The Savvy Reader

This year a group of us at HarperCollins Canada are challenging ourselves.

The Challenge: Read 50 Books in a Year.

Think we can do it?

That’s roughly 1 book a week, with 2 weeks to spare.

Taking the pledge are:

Charidy @charidy


Cory @corybeatty

Emma @em_ingram

Jason @albatross15

Jessica @jofftheshelf

Laura @LauraChrystine

Liza @lizamo67

Meghan @meghanpaton

Shannon @shanparsons

You can follow along with us on twitter, we’ll be tweeting about what we’re reading with the hashtag #50BookPledge, and every month on here The Savvy Reader we’ll talk about how close we are to our goal, the best books we’ve been reading, whether it’s been easy/hard…

Now you may be thinking, 50 books pssshhh that’s easy… So join us! Let us know you’re up for the challenge. We’ll be rewarding those who keep up (somehow). Any ideas?

365 days, 50 books, 10 HCC staff members. The 50 Book Pledge. Are you in?

  • Steph

    I wish I could do it. I want to. Lord, do I! But the reality is I have two jobs, one of them full time, and reading a book a week is nigh on impossible. I’ve been trying to read more than one at a time but that’s just not working. :(

    Can’t wait to hear what y’all think of them, though!

  • Ellen

    any 50 books? Or are we all reading the same ones?

  • Geri


    I’m in. I spent my “cleanup” day yesterday making an entire 3 shelf bookcase of books I have bought but not yet read.

    Love the idea of this challenge!

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  • Lori MacDougall

    Count me in!

  • Charlene Martel

    I am so in on this. I’ll be posting about it on my blog and maintaining a list. I look forward to seeing what everyone is reading!

  • comnurse1

    This sounds like fun! Count me in too!


  • Karen Janssen

    I most definitely do 50, probably closer to 100….count me in.

  • Stephanie Dickison

    Please count me in! I counted how many books I read in 2010 – 53. Hope to beat that this year, with your nudge!

    Many thanks, warmest wishes and big hugs,

    Stephanie Dickison

  • Tamye Machina

    Reading 50 books in a year would definitely be a challenge for me. I wish I could say yes, but the reality is that I probably won’t get there. I applaud those who are able to, though.

  • Renita Sharma

    I’m in! This is my first year out of school/in full-time work – hopefully this will keep me from letting my reading slide because of that!

  • savvyreader

    Awesome! The #50BookPledge team is going to be a strong one, so excited to have you all on board. What’s everyone starting with? – Shannon

  • Susanne Chmait

    I am absolutely in! Always up for a challenge. Just started my first book last night.

  • Teresa

    Absolutely. I’m actually shooting for 85 this year.

  • Connie @ Sogni e Sorrisi

    I’m in. I was pretty good in 2010 at posting about my “Book a Week” and was often reading books in between that I didn’t post about so I easily made it to over 50+ last year. Looking forward to another great year of reading!

  • Meghan

    I’m starting my #50BookPledge with The Imperfectionists by Tom Rachman (recommended by Mr. Bradley Macks!). So far I love it! – Meghan

  • Sally Sparrow

    I am so in! I didn’t quite make it last year. But here’s to a fresh start. Just finished my first book (okay, so I started it before the turn of the new year, but I’m a very slow reader!).

  • Kristie

    This sounds great! I look forward to the challenge!

  • Letitia

    365 days and only 50 books? I’m so in, but I’m so hoping to blow way by that! =D.

  • savvyreader

    Wow! Suddenly I feel inspired to read way more than 50! You guys are awesome, and setting the bar pretty high. – Shannon

  • Val Honey

    no problem. I can read as many as 6 per week. I take afteer my Mum. I like writing books too.

  • Regan

    I’m in! I’ve done it before but I was on mat leave with my first…I do have at least 50 books on my “to read” book pile plus I got a kindle for Christmas so I’m in…and even have one book down…House Rules by Jodi Picoult…of course that means I’ve done nothing for three days except read!!

  • http:// Alexis Wenzowski

    Count me in. I just finished rereading “Dead Man Walking”, so I already have one down!

  • Terri van Gulik

    I am in as well. I have done it the last 3 years. I keep a list of what I have read, and it only counts if I finish it.

  • Cory

    I’m in and starting with the manuscript for Family Fang by Kevin Wilson.

  • Jennifer Rayment

    Count me in — Are you making it a formal challenge like some bloggers have – like the ones I have signed up for here

    If so – make a badge for us and we can link back

  • Heidi

    I’m in for the 50 book pledge! @bibliosmartgirl

  • Renita Sharma

    I’m starting with The Decline and Fall of the British Empire, by Piers Brendon. I started it on December 29, but it’s 848 pages, so I’m giving myself a pass and counting it as one of the 50 I’ll be reading in 2011!

  • Brenda

    Yes, I’m in for the 50 book pledge! I am reading Girl Parts by John M. Cusick. Next is All You Get is Me by Yvonne Prinz and then on to some
    adult fiction titles.@missbrendamarie

  • Luanne

    Count me in! First up was Arranged by Catherine McKenzie.


