Inderjit (@InderjitDeogun) is an Art History graduate, an environmentalist and a loud-and-proud bookworm. When she’s not fighting against climate change, she has her nose stuck in a book. With a particular love for children’s literature, Inderjit believes a word can be worth a thousand pictures. This is her second year participating in the 50 Book Pledge. To visit Inderjit’s bookshelf click here and be sure to check back monthly for her 50 Book Pledge updates!
I’m ecstatic to report that as of three weeks ago today, I turned the final page on my 50 Book Pledge. To be specific, I ended my pledge on Friday, November 8th and for those doing the math, that’s ten months, seven days, eighteen hours and twenty-eight minutes.
As I mentioned in my first post, I mentioned my goal of reading ten Canadian writers. I’m happy to report that I surpassed this with a final tally of … drumroll please … twelve! So, for next year’s pledge I’m going to up the ante once again and attempt to read fifteen Canadian writers and one poem every day.
Here’s a summary of my 50 Book Pledge by the numbers…
Last year, taking the pledge was all about getting back into reading. This year, it was about expanding my literary horizons. Daring to venture beyond my comfort zone and reading books and genres that would teach me a thing or two about myself and the world. Because I wholeheartedly believe that “a reader lives a thousand lives before he dies.” (Now I’ve got only nine hundred more to go!) And that’s precisely why I’m going to continue reading and why I’ll be taking the pledge again next year.
Looking back it’s hard to pick a favourite because I read some truly spectacular books. Instead, here’s just a small sampling of books that knocked my socks off:
Animal Farm by George Orwell:
“The creatures outside looked from pig to man, and from man to pig, and from pig to man again: but already it was impossible to say which was which.”
The End of Your Life Book Club by Will Schwalbe:
“That’s one of the amazing things great books like this do—they just don’t get you to see the world differently, they get you to look at people, the people around you, differently.”
Human Chain by Seamus Heaney:
“If you know a bit / About the universe / It’s because you’ve taken it in / Like that, / Looked as hard / As you look into yourself”
Mr. Penumbra’s 24-Hour Bookstore by Robin Sloan:
“What do you seek in these shelves?”
A huge thank you to The Savvy Reader for letting me not only talk about but also write about books all year long! Until next year … Happy Reading!
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