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2019 Hub Reading Challenge – March Check-In

It’s time for our first check-in post for this year’s Hub Reading Challenge!

How is your challenge going so far? Are you zooming through your TBR pile? Or maybe you’ve only made it through a couple of titles? Either way, you’ve still got time to get your books in before the challenge ends!

If you need an extra boost to get going, perhaps you could try a new format? The goal of this challenge is reading new books and trying new things, so why not try something else that’s new to you?

For a long time, I ignored audiobooks. I felt like I could read text faster and I didn’t always absorb audio as well as I did visuals.

Then I took a new job that involved a nearly hour-long commute.

You can probably see where this is going.

Desperate for ways to improve the (now much larger) part of my life spent in a car, I decided to give audiobooks a try. I borrowed the audio version of The Gentleman’s Guide to Vice and Virtue from my library and, from that day forward, I was hooked. Now I do the bulk of my reading while I’m in the car and I’m finishing more books than ever.

So maybe give audiobooks a try! Or, if you’re already an audio fan, see how a physical book treats you. Or borrow an ebook from your library and try out some of the features on your ereader (I personally love to bump up the size of the text–it makes me feel like I’m the fastest reader on the planet.) You may just discover something new you love about reading! And the books on this year’s reading list (sortable spreadsheet available here) are all available in lots of different formats.

We’ll check in one more time towards the end of June, so keep on reading! Here’s a quick reminder of the challenge guidelines:

  • The goal of the Hub Reading Challenge is to read 25 books by the end of June 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, 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.)
  • 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, 2019. The winner will be notified via email.

–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. Becky Cline Becky Cline

    Read Speak/Anderson, Illegal/Colfer, Hey Kiddo/Krosoczka, The Season of Styx Malone/ Maggon, and On A Sunbeam/Walden.

    Slow start. So far I have liked Speak the best. Just picked up #NotYourPrincess.

    • Amnah Saeed Amnah Saeed

      Hey anyone wanna tell me what I do now I finished it last month

  2. This is my first time completing the challenge and I am not doing too, too bad now. Thus far I have read:
    Ivy Aberdeen’s Letter to the World
    Hurricane Child
    The Truth as Told by Mason Buttle
    Lawn Boy
    I Have Lost My Way
    Dread Nation
    And I am about half way through Children of Blood and bone.
    Man, its a difficult choice, but I have two top favorites that I absolutely cannot decide between. The truth as Told by Mason Buttle and Ivy Aberdeen’s Letter to the World.

  3. Jan Reed Jan Reed

    I am almost through my 4th book.

  4. I am almost through my 4th book!

  5. Kate Bengtson Kate Bengtson

    Working on book 5! Haven’t tried an audiobook yet – gotta get to it!

  6. Elizabeth Elizabeth

    Made it through 5 so far.
    The Collectors- Jacqueline West
    Crush- Svetlana Chmakova (loved it)
    On a Sunbeam- Tillie Walden (OK, what WAS that??? I read it and I have questions!)
    Finding Langston – Lesa Cline-Ransom (loved it!)
    What if It’s Us- Becky Albertalli

    There are a good few on this list that I’ve already read, which complicates matters, as does the fact that I keep getting distracted by other, recent books.
    Further complicating things is the fact that I’m wary of reading books that make me cry… any happy-ish favorites on the list?

  7. I need to pick up the pace! I’ve finished Hey Kiddo and I’m halfway through Symphony for the City of the Dead… and that’s it. (I’d read a bunch before the challenge started also, but I’m on track to re-read The Poet X for my staff book club.)

  8. Off to a good start. Being retired, I now read 2-3 books a week. Not all on the Challenge list tho. So far I have read:
    1.(Don’t) Call Me Crazy – 4.5
    2. Animal Zombies – 5
    3. A Heart in a Body in the world – 3.5
    4. Anger is a Gift – 5
    6. Blood Water Paint – 2
    7. Check Please!: Hockey – 1
    8. Boots on the Ground – 4
    5. Girl Made of Stars – 4
    9. Hey Kiddo – 2 1/2
    10. Lawn Boy – 3
    11. Lu – 4
    12.Monday’s Not Coming- 3 1/2
    13. Symphony for the City of the Dead – 4
    14. Beloved World of Sonia Sotomayer – 4
    15. The Faithful Spy – 1 1/2
    16. The Poet X – 3 1/2
    17. What the Night Sings – 3

  9. Kelly Kelly

    I have a huge stack next to me going into the weekend. I’ve completed 5 audio books and 2 graphic novels. Of the audio books, the two Jason Reynolds ones are my favorite. I love his track series. I’ve also listened to the poet X, history of quidditch, and I have lost my way. I’m in the middle of Front Desk. The two graphic novels I read were on a sunbeam (loved it!) and Hey Kiddo. Look forward to the stack of 8 sitting next to me!

