With books, sometimes you either stop reading or finish the book but don’t feel like revisiting it again. Such is the situation with blind dates, and the same can happen with books.
Some local libraries have tried “blind dates” with books, covering books and providing minimal information about plot and genre to pique readers’ interest.
And I'm not just talking about a woman on a kindle.
I'm talking about a girl with stacks of hardbacks, first editions and stolen library books.
Some introductions are more awkward than others, and some captivate you from the first words.
Some characters take awhile to get to know, because they require describing the alternate world they live in or they have a complex back story.
When first published in 1862, this novel of a divided Russia, with peasants set against masters and fathers set against sons, caused great outrage. Vianne Mauriac says goodbye to her husband, Antoine, as he heads for the Front.
Enter Original Dating, an events company that combines shared interests with face-to-face interaction.
It organises themed speed dating, so there’s a talking point for when you hit that wall of awkwardness, and don't know what to say next. But I knew it was worth a try when I spied their next event: literary speed dating. I grew up an avid reader, and studied literature at university.
I always carry a book around in the often vain hope that I’ll get around to reading it at some point during the day – and obviously I took one with me to last week’s speed dating evening. Some participants had brought books with them, displaying them as though they were back at school doing 'show and tell'.
My tome of choice was Alice Munro's collection of short stories.
You’re up for having fun, but you would welcome it if you found one that changes your life forever. Believe it or not, they are more alike than you think. Obviously, the content of the book or person has to be substantial enough for a relationship to develop and continue, but you can’t deny that attraction in both cases is real.