I have always done my reading all by myself – curled up on my bed or chair, slowly flipping through the book I am reading at that time. It’s like a date I’m having with my book.

However, I have come to know that just like going on dates or brunch, reading doesn’t always have to be a one-person affair. It can be done with a friend, like going to the gym. The good thing is, you don’t always have to be in the same room! All you need is the same book like a book club, but with just two members. This is something you are sharing with your friend. And here, nothing is off-limits.

So, whatever book you want to read with your friend, go for it! Here is a list of books that I would highly suggest. These will not only build your friendship in the most positive of ways but will also open your eyes to the possibilities that exist. Hopefully, you will push each other up more.

Educated – Tara Westover

I knew I would enjoy this book right before reading it. At the time, my friend would give me snippets, and it felt like a book I would enjoy.

It did not disappoint.

Tara captures her process of self-discovery in this book. She literally removed herself from society because of her belief and knowledge that made her more enlightened. Eventually, her belief systems benefit from her separateness.

If I haven’t recommended this book to you before, I am doing just that now.

Tuesdays With Morrie – Mitch Albom

When Mitch was in college, his professor Morrie played a considerable role in making him a great student. After college, he lost track of his professor until he saw him on TV. Morrie was slowly dying.

Mitch rediscovered Morrie in the last months of the older man’s life. Knowing he was dying of ALS, Mitch visited Morrie in his study every Tuesday, just as they used to back in college. Their rekindled relationship turned into one final ‘class’: lessons on how to live.

The Pillars Of The Earth – Ken Follett

I know I say this a lot about the books that I recommend, but if there is a book I would read over and over again, it has to be this one.

With every read, you get a new perspective on the church, the characters, and the author.

This book continues to blow my mind.

Heart & Hustle – Patricia Bright

Why wouldn’t you get Patricia Bright’s book and read it with your friends?

If you are looking for some motivation on achieving success, this is an excellent book to read and discuss with your friends.

The Sex Lives of African Women – Nana Darkou Seryiamah

Women have come a long way in openly talking about sex.

What makes me think it’s an excellent book to read with friends? Because we, as women, have embraced everything that comes with our sexuality! So why not do this with a friend?

My friend and I were discussing it a few months back. Although she had read the book and I hadn’t, we still talked about it, and I vowed to read it. I am planning to get this book in a few weeks.

What other books would you add to this list?