Why You Should Read With Your Partner

Ta-Nehisi Coats Between the World and Me

Have you ever read a book with your partner? If not, you’re missing out. Not only is it one of the most romantic dates you will have but studies show that reading aloud to your partner is beneficial to your relationship. It is also free and requires minimal effort. Need more convincing? Here are 4 reasons why you should read with your partner:

  1. Quality Time Together

I don’t always have time to spend with bae. Even though we live together we aren’t always spending time together. We go on dates here and there but with different work schedules and life being crazy in general its difficult. We both enjoy reading so we figured why not read together?

  1. Creates Discussions

Think of reading with your partner as having your own book club. Reading stimulates your brain and creates thought-provoking questions you can ask one another. PJ and I are currently reading Ta-Nehisi Coates’  Between the World and Me and the books subject has led to great discussions.

  1. A Chance to Unplug

I hate competing with a cell phone for attention. If you’re reading a book you have to put the phone down to be engaged. Use this time to focus on each other instead of your timeline.

  1. Difference Type of Intimacy

The closeness reading with your partner creates is a type of intimacy you cannot create on a traditional date. You learn each others interest and may see another side of your partner you wouldn’t normally see. Also, if the sound of your partners voice is a turn on this is the ideal date for you.

So next time you’re struggling to come up with date night plans, cuddle up with a good book. If it’s a nice day, grab a blanket, pack some snacks, and head to a local park and read outside.

Have you read with your partner before? What are your favorite books to read together? Share below in the comments!

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  1. This is something my boyfriend and I have gotten into recently. We started out swapping books but now we actually read togther even articles and blog posts. Its definitely had all the benefits mentioned in this post.

  2. I’ve always dreamt of this idea with my husband. We are far to ‘plugged in’ right now between our 3 business and 2 FT jobs. What a romantic idea!

  3. I’m Italian and my fiance is Australian, so we choose a bilingual book, and I read in Italian to him and he reads the English part to me. Our first book together was Alice in Wonderland and it was fantastic!

  4. My bf reading my blog posts has definitely started some great discussions and has helped the “getting to really know you” process along as well. Reading a book together would probably be even better! Noted.

  5. This is how I knew I was going to marry my husband. We would go on Barnes and Noble dates. We actually went on one this past weekend with our two kids 🙂

  6. When I ran across this article I laughed
    I have been forcing my partner to read books with me. Since he refused I read them to him and it started growing on him. It’s such a good thing to do in a relationship actually.

  7. You know, I never thought about this! My bf and I share articles and such with each other, but we haven’t read actual books. Going to suggest this to him!

  8. Thank you for sharing this. I’ve become an avid reader and I realize how much it has opened me up to myself. I’ve never once thought about doing it with my man.We don’t see each other often so this would provide a great way to connect on another level and to reflect.

  9. I have not read with a partner before, but now I have no idea why. This is the perfect date and a way to enhance intimacy. Thank you so much for the wonderful idea! I will certainly not only use it, but also suggest others do the same!

  10. If I had a boo, we’d definitely be doing this! I review books on my blog and it would be nice to have a partner who was supportive of my writing but also engaged in a way where we both grow intellectual. PS, I love Te-Hahisi’s writing.

  11. My partner and I try to read a book together every new year. He is an avid reader. I haven’t had as much time to read books since starting blogging, but I love listening to him tell me about his stories. I end up feeling like I read the book with him!

    Side Bar: Like LeShelle said that book was amazing.

  12. I have been doing this with my boyfriend and I agree with all these tips… we have become even closer than before… It is our thing now :)Thank you for reminding me that we are doing the right thing.

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