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Blind Date with a book.

If you’re a book lover, you know having a good book to read on vacation is super important. I had a beach vacation coming up and put several beach-themed books on hold at the local Library. As vacation approached, I misread the Library’s open hours and never had the opportunity to get my books.

I was so upset. Almost depressed. I had a beautiful vacation planned, plenty to do, people I love to spend time with, but no book planned. I had carefully selected the books I wanted to bring and put them on hold weeks ago. I was waiting for them all to be ready for pick up. I stopped by the day before I left only to find the Library was closed for Good Friday. The remorse I felt from this was genuine. Please tell me some of you have felt the same.

A friend started listing books she could lend me. A coworker also suggested books she could lend. They didn’t have the same genres I was interested in. I was in trouble. How could I possibly enjoy a vacation without a good book to read?

I ran to Target (of all places) and purchased some books. It was the only place I’d have a chance to stop by before leaving. I wasn’t just renting a book from the Library- I was committed- I PURCHASED the books. Books I had previously never heard of. There have been books I’ve purchased like this that I hated. The one book I actually threw out was a blind book date. It’s such a risk. Especially when you’ll be on vacation and it’s the only book you’ll have.

I wonder if the books I’ve chosen will be winners or losers.

One book is by Rick Riordan; “Daughter of the Deep.” My nephew loved his Percy Jackson series and had me read them. I agree; they were super fun. So not a huge risk buying a new book from this author.

The other book is by author Christina Baker Kline. She wrote a book “Orphan Train’ which is on my TBR list but I have not yet read. This book is called “The Exiles.” Historical fiction is one of my favorite genres so I have hopes for this book.

I’m excited to start a new book. I wouldn’t want to waste any of those quality reading moments available while on vacation. A beach vacation at that! I really hope the books do not disappoint. They aren’t beach or summer themed like I had planned, but that’s ok. I don’t need specific stories for the beach, I was just really looking forward to them and now I have books I just met.

I know it’s not technically a “blind date” with a book. I’ve never actually selected a book that way and wouldn’t want to for a vacation book. Has anyone had a found a book they’ve enjoyed that way? What makes you stray from your TBR list? And lastly: did you love the book so much you kept it? Just curious if other book lovers have been on blind dates.


dog groomer, dog trainer, and storyteller for children and the young at heart.

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