a first edition blind date

Life is a book and there are a thousand pages I have not yet read.                                                                                                                  – Cassandra Clare

My youngest daughter is fifteen and just had her very first blind date.  Why am I blogging about such an event? Moreover, why am I so calm? She IS only fifteen.

Well, to be perfectly honest, she has literary-ly been dating for years.

Fictional characters, that is.  William “Will” Herondale from Cassandra Clare’s The Shadowhunters series was her first ‘book boyfriend’. Oh, and the blind date?  It’s with a paperback.  So, that potential parental crisis was resolved even before it began. (sigh of relief)

A Blind Date with a Book is a hand wrapped book, carefully curated from a wide range of popular genres that is tagged with intriguing clues alluding to the book inside. This curated collection includes everything from mystery, romance, classics, horror, adventure, science fiction to young adult.

We pick books that readers may have missed by great authors or other great books that perhaps did not receive the publicity that they deserved. Orders are shipped worldwide and are a great present for yourself or someone else.

Blind Date with a Book began at Elizabeth’s Bookshops in Australia and is now available at Waitrose stores in England.

a different kind of … blind date

This is my reader.  The one who sports graphic t-shirts with such phrases as Mentally dating a fictional character  and  the definition of a Book Hangover.  Any potential non-fictional boyfriend could never measure up to these beautifully written characters she so willingly angsts over.  Trust me, it’s a good thing. Each character is quite the proverbial train wreck.  Poor Mr. Herondale is the quintessential conductor. My daughter would never mess with shit like that in real life.  I’m confident she will be quite discerning when it comes to actual dating. (even bigger sigh of relief)

One must always be careful of books.
Cassandra Clare

Back to this Blind Date with a Book idea.  I think it’s way fun.

  • book dating is less stressful than the ‘blind’ version.  Though emotional connections to fictional characters can cause lasting impressions.  As a parent, books are definitely preferred – for now, at least.
  • stop reading if you’re disappointed.  On a real date, you at least have to make it through the appetizer course before bailing.
  • inexpensive – this particular ‘date’ was a BONUS deal  leftover from Valentine’s Day.  Nowadays, separate checks are becoming the accepted protocol in certain dating situations – that can get expensive.
  • you can request a ‘second date’ in either scenario.
  • No awkwardness – chances of ‘bumping into’ a fictional character in a public place are slim if not none.

Her ‘blind date’ was a Harlequin Romance.  Even though she is not a fan of the genre, she will probably read it in one evening, enjoying the entire meal. She may even have tea.  Then, she will cast it aside, waiting for the next ‘boy’ to come along.  Oh, the drama!

Never trust a duck.                                                                                                                                                                                                      – Will Herondale

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