So just recently I had done my first buddy read of Alice Clayton’s Nuts, and would like to document the experience…especially for those who are also first timers at this 😀 Let’s just hope I manage to do a good job at this…
I’ve always heard the term “buddy read” but I have no idea what it was all about, or how people went about it. So when Reg from She Latitude invited me to join in, with some other bloggers (who until this event I did not know about), I jumped at the opportunity 😀 Thanks Reg!
So the way we were going about reading together for this particular book was to read 5 chapters a day, and to tweet about it with the hashtag #WhatTheNuts I thought it was cute 😀 That was basically it, we were to read it, tweet our thoughts and just comment and interact with one another as we get through the book.
The situation was actually a really interesting one for I am having a reading slump and the whole time I had a really tough time keeping up with the pace. I found I would get distracted easily and just at times wouldn’t even be able to continue reading through to the next page, but, because I was reading with a group of people I made more of an effort to keep plowing through…and it made for an incredibly fun and interactive read for me 😀 In someway it also kept me reading and fighting through the slump and I think it is sort of working for me…since I managed to finish a whole book and its been awhile!
Aside from the reading slump, the activity of reading always felt like a solo activity for me. I’ve never simultaneously read the same book with others aside from required reading for classes. Therefore, I felt this was pretty fun. To be able to spaz and fan girl about something at the same time as others, to have a discussion (not much…just 140 letters of tweeting) with each other, and the knowledge of knowing someone else was also reading and experiencing the book at the same time as you were was really interesting.
Another fun part was getting to meet new people 😀 I was glad that the group of people I was reading with were friendly and social, and that made all the difference 🙂
The people I was reading with were:
Reg – She Latitude (of course)
Michelle – Michelle & Leslie Book Picks
Julia – Editing Services by Julia Byers
Kate – Literary Kate (although I did not really interact with her during the course of the reading)
Now that I’ve finished reading, all that is left is to write up a review. That will be up as soon as I am able to digest and put my thoughts together on my view of the book. So would I do this again? Definitely! I just hope the next time I do it, I would be more well paced and not going though this slump! Thank you ladies for allowing me to join in at the very last minute. Y’all made it really fun for me!
How about you? Have you buddy read before? Was it with one other person or a group of people? Would you do it again? What was your own experience with it? Let’s discuss this, I’d be really interested in knowing your thoughts!