The Benefits of Buddy Reading

Let me start this post off by saying that I love Buddy Reads… and there are many reasons why I love them. So it pains me to see so many readers (bloggers, especially) who say they have never participated in a Buddy Read. They’re so much fun! I can understand how some people feel that they’re just too busy, or they are too picky about what they read, etc. But I thought I’d bring up the many benefits of Buddy Reading, and hopefully change some minds! First, let’s talk about the definition of a Buddy Read.


What is a Buddy Read?

There are actually several ways you can read a book with a buddy, but the most common types of Buddy Reads are: formal and informal.

  • Formal Buddy Read :: This is when you and your buddy read a book together, break it into certain sections, with discussion questions for each section. You would break for each section to discuss and answer questions with your buddy.
  • Informal Buddy Read :: This is a more laid back version of a formal Buddy Read. You can still have a break in sections for discussion, but normally there aren’t any set discussion questions. You and your buddy would just discuss your thoughts on the book. (This is my preferred type of Buddy Read.)

What Are Some Benefits Of Buddy Reading?

Wow. Where do I even begin? There are so, so many awesome benefits to reading books with friends!

  • Opens You Up To New Books/Genres :: Buddy Reading will allow you to read books you normally may not have read on your own. A perfect example of this is when I buddy read The Nightingale by Kristin Hannah. I was in no way, shape, or form interested in Historical Fiction, but I went for it. And absolutely fell in love with the genre.
  • Intellectual Stimulation :: The open discussion and breakdown of books is definitely brain food. Being able to critique and discuss your thoughts on a book with someone else by backing up your reasoning is stimulation that you wouldn’t get from reading a book alone. So… pretty much… it makes you smarter! (There are statistics for this somewhere that I will find for you!)
  • Building Relationships :: When you’re reading and discussing a book with someone, whether it be someone you know from a Goodreads group or someone you met through your blog, you are bonding and building your relationship. Believe it or not, Buddy Reads can build friendships!
  • Freedom to Be Honest :: Discussing books with someone else gives you the opportunity to speak your opinion openly, without any negative feedback. Expressing your opinions honestly means a lot… and that’s what you’ll get through a Buddy Read. (Your partner should always respect your opinions (and vice versa)… if that’s not the case, you have NOT found the right buddy.)
  • It’s Fun! :: You really can have an enjoyable time breaking down and discussing books with friends, other readers, or other bloggers. Seeing the many ways people can interpret the same story and the differences in opinions is amazing all on its own.

Buddy Readers Wanted

Hopefully I’ve convinced some of you to try Buddy Reading. It’s a great experience and it’s worth a shot! I am actually looking for another blogger to Buddy Read with and to post our “thoughts and discussion” about the book on both our blogs.

With so many great books recently released, and soon-to-be released, I’m sure we can find something we’d both want to read. And I’m actually very open when it comes to different genres, etc.

I’ll give you a quick list of books I would be interested in Buddy Reading:

Ok, I’ll stop there because that list could go on for days. I’ve listed YA and Mystery, but like I said, I’m open to all genres.

If you’re interested at all in a Buddy Read, please let me know! You can contact me on Twitter or by email at: mmurphy0091@gmail.com. Feel free to let me know in your email which book(s) you would be interested in reading (doesn’t have to be on the list above!) and we’ll get it all sorted!

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How do you feel about Buddy Reads? Do you like them? Dislike them? Let me know in the comments!

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119 thoughts on “The Benefits of Buddy Reading

    1. That’s awesome! Yay! Someone else that loves BR’s like I do! Shoot me an email or dm on Twitter and we’ll figure out which book and when. There’s many books that aren’t on that list that I would love to read, so just let me know if you have any other titles in mind. 😀

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  1. What a great idea for a post! I’ve never formally committed to any buddy reads but I love the idea of them and I’d really like to participate sometime in the future.

    Would you be interested in buddy reading The Thousandth Floor by Katharine McGee with me? I just got that one in the post and I’m intrigued! 🙂

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    1. Thanks 🙂 Yeah, I could do that! Or if there are any other titles that you would like to read that aren’t on the list, we could do that, too. The list was just some general ideas, I don’t own any of those books, they’re just books I’d like to read. So The Thousandth Floor sounds good! Or something else, up to you!

