We’re one month into the 2015 50 Book Pledge and so far the year is off to a great start! Over 3,500 readers are participating, and together we are on track to read over 150,000 books this year. Below, we’ve recapped some of the new features you may have noticed throughout the past month, plus new badges that we’ve introduced with the help of fellow CanLit supporters. And of course, what’s a milestone without a giveaway!? Scroll down to see how you can enter to win all FIVE of our January Featured Reads.
Included in our 2015 update was a Books With Buzz carousel, which allows us to feature newsworthy books on our homepage. The carousel will focus on recent Canadian bestsellers, award-winners and nominees, exciting accomplishments by authors, and much more; but most importantly, it’s a great spot to find books to add to your To Be Read shelves.
Speaking of shelves, we hope you’re enjoying the new shelves that we added to the Pledge this year! On the righthand side of your Shelves page, you’ll notice two new options: a Currently Reading shelf (that works alongside your Currently Reading status) and a Favourites shelf. Don’t forget to tweet when you add a book to each! Seeing what fellow pledgers are reading (and which books they love) is a great way to discover your next favourite.
We’re so excited to introduce a new contributor to the Savvy Reader: actress, Sara Canning! You may recognize Sara from TV shows like Global TV’s Remedy and The Vampire Diaries. But, did you know that Sara is also an avid reader? Over the next couple months Sara is going to share her love of reading, and posts about her favourite books here on the Savvy Reader. So, take it away Sara!
How is your 50 Book Pledge going, readers? Admittedly, mine is off to a slow start. I just moved into a new apartment and finally set up my own Netflix account. Unfortunately, this means I’ve spend too many cold winter nights binge-watching television shows instead of reading. Yikes!
That being said, some of the shows I’ve been watching have inspired me to add new books to my To Be Read shelf! Below are my recommendations for great reads inspired by (or similar to) great TV. And stay tuned! The Savvy Reader will be sharing Watch That? Read This! recommendations all year, so check back again next month. Do you have a book that reminds you of one of your favourite shows (or vice versa)? Share it with us on Twitter @SavvyReader.
Sherlock is a contemporary adaptation of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle‘s Sherlock Holmes and stars Benedict Cumberbatch as Sherlock Holmes and Martin Freeman as Doctor John Watson. The series itself is captivating: the third season is the UK’s most watched drama series since 2001 and viewers worldwide (binge)watch the 9-episode series on Netflix. For those who did, and enjoyed Holmes’ conflict with his arch-nemesis Jim Moriarty (played Andrew Scott), then bestselling author Anthony Horowitz’s Moriarty is for you. Moriarty plunges readers back into the dark and complex relationship between Holmes and Moriarty in the aftermath of their fateful struggle at the Reichenbach Falls.