2015 Hub Reading Challenge Check-In #7

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Thirteen! Wait, let me rephrase that: 13! That is the number of books I’ve read and listened to for the 2015 Hub Reading Challenge. I am more than halfway done! And there are still twelve weeks left to complete it. That works out to a book a week – I can totally do it! How about you? How are you doing? I tore through a bunch of graphic novels in recent weeks; Ms. Marvel, Seconds, and Tomboy, and they were terrific. Perhaps grouping books by format or genre or some other randomly selected criteria will help me tackle another bunch. Maybe it’s time to hit the audio books, or perhaps I should focus my efforts on horror, or realistic fiction. Tell me in the comments how you are doing, and also let me know your plan of attack. Perhaps your ideas will inspire me and other Hub readers.  Twelve more weeks? We got this.

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19 thoughts on “2015 Hub Reading Challenge Check-In #7”

  1. I made it to 24 this week, by reading The Young Elites. I don’t like it as much as Lu’s Legend books. I am about 2/3 of the way through All the Light We Cannot See, which I am loving, though I found the start a little slow. When I finish it, I will be at 25, but I will keep going, just because.

  2. I finished WOLF IN A WHITE VAN and TEARS OF A TIGER, both very good, very different books about boys hurting themselves with guns. I could use something lighter this week…

  3. I read two more this week: Noggin and We Were Liars. I didn’t think about it until I started to write this post, but in both of these, the main character’s struggle is about regaining control of his/her life.

    Noggin was a fun, yet thought-provoking read. Dying teenager’s head is frozen, in the hopes of bringing him back to life, when technology will allow it. Surprise! He wakes up with a new body after only five years have passed. So he is a 21 year old person who has only lived 16 years, and his contemporaries are older than him–including his girlfriend, who has moved on. Teens who enjoy black humor will get a kick out of this.

    We Were Liars is about a teenager named Cadence, whose famous, priveleged, extended family spends its summers on a private island near Martha’s Vineyard. The book is about her efforts to remember the reason for her head injury and amnesia. I can’t say I really related to any of the characters in this book, but there were times when I felt sympathy for most of them. Cadence’s journaling sometimes takes poetic or fairy tale form; the fairy tales often made me think of King Lear.

    My total is now 15 books! I’m already reading Gabi: a girl in pieces and listening to Love Letters to the Dead.

  4. Finished two more since the last check in, Famous Last Words by Katie Alender and Skink: No Surrender by Carl Hiaasen. I really enjoyed Famous Last Words – it was a little predictable, but I didn’t even care, I was enjoying watching it unfold. It was engaging and suspenseful and even creepy at times, which is great. No Surrender I didn’t like as much, mostly because I didn’t like how Malley was handled as a character. I’ve started listening to ACID, so more soon!

    I’m at 21 books with the Nonfiction/Morris included, but at 11 without.

  5. I read Ms. Marvel: No Normal this week which is #17 for me. I don’t read many comics, but I thought this was a good one and I’d recommend it to teens who are into comics. I’ll have Lock In (#18) finished by late tonight or tomorrow at the latest. I didn’t think I’d like it from the description, but it’s really original and a lot lighter read than I thought it would be.

  6. #54 Define Normal (4.5) Like all of Peters’ books. Narrator was pretty good.
    #55 Lock In (3) Not my favorite. Had a hard timekeeping track of the types of people.
    #56 Batman Science (3.5) Didn’t think I would like this, but related all of Batman’s equipment to the real world. Very interesting.
    #57 Beyond Magenta (2.5)
    #58 Scandalous Sisterhood…(4.5) Hilarious farce. Great narrator (I must have a thing for English accents). Would make a great movie.

    Still listening to Skink and have 4 more at home. Down to #180 on the list for All the Light We Cannot See (started at 600 on Feb.9). Just might make it.