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      1. Aaah I see! Well I’d be interested in that one if/when you did acquire it. 🙂

        I added you on Goodreads to have a look what books you wanted to read and we have quite a few in common. I’m also interested in reading Vicious by VE Schwab, The Game of Love and Death by Martha Brockenbrough, or Nevernight by Jay Kristoff. Are there any you’d prefer over others or are you in a particular mood for one? I’m very indecisive, haha. 😛

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      2. I buy my books on Kindle through Amazon, so I can get any book at any time, as long as it’s already been published 😉

        If you check out my Halloween TBR post, that list there are books I’d like to get to in October, but I’d really like to read Vicious soon, too!

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  2. You certainly make a good case for Buddy Read , I guess I’m one of those Picky and Busy person you mentioned in the post .

    That said , I’m doing my first buddy read with one of my good friends reading Dark Tower (it was her idea ) but I’m stuck at book two after starting the buddy read back in June , The reason we both hated the first book and stalled for book 2 reading , and now I have finished book 2 a month back and she has barely read 20 % .

    I guess that’s a problem i face with Buddy read with either me becoming very fast or very slow when it comes to pacing of reading .It’d be awesome to do a future buddy read with you , if the opportunity arises 🙂

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    1. Thank you! And I’m sorry to hear that about the Dark Tower series. I haven’t made it around to reading those books yet. Although I have wanted to. I would love to do a buddy read with you! If there’s ever a book you’d be interested in reading, let me know. I’m pretty flexible when it comes to genres, etc. So I’d probably be down to read just about anything you’d mention! 🙂

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  3. I tried this a few times with several friends and our reading paces always varied so much it was a struggle. I had one friend who insisted on being very formal about it and wanted us to stop after a set number of chapters to discuss. I agreed, only to find out he read at snail pace. It was horrible haha. I think maybe in the future since I have met so many enthusiastic readers such as yourself, I might give it another go. We will see 🙂

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  4. Buddy reading is so much fun. I feature the buddy reads on my blog in a Q&A style review, 2 reviews for the price of one. I’ve got 3 buddy reads planned, but I’d definitely be interested in doing one with you….don’t be surprised if you get an email from me in the future saying ‘can we buddy read now’ haha

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  5. This post is perfect! I’ve actually never done a buddy read before, but I’ve been talking to two people about doing some in the future. The thing is we weren’t entirely sure how buddy reads worked beyond both of us reading the same book but this post is really helpful. I’ll have to link them to this once we iron out when/if we are going to buddy read! 😊

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  6. This is such a great post! I love buddy reading but I have done it only twice. I think it’s because I haven’t gotten anyone to read a particular book with. Nonetheless, the informal way of buddy reading sounds more fun! Btw, have you read any of Patrick Ness’s books? If not yet, maybe we can try that together since the movie of A Monster Calls is coming out soon?

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  7. That actually sounds very fun. I love reading and i like talking about the books i read but i’ve tried to start a “book club” with friends twice and both times plans kind of fell apart. Will you be posting about which book you will be reading ahead of time so that perhaps we could also participate by reading along? Personally, i think it would be a nice way to be introduced to different genres or books i might not have picked up on my own.

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    1. On the right hand side of my blog, you can see which books I’m currently reading. But if you’re interested in reading and discussing a book with me, let me know and I’d be more than happy to read something with you! But yeah, I’ll let you know ahead of time what I’m reading if you’d like. I’m starting Six of Crows on Monday.

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  8. Great post! I did my first buddy read last month and have no idea why I haven’t done it before 😄 We loved it so much we decoded to do it every month 😀 It’s so much fun to discuss a book as your reading it and be able to bounce theories with each other between chapters. Great post!

