I am not sure if I’ve mentioned this yet in any of my previous posts but my partner and I have been reading books together.
“What does that mean?”, you ask.
Well what it basically means is that he reads out loud to me. The way this started was that last year I recommended The Raven Cycle to him and lent him my copy of The Raven Boys. I was in the middle of rereading the series because I had just bought The Raven King and wanted a refresher on the previous novels before I read it.
Partway through his reading of TRB we had the epiphany that we both wished there were a way that we could fully enjoy the book together. The only way we figured this could happen was through reading out loud. My anxiety prohibits me from doing such a thing without feeling terribly judged so he took the role as reader.
This week–on our one year anniversary–we finished TRC together.
The experience itself has been very interesting. I’ve listened to audiobooks before but having someone you know–someone you love–reading to you is completely different. If this is something that sounds interesting to you, I suggest you test it out! If you want to make sure you don’t miss anything, I recommend not reading in bed. My partner usually reads to me at night and I have fallen asleep several times mid-chapter.
The main reason I wanted to write this post was because I’m not actually sure how many people do this. Sometimes I want to mention that we read together to people I know and I stop because I have this vague panic that this is not normal. I really enjoy our reading time and I wonder if anyone else has done this or is doing this. I’m very open to hearing about your experiences.