2014 Hub Reading Challenge Check-in #11

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Happy Sunday! I am loving all the comments on the books you’ve all read and what your favorites are. So excited to see love for Boxers and Saints! Two of my favorites from last year. I put it in the hands of almost everyone and even had the children’s librarian use it as supplemental material for her book club!

What books have surprised you the most in your readings?  If you haven’t finished or even signed up yet, don’t worry! You still have plenty of time. The challenge ends on June 22.

As I said before, I’m not participating in the challenge this year, but I am still following along on social media by checking the Goodreads 2014 Hub Challenge Group and the #hubchallenge hashtag. We’ve collected some tweets from your fellow participants– join the conversation if you haven’t already!

Keep reading, and remember, you have plenty of time to get through this challenge; it ends at 11:59PM EST on June 22nd. Please keep reading and tracking your progress and check back here each Sunday to let us know how you are doing and to see how other folks are doing.

If you are have already completed the challenge by reading or listening to 25 titles from the list of eligible books, be sure to fill out the form below so we can send you your Challenge Finisher badge, get in touch to coordinate your reader’s response and, perhaps best of all, to notify you if you win our exciting grand prize drawing! Be sure to use an email you check frequently and do not fill out this form until you have completed the challenge by reading 25 titles.

26 thoughts on “2014 Hub Reading Challenge Check-in #11”

  1. Read Strobe Edge, vol 1 in one sitting so that puts my at 19. No libraries in my state own any of the other volumes so I put in a purchase request but doubt it will come in my the end of the challenge. I still plan on reading them either way. I’m kind of bouncing with novels at the moment. I have two started but thinking about starting another one. Guess nothings sucking me in at the moment.

    As far as being surprised, Midwinterblood did a good job of exceeding my expectations but favorite this year is All the Truth that’s in Me. Wish I could experience that book again for the first time!

  2. Sadly, no completed titles this past week with other important things going on…glad for reading next week!

  3. Two more read this week for a total of 36.

    Winger–guy book with lots of sports action (rugby) and a twist that didn’t quite work for me.
    Eleanor & Park–mostly enjoyable story of first love

  4. This week I listened to:
    Etiquette and Espionage- loved the narrator and liked the book. Some nice world building but a little too fluffy for me. I don’t mind fluffy books in general, but maybe the stakes just felt too low?
    And read:
    Nothing Could Possibly go Wrong-really liked this. I loved Faith Erin Hick’s work in Friends With Boys and loved it here as well.
    Currently I’m at 7 books (not as far along as I thought since I didn’t realize that listening to Far, Far Away didn’t count-shame on me for not reading the directions closely enough!)

  5. Finished Nothing Can Possibly Go Wrong. It was an okay quick read, but once it was done, it was done .. no pondering over it for days. In the middle of Winger and even though there is a lot of cussing that I do not like, I am oddly enjoying the writing style think the subject matter is being handled well and I don’t think it is just a guy book. I’m at 16 total read.

    1. Oh, and I’m liking that this challenge is doing exactly what it was created to do .. having me read totally outside my normal and getting me in touch with what the YA crowd is more into these days .. great competition to be a part of!

  6. Dogs of War and Mother, Mother were my only two this week. I started Ash on Friday and Beautiful Music for Ugly Children on Sunday. I’m liking both of them more than I expected. I’m at 45 completed so far.

  7. Two more this week bringing my total up to 19.
    Lexicon by Max Barry – confusing and I don’t really get why the selection process chose this book as interesting for teens
    Go: A Kidd’s Guide to Graphic Design by Chip Kidd – excellent intro to graphic design full of historical tidbits and examples

  8. No new titles finished this week, but I’m halfway through Extence’s The Universe Versus Alex Woods and my reserve on Tarttelin’s Golden Boy came in this morning.

  9. This week has been a slow one for me. Finished Beautiful Music for Ugly Children which I really liked and started Mind MGMT, but only picked it up once. I think I am avoiding it because Lost REALLY made me mad (and confused)…. but I will power through. I am at 16 and 1/4 read. Really have to get moving if I want to finish!

  10. I’m up to nine books! Just finished Mother, Mother–I loved it. I think I’ll catch up this week with some of the graphic novels.

  11. I’m moving a bit slower this year, but I’m at eight titles so far! I finished reading Sex & Violence (great read!) and Branded by the Pink Triangle (really eye-opening). Working on Nothing Can Possibly Go Wrong this week!

  12. Going slow lately. Still working on listening to Etiquette & Espionage as well as Scowler. Did get Nothing Can Possibly Go Wrong read and greatly enjoyed it.

  13. No check in last week as I was out of town – but still reading. Finished:

    Boy Nobody – 4.5/5 Really liked this one
    Zombie Baseball Beatdown – 3.5/5 – Great narrator, cute guy story
    William Shakespeare’s Star Wars – 1/5 – Guess you have to be a star wars fan
    Mind Mgt V. 1 – 1/5 – Not at all to my liking
    Sea of Tranquility – 4/5 – Really good one
    Boy on the Wooden Box – 3.5/5 – Enjoyed in the car
    Rust V. 2:Secrets of the Cell – 1/5 – GNs still are not my thing
    Star Wars: Jedi Academy – 1.5/5 – Marginally better than some GNs

    Am up to 72 books – I will finish the whole thing!!! 2 more on hold at library. Thank goodness for interlibrary loans in my county.

  14. Finished one this week, bringing my total to 16. I’ve only got 9 left! I might actually finish this challenge!

    #16 – Two Boys Kissing – I have to admit that I agree with most of the other reviews that I’ve read about the Greek chorus being a little bit too much at times, but I love the idea so much that I don’t want to feel that way. I am just such a fan of David Levithan and so appreciate his writing honest, real LGBT for YA. Two Boys Kissing is no different for me – a must read!

