Why You Should Pledge to Make 2019 the Year of Books!

If you’ve been following the Savvy Reader for a little while now, you likely know that we run a little thing called the 50 Book Pledge. What exactly is that, you ask? Well, it’s exactly what we sound like. We, along with readers all over the world, set a reading goal for the year and do our darnedest to make sure that we reach that goal. Basically, we want to read as many books as humanly possible, and we want to make it even better year after year! Last year, we had over 4600 pledges and collectively read over 160,000 books! Can we do even better this year? With your help, we might just be able to. So, why should you make 2019 the year of books? There are a few reasons…

1. New features and functions!

If we kept everything the same year after year, that would get a little boring. So, this year we launched some new features and functions to make sure you’re getting the most out of your reading experience. First up, we introduced a brand new stats page, tailored to the individual reader!

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Instead of just giving us the option to see how we’re doing as a community, we thought it would be neat to give you the ability to see how your stats stack up this year! After all, don’t they say that visualizing a goal makes it easier to achieve?

On top of that, we also cleaned up our act a little bit… If you joined in the past, you’ll remember our cluttered badge page that seemed to scroll on forever. Well, that’s changed a bit.

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We’ve condensed all of the badges into one page, but added a categories menu at the top so you can easily find and learn more about the badges. Additionally, we’ve also added a “badges to earn” column that shows you exactly which badges you still need to complete! Pretty neat, eh?

Just because we’re called the 50 Book Pledge doesn’t mean you have to pledge to read 50 books! Upon signing up, you’re able to set your exact pledge level for the first time! Want to read 26 or 2727835728 books? Feel free to personalize it to what works with your life!

We’re always on the go and thinking of new ways to make the 50 Book Pledge better year after year, so if you think of anything at all, feel free to reach out and let us know!

2. We’re on Facebook!

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Our brand new Facebook group is one of the newest and most exciting things we’ve launched so far this year. In this community, you can connect and chat with readers from all over the world who love nothing more than talking about books with fellow readers. By joining this group, you’ll also have your chance to take part in exclusive giveaways and get your eyes on sneak peeks that are only open to Savvy Readers! Oh, and did we mention we talk about books? Because that’s a thing.

3. Who doesn’t love a good giveaway? 

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What better way to encourage reading than by giving away some great books? To kick off the 2019 50 Book Pledge, we thought it would be fitting to treat one 50 Book Pledger to a prize pack of all of our January Featured Reads! Non-fiction, historical fiction, thrillers, YA… this bundle features a little bit of everything! Hurry and get your entries in, the giveaway closes on January 31st! And, even if you don’t get it in on time, there will be more giveaways where that came from in the future!

4. Surprises! 

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We can’t give away everything we have planned over the course of 2019, but we can promise you that there are some very, very exciting things ahead! To give you a little bit of a sneak peek at what we’re planning, we’ll be running some read-a-thons over on Twitter, we’ll be introducing some new weekly and monthly series to the blog and to our social channels, and, oh yeah, we’ll be hosting more giveaways!

5. Same great community

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At the end of the day, even amidst all these changes and refreshes, we’re still the same great reading community! We love to read, we’re willing to talk about books 24/7, and we’ve always got each other’s back when it comes to our reading goals. What’s not to love?!

Though 2019 just started, we want to know what you think. Have an idea for what we can incorporate throughout the year? Notice anything we need to change? Let us know! And here’s one final hint to consider: Convince your friends to join, because you never know when a pledger milestone giveaway might happen…

Happy reading!

Jesse

Follow me on Twitter @SavvyReader and @JesseDorey15

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