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Frequently Asked Questions


Can I list a title I’ve already read but want to talk about with someone?

Yes, as long as you’re willing to reread the book.


Can I list a book I’ve already started?

Yes, but understand that your duo will likely not have started it and will need to catch up.


Why does it take up to 48 hours to be connected to my duo?

I match duos one by one — nothing is automated. I may look into that in the future if the idea catches on, but for now it’s a manual process.


What happens after I’m connected to my duo?

You’ll both receive an email with each other’s email address. After that it’s up to you how you communicate and what schedule you determine for reading and discussions.


Why can’t I list more than 3 titles?

I want to make sure that you’re ready to start reading together when you’re matched with your duo, so listing 3 titles seemed reasonable. Email me if you really, really want to list more than 3 — for instance, if your titles aren’t likely to get a quick match — and we can discuss options.


Does it have to be a book? What about listing a magazine or newspaper?

Only books, at least for now.


Who’s behind this site?

My name is Stephanie Hinkaty. I love to read and have shelves full of books, but I work full-time and have three kids and find it difficult to dedicate blocks of time to reading unless I have an external motivation.

I’ve been part of a few book groups over the years and really enjoyed talking about what we’d read, but scheduling was often tricky and I sometimes felt like I was sacrificing reading the books I wanted to read so that I could read someone else’s selection. (I know that’s one of the joys of being in a book group and I read some great books I wouldn’t have otherwise, but it can be a downside too.) I joined an online book group as a pandemic activity, but the first book put me to sleep (literally) and the idea of forcing myself to finish was depressing.

Developing this site is therefore somewhat selfish: I’m hoping to connect with other readers so I can read the books I want to read and have someone to talk about them with. And it’ll be nice to make new book-loving friends, too!

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