offer, everyone who finishes the challenge will be entered into a random drawing for a collection of award winning books.

The fine print

  • 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, 2019 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, 2019 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.)
  • The grand prize winner will be selected by 11:59pm EST on July 1, 2019. The winner will be notified via email.

More information about specific awards and lists

–Stephen Ashley, Hub Member Manager

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Stephen Ashley

Stephen Ashley is the Member Manager for the Hub. He has worked in both school and public libraries with youth of all ages. He can currently be found in North Carolina reading, listening to live music, and never finishing a to do lists. He cannot remember where he parked.


  1. I am in I am in I am always in this is my favorite time of the year!

  2. Whitney Jones Whitney Jones

    I’m in! Really enjoyed participating last year :)

  3. Oh man, this sounds amazing! I’m in! You can find me at

    Quick question – how do I know which dates these lists were published, to see if any reads from this year count?

  4. I’m in. I think that I’ve done my goodreads profile as my website. I’ll also make a shelf!

  5. Lisa Lisa

    Count me in. This is the nudge and community I need to defeat my TBR pile.

  6. Including my goodreads shelf for the challenge

  7. A reading slump and a newborn kept me from the challenge last year, but I’m jumping back in this year! I’ll be updating on instagram @mhhselibrary

    • Tiffany Delias Tiffany Delias

      So glad you’re participating this year! Can’t wait to discuss what we end up reading!

      Good luck and hope you’re doing well. :)

  8. Sky Sky

    I’m in!

  9. Mindy Mindy

    I’m in! Love participating in the Challenge with all of you!

  10. Lindsey Lindsey

    Count me in!

  11. Julie Trapp Julie Trapp

    I’m in. However, I will not be completing the whole list this year as I have in the past. I am retired from the HS library and no longer feel it is necessary to read them all in order to be able to make recommendations. No audio books or GNs that are not Morris Award winners or non-fiction winners. Look forward to seeing the list every year.

  12. Elizabeth W Elizabeth W

    I’m in! I love the Hub!
    Interesting sidenote: Last year, I was home sick with a wretched cold when I saw the Hub was announced. And this year, again! February, man!

  13. Celeste Rhoads Celeste Rhoads

    I’m in! What a great way to promote these best-of lists!

  14. Jenna Griffith Jenna Griffith

    I’m in!! I love this challenge every year. I think that this year I might post my reviews on youtube. I have been thinking about adding reviews here, so this is just the push I need.

  15. Julianne Julianne

    I will do my best!

  16. Amanda Amanda

    I’m in!

  17. Jodi Jodi

    I’m in!

  18. Beth Beth

    Totally in! I’ll be posting about some, but not all of my books, so I’ll keep track separately for contest purposes.

  19. I’m in good luck to everyone!

  20. I’m in. I didn’t participate last year so I’m hoping to complete this year! I’ll be tracking on my goodreads.

  21. I’m in. I try every year. I don’t usually finish but it has broaden my reading horizons.

  22. Rachel Rachel

    I’m in!

  23. Lauren Lauren

    I’m In!

  24. Bethany Davis Bethany Davis

    This sounds great, and I love a challenge. I’m soooo in.

  25. Janice Newsum Janice Newsum

    This is my first attempt to complete the Hub Reading Challenge. Starting a bit late, but hoping to discover titles I wouldn’t normally read.

  26. Katy Henderson Katy Henderson

    Oh boy! I am IN.

  27. Kerri Geppert Kerri Geppert

    I’m in! Joining late, but first time to give this a try! Hoping to find titles I wouldn’t have otherwise tried.

  28. I am going to give this a shot. I needed something to motivate me to read more YA and this seems like the perfect challenge!

  29. Jaymi Phillips Jaymi Phillips

    I’m in—-so in…going to try it and see what happens.

  30. I am going to give this a shot. I needed something to motivate me to read more YA and this seems like the perfect challenge!

  31. J J

    Reading with the Brooklyn Public Library Young Adult Librarians

  32. Stephanie Stephanie

    Question… can it be a book so long as it is on one of the list or must it have a * next to it?

  33. Celia Celia

    I’m in

  34. Susan Susan

    Can’t wait to start today!

  35. Jessica Jessica

    I’m in!

  36. Joann White Joann White

    I’m in. I love this challenge!

  37. Kim Orth Kim Orth

    This sounds awesome! Can’t wait to read all these great titles! Count me in!

  38. Annanaomi Sams Annanaomi Sams

    I’m in! I might track my progress on Goodreads, but more likely separately!

  39. Magi Wren Magi Wren

    I am in!

  40. Carla E. Carla E.

    I am excited to do this! I’ll get a shelf ready!

  41. Donna Siebold Donna Siebold

    I’ll be reading. I will track my reads in Goodreads. I will have a hub challenge shelf and will attach the link next month. I think this is my fifth year of participating. I have always finished but I seem to be reading fewer and fewer titles each year. I don’t know if this is a reflection of availability or a reflection of my life!

  42. Melinda Melinda

    What a great way to read the award winning books. I am in. I am figure out how to do a HUB bookshelf for Goodreads. I have read a few of these books.

  43. I have finished my February challenges and have officially begun. This Hub Challenge is a favorite!

  44. Karen Lavallee Fitzgerald Karen Lavallee Fitzgerald

    I’m in!

  45. Shannon DeSantis Shannon DeSantis

    I’m in! Follow me on Goodreads:

  46. Kaitlin Matesich Kaitlin Matesich

    Oh, it is ON!

  47. Barbara Hartman Barbara Hartman

    Yes! I would like to participate again this year.

  48. Lisa Lisa

    Yes! 2019 WILL be the year I do better on this challenge. Starting…NOW!

  49. This is one of my favorite challenges because it really helps with my readers’ advisory for teens & middle grade! I will be participating again. My blog is; my Twitter & Instagram is @thelibrarylush; my Goodreads is LynnDee (The Library Lush)

  50. Adrienne Adrienne

    I’m totally in! A little slow to start, I’ve only finished 3! I know I can catch up, though!

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