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HUB Reading Challenge Check-in 2/26

26 Feb

I began this week with two quick reads:


Ada Lovelace: Poet of Science, written by Diane Stanley and illustrated by Jessie Harland, seems an odd fit for the HUB Challenge. As a picture book, it was clearly written for a younger audience, but it is on the Amelia Bloomer list and so it is here.

Publisher’s Summary: From nonfiction stars Diane Stanley and Jessie Hartland comes a beautifully illustrated biography of Ada Lovelace, who is known as the first computer programmer.

Two hundred years ago, a daughter was born to the famous poet, Lord Byron, and his mathematical wife, Annabella.

Like her father, Ada had a vivid imagination and a creative gift for connecting ideas in original ways. Like her mother, she had a passion for science, math, and machines. It was a very good combination. Ada hoped that one day she could do something important with her creative and nimble mind.

A hundred years before the dawn of the digital age, Ada Lovelace envisioned the computer-driven world we know today. And in demonstrating how the machine would be coded, she wrote the first computer program. She would go down in history as Ada Lovelace, the first computer programmer.

Diane Stanley’s lyrical writing and Jessie Hartland’s vibrant illustrations capture the spirit of Ada Lovelace and bring her fascinating story vividly to life.

The second was Flimish, a graphic novel by Edward Ross.


Publisher’s Summary: In Filmish, cartoonist Edward Ross takes us on an exhilarating ride through the history of cinema, using comics to uncover the magic and mechanics behind our favourite movies.

Exploring everything from censorship to set design, Ross spotlights the films and film-makers that embody this provocative and inventive medium, from the pioneers of early cinema to the innovators shaping the movies of today, from A Trip to the Moon to Inception and beyond.

A witty and insightful reflection on the enduring power of the cinema, Filmish is a lucid and lively guide to the stars and stories that have shaped our lives for more than a century.

I am reading a longer novel now, but will tell you about it next Sunday.

HUB Reading Challenge Check-in 2/19

19 Feb


I’ve spent the last two weeks putting books on hold at the library. Several things came in this week and I managed to read two of them, both excellent graphic novels.

First, I read Lowriders to the Center of Earth by local librarian, Cathy Camper, which won a Pura Belpré Award.


Publisher’s Summary:The lovable trio from the acclaimed Lowriders in Space are back! Lupe Impala, Elirio Malaria, and El Chavo Octopus are living their dream at last. They’re the proud owners of their very own garage. But when their beloved cat Genie goes missing, they need to do everything they can to find him. Little do they know the trail will lead them to the realm of Mictlantecuhtli, the Aztec god of the Underworld, who is keeping Genie prisoner! With cool Spanish phrases on every page, a glossary of terms, and an action-packed plot that sneaks in science as well as Aztec lore, Lowriders to the Center of the Earth is a linguistic and visual delight. ¡Que suave!

I read the first book in this series, but forgot how wonderful it was. The way Spanish is naturally incorporated into the text makes this a fun read for beginning Spanish speakers of all ages.Raúl the Third’s illustrations capture the flavor of  lucha libre and the Aztec underworld.

The second graphic novel I read was on YALSA’s 2017 Top Ten Great Graphic Novels for Teens list. Brian Vaughn’s We Stand On Guard  incorporated French into its text.


Publisher’s Summary:SAGA writer BRIAN K. VAUGHAN teams with artistic legend and MATRIX storyboard artist STEVE SKROCE for an action-packed military thriller that will have everyone talking. 100 years from now, a heroic band of Canadian civilians must defend their homeland from invasion…by the United States of America! The hyper-detailed combat between badass freedom fighters and giant f***ing robots .

Unlike Lowriders, the French text is not translated, so I fell a little bit superior to monolingual (American) readers. You know the old joke:

Q: What do you call a person who speaks three languages?

A: Trilingual.

Q: What do you call a person who speaks two languages?

A: Bilingual.

Q: What do you call a person who speaks one language?

A: American

Sorry for that digression, but I love that joke!

