2016 Hub Challenge Check-in #19

Not signed up yet for YALSA’s 2016 Hub Reading Challenge? Read the official rules and sign up on the original post. Anything you’ve read since the awards were announced counts, and the challenge runs until 11:59pm EST on June 23, so sign up now!

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I am pretty excited that it is summer. I know it might not technically be summer yet, but it is definitely in sight and I am personally looking forward to it! Summer is the perfect season to take a good book on vacation or read outside after a day at work, so I’d love to hear from you in the comments about where you’re reading and listening to your books these days.


My most recent Hub Challenge book was Sacred Heart by Liz Suburbia. I had no idea what to expect going into this particular book. I wasn’t familiar with Liz Suburbia’s work before this book, but I did know that Sacred Heart had won a number of accolades, including an Alex Award and a spot on the 2016 Great Graphic Novels for Teens Top Ten list. I also knew that it started as a webcomic. With this knowledge, I decided to delve into the story, which is simultaneously a comic about high school that feels as though it will be very relatable to a wide range of readers, and a mysterious story of a town where all of the adults have disappeared. Suburbia chooses to handle this central mystery very peripherally, particularly at first. Though many characters mention parents and other adults and their absence, it is not the focus of the story. This gives the reader a feeling of having been dropped into a world that has been dealing with the absence of adults for some time and allows Suburbia to explore the impact this has over time. While I don’t want to give too much away, I will say that most all readers will find something that surprises them as this story proceeds. If you want to learn more about the book, check out Elizabeth Norton’s Hub interview with Liz Suburbia.


I actually haven’t decided what I am going to read next, so I would love to hear recommendations in the comments! Which book have you read for the Hub Challenge that you loved? Or that you think people might have missed but should really read? Any books that got you interested in a whole new genre? How about a new format, like a book that made you love audiobooks or graphic novels more than ever before? Let me know in the comments! I can’t wait to see what you recommend as my next book. And, be sure to share any other thoughts you have on the books you’re reading for the Hub Challenge in the comments below, on Goodreads, or using the #hubchallenge hashtag on Instagram and Twitter

If you haven’t started the Challenge yet, time is running out! You only have until June 23rd to finish all of your reading. Be sure to sign up in the original post if you haven’t already and jump into your reading! On the other hand, if you’ve already completed the challenge, don’t forget to fill out this form!

– Carli Spina, currently reading The Darkest Part of the Forest by Holly Black

7 thoughts on “2016 Hub Challenge Check-in #19”

  1. I am finishing up the Hub Reading Challenge with 29 books- my final 2 was the nonfiction title Symphony for the City of the Dead by MT Anderson and Illuminae by Amie Kaufman & Jay Kristoff and my reviews will be posted on Goodreads and NearyNotes. I LOVE THIS CHALLENGE! While I read many YA books throughout the year; the Hub Challenge gives me so many more titles to read or listen to.

  2. Finishing the two Ms. Marvels and loving them! Finished X: A Novel and really glad to be able to recommend to a variety of readers. Also happy I finally finished Drowned City graphic novel about Katrina. I found it powerfully simple. What a great way to communicate this tragic disaster.

    I don’t think I’m going to make my 25 before the deadline since it’s been such a busy time for me, but I’ll keep reading from the list into the fall. There are so many more titles I want to tackle.

    Happy reading/listening this week.

  3. Almost finished listening to The Dead House and enjoying it very much. Being overseas, I have limited access to many of these books in print but have been able to get some as ebooks. Took a break and read a few adult books (gasp!) but am now going strong for the rest of the challenge. Have completed 50 books to date.

  4. I was getting nervous about finishing so I re-read Awkward (graphic) which was a great experience and put me at 24. I also finished Bone Gap. What a unique, interesting, and weird book. I’m not sure who to recommend it to – maybe mystery lovers. I am reading two books right now to finish the challenge. Breakthough (non-fiction) and Sacred Lies of Minnow Bly (fiction). Thanks again for another great challenge! It really does get me out of my comfort zone!

  5. Yay, I finally made it, 25 books!!! I started strong and then had to switch gears and read a lot of new YA to get ready for summer. I had grand plans to post reviews to my website but that lasted about a month. This week I read Everything, Everything by Nicola Yoon. I didn’t see the end coming but after rereading parts of the book, I realized I should have. I also read Jillian Tamaki’s SuperMutant Magic Academy. I didn’t love it. It was more of a series of individual comics than a graphic novel. I guess I was expecting something more like Tamaki’s This One Summer.

    I enjoyed the challenge. I picked up books I never would have read or had been meaning to read but never got around to reading.

  6. Finished my first 25 of the challenge! Since I have been so happy with this list I will definitely keep going. So many great titles this year! Here are my 25…

    1. Cinder by Marissa Meyer
    2. Red Queen by Victoria Aveyard
    3. Lair of Dreams by Libba Bray
    4. The Dead House by Dawn Kurtagich
    5. Illuminae: The Illumiae Files_01 by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff
    6. Ms. Marvel
    a. Vol. 2: Generation Why. By G. Willow Wilson
    b. Vol. 3: Crushed. By G. Willow Wilson.
    7. The Unbeatable Squirrel Girl
    a. Vol. 1: Squirrel Power by Ryan North
    b. Vol. 2: Squirrel You Know It’s True by Ryan North
    8. Audacity by Melanie Crowder
    9. A Fan Girl’s Guide to the Galaxy: A Handbook for Girl Geeks by Sam Maggs
    10. What If? Serious Scientific Answers to Absurd Hypothetical Questions by Randall Monroe
    11. Lumberjanes
    a. Vol. 1
    b. Vol. 2
    12. Enchanted Air: Two Cultures, Two Wings: A Memoir by Margarita Engle
    13. Drowned City: Hurricane Katrina and New Orleans by Don Brown
    14. Echo by Pam Munoz Ryan
    15. Gabi, A Girl in Pieces by Isabel Quintero
    16. Rad American Women A-Z: Rebels, Trailblazers, and Visionaries Who Shaped Our History… and Our Future by Kate Schatz
    17. Dumplin’ by Julie Murphy
    18. Bone Gap by Laura Ruby
    19. Waistcoats & Weaponry by Gail Carriger
    20. More Happy Than Not by Adam Silvera
    21. Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda by Becky Albertalli
    22. March, Book 1 by John Lewis, Andrew Aydin, and Nate Powell
    23. Notorious RBG: The Life and Times of Ruth Bader Ginsburg by Irin Carmon and Shana Knizhnik
    24. The Unlikely Hero of Room 13B by Teresa Toten
    25. Everything Everything by Nicola Yoon

    It’s hard to pick a top 5 so I’ll do a top 10 (In no particular order)
    1. Illuminae
    2. Simon vs. The Homo Sapiens Agenda
    3. Gabi, A Girl In Pieces
    4. Echo
    5. Bone Gap
    6. The Unlikely Hero of 13b
    7. Lair of Dreams
    8. Everything Everything
    9. Notorious RBG
    10. Enchanted Air

    I’ve really enjoyed this challenge! It has really helped me as a teen librarian. Everyone that I have suggested a book to from this list has LOVED it.

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