Wednesday, February 13, 2019

Bookish Adventures - Blind Dates with Books

I've been in a weird book rut lately. I'm still reading (and finding things I love), but I'm not just not in my usual rhythm.

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To get out of the rut, I've decided to try something new- I'm going to blind date my books. 

You see, I tend to pick books that I'm in the mood for. Mood is hard to explain. It's really just what jumps out to me when I look at what I've got - That could be genre, how long I've had it, author, etc.

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Other times I pick based on page number. I tend to read things that are <350 pages or less, so anything more than that messes with my typical pacing. I"m obviously capable of reading more pages, but that's just where my page preferences land.

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There are still other reasons I pick books - Timing for Book Club, buzz from a friend, library availability, etc. Anyway, I'm not here to talk about how I usually read. I'm here to share my newest adventure.

The strategy is simple really - I don't know what I'm reading next until I have it in my hand. To make this work, I put all the books I own and still need to read, as well as a few I've been wanting to re-read, with their spines down in a basket. I then had my husband mix them up a bit just so I wouldn't pick something based on what/where I thought it was.

The hardest part for me will be giving up control. I mean, I've already "pre selected" these books given I've bought them, but leaving the order/anything to chance is not usually my jam.

So, for the next few weeks, if you need me, I'll be on some book-ish blind dates. It'll be an interesting adventure, but I'm hoping it gives me that jolt that I'm looking for when it comes to reading.

Here we go!

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