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message 1: by Tatiana (last edited Mar 01, 2011 12:35PM) (new)

Tatiana (tatiana_g) Welcome to YA Book Club's first Reading Challenge!


Duration: March 1, 2011 - May 31, 2011.

We are an YA Book Club, so all books should be young adult.

You have 3 months to read 12 YA books that satisfy following requirements:

1) Read a book which is a Printz winner or honoree. The list of all winners and honorees can be found here.

2) Read a book that is a new release published in March, April or May of this year. Goodreads offers lists of the most popular new releases by month, they might help you to make your choices - March, April and May.

3) Read a book that is a part of a series.

4) Read an author's debut novel.

5) Read a book that is on one of the ALA's Best Books for Young Adults lists. Pick any year. The lists can be found here.

6) Read a book set in a foreign country.

7) Read a book which is a book-in-verse, a graphic novel or epistolary (written in a form of a diary, letters, notes, etc.).

8) Read a book written from a male POV.

9) Read a book which was nominated for a month's pick in our group, but never won. Our old polls are here

10) Read 3 books that belong to 3 different genres of your choosing. You can pick from: science fiction, fantasy, paranormal, dystopia, mystery, urban fantasy, chick lit or horror.

Everything should be done on this thread - your questions, your plans, your progress.

P.S. If you are interested in more challenges - monthly, yearly, etc., post your suggestions here

Happy reading!

message 2: by Kelly (new)

Kelly RAley (kraley) | 100 comments Ooh! I love it. Now to make up my list. Goody!

message 3: by Tatiana (new)

Tatiana (tatiana_g) I am very much into reading challenges myself:)

MsBDiamondDiva1 | 1 comments I am super excited!!! Hope I can do this!!! :-) Happy Reading everyone!!! :-)

message 5: by Sophia (new)

Sophia (thesophiachang) Holy cow this is a challenging list...debating how much I can do

message 6: by Amy (new)

Amy Armstrong (missamyalice) | 17 comments I'm so in!

message 7: by Lori (new)

Lori (tyme2read) this will be a real challenge for me, # of books wise but I am going to give it a go and see how far I can get. Off to make my list.

message 8: by Lori (new)

Lori (tyme2read) QUESTION: IU started reading Crecsendo a few days ago but I am only on Chapter 3, Can I count that as my series book?

message 9: by Tatiana (new)

Tatiana (tatiana_g) Lori wrote: "QUESTION: IU started reading Crecsendo a few days ago but I am only on Chapter 3, Can I count that as my series book?"

I think it's perfectly fine, Lori.

message 10: by Lori (new)

Lori (tyme2read) thank you, I really didn't want to have to put is down to start another book, lol

message 11: by Tatiana (last edited May 17, 2011 05:34AM) (new)

Tatiana (tatiana_g) I haven't started any books today yet, but I'll go ahead and occupy this spot to keep up with my progress:)


2) Where Things Come Back - May release

3) Eon: Dragoneye Reborn - 1st book in a series.

4) Like Mandarin - debut.

5) Once Was Lost - ALA's Best Books for Young Adults.

6) Purple Heart (Irag)

7) Then He Ate My Boy Entrancers: More Mad, Marvy Confessions of Georgia Nicolson - diary

8) Where She Went - male POV

9) The Last Summer Of The Death Warriors - group nominee

10) Genesis (sci-fi), Into the Wild Nerd Yonder (chick-lit), Ruby Red (fantasy).

message 12: by Misty (new)

Misty | 7 comments Ooh, I love a good list-making task. Don't know that I'll actually have time to read anything on the list, but that never stops me from making one...

message 13: by Amy (last edited Mar 01, 2011 04:13PM) (new)

Amy Armstrong (missamyalice) | 17 comments Thirteen Reasons Why nominated for the read, but never chosen
The Unnameables Male POV, YALSA pick
Please Ignore Vera Dietz, Printz Honoree
Demonglass March Release
Zombie Blondes Supernatural
Uglies Dystopia
I Am the Messenger Mystery
Breathless Debut Novel
Catching Fire Part of a series
Solace of the Road Set in a foreign country
The Sky Is Everywhere
Stitches by David Small Graphic Novel

message 14: by Ralph Gallagher (new)

