2016 Hub Challenge Check-In #5

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It’s hard to believe it is already week five of the 2016 Hub Reading Challenge, but it’s true! Has everyone been catching up on the great books that are eligible this year? I know for me this year’s Challenge is giving me an opportunity to revisit a bunch of favorites. Since I rarely reread books, it has been great to look back on books that I have enjoyed.

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This week, my reread of choice is Cinder by Marissa Meyer, which appears on this year’s Popular Paperbacks for Young Adults Top Ten list. For me, this book has a bit of everything – it is a fairytale retelling with a disabled protagonist, robots, royalty, and an epic plot. Really, it is like it was written just for me. But, this doesn’t mean that other readers won’t love it! I can say from experience that this is a great option for book clubs because it offers so many avenues for discussion and because every reader seems to focus on different elements of the story. If you fall in love with the writing and the characters, there are three other books and several shorter works that Meyer has written in the same universe, though you may want to wait until after the end of the Challenge to delve into the rest of the series. Have you read Cinder, either for the Challenge or previously? Share your thoughts about it and any of the other books in the Lunar Chronicles series in the comments!

Even if you haven’t read Cinder, be sure to let us know what books you have been reading this week in the comments below, on Twitter or Instagram, or at the 2016 Hub Challenge Goodreads group. And, when you’ve completed the Challenge, be sure to complete this form to let us know that you’re all done!

– Carli Spina, currently reading A Darker Shade of Magic by V.E. Schwab.

18 thoughts on “2016 Hub Challenge Check-In #5”

  1. This week I read

    *The Bunker Diary: interesting, but not for me
    *Audacity: I liked this one!
    * Love is the Higher Law: pretty sure I read this before, and I would have liked it better around 9/11 instead of so many years later
    * Wide Awake: another re-read for me
    * The Silence of Six: This one was pretty interesting, too, even if I’m not into hacking
    * Squirrel You Know It’s True: not a fan of Squirrel Girl
    * A Silent Voice vol 1: I already read volumes 2 and 3, so it was a bit weird to read the first one out of order.
    * Shadowshaper: Not for me, but good for teen paranormal fans
    * Out of Darkness: another re-read
    * The Boy in the Black Suit: I like the idea of a kid working in a funeral home instead of at a fast-food place
    * Library of Souls: I’ll need to read the print version of this. I am NOT a fan of this particular audiobook narrator
    * Rad American Women A-Z: We’ve had this book in our collection since it came out, but I never actually looked at it before.
    * SuperMutant Magic Academy: The panels were too disjointed, so I didn’t like the not-cohesive nature of this one. Also some of the panels seemed unfinished, and when the story wasn’t continued I got mad.

    If I’m counting correctly, I’ve got 89 down and 6 to go. The last one will be hard (African-American Women: Photographs …) because no one in my library system or the systems in the surrounding three counties has it, but I’m going to see if my library will purchase it and then I can read it.

    1. I had to buy the African American Women book myself… I half want to send it on a tour to all the interested readers!

      1. I might end up buying it and then donating it to the library. Our library is part of a large county-wide system, so at least then others could read it, too! Also, I was surprised at how inexpensive it was on Amazon. :)

  2. …and I thought I was doing well by finishing 2 books!

    This week I read The Born Frees: Writing with the Girl of Gugulethu. I highly recommend this book. I also read Trashed, a graphic novel that was interesting and informative. I’ve just started Undocumented and what if? (audio).

  3. This week I only finished one book on the list, Unlikely Hero or Room 13B. Adam, a.k.a. Batman, is in a therapy group to cope with his OCD. He meets and falls for Robyn, aka Robin. Adam is also has a step brother, Sweetie, that is also riddled with anxiety and a mom that is a hoarder. Adam is a likable kid, that is aware of his faults and not so aware of his many strengths. You will be rooting for him throughout this book…

    I began How the War Saved My Life, quick read and it hooked me from page one. Takes place in England during WWII….more details next week.

    My next book will be The Ghosts of Heaven.

  4. I have been reading for a couple of other obligations therefore my total is the same as last week, 14. I read Cinder for a recent book discussion. I agree that it has a bit of everything! Happy reading everyone!

  5. This week I finished two books in my challenge:

    Cinder by Marissa Meyer: the hype over that book is very much deserved. I loved it and can’t wait to read the rest of the series.

