When Mandy from Reading Comfort asked if I'd be willing to try out the Book Buddy and talk about it on my blog, I didn't hesitate. A beautiful pillow that leaves my hands free to knit while I read...I'm there! And I like to read in bed, but I don't like having to sit in weird positions to juggle the book. Worst of all is the loud crash when the book slips out of my hands and hits the floor if I doze off.
After neatly peeling away the yellow tissue paper wrapped around the package (which was a great touch), I squealed with joy. My Book Buddy came in the Papillon Gold design (the exact one in the picture), which is almost a perfect match to the comforter on my bed. I hoped that was a sign that my reading-in-bed problems were coming to an end.
To use the Book Buddy, you simply slip the front and back covers of the book under the middle straps, and the side straps hold the pages in place. The ribbons are adjustable, which makes it possible to use the Book Buddy with virtually any book. I've used it with a hardcover and a trade paperback, and it worked just fine. I haven't tried it with a mass market paperback, but I'm thinking that might not work as well. (If anyone has tried it, please let me know!)
The ribbons seem to be attached very well to the pillow, which is great because I'm all about good quality and long-lasting products. The only problem that I found with the Book Buddy is...well, me. See, my OCD issues mean I like everything perfect and just so. I think I spent more time adjusting the ribbons (making sure they were perfectly straight and not twisted, of course) than reading. :) Once I was situated, though, I soon learned that reading in bed can be fun and comfortable. I can keep the Book Buddy in my lap if I'm sitting up, I can rest it against my knees, and even lean it up against another pillow so I can read while lying on my stomach.
The Book Buddy also comes with a clear acrylic writing desk, which can be slipped under the side straps. I used it for writing, and I liked it. I can see myself one day using the Book Buddy as a laptop pillow, too.
I highly recommend the Book Buddy, and the wide variety of colors and designs means there is something for everyone.
I'd like to give a big thanks to Mandy from Reading Comfort for sending me my Book Buddy, and those of you who have the Book Buddy, I'd love to hear your thoughts.