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.
This month, we introduced three new badges to the 2015 pledge. In addition to our Featured Read badge, which rewards pledgers for reading one of our weekly Featured Reads, we’ve also partnered with HarperCollinsCanada and CBC Books to encourage Pledgers to pick up CanLit this year.
The team behind HarperCollinsCanada’s Facebook page (Hi Cory! Hi Shannon!) have sponsored a #HCCFanChoice badge, which celebrates the books that their 130,000+ Facebook nominate to read together in the 2015 calendar year. The first pick of the year is The Book of Negroes by Lawrence Hill!
We’re very excited to partner with CBC Books and celebrate the annual battle of the books with a #CanadaReads 2015 badge! To earn the #CanadaReads badge, pledgers must add at least one of the five shortlisted Canada Reads titles (in any format) to their “Read” shelf. (And incase you missed our recap of the announcement, we’re rooting for Intolerable by Kamal Al-Solaylee!)
How was the first month of your Pledge, readers? Are you on track to reach your goal? Share your progress with us in the comments below or on Twitter @SavvyReader.