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. Continue reading The 2018 Hub Reading Challenge Begins Today!

2014 Morris/Nonfiction Reading Challenge Final Check In

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This is it! There are less than 24 hours until the Youth Media Awards at the American Library Association Midwinter conference. (Watch the livestream here.) Tomorrow morning at 8:00 AM Eastern, everyone will find out which book won the 2014 Morris Award and which won the 2014 Excellence in Nonfiction Award. (Among other awards.) Did you read all the nominated titles? Congratulations! Please fill out the form below and give yourself a big pat on the back. If you didn’t read as many as you hoped to, that’s OK! You can still read them after tomorrow.

And keep your eyes on The Hub where we will soon announce the 2014 Hub Reading Challenge, encompassing all of YALSA’s 2014 award winning books and finalists, as well as top ten lists, the Schneider Family Book Award and the Stonewall Book Award.
Happy Almost Youth Media Awards Day, everyone! It’s our own Librarian Oscars! Can’t wait to hear about (and read) the winners.

~Geri Diorio, currently reading Ninety Percent of Everything by Rose George

2014 Morris/Nonfiction Reading Challenge Check-in #1

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Not signed up for YALSA’s 2014 Morris/Nonfiction Reading Challenge? Read the official rules and sign up on the original post. If you’re finished, fill out the form at the bottom of this post to let us know!

Hello challenge readers!

Have you signed up and read the guidelines for this year’s reading challenge? The Morris/Nonfiction challenge runs until January 27th, so you have plenty of time to sign up if you were still debating.

I had every intention of having at least one book read, but I accidentally started reading another one. Ooops.  I have started Sex & Violence by Carrie Mesrobian, but it’s on my iPad along with all my games (I have an addiction to Clumsy Ninja)!  As soon as I finish up If You Find Me, I will get serious about the challenge. I’m hoping to at least make it through all the Morris Finalists.

So, how are you doing in your reading? What’s your plan of attack? Let me know in the comments!

-Faythe Arredondo, currently reading If You Find Me by Emily Murdoch

2013 Hub Reading Challenge: Our Winner!

reading challenge logoThe 2013 Hub Reading Challenge is officially over and the final check-in period has ended! In total, 71 of you finished the challenge by reading at least 25 titles.

Our grand prize winner is Leslie C., who read both deeply and widely, finishing 80% of the Great Graphic Novels, 63% of the Edwards Award titles, 50% of the Popular Paperbacks, and 40% of the Nonfiction Award titles, as well as a smattering of books from other lists. Leslie will receive a YALSA tote bag of recent YA lit.

And just because I love statistics, here are some interesting facts for you:

  • We had four Jennifers and three Sara/Sarahs finish the challenge.
  • The first person to finish the challenge did so on March 28th, about eight weeks in to the challenge.
  • The most popular book was Drama by Raina Telgemeier, which was read by 48 of our 71 finishers.

Thanks again to everyone who participated (even if you didn’t finish!) and left comments. We’ll keep you posted about future reading challenges!

— Gretchen Kolderup, currently reading Leviathan by Scott Westerfeld

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.

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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!

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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!

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