Blind date with a book and mini haul

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Hi friends, it’s been a little while since I posted consistently, which I feel like I end up writing every time I go to compose a new post. Even though I’ve only just put up another post, you have no idea how long this has been sitting in my draft folder for! But I’m determined to be better! I’m currently working on a travel series which I HOPE will be super cool and interesting to read!

I recently picked up something called “blind date with a book” which is based on the premise that you should pick up a novel based on the plot, and not what the cover looks like. I won’t lie, I am notoriously bad for picking stuff up based on what it looks like so I thought I would test myself.

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The premise is simple, a person writes a recommendation for a book which is wrapped in paper so that the cover can’t be seen. This way, it encourages people to purchase based on what the plot is, rather than if the cover is pretty or not.

This year i’ve been trying to read a variety of different things, more graphic novels, different genres, more non-fiction etc. Usually I wouldn’t automatically reach for historical fiction, so I figured this should form part of my decision. Also because I was scared that I would end up buying a book I already own, as I own a lot of books.

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The synopsis reads as follows:

In October 1947, after a summer-long drought, fires break out all along the Maine coast from Bar Harbor to Kittery and are soon racing out of control from town to village. Five months pregnant, Grace Holland is left alone to protect her two toddlers when her husband, Gene, joins the volunteer firefighters. Along with her best friend, Rosie, and Rosie’s two young children, Grace watches helplessly as their houses burn to the ground, the flames finally forcing them all into the ocean as a last resort. They spend the night frantically protecting their children and in the morning find their lives forever changed: homeless, penniless, awaiting news of their husbands’ fate, and left to face an uncertain future in a town that no longer exists. In the midst of this devastating loss, Grace discovers glorious new freedoms–joys and triumphs she could never have expected her narrow life with Gene could contain–and her spirit soars. Then the unthinkable happens and Grace’s bravery is tested as never before.

Honestly the thing that drew me to this was purely the disaster element, because I always find those interesting to read about. On a quick google search, there is definitely a lot prettier covers than this one, so it’s just as well I blind bought this because I’d never have picked it up otherwise. I am interested in reading it, and I’d definitely consider reaching for another blind buy again. It was a bit like buying myself a mystery Christmas present.

I also recently picked up a few other books on my travels, which were not blind buys but two very different things.

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The Mars Room by Rachel Kushner

Since picking this one up, it’s actually been announced as one of the books on the Man Booker longlist for 2018. Which means for once I actually own and have heard of a book on the longlist.

It’s about a woman who is in prison, and is at the start of her time, serving two life sentences, and she’s left her young son on the outside. Apart from that I know very little else, but I’m definitely going to be picking it up hopefully sooner rather than later – although knowing me that could mean next week, or it could mean in four months time.

 

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Snow Falling on Cedars by David Guterson

The irony of me including this in my blind book post is that I actually originally picked up this book because it’s SO BEAUTIFUL.

Aside from that, this book is about a tiny isolated island, where a local fisherman is found dead, having been drowned. A Japanese American man is charged with his murder, but it turns out that the case it about more than just the death. It’s got a bit of historic background to it, and draws from the island’s experience of the Second World War, which I am a sucker for reading about, so I’m really excited to get round to this one. I’m also a big fan of Japanese literature so I’m hoping this novel is written in the same way.

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