2016 Morris/NF Reading Challenge Check-in

Not signed up for YALSA’s 2016 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!


Are you busy with holidays or end-of-the-year activities? It can be an intense time of year, and you may be debating about jumping into the Hub’s Morris/Nonfiction reading challenge but I am here to encourage you to DO IT!

There are two very good reasons to take part by reading as many of the 2016 finalists for the William C. Morris Award for debut YA authors, and/or the 2016 finalists for YALSA’s Award for Excellence in Nonfiction, or both between now and the Youth Media Awards on January 11th:

  1. You will have a head start on the Hub Reading Challenge that starts in February and that includes PRIZES!
  2. You get to read some great, informative nonfiction, and some books by hot, new authors.

Here’s what some of our participants are saying on social media — join the discussion by tagging your tweets and instagram photos with #hubchallenge!

Now get started! Or, if you have miraculously already completed the challenge, won’t you please fill out the form at the bottom of this post so we can all be amazed by you?

The rest of us will leave comments talking about which titles we are most looking forward to reading. I’ll start – for the Morris, I’m enjoying The Weight of Feathers.

— Molly Wetta, currently reading The Weight of Feathers by Anne-Marie McLemore


21 thoughts on “2016 Morris/NF Reading Challenge Check-in”

  1. I am a bit behind on reading for the challenge but hope to get at least 4 out of 5 done before the Jan 11 deadline – still a great start for the full challenge! I love trying the non-fiction because I would probably never read most of the books if it wasn’t for this challenge! I was even able to recommend The First Flight Around the World to a patron right after I finished it. Thank you HUB!

    1. With such a quick turnaround between now and Midwinter, I think lots of us feel behind! But, you’re really only getting ahead for the full challenge. Happy reading!

  2. I have finished two of the Morris titles – Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda and Because You’ll Never Meet Me and I loved, loved, loved them both! I’m currently reading The Sacred Lies of Minnow Bly and it’s an engrossing read, as well!

  3. Wait, what??? We only have until Jan 11??? I thought in previous years we had until the end of Jan. or first of Feb. Yikes! I better start reading!

    1. The Youth Media Awards are early this year, since Midwinter is almost a month earlier than it was last year. Don’t worry – any reading you do contributes to the Hub reading challenge, so just think of it as a jumpstart!

  4. Wow, I can’t believe I actually finished four out of the five Morris books so far! It helped that I had two 1,000 car rides last week to get a chunk of the reading done. This has been great because three of the books were ones that I wouldn’t have chosen to read on my own. Here is a link to my blog http://snmelfi.blogspot.com/

  5. I have finished all 5 Morris winners and all 5 nonfiction winners! I will probably post reviews on my blog, once I get caught up with all the other things I want to post.

  6. I finished all five of the Morris finalists. Wish I had time to read the nonfiction finalists before Jan. 11.

  7. I have finished all the non-fiction and am almost done with the Morris! I am reading Conviction and waiting on Because You’ll Never Meet Me to come into my library. I Hope to be done with both by Jan. 11!

  8. Finished 4 of each list. Remaining 2 are on hold at local library which I will pick up tonight. Had 2 plane rides and 4 sick days to read during Christmas break.

  9. I finished 3 in each category so far, and hope to get the last four in this weekend. Finished: Because You’ll Never Meet Me, First Flight, Sacred Lies, Symphony, Most Dangerous, and Conviction. I loved them all, and couldn’t pick a favorite if I had to!

  10. I’ve managed to finish Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda and Because You’ll Never Meet Me, both of which were great! I haven’t been able to get hold of the the other three yet and have no money to buy them, and since I very much doubt my holds will come in on time, looks like I’m caught there. But looking forward to reading some of them for the full challenge!

  11. 10 p.m. last night, I finished the last of the Morris books so now have completed both lists. Great start for the challenge.

      1. Thanks for the reply, Molly! Now I can feel free to attack some of the items in my TBR mountain.

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