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4 Ways Books Help Friendships

Friendships, like books, are bound together with love. Day-to-day life can make it hard to keep in touch, especially if you and your friend live far apart (or you’re bad at keeping up with texting like me). That’s where books come in! There are a few ways that you can keep up with your pals through reading, and anyone can do it.


1) Pick a book to buddy read

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Reading the same book will give you and your friend something to talk about as you’re going through all the emotions that come with a really good book! If you or your friend are lost or missed something important, you can fill each other in. It’s kind of like a private book club, which reminds me…


2) Start a book club

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Getting a bunch of friends together every month to talk about a book can be a very rewarding experience. It’s also a good way to keep in touch with a bunch of people by catching up on each other’s lives — after you talk about the novel of course. 


3) Exchange books



This is great for holidays, or if you can only get together every couple of months. Comb through your shelves and pick out something you think your friend would really like. They can do the same for you and have a good ol’ fashioned book swap! 


4) Annotate the same copy – like Sisterhood of the Travelling Pants, but with a book



Let’s say there’s a book you and your friend would be interested in, but it’s kind of intimidating. Grab one, and take notes in the margins about lines you like, if something confuses you, funny comments, or whatever you’re feeling. Then send it to your friend so they can do the same! It’s like a journal of your shared reading experience, which is pretty neat.




Let us know if you’ve used books to stay connected to your friends and how it worked out!




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