Annie Recommends // Blind Date With a Book

A few months ago, I was browsing my favorite local bookstore and stumbled upon this: a blind date with a book.  A paperback book was wrapped in brown butcher’s paper and covered with adjectives describing the book.  The wrapping told me about the book’s nature, but didn’t give me a glimpse at the title, author, or cover design.

The idea made me somewhat uncomfortable at first.  I, a self-proclaimed cover judger, like books with pretty covers and reputable authors.  My brand-name book snobbery can get in the way of reading good literature, as I try to remind myself, so I browsed the blind dates available and picked one out.

The book I chose was The Shadow of the Wind by Carlos Luis Zafรณn.  I’d heard fabulous things about the book, but had passed it over for something else.  I wouldn’t have picked this book out myself, but am beyond excited to read it.  The premise seems absolutely enchanting in the figurative and literal senses.  Click here to check out The Shadow of the Wind on Goodreads.

I want to share the blind date book love, my friends!  I picked out eight books I think you’ll love and shared a few choice adjectives and phrases about each book.  If the premise sounds intriguing, click the link and you’ll be transported to the book’s Goodreads page, where you can get acquainted with your blind date.

Without further ado, let’s meet our contestants. 


Book #1:

  • Alien invasion
  • Survival
  • Romance
  • Brother-sister relationship
  • Science fiction

Click here to meet your blind date!


Book #2:

  • Murder mystery
  • Political intrigue
  • Fictional country
  • Thriller
  • Misunderstood heroine

Click here to meet your blind date!


Book #3:

  • Deep South
  • Magic and voodoo
  • Romance
  • Cursed protagonist
  • Good versus evil

Click here to meet your blind date!


Book #4:

  • New York City
  • Fame and fortune
  • Prep school romance
  • Feel-good
  • Cute and quirky

Click here to meet your blind date!


Book #5:

  • Witches
  • Switched at birth
  • Earthy magic
  • Love triangle
  • Ancient prophecy

Click here to meet your blind date!


Book #6:

  • Girl-next-door
  • High school
  • Hate-to-love romance
  • Strong sibling relationship
  • Charming

Click here to meet your blind date!


Book #7:

  • Futuristic
  • Forbidden love
  • Matchmaking society
  • Defiance
  • Strong family

Click here to meet your blind date!


Book #8:

  • 1930’s
  • High society
  • Complicated love
  • New England beaches
  • Heartbreak

Click here to meet your blind date!


What did you think of your dates?  Find any new books to read?

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13 thoughts on “Annie Recommends // Blind Date With a Book

  1. i love this so much!! There was something like this going on a library in Ocean City, but they didn’t give any adjectives, just the genre. the adjectives make it more wonderful <3 i'm going on two blind dates, with the 5th wave and to all the boys i've loved before

  2. I’m so late to this post, but this is such a great idea! ๐Ÿ™‚ I clicked on all of them because I wanted to check my guesses for each. I’m definitely adding a few to my TBR. Great recommendations, Annie. ๐Ÿ‘Œ