IT'S A UNIVERSALLY ACKNOWLEDGED FACT
Talking about a great read with others who happen to like it, too is one of the best conversations to have. However, the only downside is the abundance of spoilers in such a conversation. For example:
Person: Oh, have you read this book?
Me: Yes, I'm really liking it so far.
Person: Oh, the part where she dies is really gut-wrenching, though.
Me: Ye- What...?
Person: I- Ah- No, no.
Oh, it happens. I speak from experience. The most horrifying experience of my life. *Shudders*.
Well, moving on... These conversations lose their fun factor and become quite a bit of a nightmare when an unexpected spoiler crops up. But we still want to discuss our much loved (and perhaps, not-so-loved) reads. Well, I do anyway. You might've been scared away. So, how, exactly, are we supposed to accomplish this seemingly impossible feat?
Well... BUDDY READING.
Now, what exactly is buddy reading? In short;
verb /buh-dee, ree-ding/
- The act of reading a novel/book with a friend or family member (buddy) at the same pace and time, in order to discuss said novel/book in the near future without fear of spoilers.
This is a 100% accurate definition straight out of the oxford dictionary. Don't check, though, just take my word for it.
So, now that we've gotten the formalities out of the way... Buddy reading is the answer to all our problems. Apart from bad wi-fi reception. I'm afraid only you yourself can solve that. To summarise:
What a concept, am I right? You get to have an amazing discussion with a friend about a mutually loved read, share opinions and have a blast without worrying the entire plot is going to be laid out in front of you while you yell and perhaps throw an object or two at an unsuspecting person. Lovely! What's more is that it can also be done with more than two people. GROUP BUDDY READING!
The only drawback to the idea is that you might have to compromise on your reading pace. But this has a very slim chance of occurring as you and your buddy/buddies can decide how long you'll take to read and when.
So, all in all. Buddy reading is great, but if it's not your cup of tea then that's okay, too. Now you know the perfect way to go about a literary discussion.
Your turn! What do you think about buddy reading? Is it a Yay or a Nay? Let's talk!