Tue
Feb 7 2012 9:33am

Book A Date!

Short a Valentine this year? How about trying read-dating?

A library in Canada has started a “book-club/speed-dating hybrid,” where unattached literary types spend about four minutes talking to the other singles, all armed with a favorite book (or DVD or CD) to discuss.

Even more fun than that is that each single is given a bookish pseudonym (so if you’re interested in winning that Gold Medal we spoke of yesterday, you might want to chat up Leopold Bloom).

One of the event’s participants said even if you don’t find true love, you will add to your TBR list:

“It’s very cool to be able to discover new treasures,” he says. “You’re meeting new people. And hey, if you don’t connect, you’ve got a great list of books to read. So it’s win-win.”

What book would you bring to a read-dating event?

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4 comments
Megan Frampton
1. MFrampton
Of course there's that whole 'judging a book by its cover' thing, and that would DEFINITELY apply in this case. So--do you bring a book you love? The book you recommend most often? The book that makes you look the most approachable?
Gah! I am thinking maybe Game of Thrones, since ppl who haven't read it know what it's about, and ppl who have will be thrilled to find a fellow Martin person.
Heather Waters (redline_)
2. redline_
@MFrampton -- Kind of like a "If you like this, you might like...me!" I feel like that's a good way to go. Definitely something you can actually talk about and not something you're bringing merely to impress.
Marian DeVol
3. ladyengineer
Megan and @redline_ - I would probably go with the "If you like this, you might like...me!" approach as opposed to my current fiction obsession.

Currently, I'm on an historical/paranormal/erotic romance kick - almost guaranteed to have most guys heading for the hills. ;->

So, I would probably go with Tom Clancy's Hunt For Red October, Cliff Stoll's The Cuckoo's Egg, David Weber's On Basilisk Station (Honor Harrington #1), or Lois McMaster Bujold's Cordelia's Honor (omnibus containing Shards of Honor/Barrayar) if I were going for fiction, and/or Bruce Schneier's Secrets and Lies: Digital Security in a Networked World if I were going for non-fiction. In any case, I'd need to reread whatever I chose beforehand, since I read most of these some while ago.
Marian DeVol
4. ladyengineer
Actually, Cliff Stoll's The Cuckoo's Egg is more non-fiction. It just READS like fiction.... ;->
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