  • Terri Reiterowski

    I am so in!
    2010 was 76 books :D

  • Lea

    I am totally up for this :)

  • Jen (librarygal)

    I’m totally in :)

  • Missy Jane

    I average 2-3 books a week already. I think I can do this ;-)
    Count me in!

  • Mel

    Count me in :)


  • James

    I’m in – starting with ‘The Power of Myth’ by Joseph Campbell

  • Camellia

    I just saw this now :) I’m totally in better get to the library tomorrow

  • Tara W

    I am in!!! I have been looking for something just like this…2010 was a reading slump so I vow that 2011 will be better!

  • Mara

    I’m in. See if I can keep it up.

  • Deb F.

    I’m going to give it a go!! I love challenges :)

  • Kelly

    I easily read 2-3 books per week. I love reading

  • Judy van Ryn

    Count me in too! I love to read. Sometime when I find a really good book, I stay up all night until I finish it and then I’m sad that it is over.

  • viv

    will give it my best shot, pretty sure I can do it

  • Heather K

    I’m in! though I generally read 100+ books a year, anyway.

  • Diane

    I think I can, I think I can!

  • julia

    My resolution was a book a week, so I’m in! I just finished “Cranford” by Elizabeth Gaskell.

  • Letitia

    I’m up for this!!! Normally I read 2 – 3 books /week – recently I have been caught up with taking care of my mother. She passed away recently, and I am finding myself with LOTS of free time (apart from working full time, running a home, etc.).
    Now I will actually have time for myself!!!!

  • Chapters Strathcona

    We are taking part in our own 50 book challenge as well! Check us out on facebook to see who is participating and how they are doing.

  • Shirley

    Okay, count me in. One book down, 49 to go. Should be a snap. Do poetry books count?

  • Audrey Lawrence

    50 seems pretty reasonable to me! Since Jan 1, I just finished “Salting Roses” and “Compromised Hearts”! Have to have a sweet romantic start to the year!

  • Christa Seeley

    I’m in! and I’ll be posting about it on my blog

  • Deb F.

    I just finished reading, “Her Fearful Symmetry” by Audrey Niffenegger. I could hardly put it down. I’m not sure if this where I am to keep track.

  • savvyreader

    Hey Deb! You can keep track anywhere: on Twitter with the hashtag #50BookPledge, on a blog, on Facebook (we’ll have a tracking ‘note’ up soon on the HarperCollins Canada page), or even here! Every month we’ll post a round-up of where we’re at, our best reads, etc. and you can let us know there how you are doing!

    - Shannon

    PS. I read Her Fearful Symmetry a little while ago and also couldn’t put it down. It really gets under your skin doesn’t it? Very interesting read.

  • Buried In Print

    I just finished Sarah Selecky’s This Cake is for the Party: another 49 like this one would be a stack of good reading for sure. Please count me in.

  • Rita Price

    I love maybe find some new authors. I so look forward to many more new books to read. Have 4 under my belt so far this year.

  • Janey

    Is it too late to jump in? I usually read around 50 a year but last year was a dismal year for me, book wise. I’d love to get some focus and clear out some of my TBRs. I’ll be keeping track on Twitter @janeycanuck

  • savvyreader

    Welcome to the team Janey! – Shannon

  • Lisa

    I’m a team player! count me in, just finished reading “Hitch 22″

  • Brenda Richardson

    Count me in I can’t wait to start the Pledge.

  • Siobhan

    i am in! hopefully i can do it :)

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  • Shannon

    I’m so in…I am always reading all the time anyway…might as well keep track! Curious to see if I can make it!

  • Mich

    I am totally in…..I love to read, but have never counted before…lol…I am interested to see how many books I actually do read in a year! : )

  • http://none Charmaine Morton

    I can’t wait for this challenge!!! I read a book every couple of days…. I’ll have to get my husband to take the pledge! :)

    Thank you for this opportunity!

  • savvyreader

    Welcome to the team Charmaine! I hope your husband is in too, great way to get people reading :) What are you reading right now?

  • savvyreader

    @Mich — Welcome to the team! What are you reading right now? (It is pretty fun keeping track, and seeing what types of books you read over the course of a year, it’s my first year counting too!) — Shannon

  • Chihoe

    I’m in! I’m a pretty slow reader so wish me luck. :)

    Twitter: @chihoeho

  • Tonja

    I read a lot but never thought to count the books! Can’t wait to see what others read and get some ideas.

  • Leigh Anne Culliford

    This sounds like a great idea. What better way to find a good book to read.

  • savvyreader

    Thanks Leigh Anne! Welcome to the team. Need any suggestions? You can follow the hashtag on twitter #50BookPledge, or visit us on Facebook – we are always talking about books!

  • holly

    I’m totally in!! I read about 100 a year so I try for 75 books by the end of the year starting today!

  • Danielle C

    I AM IN!!! How do we register?

  • Kathy

    I’m in. I read a lot in a year, but I’ve never counted how many books. Should be interesting.

    Kathy Hanson

  • Anonymous

      I’m in for sure.  I just finished Stephen King’s new novel “11/22/63 and really enjoyed it. I’m continuing on with Erik Larson’s “In the Garden of Beasts”

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