When I was a kid, I used to really enjoy choosing a new book to read. Books you were forced to read at school were generally a bit dull, stuff you would never chose yourself but you didn’t really have a choice. However, every year, during the school holidays when we went on our annual 2 week break, I got to chose a new book for the holiday from the airport book shop! It was almost my favourite part of the holiday and was a great way of passing the impossible 2 hours wait between arriving at the airport and getting on the plane!
Now though I find choosing a book a bit of a nightmare! I don’t know where to start. Unless someone has recommended something to me, I’m always a bit lost. I’m not someone who always reads the same author and I don’t really have a favourite genre. It’s not helped by having a kindle either. Every time I go into the Amazon book store, ironically for choosing a book, I can’t see the wood for the trees.
So, that’s why I loved the idea of this book stand I saw recently outside Elizabeths Bookshop in Freemantle – a Book Blind Date! You don’t know what book you’re choosing, they are completely wrapped up and all you get as a clue is a few bullet points to describe the story! I don’t know if it’s a completely original idea, but I’ve never seen it before.
One of my favourite quotes is “a half-read book is a half finished love affair”. What better way to start an affair than a blind date.