Have you ever done a buddy read??
I don’t know about you, but I have. I’m kind of addicted to them haha, because seriously, they are the best. At least, the ones with my best book friends Soreonne and LeAnn are.
Yes, reading a book with a friend can be the sweetest thing ever.
Sometimes, when you’re reading a book you need to vent, right? Talk about what’s happening. Tell someone how you’re feeling towards the story or the characters, because the book is practically consuming you. But not everyone is the right person to share those thoughts with. Why? Well, some people get bored of hearing so much about a book (believe it or not people like that exists!), some may be interested in reading it, so you can’t tell them much about it without spoiling the story, or some people have already read it, so they know too much, and they could end up spoiling it for you.
A buddy, in this case, is like a best friend. They’re there unconditionally to talk about books with you, to share a mutual love or hate over a character (it could go either way), to help you understand a situation or a character or the whole book, for that matter. A buddy is there, reading along with you and, if she/he happens to be as AWESOME like mine are, she/he will be going through the exact same thing as you. They will cry with you, laugh with you, get mad at the characters with you. It’s awesome. You won’t ever feel alone again while reading a book.
So, what do you need to do a buddy read?
- Find a person who has a similar taste in books as you. You don’t want to end up fighting or arguing because you love the book but they hate it, or something like that.
- Pick a book you both want to read. That’s easy, just make a list of the books you both want to read, share them and pick a book you both like.
- Try to read the book at the same pace. This may be hard sometimes, because things like work, sleep, a life keep getting in the way so you may not have the same amount of free time as your buddy. So, agree on a chapter to stop and then let them catch up with you.
- Be there for your buddy. Whenever she/he is feeling sad or happy or angry… Let them vent! She/he will do the same for you :).
- Accept your buddy’s opinion. Yes, sometimes you won’t agree with your buddy. It’s sad, but it does happen! Haha, but it doesn’t matter. Everyone is entitled to their own opinions, there are no wrongs or rights here :). So, let them be, you’ll agree on something else.
- ENJOY YOUR READING! Yes!!! Talk about it, discuss it, analyze it, review it and share everything you can with your friend!
This is a list for the books I think are the most perfect books for buddy reads (and when I say this, I mean you’ll need a buddy read to get through it!!!!!):
- Emi Lost & Found series by Lori L. Otto
- How To Kill A Rock Star by Tiffanie DeBartolo
- Bright Side by Kim Holden
- The Raven Cycle series by Maggie Stiefvater
- The Bronze Horseman series by Paullina Simons
- True Love Story by Willow Aster
- In The Fields by Willow Aster
- The Premonition series by Amy A. Bartol