Do You Have a Book Twin?

I have recently discovered a fellow author who substantially shares my taste in fiction. We’ve had a marvelous time breaking down books we liked and books we didn’t like and discussing why. Our reasons align so well, it’s a little eerie.

Consequently, I’ve been calling her my “book twin” in my head. I’m fairly confident that if she recommends a book, I’ll enjoy it. And if she pans a book, I can safely stay away.

Do you have a book twin?

Who is that person who can reliably give you a book recommendation? Where do you turn for suggestions on what to read next? Do you ever read books at the same time as someone else — knowing you’ll enjoy the ensuing discussion almost as much as the book?

Julie reading
One of our recent simultaneous reads.

For years, I was involved in a book club, but we disbanded a while ago due to changing schedules and dwindling attendance. Even within that club, there were people with whom I was more likely to agree than others. I took their recommendations seriously and thus discovered some fabulous books.

It’s a good idea to have a book twin (or triplets, etc.) — someone who shares your reading taste and is willing to discuss what worked and what didn’t in a particular book. That interaction encourages me to read more and deepens my experience with the novel. As a writer, it also gets me thinking about what makes a good story.

So thanks to my book twin! (You know who you are!) I really look forward to reading our next joint pick — well, right after I read my book twin’s latest novel first. 🙂

ROW80 Update

And now for my A Round of Words in 80 Days family — a whole group of writing “siblings” (or are you the weird cousin at the reunion?) dedicated to achieving our individual goals over the 80 days of the round.

1. Read 12 books. Read #11, Dirty Magic by Jaye Wells, and #11 1/2 with a noveletteOnce Upon a New Year’s Eve by Kait Nolan (both fiction). Almost there!

2. Complete two drafts of short stories. One story is already done for this round. I worked on the second story, yet struggled because something just felt off. Then I brainstormed with some fellow writers on Thursday, and they helped me figure out where I’d gotten off track and where to go with it. I expect to make far better progress next week with a clearer direction. Worked on it, but not quite there.

3. Take care of ROW80 sponsor responsibilities. Combed through Sunday and Wednesday updates, saw lots of progress, and made comments. Done.

4. Edit at least once through Good & Guilty, young adult mystery Sharing Hunter, young adult contemporary. Since it had been a while since working on this novel, I had to reorient myself a bit. I did a little tweaking then delved in. Reworked a chapter. Nothing exciting, but headed in the right direction.

How do you get reading recommendations? Do you have a “book twin” or a book club? And how was your week?

23 thoughts on “Do You Have a Book Twin?

  1. I am just now trying to quit my book club after 15 years. I don’t have time to read their book selection with all the writing I’m doing!
    In all those years, I would say that none of us really had a twin. There were a couple of books that everyone loved, but in general, there was always someone or three that couldn’t get into it. Most of the time, someone would come up with an off the wall assumption or meaning which would divide the group and provide “lively” discussion! 🙂

    1. Yes, sometimes the disagreements about a book can spark interesting conversation. I still remember being the odd one out in that I hated Life of Pi. I still don’t understand how that became a movie. 😀

      1. I should read that and FSOG! My group tended to be very literal and seldom could make the leap with an author’s underlying meaning or symbolism. It will be interesting to hear them discuss my book some day…

  2. Julie, I can’t really think of anybody who is my “book twin.” Most of my friends have different tastes in reading than I do. I get recommendations online now and they are almost always spot on. I like “The Fussy Librarian” site that tailors books to your preferences and sends you recommendations. There’s a lady at work who shares kind of the same tastes in audio books as me, but she hasn’t been bringing any in for me to listen to when she’s done lately.
    My week? It was a wild one–my friend’s dog passed away. He had her for almost ten years — this was unexpected–and he was devastated. But it gave me an idea for a short story that I started.

    1. I’m not familiar with the Fussy Librarian. I’ll check that out. Thanks, Nancy!

      And I’m so sorry about your friend’s dog dying. That’s so tough to go through. Hope this week is wonderful for you!