Ralph Gallagher | 53 comments For #2, does it have to be released /this/ March/April/May? Or would M/A/M of last year or before work too?

message 15: by Tatiana (new)

Tatiana (tatiana_g) I meant this year. I'll clarify.

message 16: by Ozana (new)

Ozana (barbozzy) I'will try-I love the challenge,since I live in foreign contry I read in English and most YA...and I read few different books at once! I love it!

message 17: by Lisa (new)

Lisa Vegan (lisavegan) This is a great idea. It's just I don't participate in any challenges. I already am so overbooked with book groups, book club, and ones I just want to read for myself books. I'm so behind the last thing I need is an official challenge. But, this should be fun for those who want to participate. It's a wonderful addition to this group.

message 18: by Melissa (new)

Melissa W | 7 comments ooooo.... lets blow this out the water...













updates to come

message 19: by Alyssa Daney (new)

Alyssa Daney | 7 comments ohh yes ill try this cant wai to get reading

message 20: by Kritika (last edited May 18, 2011 06:26PM) (new)

Kritika (spidersilksnowflakes) Yay! I love doing book challenges because I always land up reading and loving books I wouldn't have picked up otherwise.
Here are some books I might read for the challenge. I'll cross them off when I'm done.

1. Ship Breaker review here
2. City of Fallen Angels review here
3. Gone by Michael Grant review here
4. A Northern Light (YA debut), my review here
5. Graceling review here
6. I am the Messenger
7. Identical by Ellen Hopkins review here
8. The Scorch Trials (Maze Runner trilogy) review here
9. The Knife of Never Letting Go review here
10a. Black Juice (speculative fiction, anthology) see review here
10b. Impossible (mix of folklore and contemporary fiction) review here
10c. A Kiss in Time review here (urban fantasy)


message 21: by Allison (new)

Allison | 1 comments Making my list as I speak :)

message 23: by Michelle (new)

Michelle (maezyreads) Well Lori has convinced me to do this. LOL I will compose my list soon. So many choices. I'll try not to read them in just a couple weeks Lori! LOL

message 24: by Lori (new)

Lori (tyme2read) Spread them out Michelle, lol

message 25: by N.L. (new)

N.L. Riviezzo (nlriviezzo) I think I'm in. Will contemplate a list and post it later.

message 26: by Lori (last edited Jun 02, 2011 01:20PM) (new)

Lori (tyme2read) Ok, I am trying to get my books chosen.
1. Looking for Alaska
2. Defiance
3. The Iron Daughter
4. Chloe Doe OR 13 to Life
5. The Chosen One
6. Sold
7. Impulse
9. Rules of Attraction
10a. Don't Die, Dragonfly supernatural
10b. Twisted teen angst?
10c.City of Fallen Angels0 paranormal

message 27: by Erin (last edited Apr 24, 2011 02:47PM) (new)

Erin my list (I'll cross them off when I read them)
1.Ship Breaker
2. City of Fallen Angels 5 stars
3. Flawless 4 stars
4. Across the Universe 5 stars
5. Eon: Dragoneye Reborn
6. The 39 Clues: Vespers Rising 4.5 stars
7. Stolen: A letter to my captor
8. Ender's Game 5 stars
9. Found 4 stars
10. True Grit (western) 3.5 stars , Paranormalcy (fantasy) 10 stars ;) ,Pretty Little Liars (mystery) 4 stars

message 28: by N.L. (new)

N.L. Riviezzo (nlriviezzo) For the selection of the book that never won for a monthly read - I've read most of those books already. For those that are part of a series, can the second book or a book from the series be read instead?

message 29: by Eden (last edited Mar 04, 2011 09:59AM) (new)

Eden (gardenofedee) | 6 comments Wooo I like this one :)

1. Looking for Alaska by John Green
2. The Dark and Hallow Places by Carrie Ryan
3. City of Fallen Angels by Cassandra Claire
4. Graceling by Kristin Cashore 4 Stars
5. Fire by Kristin Cashore
7. Identical by Ellen Hopkins
9. Knife of Never Letting Go by Patrick Ness

message 30: by Bianca (last edited May 14, 2011 10:03AM) (new)