    Should have Far, Far Away finished by next week. I can’t wait to see where that one goes!

  15. I read the first three volumes of Strobe Edge last week bringing my total to 24. Strobe Edge is my real surprise of the challenge. I did not expect to like these because I lean toward the edgy, supernatural manga. I also despise over-the-top teen angst. But I’m enjoying Strobe Edge because there is something real and touching about the story of teens trying to figure out what love is and how it all works. I expected it to be a struggle to finish these. But I’m actually looking forward to digging into Vol. 4, which arrived for me this week.

    Currently reading Far Far Away, then I’ve got a pile of ARC’s I really need to tackle.

  16. Since my last check-in (which was #7… oops) I’ve read The Kingdom of Little Wounds by Susann Cokal and Boy Nobody by Allen Zadoff. The first was definitely a different read, with all the divergent points of view. Ultimately, I think I liked it, but it was very hard to get through at first. Boy Nobody was an easy read, but a little unsatisfying for me. I wonder if there’s going to be a sequel…

    So far, I’ve got 13 done (23 if you count the Morris/Nonfiction). Now that I’m back from vacation, I should be checking in a lot more! I’ve already got Help for the Haunted and the audio of Better Nate than Ever started. :)

  17. I am terrible at checking in! I’m at 19 books now. I tore through Strobe Edge and really enjoyed them. I listened to Better Nate Than Ever last week and loved that too. Great reading, wonderful narrative voice, so funny. I am really looking forward to the audiobook of the sequel.

  18. I can’t remember when I last checked in, but I think it was right before I read Lexicon by Barry, which was my #15 & I think the most surprising book for me so far. I had read a couple lackluster reviews, but I REALLY enjoyed it. I talked it up so much that I had a student wanting to borrow my public library copy as soon as I was done. He seemed to enjoy it as well :)

    Since, then, I’m up to 21 with the addition of the following titles:
    *Mother, Mother by Zailckas – read on my phone & did not like that experience, plus I found this title too predictable for my taste
    *Will & Whit by Gulledge – I really did not like this. I can see how it would appeal to some & I did have an emotional moment with it at one point, but I didn’t really like the style of the art. Also, it was so sweet it made my teeth hurt.
    *Mind MGMT by Kindt – This one was just weird. Didn’t really enjoy it either, but at least it was a quick read.
    *The Lives of Tao by Chu – I read this on my phone at the same time I was reading Brewster by Slouka in print. I enjoyed both although they were very different. I wasn’t really excited about either of them prior to beginning to read them, but definitely would recommend Tao to fans of action-oriented sci fi in general (not too much detail on the aliens), and Brewster to fans of stories of troubled teens & emotional drama.
    *Zombie Baseball Beatdown by Bacigalupi – I listened to this in the car just here & there with my 6-year-old son & my 15-year-old daughter. Sam was always excited to listen to it, but I was bored. Took to long to get to the zombies. I wanted to like it, but bleh.

    With just 4 titles left to completion, I’m taking a little break for some off-challenge reading. Just finished Dreams of Gods & Monsters, which was fantabulous! Currently reading Welcome to the Monkey House by Vonnegut. It’s weird.

    Not sure what I want my last 4 challenge titles to be for sure, but I have Killer of Enemies, Dr. Bird’s Advice for Sad Poets, Belle Epoque, Branded by the Pink Triangle, Rose Under Fire, & Kingdom of Little Wounds easily accessible, so I’m sure I’ll get there. :)

    Happy reading to all!

  19. I just finished #16: Out of the Easy by Ruth Sepetys – loved both of her books! I actually finished Saints as well, but I’m waiting for Boxers to come in so I can write them both up together. I’m not liking that one as much, but I’m keeping an open mind until I finish the set.

    I think I’ll listen to Etiquette and Espionage next, then only 7 left after that!

    I am amazed at those of you reading the entire list – it’ll take me well beyond the end date of the challenge, but I hope to read them all, too!!


  20. I’ve just realized how awful I’ve been about checking in here (although my own spreadsheet is up to date)!

    I’m 34 books in and loving every minute. This week I sailed through How to Speak Dog and 100 Questions You’d Never Ask Your Parents. Both a tiny non-fiction gems that I think could really speak to teens.

    I’ll be participating in the 24 Hour Readathon this weekend too, so hopefully I’ll be able to knock a few more books off the list!

  21. I’m really enjoying this challenge, even though I got a super late start. I only have 7 completed… I started with GN to get me going. Boxers and Saints was a great introduction to history not usually taught in school. I enjoyed reading about the same time period from 2 perspectives and it was told in an unique and original way. After reading these I was prompted to learn more. March: Book one was also very good. I’ve read a lot about the civil rights movement, but reading a memoir always adds depth and perspective. I must admit that I never would have read Strobe Edge V.1 if it wasn’t part of the challenge, and I’m glad I was able to add variety to my reading.

    I listened to Eleanor and Park as well as Better Nate Than Ever and enjoyed both of those. I loved the humor in Nate as well as having the author read the book.

    I also read Yaqui Delgado Wants To Kick Your Ass which I did enjoy although I hoping for something a bit different for an ending, though I’m not sure how I would have ended it.

    I’ve just started The Boy on the Wooden Box (audio) and Between Shades of Gray. I’ll have to find some light reading to balance those, I think.

    Thanks, YALSA for the challenge!

  22. Just picked up and finished Dogs of War this morning (April 20) as a break from quilting. Not my favorite graphic novel, but an interesting presentation of the types of things that our canine friends have done for us in battle. The third story almost seemed to focus more on the effects of PTSD than the dog, but that’s a worthwhile topic in and of itself.

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