    The Realm of Possibility by David Levithan: I’m a long-time fan of Levithan, but I haven’t read a few of his earlier releases. I’m taking this opportunity to get in a few of those. I really enjoyed the way he successfully touched on so many teen experiences in that thin verse novel.

    It’s slow-going for me so far, but I’ll be a reading rock star when school lets out in late May.

  6. This week:
    * Rad American Women A-Z: Rebels, Trailblazers, and Visionaries who Shaped Our History . . . and Our Future! by Kate Schatz and illustrated by Miriam Klein Stahl. (a fun introduction and I loved the art – I wanted more about each woman, though!)
    * When Everything Feels Like the Movies by Raziel Reid (an important book and I like the style, but I didn’t like the actual book)
    * Waistcoats & Weaponry by Gail Carriger (even better than the first two)
    * We Should All Be Feminists by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie (a great read, if a bit simplistic at times)
    * The Iron Trial by Holly Black and Cassandra Clare (my reread this week, had a lot of fun revisiting it)

  7. Ha, Jenni . . . I’m not even attempting to make it through all the books! I’m hoping to make it through just the 25! :)

  8. This week was another slow week for me, but I realized I missed posting a few titles. I thoroughly enjoyed previously Voice of Freedom: Fannie Lou Hamer: The Spirit of the Civil Rights Movement and Drum Dream Girl, both on the Amelia Bloomer Top Ten list.

  9. This week’s reads:
    – Everything, Everything: LOVED it! My favorite read of the challenge so far.
    -Cut Both Ways: Not a favorite but not one of the worst books I’ve read. Interesting to see that reviews are all over the board on this one.
    -Half Wild: Had the series in my last library but hadn’t read any of the books. Mostly enjoyed the story although I did skim a few chapters.

    Currently reading: Because You’ll Never Meet Me. Really looked forward to this one but it is so-so, at least one-third of the way in. Think I’ll reread Cinder next, as I loved the story when it was first published.

  10. I’ve read 19 in total so far. This week I read four:
    Drown City- a graphic novel about the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina (liked)
    Wintergirls- novel about anorexia. (liked it but not my favorite Laurie Halse Anderson book)
    Nimoma- read this graphic novel. (really liked it and I discovered more about the characters in this reading)
    The Boston Girl- (liked, didn’t love)
    I still hope to write more about the challenge on my blog soon but work and other aspects of my life keep getting in the way.

  11. I finished two graphic novels this week.
    Squirrel Girl vol. 2 – I enjoyed a lot more than the first volume! I was laughing out loud in places, especially all the cheeky references to other Marvel superheroes. Though you probably have to be a Marvel person to get them (thank you husband).
    Awkward – So, so good!! It reminded me a lot of Nothing Can Possibly Go Wrong by Prudence Shen, but I thought this one was wayyy better. Highly recommend and I can’t wait to take it to the Middle School to book talk next week.
    Still listening to Waistcoats and Weaponry, should finish it up in the next day or two.

  12. Three down this week, bringing me to 13. Halfway!

    The Unlikely Hero of Room 13B – I had mixed feelings about this. The portrayal of OCD was very compelling, but the romantic subplot really bugged me for some reason.
    The War That Saved My Life- Holy moly is this book amazing. I’ve recommended it all over the place. The audio book has the added element of Jane Entwistle’s flawless narration.
    Unbeatable Squirrel Girl Vol. 1 – I am Doreen and Doreen is me.

    Currently listening to Echo and about halfway through Six of Crows.

  13. #50 Book of a Thousand Days – 3
    #51 Cinder – 2 – not my thing
    #52 All American Boys – 3 – okay, not great
    #53 Fan Girl’s Guide – 1 – No way
    #54 Library of Souls – 3 – Finally finished listening – good narrator
    #55 Love is the Higher Law – 4 – Remember that day well
    #56/57 Unbeatable Squirrel Girl – 1 – Dreadful
    #58 What If – 3 – Mostly who cares? questions with far too long explanations. Do like Wil Wheaton tho
    #59 Wide Awake – 2 – He has done far better in recent years
    #60 Fans of the Impossible Life – 2.5 – got old after a while

    Listening to Gabi in my car. Not enjoying at all. She needs to clean up her mouth.


  14. I finished & loved the graphic novel, March by John Lewis. Can’t stop reading Most Dangerous by Steve Sheinkin- he makes history so so so exciting! Finished listening to The Unlikely Hero of Room 13B, loved the story, really disappointed with the ending:( Up to 13 books so far, love this Challenge!!!

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