Bianca (dizzybee) I will put "Done" next to books I finish!
Here's my list:
1. Please Ignore Vera Dietz (Done)
2. Everfound (Done)
3. Goose Girl (Done)
4. Across the Universe (Done)
5. Leviathan (Done)
6. The Alchemist (Done)
7. Vampire Knight: Official Fan book (Done)
8. Superior Saturday (Done)
9. To Kill a Mockingbird (Done)
10. Nightshade (Done)
11. Eternal Ones (Done)
12. The Replacement (Done)

I am finished!!! Read every single book and enjoyed doing so!!!

message 31: by Deborah (last edited May 13, 2011 05:29PM) (new)

Deborah (bookgirl4ever) 1. Nothing - by Teller - read; weirded out
2. The Girl Who Circumnavigated Fairyland in a Ship of Her Own Making - fantasy - very cute - for tweens
3. Lockdown by Smith - loved!
4. Iron King by Kagwa - read and loved!
6. The Sorcerer of Sainte Felice by Finnin - read a loved
7. Crank by Hopkins
8. Across Five Aprils by Hunt - good historical novel
9. Mistborn by Sanderson
10. a. Pathfinder by Card - sci fi - read and loved
c. Z by Ford - horror- read; very creepy

message 32: by Sakura (new)

Sakura Windsong (sakurawindsong) | 2 comments Fun! I love reading challenges with some real parameters!

message 33: by Ann (last edited Apr 25, 2011 07:49AM) (new)

Ann (annabell123) | 45 comments 1. Ship Breaker
2. Chime 3 Stars
3. Catching Fire 5 Stars
4. The Iron King 5 Stars
5. Graceling 4 Stars
6. A Spy in the House 3 Stars
7. Thirteen Reasons Why
8. Kingdom's Dawn 4 Stars
9. Twenty Boy Summer 4 Stars
10. Awakening - Science Fiction 4 Stars
11. Realm of the Reaper - Fantasy 3 Stars
12. Cryer's Cross - Mystery 4 Stars

message 34: by Kelly (last edited Mar 09, 2011 10:52AM) (new)

Kelly RAley (kraley) | 100 comments Ok, This has taken me all night to ponder through and see what the library has available...
1. MALE POV:Hole in My Life (Also Printz runner-up) 4 STARS (finished 3-9-2011)
2. ALA: When You Reach Me (also Newbery Winner) 4 STARS (finished 3-7-2011)
3. POLL LOSER: I'd Tell You I love you, but then I'd have to kill you (Carter)
4. MYSTERY: Weed that Strings the Hangman's knot (Bradley)
5. FANTASY: Fire (Cashore...I know, I know, I should have already read this by now, I've been hoarding it)
6. DYSTOPIC: Girl in the Arena
7. SERIES: Mockingjay (Collins) - My teen daughters stole it and then I also was hoarding it for a reading dryspell
8. PRINTZ: Ship Breaker
9. NEW RELEASE: Outside, In (Maria V Snyder)
10. VERSE/GRAPHIC: Lightning Thief Graphic Novel or the Twilight graphic novel
11. AUTHOR DEBUT: Singer of All Songs -Kate Constable (FINISHED 3/4/11 - 3 stars)
12. FOREIGN: Alchemy and Meggy Swann (Cushman) - set in England

Did anyone else find it hard not to cheat and pick a book you've already read? There were so many that were award winners that I read already, but I am pressing forward with TWELVE NEW BOOKS! Yea!

message 35: by Michelle (last edited Mar 18, 2011 07:17AM) (new)

Michelle (maezyreads) My list:
1. Looking for Alaska **READ** 4 stars
2. Steel
3. Demonglass **READ** 5 stars
4. Angelfire **READ** 4.5 stars
5. Along for the Ride **READ** 4 stars
6. Clockwork Angel **READ** 4 stars
7. Love You Hate You Miss You **READ** 4 stars
8. Almost Perfect **READ** 4 stars
9. Blood and Chocolate **READ** 3 stars
10.Old Magic(Paranormal) **READ** 4 stars
Sloppy Firsts(Chick Lit) **READ** 4 stars
A Spy in the House (Mystery) **READ** 4 stars

message 36: by Lindsay (last edited May 16, 2011 03:50AM) (new)