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  9. Awesome post, Megan!! I’m all for Informal Buddy Reads either because I’m already feeling enough pressure as it is when reading lately ;). I’m doing a Double Review feature together with Cindy @ mybookfile.wordpress.com, but we both have been too busy to read our latest pick for months now…that said, we picked a hefty tome ^^. I want to finish up all of my ARC’s this year, but you can definitely count me in for 2017 if you’re not fully booked with reading buddies by then 😀

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  10. I’ve only participated in a couple of buddy reads, but I found it really helpful, especially when tackling a difficult or extremely lengthy novel. I think the most difficult thing about it is figuring out a good schedule for both parties, especially when unexpected things happen. Hope you enjoy buddy reading and perhaps in the future I can participate.

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  11. I love this post!! We’ve talk about buddy reading before, in one of my posts where I pointed out that I’ve never done a proper one, and I was thinking about it the other day! I don’t know any of the books you’ve listed there, but I’ll check them out. Maybe in November (when I’ll be off work) we can do one? 🙂 I’ll bookmark this post so I’ll have the options at hand.

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  12. Great post!! I agree with all your reasons, especially the one where it ‘forces’ me to open up to a new genre/book! Buddy reading is also exciting haha but I’M SO BAD at buddy reading! Sometimes I read way too fast or I’m suddenly bored halfway… hope you get buddy readers soon 😀

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    1. Thank you! That’s kinda the thing with buddy reading, though… you’ve gotta be prepared to kinda go at a certain pace. That’s why when I buddy read, I always have another book to read in case I need to go at a slower pace for the buddy read book. 🙂 And actually, Jill @rantandraveaboutbooks and I are starting Six of Crows today! Wo I found a few buddy reading pals 😉 Thanks again!!

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  13. I’ve never done a buddy read, although often if one of my friends or I read a good book, we’ll tell the other and then when we’ve both read it, we’ll catch up to talk about it. I studied English at uni, and loved our tutes when we’d discuss a different book each week and I’ve also been part of a few book clubs over the years, which have been lots of fun and great for reading outside my favourite genres! For now, I’ve let my TBR pile get a bit out of control, but a buddy read is definitely something I’d love to do when I get back on track!

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  14. Great post, Megan! Buddy reading sounds like it’d be a lot of fun. I always get way too worried to partake in one because I’m always so distracted. I find it so hard to read one book at a time and I’m such a slow reader 😂 I definitely understand why people love them and why they help though!

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      1. Do you want to set a tentative date now ?
        And if anything comes up closer to December (I know you have a crazy schedule🙂, December would be extra crazy with a kid lol 😳) we can rearrange.
        I only have one book planned to read next month, so I’m free pretty much all month 😊😊

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  15. This is a great post! My blogging buddy and I are currently buddy reading With this Heart by R.S. Grey. This is probably our 6th or 7th buddy read of the year, and it is so much fun! I find discussing the book helps me remember the story better after I’ve finished reading!

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  16. I have ONE real life (non-blogosphere/author/social-media) friend who loves books like me. We’ve been friends for almost 20 years and I talk her into one casual buddy read a year lol this year it was a girl on a train.. I’d LOVE to try out a blogging buddy read!!! I to am open to any genre so I’ll look over your list and email ya with my top picks out of your top picks 🙂

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      1. Well I like everything lol… but im due for a horror 🙂 of your list I’m kinda diggin how to hang a witch??? Or if your open, look into The Shuddering by Ania Ahlborn!! She’s an amazing writer and it’s even kindleunlimited, I already have it downloaded lol

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      2. Lol awesome!! Ill probably be finishing up the book I’m reading now by mid week. So let my know when ever u Wana start n then we’ll make a plan.. like, progress, or blog about it date, or however u wanna roll, I’m in 😉

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      3. Sounds great! I’ve gotta finish up the book I’m reading, then I have one after it that I have to read. Then I’d be able to start our buddy read. So… I’m thinking possibly two weeks? Maybe not that long. Do you have Twitter? If so, are we friends? I think that’d be the best way to discuss back and forth.

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  17. Yep, that sounds perfect!! Take your time and Ill be able to throw another quick read before then too 🙂 no hurry… and my twitter is @Didi_Oviatt we are definitely already friends so just message me whenever your ready 🙂

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