2015 Hub Reading Challenge Check-In #14

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It’s a good thing I am not participating in the challenge because I am having a hard time focusing, just like Geri and Julie.  It’s not the weather for me, as I live in California and it’s sunny almost all the time.  I think summer reading program planning, prepping for my first author visit, and writing letters of recommendation has worn me out.  I’m only interested in playing games on my iPad. I’m hoping my vacation next week will get me back in the reading groove.

How are you readers doing? Are you worn out like me? Killing it as usual? Taking a break to enjoy the weather? Running around with last minute summer reading prep?

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

  1. Faythe, I just wanted to let you know that you’re not alone in feeling worn out. I may have finished the Hub Challenge, but it definitely wasn’t easy for me. Also, I love that you admit that you’re mostly only up for playing on your iPad. I thought I was the only one! Sometimes it’s good to realize that other librarians have their moments too. Most days I feel like I’m the only one who isn’t a rock star 24/7.
    Thanks for sharing that and I hope that your vacation rejuvenates you.

    1. You are not alone Kim! Congrats on finishing the Challenge, I don’t even know if I could do that at this point! Now, what are you favorite iPad games? ;)

  2. I am close but with 5 weeks left it will be hard to finish my last 7! I’m going to try with a bunch of short books!! This week I only finished one, Love Letters to the Dead. Definitely not my favorite but it was a good story.

  3. As soon as I finished the Amazing Audiobook, Curtsies and Conspiracies, I will be finished the Challenge and submitting my form! I have loved all the books I read or listened to and I can’t wait for the Challenge next year!!!

  4. #73 Young Elites – 3/5 It was okay, nothing great.
    #74 The Rithmatist – 3/5 Not my favorite book.

    I only have 2 left. Have started listening to ACID with only one left to listen to after that. I am also reading 2 books from next year’s Teen Read Week list. It’s getting to the end of this challenge and I am slowing down. I decided to complete the challenge and I will. Most other reading gets put aside, but I have all summer to read other books. Don’t have an iPad so am not tempted by that tho I limit myself to 1 hour a night on my computer (word games).

  5. Up to 19 finished. Just finished Scar Boys, The Terrorist’s Son, and Girls Like Us. Hope I can get 6 more read by the deadline!

  6. Only one completed this week #39 – Noggin – it was odd but interesting. Everyone always assumes that this type of scientific breakthrough (transplanting a head to another body) would be decades away – who would think of the issues that could result in coming back so quickly?

    I have started three other books – All the Light we Cannot See, Wolf in White Van and The Gospel of Winter. I have to say – this year’s Alex awards (overall) have been very disappointing to me. I cannot imagine the YA audience that would be interested in these dark depressing stories.

  7. Oops- what was I typing? Noggin was #38, last week. I meant to say I finished November Blues – the fourth and final story in the Hazelwood “Trilogy”.

    It was interesting, but as I have felt about most of this series, a bit dated. Having said that, it was good to see a more serious side of most of the students, but sad to see the selfish side of Josh’s parents.

  8. Also read Tears of a Tiger and listened to Revolution which are on the original list, but not on this form.

  9. Finished! About a month later than I finished last year. I got sidetracked, partly by our state-level Battle of the Books list for next year coming out in March, and partly just due to inertia and a need to take a break with some personal choices rather than titles chosen by the list.

    Favorites this time around: THE STORY OF OWEN, THE MARTIAN (I had listened to the audiobook version before the print version was published, so I read the text this time), and WILLIAM SHAKESPEARE’S STAR WARS. Brilliant world-building in each case, though in very different ways.

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