February is all about love isn’t it? Ahhhhhh, Love. Can’t ya feel it? Take a deep breath and you can almost smell it! It’s smells like chocolate and salty tears and overpriced dinners. I’ve decided to celebrate a different kind of love. This year, I celebrate my love of Buddy Reads! Oh yeah!
What’s so special about a buddy read, Jessica? Oh, I’m so glad you asked! I’ve got a list. (Another thing I love, but that’s for another day…)
1. You’re not alone! Nope. You have friends! That character you thought was awesome? Your buddy thinks she’s awesome too! Or maybe not! Maybe they’ll help you see what makes her NOT awesome. Or maybe you’ll agree to adamantly and vehemently disagree. That’s ok too. What’s best is ALL those thoughts floating around in your head can be shared with someone that actually understands what you’re talking about! You can laugh, make fun of characters, cry, get the feels, bitch all together.
2. Book boyfriends/girlfriends. Maybe this should’ve been number one. Swoon worthy dudes/ladies in books. THIS is probably one of the biggest reasons to love a buddy read. We all know how hard it is to explain to your friends you’ve fallen for a fictional character (especially if you’re married with kids-the world REALLY doesn’t get it). Guess what? Your book buddy knows, understands, is right there with you. Your book buddy might even share this book boyfriend/girlfriend with you. And you should share. There are plenty of fictional characters to go around.
3. Takes you out of your comfort zone. This is more important than you think. If you’re like me, it’s easy to get sucked in to your favorite genre and never, ever leave. A good buddy read can help you try a book in a whole new genre and you may (gasp!) actually enjoy it! I’ve discovered some deliciously dark books, some that are so fun and funny, and of course some that didn’t work at all for me, but I felt more like a well rounded reader after those BRs. Thankfully, you get to read something you would’ve missed if you had stayed within your usual genre.
4. Motivation. I don’t know about you, but my TBR is loooooong. I’ve got hundreds of books on it and thanks to some of my BRs, I’m actually getting to some of them! With someone else reading along, you’re more likely to read and finish the book. This is what makes a buddy read really special. It’s not just read and discuss when finished (although, that’s done as well). Since buddy reads are in real time, there’s literally someone with you every step of the way. If they read a little faster, their spoilers or teasers can keep you going.
See?? Aren’t buddy reads dreamy?? Who needs to spend hours waiting for a table or deciding what candies or jewelry to get? A buddy read is a great way to celebrate the month of love!
So, Jess, how do I start a buddy read?? Well, dear friend, that’s a fabulous question! You can find a friend or friends that love to read, pick a book you all want to read, and start a discussion thread on the platform of your choice – or join us MacHalos and see what badass buddy reads we have going on. We ALWAYS have buddy reads going. Can you overload? Yes. That’s what has happened to me this month. Since I love buddy reads and February is all about love, why not overload on what you love, right?
Here are some of the BRs I’ve gotten myself into this month (I wouldn’t have it any other way). What are you interested in buddy reading?? My tbr could always be longer. 😉
(Jessica was our GUEST BLOGGER for this one, and I think she did a fabulous job! We all LOVE our buddy reads!)