Buddy reading has been a part of the book community since forever. I’d even mention that more people are into it today than ever before, thanks to my numerous BookTube subscriptions. So whether it be with online or real-life friendships, this concept of reading alongside someone has always been adored.
And I get it. It’s a bonding experience. You and your friend choose a novel, you read it, then discuss it together. It’s nice since no matter if thoughts differ, at least you can talk to somebody about it. Because let’s be honest, the average person doesn’t want to hear what you think about Stephen King’s newest release or your current read becoming a film adaptation.
Yet, it’s not my cup of tea. And no, it’s not because of my lack of book-ish friends. (My two friends don’t enjoy turning pages, anyways). You’ll never catch me buddy reading and here’s a few reasons why.
I like to read at my own pace
My schedule is always changing. I might have three essays due one week, longer work shifts the next. I can’t promise I’ll be able to follow a reading schedule if I barely have time for myself.
It feels like a chore
I tried buddy reading. Once. With a high school boyfriend that I dated for a week. And the impending breakup wasn’t even the worst part. It was that feeling of “Ugh. I have to read” everyday, especially when I hated the book.
My TBR list is too long
I already struggle trying to pick my next read, let alone figuring out what my friend might like. And if there’s only one thing you should know about me, it’s that I’m easily overwhelmed by the smallest things. Hello, constant paranoia and overthinking.
Book clubs exist
If I really wanted to read and discuss a book with someone, then I could join a book club. It doesn’t have to be a huge celebrity one like Oprah or Reese Witherspoon’s, it could be a small and local one. They’re all the same to me.
Straight up, I’m dumb
After finishing a book, the first place I check out is their Goodreads reviews. It isn’t until I do this, that I realize how much I didn’t catch during my reading, like clues of plot or characters within the text. I’m such an autopilot reader, I probably wouldn’t be the best person to discuss with. Sorry not sorry.
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