We Stand On Guard is an excellent graphic novel, that captures the eternal Canadian concern over their neighbor to the South.

Announcing the 2017 Hub Reading Challenge!

5 Feb

I hadn’t heard anything about the 2017 Hub Reading Challenged and feared it might not happen this year. Then, lo and behold, the announcement came!


The HUB Reading challenge s intended to encourage librarians, library workers, and YA lit enthusiasts to dive into the award winner and honor books and YALSA selected lists with the hope of providing excellent readers’ advisory and even discovering a new favorite title or exploring a genre outside of your comfort zone.

The goal is to read any 25 books of the titles from the above lists and awards. There are almost 100 this year and I have listed them below.

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.

There are a few rules that you can read on the link above, but the most important one is this: 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.

I’ll be updating my progress on Sundays, so stay tuned.

Here is the official list:

2017 Hub Reading Challenge Eligible Titles

    1. Life in Motion: An Unlikely Ballerina by MIsty Copeland
    2. The Distance Between Us: A Memoir by Reyna Grande
    3. Persepolis: The Story of a Childhood by Marjane Satrapi
    4. The Diviners by Libba Bray
    5. The Monstrumologist by Rick Yancey
    6. The Good Braider By Terry Farish
    7. Just One Day by Gayle Forman
    8. All the Bright Places by Jennifer Niven
    9. Vanishing Girls by Lauren Oliver
    10. Rani Patel in Full Effect by Sonia Patel
    11. The Queen of Blood by Sarah Beth Durst
    12. The Regional Office is Under Attack! by Manuel Gonzales
    13. In the Country We Love: My Family Divided by Diane Guerrero with Michelle Burford
    14. Buffering: Unshared Tales of a Life Fully Loaded by Hannah Hart
    15. Every Heart a Doorway by Seanan McGuire
    16. Romeo and/or Juliet: A Choosable-Path Adventure by Ryan North
    17. Die Young with Me: A Memoir by Rob Rufus
    18. The Wasp that Brainwashed the Caterpillar by Matt Simon
    19. The Invisible Life of Ivan Isaenko by Scott Stambach
    20. March:  Book Three by John Lewis, Andrew Aydin and Nate Powell
    21. Hillary Rodham Clinton:  A Woman Living History by Karen Blumenthal
    22. In the Shadow of Liberty:  The Hidden History of Slavery, Four Presidents, and Five Black Lives by Kenneth C. Davis
    23. Samurai Rising:  The Epic Life of Minamoto Yoshitsune written by Pamela S. Turner, illustrated by Gareth Hinds
    24. This Land is Our Land:  A History of American Immigration by Linda Barrett Osborne
    25. Dreamland by Sarah Dessen
    26. Keeping the Moon by Sarah Dessen
    27. Just Listen by Sarah Dessen
    28. The Truth About Forever by Sarah Dessen
    29. Along for the Ride by Sarah Dessen
    30. What Happened to Goodbye? by Sarah Dessen
    31. This Lullaby by Sarah Dessen
    32. Asking for It by Louise O’Neill
    33. The Passion of Dolssa by Julie Berry
    34. Scythe by Neal Shusterman
    35. The Sun is Also a Star by Nicola Yoon
    36. Anna and the Swallow Man written by Gavriel Savit, narrated by Allan Corduner
    37. Ghost written by Jason Reynolds, narrated by Guy Lockard
    38. Dream On, Amber written by Emma Shevah, narrated by Laura Kirman
    39. Nimona written by Noelle Stevenson, narrated by Rebecca Soler, Jonathan Davis, Marc Thompson, January LaVoy, Natalie Gold, Peter Bradbury, and David Pittu
    40. The Serpent King by Jeff Zentner
    41. Girl Mans Up by M-E Girard
