Why everyone needs a book friend #amwriting

The books we choose to love are intensely personal items. There are a million and one books in the world, in a multitude of genres, and for every person who loves them, there will be another who thinks it should be tossed on the nearest fire.

How often do you see a book that you thought was brilliant, with a single one star review? Or something you thought so terrible you could not bear to read another page, but half the reading community thinks it’s the best thing since sliced bread.

It happens all the time.

So when you meet  someone, and discover that they love the same books as you, it can be an exciting find.

“There is no faster or firmer friendship than those formed between people who love the same books.”

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13 thoughts on “Why everyone needs a book friend #amwriting

  1. Very true, though I have a friend who takes this a bit too much to heart. We were Thomas Pynchon fans together in the 1970s (he may even have introduced me to Pynchon — I really don’t remember), and he was quite hurt when he discovered that I liked Inherent Vice a lot more than he did. He wrote me a long email, trying to talk me out of my heretical views. Without success.

    Book friends (or music friends) are great, but it’s ultimately not much of a friendship if you have to keep agreeing on every single thing for it to work.

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      1. When I was in high school, I had a girlfriend who liked every record I did, pretty much exactly as much as I did.

        Being young, I interpreted this as great compatibility. Then somebody who had known her longer than I had let me know that she did this with every boyfriend. Her way of dressing had changed when she’d started dating me, too.

        This was creepy, actually, and realizing that it was creepy was part of my growing up, in terms of what I thought a good relationship should be like.

        It was probably one factor in our breaking up, though the number of our mutual friends she was sleeping with played a role, too.

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