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message 1: by terpkristin (new)

terpkristin | 3243 comments So this "idea" seems to be making the rounds this week but I haven't seen it posted here. Basically, libraries encourage people to try something new by wrapping books in brown paper and suggesting people choose books at random to "take home on a blind date." Book blind dating

I love this idea, personally. :) I think it'd be even more fun to get a group of people who'd want to do it, then do a secret-santa type thing where everybody gets assigned someone at random to send a book to. But, in the spirit of true blind dates, the idea would be that each sender would look at the books that the reader has liked, and pulls one off their shelf that they think the reader would enjoy. You know, like setting someone up with a friend. :D


message 2: by Dawn (new)

Dawn (DawnV) | 96 comments That is a great idea.


message 3: by Adrian (new)

Adrian Pienaru (adi_pie) | 124 comments This is a great idea, I'm sure of that. I did this two years ago with my university colleagues, we each wrote down five of our favorite books, and then drew lots to decide who's Secret Santa you were. It was loads of fun, and I did discover Charles Stross thanks to it, which is a huge bonus.
I would imagine, that this would only be for members from the US, or at least from countries with enough members. International shipping is either fast but expensive or cheap, slow, and unreliable.


message 4: by Michelle (new)

Michelle | 13 comments I love this idea. I wish I had more time to read random books suggested by strangers. Problem is I'm a book junkie, can't stop myself from buying them. Just counted all the ones piled up waiting to be read or re-read and got to 49. Maybe I can get through them all this year! I'm cut-off from buying more until I get more read. :)


message 5: by Leesa (new)

Leesa (leesalogic) | 402 comments I love this idea :)


message 6: by Alex (new)

Alex Ristea (alexristea) | 654 comments Sounds like that machine T&V talked about that gave you a random book for a dollar, and people became strangely attached to the weirdest things.

I imagine through this blind date system, I would probably read books I would have never picked up on my own.


message 7: by Dara (new)

Dara (cmdrdara) | 1489 comments That's a really cool idea. Might end up reading something you would otherwise overlook and end up liking it.


message 8: by Adrian (last edited Jan 30, 2013 11:47AM) (new)

Adrian Pienaru (adi_pie) | 124 comments I've decided to try this again with some colleagues on the 1st of March, since we already give gifts on that day,a book as a bonus gift would be great. I expect them to enjoy it.


message 9: by Jlawrence, S&L Forum Mod (new)

Jlawrence | 873 comments Mod
An excellent idea!

terpkristin wrote: "I think it'd be even more fun to get a group of people who'd want to do it, then do a secret-santa type thing where everybody gets assigned someone at random to send a book to. But, in the spirit of true blind dates, the idea would be that each sender would look at the books that the reader has liked, and pulls one off their shelf that they think the reader would enjoy. You know, like setting someone up with a friend. :D "

Maybe you could do it through a Goodreads group? The group moderator (I nominate you, terpkristin ;) ) assings the members to each other, members check out each other's reviewed book lists to get an idea of what book to send. Although, *completely* random could be fun, too (with books if not with actual dates ;) ).


message 10: by San (new)

San (mrsan) | 1 comments I joined this group just so I could say that this was a good idea! Also, don't trust Jlawrence!


message 11: by Tamahome (last edited Feb 06, 2013 04:21AM) (new)

Tamahome | 4993 comments Jenny has another term called 'speed dating books', where you read a little bit of a bunch of books to find one you like. She didn't say whether you sleep with them.


message 12: by Kristina (new)

Kristina | 490 comments My library is doing this right now! They wrapped the books in valentines paper and just wrote a hint about it on the front. I scored a date with a cute little historical fiction. There is a survey to fill out afterwards to let them know how your date went. I've only just started mine, and while I like historical fiction-this is a time period I wouldn't usually choose, so I'm excited to try it out.


message 13: by Tyler (new)

Tyler Lutz (tylerlutz) | 233 comments We're doing this as well at our library. I wrapped The Scar and just glued a map of Bas-Lag on the front, hoping to intrigue some folks.


message 14: by Jenny (Reading Envy) (last edited Feb 10, 2013 07:50AM) (new)

Jenny (Reading Envy) (readingenvy) | 2070 comments Tamahome wrote: "Jenny has another term called 'speed dating books', where you read a little bit of a bunch of books to find one you like. She didn't say whether you sleep with them."
If that's what it takes....

Also, I'm a music librarian and I did a display similar to this idea, but instead of blind dates, I wrapped newer recordings and labeled them by genre, and advertised something like "find something new to love."


message 15: by terpkristin (new)

terpkristin | 3243 comments So...if people wanted to do this, I could help facilitate it. I guess at a first cut, it'd be US-only, and anybody who did it would have to pay their own shipping. But if there were people who wanted to do it, I'd be up for helping coordinate...


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