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2013 Hub Reading Challenge check-in #13

reading challenge logoNot signed up for YALSA’s 2013 Hub Reading Challenge? Read the official rules and sign up on the original post. Anything you’ve read since February 3 counts, so sign up now!

Another check-in and another admission of failure! I finished NO books for the challenge since my last update. I was distracted once again by shiny ARCs. I don’t feel bad about it. I should, but I don’t. I see it as summer reading program prep. When these books are released, I can put them in the hands of the teens who will love them.

That doesn’t mean I haven’t given up on the challenge! I’m still in it. I’m currently reading Heist Society and enjoying it. Then I hope to switch back to the Alex Award winners since that was my original goal. Where did the time go? How are all of you doing? Any of you struggling? Have any of you finished all the Alex Award winners?

Mark your calendars! On May 22 from 2-3pm EDT, The Hub will be hosting a Reading Challenge chat on Twitter, Goodreads and Facebook. More details to come!

If you’ve completed the challenge by reading or listening to 25 titles from the list, let us know by filling out the form below. (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 be sure to use an email address you actually check!) Do not fill out this form until you have completed the challenge by reading 25 titles.

If you’re not done yet, happy reading and keep us posted on your progress! Tweet your reviews and progress with the #hubchallenge tag, and we’ll see you at next week’s check-in!

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2013 Hub Reading Challenge check-in #8

Not signed up for YALSA’s 2013 Hub Reading Challenge? Read the official rules and sign up on the original post. Anything you’ve read since February 3 counts, so sign up now!

reading challenge logoWhere was I?  Last time I checked in, I was up to nine titles, and had grand plans for completing the remaining 16. At least, I had a lot of books checked out. I did finish Maggie Stiefvater’s The Raven Boys, which was creepy, atmospheric fun, and Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe by Benjamin Alire Saenz, (so, so good!), but I also got sidetracked by Charles de Lint’s wonderful Cats of Tanglewood Forest and the newest Maisie Dobbs mystery. Still, two more books down!

Of course, my latest library hold — Eleanor and Park by Rainbow Rowell — just came in, and all the raves are making it look mighty attractive sitting there on the top of the book pile. Anyone else struggle with the never-ending fight between new books and challenge books? I guess there are worse problems to have than too many good books!

Anyway, if good sense wins out, I’ll be reading Dodger and/or Enchanted next, both of which look fantastic (and both of which are due back at the library soon), and then I’m going to look for something on the list that I wouldn’t normally pick up, a challenge book to challenge my normal reading habits. It won’t be hard, with such extensive and far-ranging titles, and I expect I’ll find something excellent. Have you discovered a title or author you might not have picked up otherwise?  Are you using the reading challenge to broaden your literary horizon? So far I’ve been playing it fairly safe, but I’m about to branch out and it feels good. How about you?

If you’ve completed the challenge by reading or listening to 25 titles from the list, let us know by filling out the form (which actually works now!) below. (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 be sure to use an email address you actually check!) Do not fill out this form until you have completed the challenge by reading 25 titles.

If you’re not done yet, happy reading and keep us posted on your progress! Tweet your reviews and progress with the #hubchallenge tag, and we’ll see you at next week’s check-in!

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