I’ve seen this trend of going on a blind date with a book on social media plenty of times and I always thought it was an interesting idea. We’re so quick to judge a book by it’s cover, or even the first few pages, that we can end up missing out on a good book.
So when I saw a section of these in Barnes & Noble a while ago, I couldn’t resist buying one that sounded very interesting.
The system that Barnes & Noble uses with their blind date books is to tell you what genre the book is and give three main points of the book as opposed to a synopsis. Here’s what mine said:
Book Genre: Fiction
- A cantankerous bookseller main character for readers to either empathize with… or despise.
- A theft in the dark of the night, precious and rare words stolen.
- An original and exemplary tale of character development.
I’ll be honest, what really got me on this description was that it was about a bookseller. After reading Karen Kingsbury’s The Bridge and my desire to own a bookstore there was no way I could resist a story where the main character is a bookseller.
Now I didn’t read this book right away, since I was in the middle of a different book at the time and had planned on reading Left Behind next. So intend of opening it right away, it sat in the dining room for a while… still a complete mystery as to what book it could be.
Then one morning I finally said to my mom that I was going to open it because I really wanted to know what it was. And as I predicted, it was a book I’d never heard of before…
The Storied Life of A.J. Fikry by Gabrielle Zevin
Even though I had never heard of it, I was still excited to read it. Like I said, I was interested in reading a book where the main character was a bookseller. Plus, you know, I paid for it. I might as well read it, even if I didn’t end up liking the synopsis on the back of the book.
Thankfully, I did.
If you want to know what I actually thought of the book, you can check out my review over on my new book blog – Books We Left Unread. Spoiler alert: I liked it.
Overall, I enjoyed the ‘blind date with a book’ experience and I would gladly try it again. It’s a cool way to discover a new book that you probably wouldn’t have picked out otherwise. I can tell you right now that I probably wouldn’t have given this book a second thought just based on the name. Yes, it’s shallow… but it’s the truth.
Have you ever tried a blind date with a book? If you haven’t, would you?