So...you say, what does a good friend have to do with a good book? That is, you say it IF you read the title of this post, and maybe not even then. Anywho, as Kiri Liz would say, I think that good friends greatly influence what you read. For example, here is a hypothetical conversation which is rather akin to real conversations I have had:
Kiri: You know, I read a really good book lately, called Book Title. (This is not the real name of a book.)
Myself: Oh, really? What was it about?
Kiri: It was about a boy who killed dragons.
Myself: Sounds interesting. I'll have to read it sometime. It kind of reminds me of another book I read, called Book Title. It was about a family that braved the American frontier.
Kiri: Wow, I really want to read it now. Speaking of which, there was this other book I read...
And so on. I promise you, we can go on and on and on about books. And when we're finished, we'll want to read the books that the other told us about. At least, I will. I don't know about Kiri. And about the conversation, we do a lot more explaining than I put there.
So, friends are important as good book suggesters? Yes, they are. Friends influence us so much, that we really have to be careful about who we have as our friends. I have a really good way to tell if your friend is a really good friend.
Does your friend make you want to read your Bible? Does your friend talk to you about the Bible? That is the best kind of friend, who, when the subject turns to books, not only tells you about good books, but leads you toward the Best Book.
The entrance of thy words giveth light; it giveth understanding unto the simple.
Psalm 119: 130