Reading With Friends Buddy Read- July 2020

Hello world, and all those who inhabit it. Or at least those of you that read this blog. Today I am going to be giving you a little bit of a different post than usual. I last minute decided to host a buddy read for July and wanted to post about it so that anyone that is interested could join in! I know it is literally three days before the start of July, but this buddy read is set up so that you can join it at any time. Let’s get into the details.


What is it?

The Reading With Friends Buddy Read is simply just a group of book lovers who have voted on and decided to read the same book that month. It is similar to a books club, actually since it is a big group that almost what I would call it. The only difference that I see from a regular book club is that there are is not a set day or time to have discussions about the books. You can read the book at any time you want during the month and pop on to the Discord chat and talk about whatever part you have read, without feeling like you will spoil anything for anyone. Plus I try to throw in some optional games to play as well as the month goes on.


How do you participate?

That is simple. You just have to join the Discord chat! I will leave the link to the chat at the end of the post so if you are interested you can join by heading to that link and adding yourself.


Now for the good stuff! And by the good stuff I mean all of the information about this months book and how it will all work.

The book for July is The Five: The Untold Lives Of The Women Killed By Jack The Ripper by Hallie Rubenhold. This is a nonfiction book that won the 2019 Baillie Gifford Prize for Non-fiction. It tells the story of Polly, Annie, Elisabeth, Catherine(Kate), and Mary Jane who ended up famous for the same thing, though they never met each other. All five of these women were killed by Jack the Ripper in 1888. In this book Halie Rubenhold finally tells the story of these women and sets the record straight on if the theory that all of Jack the Ripper’s murder victims really were just prostitutes.

The book was voted for over on my Instagram @reading.by.myself and we will do votes there any time we do these buddy reads.

This buddy read will work a little differently than a traditional book club. I don’t want anyone to feel like they have to read a certain number of pages per week, or feel pressured into reading when they don’t want to. Non-fiction books can be hard to read because it is a lot of information and I know it can sometimes feel like textbook reading. I know I don’t like feeling like I am being forced to read a book I don’t want to read just to talk about it by a specific date. The discord chat has channels set up where you can go to talk about each section of the book once you have read it. You can share your thoughts with others and talk about if you agree or disagree with the authors theories. I think this will make reading a non-fiction book a lot easier because you will have others to chat with if you feel like some sections are harder to read than others.


And that is it, that is what the buddy ready is all about. If you are interested in joining you can follow this link and add yourself. https://discord.gg/ZHXJSZ

I look forward to reading with any of you if you decide you want to join in on this buddy ready!

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