As a reader I feel very blessed to have access to the amount of reading material that I do. I can use my public library, browse second hand bookshops, visit large chain bookstores and even swap with my friends. It’s this access that drove me to participate in the 50 Book Pledge.
There are many places, even within our own country, where reading material is hard to come by. I happen to live in a large city where my library is able to stock current release close or near to release date, and multiple copies of them. Many places just don’t have the funds. My desire to read as much as I can comes from wanting to use the resources I have to their fullest because I am lucky to have them. Having a goal, like the 50 Book Pledge, gives me something to work towards and a fun way to keep track of what I’ve read this year. I also use Goodreads and keeps track of how many books I’ve read so far, and even retains a list of which books I’ve read so that at the end of the year I have a snapshot of what I have accomplished.
2012’s challenge has started off really well. I have decided to pledge to read 125 books instead of 50 and am happy to say that I am currently on track to meet my goal with 18 books read.
If you are looking for some books to add to your own 50 Book Pledge, my favourite book that I’ve read so far for the 2012 challenge is Masque of the Red Death by Bethany Griffin. While it’s not out until May of this year, it’s one you should be adding to your wishlist and reading pile. The novel I recommend to everyone is Anna and the French Kiss by Stephanie Perkins. It’s a feel good, sweet read that will leave you smiling. The one book I am most excited to scratch off my reading list this year is Insurgent by Veronica Roth. I loved Divergent and have been dying to read the sequel.
When choosing my books I have tried to select a few that I may not have otherwise read. I like to take suggestions from others, and expose myself to new and unique reads that I might not have stumbled upon without them. This reading challenge is the perfect opportunity to go outside your comfort zone.
The 50 Book Pledge has allowed me to find new people to chat about books with, provided an easy way to keep track of my reading during the year, and opened me up to some reads I would never have thought of. If you‘re not taking part already there is still plenty of time to join in the fun.