It still feels so weird to write 2012. I couldn’t be more excited for this year, and all of the surprises that are bound to come my way, as they always do. January 1st was an overcast, dark, rain-splattered Sunday, one of those afternoons that are so gloomy they are inspiring. I was scrolling through my Twitter timeline, when I noticed SavvyReader post about their 50 Book Pledge, an initiative that began at HarperCollins Canada last year, and I decided to get on board. The great thing about it is that it’s not competitive, intimidating, exclusive or set in stone – it can be 50 books, or 20, or 10. The most important part of the pledge is not the number of books you read, but the time that you make to read what you love. It’s a fun and wonderful way to encourage us to finally get started on the books we want to read, or have had on our minds for a while – and for me, that’s many! So far, hundreds of people have accepted the challenge, and made it their own.
Though my mom does not have Twitter (Facebook is enough social media for her at the moment), I’ve convinced her to set a challenge, too. She plans to read 10 books this year, ones that she has always been dying to start. I’ve pledged to read 100 books, and have tentatively started a list on Goodreads, though what I read next always changes depending on how I feel when I finish one book, or on a particular day. There are so many stories I can’t wait to delve into! I’d also like to include at least 10 non-fiction books (so far, Sleeping With the Enemy: Coco Chanel’s Secret War is on my list), so if you have any suggestions, please let me know! Stay tuned for my reviews/updates as I go along. And join the pledge: tweet with the hashtag #50BookPledge to get involved, read recommendations, and connect with other bookworms 🙂