Yes, blind dates with books! I think they're just about the best thing ever! Tons of pictures of these fun blind dates have been circulating around tumblr. I'll give you a quick description of what book blind dates are if you don't know. Book blind dates take place in libraries - usually there's a shelf dedicated to this. The books that are picked for these blind dates are wrapped in paper so you can't see the title or anything. When picking the book you want, you're merely going off of the little blurb the librarian has left you on the wrapping paper.
*Both of these pictures were taken off tumblr.*
After seeing these things on tumblr, I immediately wished that my library would do this! Because seriously, how fun would that be? And my wish did indeed come true! The next time I went to the library, there was this shelf filled with ten to twelve wrapped books. By the time I had got there, there were only a couple left - none of them sounding like YA novels (to be honest, I think they were all adult novels!). I took the one that sounded the most intriguing. Then, I went home and started unwrapping it...guess what book it was? Before I Fall Asleep by S.J. Watson. I had never heard of S.J. or this book prior to the blind date and after finding it on Goodreads, I was pretty sure I was going to "ride this blind date out" and see how it was. That never happened.
It's just, for me, I'm a very picky reader. I may find a book interesting but the timing has to be spot on. And unfortunately, Before I Fall Asleep entered the scene at a bad time. There's no doubt in my mind that I would have liked it had I finished it, but the mere size of it was intimidating! It's not particularly big but for a plot so straightforward and simple (or so it seems...), I thought it would be hard for me to really get into it. So we parted!
Don't get me wrong, although I didn't stick with the whole experience, I think, overall, blind dates with books at libraries are so much fun! I think whoever thought of this first should get a medal. Honest. So next time you go to a library and see they have this set up, give it a shot! There's nothing to be afraid of...unlike an actual blind date! Hopefully, you find your new perfect book match! :) Good luck!