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Reading Partners and Different Perspectives: Reflections on the Best of the Best Reading Challenge

Woo hoo! I finished the Best of the Best Reading Challenge! Midway through I wasn’t sure I’d make it, but I kept going and managed to finish even a few days ahead of time. Along the way I found it encouraging to read others’ comments on the Saturday check-in, but the best encouragement I got was from my friend, Megan. When I told Megan about the challenge, she decided to join me in it, much to my delight. Having a partner in this reading adventure gave me someone to talk to in person about the books I was reading, someone to share books with (we use different library systems, which was very handy when one library didn’t carry a title but the other did), and someone to help me keep going.

But a big reason I was especially delighted is because Megan is neither a teenager nor a young adult librarian: she’s a thirtysomething mom of four. I knew she was open to reading graphic novels and occasional YA fantasy or dystopian novels, but this would mean reading a whole lot of different types of young adult fiction and non-fiction. I was pretty excited to have someone outside my usual YA reading world discover and enjoy these lists.

After finishing our 25th books we sat down (virtually) to chat about the experience. Below is a transcript of our chat:

Sarah: Hi Megan, Thanks for chatting with me today. So, first of all, what made you want to try this reading challenge?

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Final 2012 Best of the Best Reading Challenge Check-In

Happy Saturday, everyone! This Saturday is a particularly special Saturday because it’s the day that YALSA’s 2012 Best of the Best Reading Challenge concludes! You have until 11:59pm EST tonight to wrap up the last of your reading and listening, and you have until 11:59pm EST on Monday, July 2 to let us know if you’ve finished (or conquered?!) the challenge. At that point, we’ll do our drawing to determine our grand prize winner, who will receive a YALSA tote bag full of 2011 and 2012 YA lit! (If the winner is a teacher or librarian or something similar, he or she will also receive some professional development titles.) We’ll also send everyone their finisher badges and extend invitations to all challenge finishers to submit a reader response that’ll be published on The Hub.

We’re also interested in knowing what you thought of the challenge! Leave us a comment and tell us what your favorite book was, what you enjoyed most about participating, what you’d like us to change for our next reading challenge, or anything else you want us to know. Want to share your thoughts more privately? Email us.

If you’ve finished the challenge by reading 25 books, click through and fill out the following form to let us know. (The information you provide is what we’ll use to send you your Challenge Finisher badge, contact you about your reader’s response, and notify you if you win our grand prize drawing, so pick an email address you actually use!) Do not fill out this form until you have completed the challenge by reading 25 titles.

— Gretchen Kolderup, who’s in between reads again

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2012 Best of the Best Reading Challenge check in #11

Not signed up for YALSA’s 2012 Best of the Best Reading Challenge? Read the official rules and sign up on the original post. Anything you’ve read since April 1 counts, so sign up now!

Well, this is the best week I have had since we started … and I finished one book. But it was a good one in How to Save a Life. I’ve read five books and if I am being honest that is probably as far as I am going to go. Annual is next week and I know I will be tempted with lots of shiny new books! I can’t help it.

Also hindering my process is my summer reading program. I launched the first ever teen summer reading program this past week and it has been more time intensive than I thought. I’ve having a lot of fun, but by the time I get home I just want to sit and zone out. Am I the only one?

I’m currently behind on everything since coming back from vacation so I may have missed this by has anyone read all 80 titles? How many of you have finished 25? Let me know how you are doing!

If you’ve finished the challenge by reading 25 books, fill out the following form to let us know. (The information you provide is what we’ll use to send you your Challenge Finisher badge, contact you about your reader’s response, and notify you if you win our grand prize drawing, so pick an email address you actually use!) Do not fill out this form until you have completed the challenge by reading 25 titles.

— Faythe Arredondo, back to readingĀ Purity by Jackson Pearce

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2012 Best of the Best Reading Challenge check in #10

Not signed up for YALSA’s 2012 Best of the Best Reading Challenge? Read the official rules and sign up on the original post. Anything you’ve read since April 1 counts, so sign up now!

Well, I’m still struggling a little with finding a good balance between reading for the challenge–which I really do want to complete–and reading what I like, when I like. I got sidetracked by Bitterblue last week, which I was simply unable to resist, and then by a possibly-not-entirely-necessary-but-completely-enjoyable re-read of Princess Academy in preparation for the sequel, Palace of Stone (which I realize doesn’t come out for over two months, but I was sooo in the mood!). Oh yeah, and even before Bitterblue I tore through Charles de Lint’s new YA title Under My Skin (but this edition, with the awesome cover); I get a pass on that though, since a new de Lint pretty much always supplants whatever else I’m reading at the time.

That said, I did enjoy Geektastic: Stories from the Nerd Herd (though overall I found it a bit uneven, as I often do with anthologies) and Thor Vol. 1 and Vol. 2 (wonderful!) and Why We Broke Up, which I probably would never have read if not for this challenge. Thanks, Best of the Best 2012!

That brings my total to six titles read (though I can’t help revising that number in my head to 18, in order to include the other 12 titles I finished pre-April). I’m starting Everybody See the Ants tonight and have The Curse of the Wendigo and How to Save a Life on tap.

I can say this, whether or not I actually make it through the challenge by the end of June, there are some really, really great books on this list and I’m thankful to have it as a guide.

— Julie, currently reading Everybody Sees the Ants (and re-reading de Lint’s The Blue Girl … because I can.)

If you’ve finished the challenge by reading 25 books, fill out the following form to let us know. (The information you provide is what we’ll use to send you your Challenge Finisher badge, contact you about your reader’s response, and notify you if you win our grand prize drawing, so pick an email address you actually use!) Do not fill out this form until you have completed the challenge by reading 25 titles.

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