2015 Hub Reading Challenge Check-In #13

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2015_reading_challenge_logoThere are six weeks left in the Hub Reading Challenge and I’m pretty close, but having a hard time concentrating and prioritizing.  I blame (at least in part) the season, a combination of spring fever and an abundance of television series finales and big movies which, like Geri, distract me to an embarrassing degree (though in my case it’s Agent’s of Shield–well, the whole MCU actually–Orphan Black, The Americans, Vikings, iZombie…) Plus, I have been doing oodles of reading for the One Thing Leads to Another interview series (such a hardship! Not.) and that has actually cut into my challenge reading to a significant degree.

Still, with six weeks and seven books left to meet the challenge it’s possible.  It could happen.

What about you?  Have you developed a laser-like focus? Are you overwhelmed by end-of-the-school-year or beginning-of-summer events? Are you close?  Have you given up on meeting the deadline but are dedicated to finishing anyway?  Have you finished?

Let us know where you’re at in the comments, and keep the conversation going on social media by using the hashtag#hubchallenge to post updates on Twitter or by joining the 2015 Goodreads Hub Reading Challenge group.  You have until 11:59 PM EST on June 21st to finish at least 25 books from the official list, and if you participated in the Morris/Nonfiction Reading Challenge this year, you can count the books that you read for that challenge for this challenge as well.  2015 reading challenge logo - participantAlso, don’t forget to post the Participant’s Badge on your blog, website, or email signature, and, as always, if you have any questions or problems, let us know in the comments or via email.

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14 thoughts on “2015 Hub Reading Challenge Check-In #13”

  1. #37 – Everything I Never Told You – I hate to say I enjoyed this book because I found the story so sad, but it was told beautifully.

    #38 – Noggin – all I could think about were the rumors that Walt Disney had his head frozen for just this very same reason. I found Travis’ dilemmas sad and funny. I liked the premise that some of his problems were caused by the fact that he came back so quickly. Everyone had thought his reanimation would be decades down the road and now just five short years later he is trying to pick up where he left off. I especially loved the bit about how jeans fit now versus when his head was frozen.

    I have started Hole in My Life and All the Light We Cannot See.

  2. I’m struggling with distractions and alternate reading commitments as well (like the student who recommended a book to me so I promised I’d read it before he graduates – next week!). Oh well…even if I don’t complete the challenge, I’ve motivated myself to read a number of the fantastic titles that made this year’s list. I’m not really losing in the end.

    I managed to complete 1 this week.

    #10 – Wolf in White Van – It was so strange and interesting and perplexing and thought-provoking. I’m not sure that it will be a book that I can recommend to just anyone, but I suspect that I will be recommending it selectively and probably quite soon.

  3. #71 Freedom’s Children – 3.5/5 Very interesting. I happened to be reading Lies We Tell Ourselves (2015 Teen read book for next fall) which was a perfect fiction tie-in. Not to bore you, but I came from a naïve ND family & visited a white relative in Alabama many times during the civil rights time. We saw the separate signs, but ignored them not knowing why we had to do things separately & wondering why we were stared at & spoken to rudely. I lived it and didn’t know it!!
    #72 Through the Woods – 2/5 – Weird book. Didn’t even get one of the stories.

    4 left – I will make it.

  4. Is Tears of a Tiger inadvertently left off the survey? It seems to be on the original list.

  5. just finished #10 last week The Shadow Hero, really liked the history behind it, started In Real Life Today…

  6. With 14 titles so far, I’m hoping I’ll be able to finish in time! I read Confessions this past week and it was amazing!! Really disturbing, but I could not put it down! I’m currently reading The Young Elites and it’s been a fun read!

  7. I finished 12. Popular (didn’t like it much, esp the early focus on weight loss), 13. Love Letters to the Dead (so-so), and 14. Ms. Marvel: No Normal (liked it a lot, given I’m not a regular comics reader). Working on 15. Noggin and loving it. After that, just 10 more! Totally do-able.

  8. I finished All The Light We Cannot See this weekend and completed my 25! I won’t be reading all of the items on the list, but I’m sure to read a few more.

    All in all, I still think the nonfiction books I read at the beginning (Popular, The Port Chicago 50, The Family Romanov) were my favorites. I also really loved Ms. Marvel: No Normal and I am Pusheen the Cat.

  9. I finished two this week putting me at 17. 6 weeks, 8 books – I dunno but I’m going to try! I have a few more audios, several graphics, and can probably get through 2 novels in time. I finished Skink No Surrender – waaaaay different than his other YA novels (with heavier teen meets a creepy man online then meets him) and I enjoyed it very much. Love his humor amongst the tough times. I also finished Seconds. I thought I read this before but I guess not. A little paranormal for my taste but I love the illustrations and the characters were great – I’m glad I didn’t skip over it.

    I’m in the middle of 3 that I hope to finish for the next check-in. :-)

  10. Haven’t checked in in a while…so let’s see…

    I finished The Crossover, Glory O’Brien’s History of the Future, and the Shadow Hero- all of which I really liked, but I also finished my absolutely favorite of the Hub Challenge so far: And We Stay. It was so sad and beautiful. So I am up to 17.

  11. Since my last check-in (10), I’ve listened to Five, Six, Seven, Nate! and read Grasshopper Jungle and In Real Life. I enjoyed the first one a little more than its predecessor; definitely a good listen. Grasshopper Jungle was well-written but not really my favorite (though it had potential) but, honestly, I don’t like Andrew Smith much in general. In Real Life was very cute and a good intro to larger issues.

    I’ve now read 16, plus the 10 from Morris/Nonfiction. I’ve technically finished, but I’m going to keep going until I hit 25 new books, if I can!

  12. I finished #21 Curtsies & Conspiracies last week. I am taking a break to read some other things but with only 4 left, I can make it :-)

  13. I completed the challenge! I must have counted wrong last week, because I already had 25 completed at that time. I submitted the form on the 10th.

    I continued reading this week, but I didn’t finish The Fault In Our Stars until 5/12/2015. It was my first time reading it; I didn’t expect to find so much humor on those pages. I carried that paperback around with me for quite a while; I’m sure I must have looked strange, sitting in public places, alternately wiping tears from my eyes and laughing out loud. (Sisyphus the Hamster! What a metaphor.)

    So that’s number 26! I think I will continue reading more books from the list, but I don’t have any aspirations for finishing them all by the deadline.

  14. I haven’t posted for a few weeks, so I’m catching up…
    #14= Vango
    #15 = Seconds
    #16 = Grasshopper Jungle
    #17 = Everything I Never told You

    Nothing was less than good, though GJ was a little out there for me. Everything… was terribly sad, but somehow managed a hopeful ending, I think. I think I’ll make 25, but it’s going to be close!

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