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The 2018 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 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.

2013 Hub Reading Challenge final check-in

reading challenge logoHappy Saturday, everyone! 83 titles. 13 lists and awards. 20 weeks. And now, the Reading Challenge comes to an end. You ahve until 11:59pm EDT tonight to wrap up the last of your reading and listening, and you have until 11:59pm EDT on Sunday, June 23 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 recent YA lit! (If the winner is a teacher or librarian or something similar, he or she will also receive a professional development title.) We’ll also send everyone their finisher badges and extend invitations to all challenge finishers to submit a reader response that we’ll publish 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 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.

2013 Hub Reading Challenge check-in #19

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!

This is our penultimate check-in! With just one week left, do you think you can finish the challenge? Or have you already gone above and beyond? Is there anyone out there who’s read the whole list (or come close)? If you’re not going to finish the challenge, what got in your way — and was it still a worthwhile experience? Have you learned something about yourself as a reader?

Our final check-in post will go up next Saturday, June 22nd, and you’ll have until 11:59pm that night to finish reading. If you complete the challenge by reading 25 books, make sure you’ve filled out the form by 11:59pm on Sunday, June 23rd. On Monday the 24th, we’ll select our winner, send out the final set of challenge finisher badges, and invite everyone who finished the challenge to submit a reader response to their favorite (or least favorite!) title they read.

Keep up the good work as we enter the home stretch!

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!

2013 Hub Reading Challenge check in #18

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!

With two weeks and two days to spare, I finally finished book number 25 for the Hub Reading Challenge and I’m feeling pretty pleased. Not only did I actually complete the challenge (which is, sadly, not a thing I do all that often) but I also read some really great books, many that I would definitely have missed were I not reading from the challenge list. Lucky #25 was Maureen Johnson’s The Name of the Star, a book I somehow just never caught up with when it first came out, so I ended on a real high note.

code name verity elizabeth wein coverraven boysRoundHouseOf the books I read specifically for this challenge, I think The Raven Boys, Code Name Verity, and The Round House were my favorites, which doesn’t surprise me. But I also feel like I read a lot further afield than I normally do, exploring unfamiliar authors and passed-over genres. I read a lot more nonfiction than I normally do, and picked up some titles that I would probably have avoided, were I not actively trying to stretch. I still feel like I could have pushed my own comfort zone a bit more, and I’ll keep working on that, but overall I really enjoyed this challenge.

What about you? Are you close? Have you finished? Do you feel like you learned anything about your own preferences or reading habits? I know I did!

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!