I think it goes without saying that I love books and any place with books, or talks about books, or sells books… All leading me to say that I love my library. Libraries of all kinds are amazing wonderful creatures that deserve to be preserved. In Corvallis, we’re lucky to have an awesome library. The building itself is very nice and fairly new, they have lots of nice well-lit places to read, the librarians are helpful and well-informed, and they have lots of great library programs and little things they do.
Yesterday when I walked through the library, Paul pointed out a small display of books to me. These books, labeled Blind Dates with Literature, were covered in butcher paper and had a small “dating profile” on top. The idea was you could choose one as a blind date for Valentine’s Day. Maybe it would be love and maybe it wouldn’t be.
I absolutely fell in love with this idea (and talk about a great gift idea for a Valentine’s exchange–especially for a girl’s night or a hopeless romantic). Of course, I had to get one. The problem was, I knew I wouldn’t be able to read the book if it wasn’t written by a woman. I don’t really think you could tell from the blurb if something was written by either sex, and I just chose one that I wanted to cuddle up with. I figured if nothing else, I’d have a book to add to my to-read list for next year.
But as you can see, I lucked out. This book wasn’t written by one female author, it was written by two. I’m very excited to read my book The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Society by Mary Ann Shaffer and Annie Barrows (Shaffer is Barrows’ aunt). I love books with long titles (and poems and movies…just about anything really).
You’ll see it on an upcoming post very soon, well two, I peeked inside and already I know it’ll be featured on Baking for Bookworms!
Ever had a blind date with literature (you know–your friends set you up and dove in no questions asked)? How did it turn out?
3 thoughts on “My Literature Blind Date from the Library”
I have had many blind date books. Almost all of them have turned out beautifully. As a youngster, I was told to read “my Fruend Flicka”, it was great and it was also the first time I had seen a swear word in a book.
“The Good Earth,” was another one. Several people including my Mom insisted that I read it and I have always loved Pearl S. Buck since that time.
In fact you, your Mom and Aunt Jodi have been always been a compass to my reading. The Twilight Series and the Harry Potter series just to name a couple.
Thanks for being such a wonderful compass.
I absolutely loved The Good Earth. That’s probably one I should read again. Mom recommends a lot of books to me too 🙂 She’s got good instincts for books.
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