  10. This is my 6th year and since I have read & listened to somany in the last year, I am enjoying graphic novels and Quick Picks and ones I have not read and I have loved them all:
    1- Royal City Vol.2
    2-Royal City Vol. 3
    3-Lu (#4Track series)
    4-Sweep: A Girl and Her Monster
    5-What If It’s Us
    6- The assassination of Brangwain Spurge (audio)
    7-Speak:The Graphic Novel
    8-Home After Dark
    9-The Unwanted: Stories of Syrian Refugees
    10-On a Sunbeam (webcomic)
    11-Crush (#3 Awkward)

  11. Stefani Haas Stefani Haas

    I’m 10 books into my reading challenge!
    1. Monday’s Not coming/Jackson
    2. The Unwanted Stories of Syrian Refugees/Brown
    3. Hey, Kiddo/ Krosoczka
    4. A Few Red Drops: The Chicago Race Riot of 1919/ Hartfield
    5. #Murdertrending/McNeil
    6. Damsel/Arnold
    7. Home After Dark/Small
    8. The Poet X/Acevedo
    9. Akata Witch/Okorafor
    10. Illegal/Colfer

    I read multiple books at once, so I am also currently reading the following books (and should be done with them by the end of the month):
    1. How Long ‘Til Black Future Month/Jemisin
    2. A Heart in a Body in the World/Caletti
    3. The Marrow Thieves/Dimaline

  12. Dennis Cooper Dennis Cooper

    I hoped to be further along than this, but I have also read several other books not on the list. I still think I’m doing alright. For the challenge, I have listened to one audiobook, read one anthology, and three comics/graphic novels.

    Quidditch Through the Ages
    Love Beyond Body, Space and Time
    Hey Kiddo
    Anne Frank’s Diary: The Graphic Adaptation
    Speak: The Graphic Novel

    I hope to read more non-graphic books by next time.

  13. I’m 9 books in so far! These are the ones I’ve finished:

    My Brother’s Husband vol. 2
    Royal City vol. 2
    Royal City vol. 3
    Monday’s Not Coming
    The Astonishing Color of After
    Love Beyond Body, Space, and Time
    Amal Unbound

    I absolutely LOVED The Astonishing Color of After, so that’s probably my favorite so far. I’m also in the middle of The Marrow Thieves and The Book of Essie. Really enjoying the challenge!

  14. Anna Chappell Anna Chappell

    I’m trying to conquer the list! So far I’ve read:

    #Notyourprincess: Voices of Native American Women
    Amal Unbound
    Anne Frank’s Diary: The Graphic Adaptation
    As the Crow Flies
    Blood Water Paint
    The Book of Essie
    Check, Please!: #Hockey, Vol. 1
    Children of Blood and Bone
    The Collectors
    Darius the Great Is Not Okay
    DeadEndia: The Watcher’s Test
    (Don’t) Call Me Crazy
    The Faithful Spy: Dietrich Bonhoeffer and the Plot to Kill Hitler
    Finding Langston
    Foolish Hearts
    Game Changer
    The Girl Who Smiled Beads: A Story of War and What Comes After
    A Heart in a Body in the World
    Hey, Kiddo
    Home After Dark
    The House That Lou Built
    I, Claudia
    Ivy Aberdeen’s Letter to the World
    Jack of Hearts (and Other Parts)
    The Length of a String
    Let’s Talk About Love
    Lu (audio)
    The Marrow Thieves
    Monday’s Not Coming
    My Brother’s Husband, Volume 2
    The Poet X (audio)
    The Pox Party (The Astonishing Life of Octavian Nothing, Traitor to the Nation #1)
    The Prince and the Dressmaker
    Royal City, Vol. 2: Sonic Youth
    Royal City, Vol. 3: We All Float on
    Silver Spoon Vol. 1
    Silver Spoon Vol. 2
    Silver Spoon Vol. 3
    Silver Spoon Vol. 4
    Sunny (print)
    Sunny (audio)
    They Call Me Güero: A Border Kid’s Poems
    The Unwanted: Stories of the Syrian Refugees
    What If It’s Us
    You’ll Miss Me When I’m Gone

    So 49 so far, not bad! I’m working on A Few Red Drops and The Cruel Prince right now, and listening to Thunderhead, so a good start! My favorites have been Silver Spoon, The Prince and the Dressmaker, What if It’s Us, Amal Unbound, and the Length of a String (not surprised!). Surprised to really love Foolish Hearts, The Book of Essie, and The Poet X (not a huge poetry fan). Love this challenge!

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