Friday, 8 January 2016

The 50 Book Pledge .... Am I Crazy??

January 1st I signed up for the 50 Book Pledge. The concept is simple, you try and read 50 books in one calendar year.

Last year I attempted the Read Harder Challenge, and I didn't do too bad. I read 21 of the 24 book. I'm still calling it a win. Even if I didn't complete all 24 books, The Read Harder Challenge definitely encouraged me to read books I probably wouldn't have otherwise picked up. Plus it introduced me to new authors, which is what kind of made me veer off the my 24 book plan by the end of the year.

Also in 2015, I started working with publishers and book tour companies to participate in online book tours for new books. This is something I've really enjoyed and hope to continue.

Between the Read Harder Challenge and book reviews, I ended up with so many books on my bookshelf that I picked up last year, and didn't read yet. So, this year I just want to read those books. All of the books that I put on my "to read" list over the last little while. I have no idea if I'll get to 50 by the end of the year. Even for me, that feels very ambitious, but it will be fun to try.

I won't blog reviews about all 50 books, but I will try and keep my Books page updated with my favourites. At the end of the year, I'll put together a post with a list of all the books I read this year, and we'll see how far I got.

Just like last year, even if I only get to 70%, that's totally fine by me. This Globe and Mail article says it's better for your health anyways. "With the 70-per-cent rule, the focus is not on maximizing returns but on achieving reasonable goals, with well-being top of mind." Perfect.

I finished The Choice by Nicholas Sparks already this year and am now into The 5th Wave by Rick Yancey. Here's a sample of what's on my bookshelf for the year!

So, am I totally crazy? Probably a little. Do you have any reading goals this year?

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