How do I pick my book buddy?
A book buddy will be someone first of all who can tolerate the sound of your voice and likewise you must be able to tolerate theirs. While that may sound silly keep in mind the idea is that you'll be reading out loud to one another so a pleasant narrator will be the desired preference. If you are a drama lover then perhaps you would enjoy the reader being excited and overly passionate every time there is an explanation point in the dialogue, not to mention they will keep your eyelids youthful.
Can I have more than one book buddy?
Book buddies come in all shapes and sizes, genders, nationalities, and in all numbers. If you have the right audience your ability to bring the text to life might just be what everyone in the room needs in their life. Maybe more than one person will notice things about the characters or plot that you won't. It could always lead to an in-depth discussion like the Harry and Voldemort connection, why didn't Gandalf command the Eagles to fly Frodo to the fire pits of Mount Doom, or why the force should never be explained. And if anything else Statisticbrain.com says according to the National Institute of Mental Health 74% of people fear public speaking so go ahead and show the people your bravery.
What kind of book should we read?
Once again if you are a drama club kid, thespian or Shakespeare enthusiast, a play would be an admirable interactive way for both people to read to one another and stay engaged. If you are really into number crunching or statistics then Freakonomics: A Rogue Economist Explores the Hidden Side of Everything would do the trick. When I was younger the Goosebump series came up with “Reader beware, you choose the scare!” books such as Tick, Tock, You're Dead in which the reader at the end of each chapter could pick their outcome: Trapped in an airless air duct, until you die from asphyxiation etc. This could easily become a fantastic party game or a really respectable activity for 3 a.m. on a Friday. For early chapter readers, you can try out Loconeal Publishing's Celtic Kids series by Regina M. Geither.
by Ryan D. Friend