We tried this out last year, and it was so much fun we’re bringing it back for 2019.
I went on my first blind date with a book a few years ago. I’d seen pictures of blind date books on the internet—books wrapped in brown paper, bearing intriguing clues of what contents lay inside, but not giving too much away—and when my local bookstore got in on the action, I couldn’t resist.
(Interestingly, the description on the book I chose isn’t appropriate now. Click the link to read that post and you’ll see what I mean.)
Since then this literary trend has spread far and wide—you all have sent me photos of impressive displays at your local libraries, and I’ve visited bookstores who have entire walls devoted to brown paper-wrapped books.
Readers, if you don’t have a bookstore or library near you wrapping books in brown paper, this post is for you. I chose three books from my collection (let’s be honest—duplicate books), wrapped them up, and took a stab at writing intriguing clues that don’t give too much away. (It’s not easy! I tried to err on the side of being cryptic, but maybe I’m wrong and you’ll know immediately which titles I’m talking about.)
I’m giving them all away to three separate readers, one book per reader.
Based on these slim descriptions, how do these books sound to you?
book #1: love and loss, best friends, betrayal, multiple point of view, medical drama
book #2: makeover, decluttering, priorities, home, step-by-step
book #3: a reimagined classic, social commentary, romantic comedy, Pakistan
To enter: leave a comment that says which book you’re most interested in, identifying the book with the number 1, 2, or 3. We’ll choose the winners randomly, and reveal the books in Friday’s links I love post. (Winners will be notified by email.)
Giveaway ends Wednesday, February 6 at 11:59 pm EST.
UPDATE: Click here to see the reveal!
Good luck! I hope YOU win.
Have you gone on a blind date with a book? Have you let someone set you up with a book you were skeptical about? Would you try it? I’d love to hear about your experiences in comments.