Lindsay Okay here goes.....
1) Looking for Alaska. 4 stars - really liked this
2) Falling Under
3) Incarceron. 3 stars - okay but for all the hype I was not that impressed.
4) Entwined - 4 stars, not what I expected but a good fairytale
5) Lips Touch: Three Times
6) The Sweet Far Thing. 3 stars, not impressed with the last in this series
7) The Perks of Being a Wallflower. Loved this! Funny and sad, really felt for the main character
8) The Knife of Never Letting Go 4 stars - fast paced, great cliffhanger ending
9) The Giver 4 stars - classic from grade school, well written dystopia
10) Anna and the French Kiss,
Sapphique 1 star, no comment enough said
I Am Number Four

message 37: by Kelly (new)

Kelly RAley (kraley) | 100 comments Don't forget, as you read, you have got to say whether or not the books are worth reading. I'd love to add a lot of these that I haven't heard of before.

message 38: by [deleted user] (last edited May 27, 2011 04:35PM) (new)

OK definetly! Below is my unfilled list that I will fill as the time comes.

1.) Looking for Alaska 3 STARS

2.) City of Fallen Angels 5 STARS

3.) Pretty Little Liars 4 STARS

4.) Before I Fall 4.5 STARS

5.) Clockwork Angel 4.2 STARS

6.) Heist Society

7.) The Throne of Fire

8.) A World Without Heroes 4 STARS

9.) Life As We Knew It 4 STARS

10.) Across the Universe(SCI-FI) 5 STARS

11.) Matched (DYSTOPIA) 5 STARS

12.) Gimme a Call (CHICK-LIT) 4 STARS

message 39: by Tatiana (new)

Tatiana (tatiana_g) Yes, how about stars next to the books read? So that we all know what is worth reading and what is not.

message 40: by Lori (new)

Lori (tyme2read) I don't know how you are all getting your lists done so quickly. I am struggling with a few of the categories.

Is there a list somewhere of debut novels?

Oh and I DID end up switching my series book. I can't stop thinking about the Iron King so I have going to put Crescendo away for now and go with The Iron Daughter, lol

message 41: by Tatiana (new)

Tatiana (tatiana_g) Lori, this list might help you to find debut novels:

message 42: by Lori (last edited Mar 01, 2011 07:03PM) (new)

Lori (tyme2read) Thank you Tatiana.

ETA: WOW, I can't believe how many debut books I have sitting on my shelf(to read) or on my kobo. I have decided on 2 but have a renewed intrest in some of the books I have stacked up.

message 43: by Angie, YA lovin mod!! (new)

Angie | 2687 comments Mod
I have to get my list together!!!

message 44: by Karis (YA Litwit) (last edited Apr 28, 2011 11:56AM) (new)

Karis (YA Litwit) Jacobstein (YALitwit) | 15 comments 1) Read a book which is a Printz winner or honoree. Ship Breaker by Paolo Bacigalupi

2) Read a book that is a new release published in March, April or May of this year. The Dark and Hollow Places by Carrie Ryan

3) Read a book that is a part of a series. Where She Went by Gayle Forman
4) Read an author's debut novel. Scrawl by Mark Shulman *he has written a couple of children's picture books, but this is his 1st novel according to the publisher and GR, so I think it counts.

5) Read a book that is on one of the ALA's Best Books for Young Adults lists. Once Was Lost by Sara Zarr

6) Read a book set in a foreign country. The Familiars by Adam Jay Epstein

7) Read a book which is a book-in-verse, a graphic novel or epistolary (written in a form of a diary, letters, notes, etc.). Fallout by Ellen Hopkins

8) Read a book written from a male POV. Will Grayson, Will Grayson by John Green

9) Read a book which was nominated for a month's pick in our group, but never won. Speak by Laurie Halse Anderson

10) Read 3 books that belong to 3 different genres of your choosing. You can pick from: science fiction, fantasy, paranormal, dystopia, mystery, urban fantasy, chick lit or horror.
Delirium by Lauren Oliver (dystopia)
Cryer's Cross by Lisa McMann (horror)
Sapphique by Catherine Fisher (urban fantasy)

message 45: by Chinmayi (last edited Jun 01, 2011 07:20AM) (new)

Chinmayi (chinmayidixit) 1.

