Welcome to the 50BookPledge!
When we first used that hashtag on Twitter we thought we’d do it just for fun in the office and now you’ve all invigorated us with your enthusiasm. So thank you!
The best part of the 50BookPledge is the discussion. That’s what we want. We want to know what you’re reading, what’s good, what we should immediately pick up and what book you couldn’t even finish–sorry, those don’t count. :)
We swear, no one who falls short of 50 will be flogged. Honest. Let’s be fair, for some people, reading 10 books a year would be a more meaningful accomplishment than someone who reads 100.No, reading is not a competitive sport. So why 50? Well, it sounds good, for one. Secondly, a book a week seems like a good pace for everyone–and having a two week grace period will come in handy next Fall.
But mostly it’s 50 because I suspect that most of you are like me, that the reason why you’ve signed on is not to hit an arbitrary number but because you sometimes have difficulty tuning out the noise of life and taking time for yourself. What we’re committing to is making reading a priority in 2011, and that is a very, very good thing. Take the “50” out of it if you want. This is a BookPledge. What you’re committing to is being in it with others like you, sharing your reading experiences and having a whole phalanx of backup there to remind you, when life’s stresses inevitably creep in, to take a timeout with a good book.
There are no deadlines here. No stresses and no rewards either (we’re not planning on giving anything away, sorry). What you do have is an excuse to make reading a part of your daily life.
Every few weeks we’ll do a roundup of what we’re all reading and what we thought. Below, you’ll see a list of those all who have signed on and hopefully the discussion will begin.
In the end, maybe you’ll only finish great books because slogging through something you’re not enjoying will only slow you down. Maybe then that arbitrary “50” will act as a looming critic, telling you to move on, find something you’ll enjoy.
But, here’s the thing, we’re not about to tell you what constitutes a “great” book. Reading is not a competitive sport… but it’s also not objective. What you like is great. So, read what you want and enjoy it!
THAT’S what the 50BookPledge is about.
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Here’s a list (so far) of who is taking the pledge:
At HarperCollins Canada…
All the wonderful people who have responded (if we missed you let us know!):
Alexis at Northern Book Reviews
Charlene at The Literary Word
Christa at Christa’s Hooked on Books
Connie at Sogni e Sorrisi
Deelia (& Sara & Carey)
Gail Vaz-Oxlade @GailVazOxlade
Heidi & her children
Jen at Lost in the Library
Jennifer at Rayment’s Readings, Rants and Ramblings
Jennifer at Literal Life
Letitia at Never Love, I Love
Mara at Books and Brands
Mary Elena @imjustmea
Nicholas Hoare Books @NicholasHoareTO
Teresa at Teresa’s Reading Corner
Again, if we missed you let us know in the comments! Be sure to follow along on twitter #50BookPledge.