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:
- The Thousandth Floor by Katharine McGee
- How to Hang a Witch by Adriana Mather
- Girl in the Shadows by Gwenda Bond
- The Graces by Laure Eve
- The Forgetting by Sharon Cameron
- The Unseeing by Anna Mazzola
- Little Girl Gone by Gerry Schmitt
- The Girl Before by J.P. Delaney
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: email@example.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!
How do you feel about Buddy Reads? Do you like them? Dislike them? Let me know in the comments!