2. 'Outside In' by Maria Snyder : 30th march

3.The Gathering by Kelley Armstrong : 22nd May (Wonderful book)

4. A Discovery of Witches Deborah Harkness : 23rd march


6. The Princess Bride : April 9th

7.Thirteen Reasons Why 5th april



fantasy : Once a Witch by Carolyn MacCullough 17 may
paranormal : The False Princess By ellis o'neal 18 may
'Heist Society' by Ally Carter : May 19

I'll go on adding dates I finished these books on!

message 46: by Annalisa (last edited Apr 25, 2011 06:01PM) (new)

Annalisa (goodreadsannalisa) What a fun challenge. Too bad I won't be able to read that much over the next few months. I will try to get to these books already on my to-read list:
1. Please Ignore Vera Dietz (Printz winner) Loved it!
2. Miles from Ordinary (released March 2011) Okay
5. Saving Francesca (ALA winner)
7. Crank (novel in verse) Pretty good
8. Hole in My Life (male POV) Okay, didn't finish, affected me too much

I'm reading now:
3. Bloody Jack: Being an Account of the Curious Adventures of Mary "Jacky" Faber, Ship's Boy (part of a series)
6. Revolution (set in another country) If it counts. I'm a little under halfway through.

message 47: by Penny (last edited Mar 01, 2011 10:18PM) (new)

Penny | 2 comments 1) Thirteen Reasons Why (Can I count this? I started it yesterday) otherwise I'll read A Northern Light

2) Where She Went

3) Real Live Boyfriends


5) Sweetness at the Bottom of the Pie or Going Bovine (I'm halfway through both of these books, so can I count one or the other? If not I'll pick something else. Actually I just started reading After today, so I'll just go with that.


7) The Walking Dead



10) dystopia Bumped or Outside In, mystery The Weed That Strings the Hangman's Bag. Question: I just purchased The Iron Thorn and it's pretty much just steampunk with faeries and/or witch magic mixed in, I think (haven't started it yet). Anyway, would that qualify as fantasy? I tend to think yes but I just want to check (don't look at me like that. I just started reading steampunk last year, so there).

message 48: by Ellen (new)

Ellen (agirlfromdownunder) | 1 comments Not Spring down here in Australia so i'll make this my Autumn (fall what every you call it) reading list

message 49: by Deborah (last edited May 01, 2011 11:00PM) (new)

Deborah Yes! A Challenge.

1: Kit's Wilderness a Printz winner
2: The Gathering a new release
3: Soulless part of a series
4: Graceling author's debut
5: Bound ALA list 2005
6: The Ruby in the Smoke Takes place in London
7: Fruits Basket, Volume 1 grapic novel
8: The Thief Male point of view
9: The Tiger Rising club nomination
10: The Lost Saint Paranormal
11: The Iron King Fantasy
12: Found Mystery

message 50: by Sonya (last edited May 19, 2011 01:50AM) (new)

Sonya I never participated in any challenge before, so this is the first time I join. I am excited about this. But, honestly, I read rather slow. Reading 12 books in 3 months is really a challenge to me.And my schoolwork is so heavy. Anyway, I will try my very best to complete it.

Below is the book I want to read.
1. Stolen by Lucy Christopher 4.5stars
2. Divergent by Veronica Roth
3. New Moon by Stephanie Meyer
4. The Sky Is Everywhere by Jandy Nelson 5stars
5. Saving Francesca by Melina Marchetta 4stars
6. Anna And the French Kiss by Stephanie Perkin
7. Feeling Sorry for Celia by Jaclyn Moriarty 4stars
9. If I Stay by Gayle Forman
10. The Book Thief by Markus Zusak (Historical Fiction)
11. Paranormalcy by Kiersten White (Paranormal) 5 stars
12. Stealing Heaven by Elizabeth Scott(chick-lit) 4 stars

I will start reading these after I finish Jane Eyre, still get 200 pages to go.

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