  3. Book twin, I love that and so glad you’ve found yours. I definitely have friends I go to for certain things. My MIL is a great source for fab reads too. She used to be a book buyer and still seems to have her finger on the pulse.
    It’s time to finish this round strong, Julie. Wishing you a fab week.

  4. Hmm, do I have a book twin? I don’t know. I’ll bet I do and just can’t think of it. Marcia Richards turned me on to some good books, however based on our Redhots review of 50 Shades, we differ vastly. LOL

    Have you really read 11 books this year already or did you start that last fall? I feel like such a slacker now. I’ve read…4 or 5. I bow down to you.

    1. I started reading those 11 book THIS round — so, beginning of the year. I’ve been cutting out TV some to read more. See? This is what happens when I can’t watch Pretty Little Liars. 😉

  5. I think it’s pretty safe to say that most of #teamsprinty are my book twins (or, if we had to sketch out our interests in Venn diagram, the overlap would be like 85%). I also have similar tastes as my best friend and her aunt, so we’re constantly trading books back and forth. I also have tv/movie twins, which is great because I absolutely hate wasting time on terrible movies (I don’t feel so bad about books that I hate, maybe because I prefer books to movies anyway).

    Sounds like you’re right on track with your progress this week, Julie. Hope Monday is treating you well!

  6. I would love to have a reading twin – UI would cherish and nurture that relationship however, I don’t. I have been reading friends for one genre or another, but no-one who likes to hop from one style to another. If they like literature they don’t like fantasy – if they like fantasy they won’t like non fiction – and so on. Neither do I know anyone who will read a book and judge it on its faithfulness to the genre – they all like or dislike on personal preference – which of course we all do but in the reading groups I belong to I get so frustrated at their inability to see whether the book was good for its genre. I don’t particularly like cozy mysteries for instance, but I can see the merits of such a book.

    oh for another kindred soul 🙂

    1. Surely, there’s someone out there like that! I like quite a few genres myself, but I do draw the line on some things. For instance, I’ve tried — really, I have — but I simply can’t do gory horror like Stephen King. Not happening, no way. My book club did read quite a variety of books, from epic literature to young adult to biography to chick lit. It was a rather eclectic mix.

  7. I don’t have a twin, but I am a bookshelf voyeur. I like to look at what’s on people’s bookshelves (oh, let them have bookshelves!). If what’s there intrigues me, I instantly like that person better.

    I also tend to trust their suggestions more when I’ve seen what’s on their shelves.

    Looks like I’m not the only one having a good goals week! =)

    1. That’s a good way to discover reading taste. Although in my house, not everything on the bookshelf is mine… 🙂

      Glad you had a good goals week. Hope it’s another!

  8. BFF and I used to be book twins but have grown in different directions over the years. Now I’m more like Shan and a voyeur 🙂

    Great week Julie. Wishing you continued success!

    1. Since I’ve been writing, my tastes have veered a little. Some of that is the necessity to read more deeply in my genre, but some is probably changing tastes.

      Thanks for the encouragement, Raelyn! Have a marvelous week.

  9. Julie, I think it’s fabulous that you have a book twin. I didn’t know that such a thing existed. So obviously, I do not have one. I read alone, with nobody else. Nope, no one suggests books to me. I think I’m a lot like David. I’m pretty picky about what I read. I’m not a heavy blood and guts kinda gal. And I freak at the scary stuff. No thank you. I tend to have enough stress in my own life. So a nice gentle read or sweet romance is more up my alley. But I have heard of the Fussy Librarian. I had forgotten about it. Thanks for the reminder! And keep up the great writing! 🙂

    1. Oh, I just named it. “Book twin” isn’t like a thing. Although maybe I should put it up on the Urban Dictionary and see what happens… 🙂

      I’m not a blood-and-guts gal either. I have a couple of friends who write horror, and I ask them to tell me specifically how detailed gory something is before I’ll read it. They’re pretty good at protecting my stomach. LOL.

      Have a great week, Karen!

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