  7. I have hit a little slump this week and slowed down in finishing books. My stack had Love Letters to the Dead and And We Stay back to back so I dived right in. Mistake. I have loved both books which are beautifully tragic. I did finish And We Stay (I think because the subject is more removed from the teenager I currently live with) and fell in love with the lyrical prose and profound poetry. I would recommend it to any serious teen reader 10th grade and above. I am finishing Love Letters to the Dead one letter at a time. I am getting insight into how young adults process intense life situations as I discuss the book with my teens. Comic relief is Five, Six, Seven, Nate which I find a little juvenile for YA but it is turning out to be just what the dr. ordered. I will definitely recommend it to my middle readers.

  8. Finished Ms. Marvel… for number 13. I’m having trouble finding books to take out from the library . Any suggestions? Are the audio books on Audible, I’m having trouble finding these as well. Thanks! Good luck everyone.

  9. Finished The Martian – loved it! Great sci-fi! My favorite new book right now! Obstacle, solution, obstacle, solution, etc and yes, the character is super smart and maybe the pure motivation of survival outweighs the fact that he is only eating a few potatoes a day about a year+ being stranded on Mars, but you want to cheer for him the whole time – and he’s funny. And science is cool!!!!

  10. I finally finished my last re-read and listened to The Scandalous Sisterhood of Prickwillow Place this week, so I have conquered the challenge!

  11. I got a few more graphic novels under my belt this week and I am still working on the Revolution audio book (but I am loving it).

    Ms. Marvel-https://www.goodreads.com/review/show/1240975117
    Gabi a Girl in Pieces-https://www.goodreads.com/review/show/1240974845
    Afterlife Archie-https://www.goodreads.com/review/show/1239282352
    The Fifth Beatle-https://www.goodreads.com/review/show/1237586360


  12. Finished Everything I Never Told You this week, so I’m up to 11 total. Loved it, even though it was a rough read.

  13. This week I finished Skink No Surrender, Juvie and 47 Ronin bringing my total to 31 books read. Even though I’ve read 25 books, I plan to continue reading until the end of the challenge. Currently, I’m averaging about one book per week plus one graphic novel. I’ve also been listening to audiobooks in the car. This week I plan to read Bellweather Rhapsody and I’m listening to Curtsies & Conspiracies on CD.

    I’ve been reviewing my books on Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/review/list/1270547-samantha-tai?page=1&shelf=yalsa-hub-challenge-2015&sort=rating

  14. I reread We Were Liars and just finished Copper Sun. I enjoyed We Were Liars just as much the second time. I was searching for clues and hints that I missed the first time around.

    I enjoyed Copper Sun, but the subject matter was difficult to get through at times. I’m not a huge fan of historical fiction. I’d rather just read about the history. The historical information about Fort Mose was fascinating.

  15. Hah, just realized I commented on what was for me book #17, but never gave its title. It was the Jackaby.

    I had a very full week last week so was only able to finish two.

    #18 Seconds – It was okay, I liked the colors of the drawings but wasn’t especially impressed with the story.
    #19 – Copper Sun – I liked this story much more than the first Sharon Draper novel that I read. I liked how she interposed the life of the slaves with the life of the indentured servant. I appreciated the way she gave voice to the realization that we aren’t all that different under the skin.

    Hopefully this week I will add a fair number of completes to my list. I just picked up a group of quick picks and graphic novels, so I should be able to get through those pretty quickly.

  16. I read the Carnival at Bray this week. I absolutely loved it! I am now 24 books in. Listening to Love Letters to the Dead right now and about half way through.

  17. Still working on Laughing at my Nightmare, and I absolutely love it, this man can write a memoir. I will be pressing it into all the hands of my coworkers and any other person who comes into the library looking for a great read. Glad The Hub had it on their list, otherwise I might not have picked it up… another reason I love this challenge.

  18. Finished Laughing at My Nightmare (#8), which I mostly liked. Also This One Summer (#9)- the art was sooo beautiful. Right now I’m reading I’ll Give You the Sun and listening to Love Letters to the Dead. Both are about siblings, tragedy and broken families, and I’m finding myself mixing them up in my head… I think I’ll be able to finish the 25-book challenge, barely.

  19. Just finished the audio book, William Shakespeare’s Star War Collection. AMAZING! I especially loved how Ian Doescher explained at the end why he combined the two!

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