    42. Rani Patel In Full Effect by Sonia Patel
    43. The Smell of Other People’s Houses by Bonnie-Sue Hitchcock
    44. Tell Me Something Real by Calla Devlin
    45. Beast by Brie Spangler, read by Andrew Eiden
    46. Gemina by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff, read by Carla Corvo, MacLeod Andrews, Steve West, and a full cast
    47. Kill the Boy Band by Goldy Moldavsky, read by Barrett Wilbert Weed
    48. Nimona by Noelle Stevenson, read by Marc Thompson, Rebecca Soler, January LaVoy, Peter Bradbury, Jonathan Davis, David Pittu, Natalie Gold
    49. Orbiting Jupiter by Gary D. Schmidt, read by Christopher Gebauer
    50. Salt to the Sea by Ruta Sepetys, read by Jorjeana Marie, Will Damron, Cassandra Morris, Michael Crouch
    51. Star Wars Ahsoka by E.K. Johnston, read by Ashley Eckstein
    52. Traffick by Ellen Hopkins, read by Kirby Heyborne, Julia Whelan, Madeleine Maby, Rebekkah Ross, Jacques Roy
    53. Wink Poppy Midnight by April Genevieve Tucholke, read by Michael Crouch, Alicyn Packard, and Caitlin Davies
    54. The Reader by Traci Chee
    55. The Lie Tree by Francis Hardinge
    56. The Female of the Species by Mindy McGinnis
    57. Burn Baby Burn by Meg Medina
    58. Salt to the Sea by Ruta Septys
    59. Tell Me Three Things by Julie Buxam
    60. Feminism: Reinventing the F-Word by Nadia Abushanab
    61. Symptoms of Being Human by Jeff Garvin
    62. Exit, Pursued by a Bear by E. K. Johnston
    63. Plutona by Jeff Lemire
    64. Daughters Unto Devils by Amy Lukavics
    65. This Is Where It Ends by Marieke Nijkamp
    66. All American Boys by Jason Reynolds and Brendan Kiely
    67. If I Was Your Girl by Meredith Russo
    68. The Geek’s Guide to Unrequited Love by Sarvenaz Tash
    69. When We Collided by Emery Lord
    70. as brave as you by Jason Reynolds
    71. Magnus Chase and the Gods of Asgard by Rick Riordan
    72. If I Was Your Girl by Meredith Russo
    73. How Many Letters are in Goodbye? by Yvonne Cassidy
    74. We Are the Ants by Shaun David Hutchinson
    75. Dryland by Sara Jaffe
    76. You Know Me Well by Nina LaCour and David Leviathan
    77. When the Moon Was Ours Anna-Marie  McLemore
    78. This Song Is (Not) for You by Laura Nowlin
    79. The Root by Na’amen Gobert Tilahun
    80. And I Darken by Kierstin White
    81. Giant Days by John Allison and Lissa Treiman
    82. Black Panther, Book One:  A Nation Under Our Fee by Ta-Nehisi Coates and Brian Stelfreeze
    83. Ada Lovelace, Poet of Science: The First Computer Programmer by Diane Stanley, illustrated by Jessie Hartland
    84. Balcony on the Moon by Ibtisam Barakat
    85. Becoming Unbecoming by Una
    86. Burn Baby Burn by Meg Medina
    87. Makes Her Mark by Debbie Levy, illustrated by Elizabeth Baddeley
    88. The Lie Tree by Frances Hardinge
    89. Take It As a Compliment by Maria Stoian
    90. Trainwreck: The Women We Love to Hate, Mock, and Fear… and Why by Sady Doyle
    91. We Believe You: Survivors of Campus Sexual Assault Speak Out by Annie E. Clark and Andrea L. Pino
    92. Filmish:  a Graphic Journey Through Film by Edward Ross
    93. Prez, Volume 1:  Corndog in Chief by Mark Russel Ben Caldwell, and Mark Morales
    94. orange:  The Complete Collection 1 by Ichigo Takano
    95. Paper Girls 1 by Brian K. Vaughan and Cliff Chiang
    96. We Stand On Guard by Brian K. Vaughan, Steve Skroce, and Matt Hollingsworth
    97. Lowriders to the Center of the Earth illustrated by Raúl Gonzalez, written by Cathy Camper



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