Hurray! It is again time for The Hub’s YA Reading Challenge. Of course I have signed on. I may also be guilty of recruiting co-workers to at least be informal reading buddies in the Challenge, if not registered participants. At least some of them seem put off by the need to sign up as if there are consequences to not finishing or extra requirements. Their loss, since it’s all in fun, just a larger group of reading buddies.
As I did last year, I will be using the challenge to read things I would not have otherwise read. I intend to read at least one book from every category. Of course, it also provides an excuse to read books I’ve wanted to read but just haven’t gotten to yet. And I was sooooo excited to see Tamora Pierce win the Edwards Award for her Alanna the Lioness and Protector of the Small quartets. I will not be able to resist indulging in re-reading these much-loved classics. The terms of the challenge allow me to count the reading I did for the winter Nonfiction and Morris Award challenges towards my totals. That means I have a 10 book head start. But that feels a bit like cheating, especially since I have so much extra time to finish this year. (The challenge is 2 months longer this year for the same number of books!) So I still intend to try for 25 books or more. Sadly, I don’t think that reading all 84 titles is possible.
And now it is time to stop writing and start reading. First on my list, the graphic novel Friends With Boys by Faith Erin Hicks, from the Top 10 Great Graphic Novels for Young Adults. This is one of those books that I’ve had the back of my mind as “I really should read that!” Now I finally will.