The 2018 Hub Reading Challenge Begins Today!

What’s the Hub Reading Challenge?

The goal of the Hub Reading Challenge is to read 25 books over the next four months from a list of the most recent award winner and honor books and YALSA selected lists. This challenge encourages participants to discover new titles and explore genres outside of your comfort zone. And for library staff, you’ll hopefully get to build your readers’ advisory skills and totally impress your coworkers and patrons.

How do I participate?

First of all, comment on this post and let us know that you’re in! If you’re going to be tracking what you read/listen to on your blog or on Goodreads, LibraryThing, YouTube or some other site, include a link. And be sure to tag your posts #hubchallenge! (If you’re not tracking your reading online, keep a list some other way.)

Once a month, we’ll publish a check-in post. Leave a comment to talk about what you’re reading for the challenge. If you’ve reviewed those titles somewhere online, include links to those reviews! Otherwise, let us know what you thought of the books in the comments. There will be an finisher form embedded in each check-in post, so once you’re done with the challenge, fill out the form with your name and contact information.

What books can I read?

Eligible books are the YA titles that were named winners, honor titles, or top ten* selections from 2018 awards and YALSA’s selected lists. Click here for a sortable spreadsheet of eligible titles! If you’d like to see the complete lists or learn more about individual awards, links with more information will be at the bottom of this post.

*For lists with top tens that included children’s books, we added in some extra YA titles just to boost that number up to ten. Hooray options!

Challenge rewards




Beyond experiencing the best of the best that YA lit has to offer, everyone who finishes the challenge will be invited to submit a response to a book they read for the challenge. The response can be text, graphics, audio, video and will be published on The Hub. Furthermore, everyone who finishes the challenge will be entered into a random drawing for our grand prize featuring bookish goodies to be revealed later.

The fine print

  • Format matters: a title that has been recognized for both the print version and the audiobook version can be both read and listened to and count as two books, but a book that has won multiple awards or appears on multiple lists in the same format only counts as one title.
  • Books must be read/listened to (both begun and finished) between the date the award winners and selected lists have been released and June 30, 2018 at 11:59pm EST. If you’ve already read/listened to a title (before the winners/selected lists were announced), you must re-read/listen to it for it to count. The challenge ends on June 30, 2018 at at 11:59pm EST.
  • Just about everyone who doesn’t work for ALA is eligible to participate. Non-ALA/YALSA members are eligible. Teens are eligible. Non-US residents/citizens are eligible. (More eligibility questions? Leave a comment or email us.)
  • Once you finish the challenge, we’ll contact you with details about creating and publishing your response.
  • The grand prize winner will be selected by 11:59pm EST on July 1, 2018. The winner will be notified via email.

More information about specific awards and lists

–Stephen Ashley, currently reading Down and Across by Arvin Ahmadi

195 thoughts on “The 2018 Hub Reading Challenge Begins Today!”

  1. Hello!

    I’m so excited to see this post and am definitely planning to participate! I will be reviewing some (but definitely not all) of the books I read on my website below, and will just keep track of the rest on my own.

    I have a quick question: there are a couple of titles from the Quick Picks and Amazing Audio lists that I have been considering already, but I don’t see them on the spreadsheet. Refugee by Alan Gratz, Bang by Barry Lyga, and Moxie by Jennifer Mathieu are a few examples.

    The existing list is great! Thanks for making it. Just a bit curious about those.

    Thanks for running this challenge again! I love it!

    1. The list only includes the titles that were selected as the top ten from each of their respective lists. This helps us keep the list from getting too unwieldy. Happy reading!

  2. #hubchallenge
    I write blurps for staff picks for the shelves but am terrible about writing reviews.
    Having a goal will help me read more of these that are on my stack.

    Are all the books on the lists available for the challenge or just the ones on this combined list?

  3. So excited for the Hub Challenge! I was beginning to wonder if it was going to even happen this year, since it’s been announced earlier the past couple of years. I can’t wait to see what’s on the list! This will be my 3rd year participating.

  4. I’m in! I didn’t finish last year so I’m even more determined to finish this year!

  5. I’m in! I have been waiting and checking weekly on the website to find out when the start was going to be. Will not be finishing the whole list this year as I have moved to an area with limited access to GNs and audio books.

  6. I took a break for a couple years, but I’m planning on completing the challenge this year!

  7. I’m in. This will be my fifth year. I’m tracking on Goodreads at

    When you say “since the award winners and selected lists have been released”, does that include the announcement of the Morris and Nonfiction shortlists in early December? I hope that’s still true, because I read all of them in December and January with the intention of counting them.

    Thanks for doing the Challenge again!

  8. I’ve been looking forward to this ever since 2018 started! I can’t wait to check out some of these titles while I’m on vacation next week. Happy reading, everyone!

  9. Yes! I have been waiting since January 1st for the Hub Challenge to be released! Can’t wait to get started!

  10. I’m in! Tracking on Goodreads. 1st challenge, and I just ordered a cart of award winners!

  11. I’m In! I’ll be tracking on Goodreads here:

    I’ve participated many years in the past but always fallen just short of completing the challenge. This year my strategy is starting with the Great Graphic Novel and Quick Pick lists while listening to the Odyssey and Amazing Audiobook titles on my daily commutes. Already halfway through The Wizards of Once and I’m loving it.

  12. I’m in! Going to try my best to finish this year. I’ll be tracking on Goodreads.

  13. I’m in. – I will be tracking on Goodreads.
    In the past there has been a group started for this. Is there going to be one this year?

  14. I’m excited for this. My first year participating. I’ll track them on Instagram and Twitter @MrsDavisReads

  15. I’m so glad the Hub Challenge is running! I’ve been looking forward to it all through February. I’m definitely in, on Goodreads and possibly also my blog.

  16. That’s kind of a lot… It is a challenge! But totally worth while. Great! Should be fun.

  17. Aloha! I’m in, and excited to do this for the 1st time. I moved into YA in a public library a few months ago, and this will help me as I’m reading and learning more about YA titles. I just keep a quick list of titles offline, and have done just a few reviews in-house during class visits.

  18. I’m in and will be posting on GoodReads! Thanks for organizing this!

  19. I’m in! You found my weakness. I’ll do practically anything for a chance to win literary gear.

  20. This will be terrific. I try to read and buy these for my middle and high schools every year. Now I have another reason to read them. :)

  21. I’ll try :-) Love this idea!!!
    I am going to try and have my Teen Book Club help me read too!!!

  22. I’m in! Fourth year in a row!! Tracking my reads in Goodreads under my bookshelf: 2018 Hub Challenge.

  23. I’m in! High school librarian here, who doesn’t really like reading YA, so this is the push I need!
    I don’t know yet which platform I’ll be using to monitor my progress.

  24. I’m in and will publish some reviews as well. First time! I also challenged our local high school librarian to do it, and she says she’s in as well!

  25. This is my first experience with the challenge. I’m in! I will count my books on Goodreads as well.

  26. I’m in . I will be keeping track on LibraryThing under the username Librariansteffen2.

  27. Better late than never. I’m not sure if I’ll make it to 25, but I’d like to try! I’m in!

  28. When will be first time to post about our March reads for 2108 HUB Reading Challenge to this site? And what is the hashtag for Twitter bc I do not think #hubchallenge is the correct one, can you check and make sure? Thank you!

  29. I am in.
    I thought I already said this, but I cannot find my name:-(
    I am hoping to do this with the Manchester High School Book Club teens.
    They are super excited about this contest. I am putting them on Goodreads but tomorrow when I meet with the High School teens we will discuss how we are keeping track of what we are all reading.
    Thanks for doing this.

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