When stores have “Grab bags”, are you ever so curious about what is inside the bag, that you buy one?

My blogging friend, Annika, found the coolest book shop that has a similar idea, except it is done with books. I LOVE that! It’s sort of like that singing show on tv, called “The Voice”.

Only instead of choosing singers by voice alone, books can be chosen by a few words alone. Now THAT is an amazing concept!

Thank you for letting me share, Annika. 

This has given me ideas for other things as well. Like, wouldn’t it be neat to buy a few of those books for Christmas or birthday gifts and let family or friends pick the one that sparks their interest?

How fun!

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I’m always on the look-out for bookshops with a difference. There are the cafe bookshops. More recently the one-book bookshop in Tokyo. However, these still have books and their covers clearly visible on a shelf.

Elizabeth’s Bookshop in Australia is turning the way we often choose our books on its head by wrapping up the books. Instead of ‘judging books by their cover’ the bookshop feels its policy allows the book to be bought for its contents and also encourages a diversity of reading genres by hiding the book covers. Neatly wrapped in brown paper and tied up with string, the book parcels line shelf upon shelf in one section of the second-hand bookshop. Upon each book is written a few key words about the book – its genre, main plot line. That is all. The rest is pot luck.

An employee originally had the idea to have a ‘blind…

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19 thoughts on “BLIND DATE BOOKS

  1. Miriam July 23, 2016 / 7:26 am

    It’s a very clever idea isn’t it Jess. :)

    • Jessica July 23, 2016 / 7:34 am

      Hi Miri!!! I’ve missed you. I thought maybe you were out winter camping or something. :) Yes, I’m pretty much in love with this book idea.

      Annika is pretty great. I love her blog. :)

      • Miriam July 23, 2016 / 8:37 am

        I agree, she’s great. And no, I’m not camping, not this weekend anyway. Hubby is away on a work trip again :( right up the other end of the country.

        • Jessica July 23, 2016 / 10:25 am

          Oh no! Hope he returns soon!

          • Miriam July 23, 2016 / 5:06 pm

            Not till next Wed or Thurs. I miss him like crazy but at least I have a new family member to keep me company!

          • Jessica July 23, 2016 / 5:21 pm

            Ohhhhh. I’ve got to read that! I saw the pictures. Thanks for reminding me.

            I bet you do miss him. Seems like time can drag on when they’re gone… :)

          • Miriam July 23, 2016 / 5:41 pm

            It sure does drag on … just have to keep busy.

          • Jessica July 23, 2016 / 5:55 pm

            How’s your mum? Kissed her cheek for me lately?????❤️💜❤️

          • Miriam July 23, 2016 / 6:00 pm

            Seeing her today. And yes, I kissed her cheek for you on Friday!
            I meant to say before, “come on over and meet our newest family” … I’ve missed you too! :) ♥

          • Jessica July 23, 2016 / 6:01 pm

            You’re the absolute BEST!😍🌻🌷🌸💗

    • Jessica July 23, 2016 / 11:03 pm

      You’re welcome! If you like books, photos, and travel stories, Annika’s blog is quite wonderful. She has a way with words. :) And, she’s super sweet, like you! :)

      • Mrs Strawberry Blonde July 24, 2016 / 1:19 pm

        You’re the loveliest sweetheart, do you know that?!

        I just swung by Annika’s blog and I’m starting to read a few of her recent posts. :)

        • Jessica July 24, 2016 / 7:10 pm

          Oh my gosh! Annika will be soooo pleased! :)

          Aw! You’re pretty amazing yourself. :)

  2. Annika Perry July 31, 2016 / 3:44 pm

    Jessica, thank you ever so much for the reblog and so happy you also love this concept. Anything to pique my interest and wonderful analogy with The Voice show! Do tell me if you come across it your part of the world! Wanted to reply earlier but as you know on my holidays and only just got wifi for a couple of days. Hope you’re having a lovely summer. Hugs

    • Jessica July 31, 2016 / 6:10 pm

      Hi sweet, girl. Hope you’re enjoying all that non-wifi time with forests and beaches. Thanks again for letting me share such an amazing story! I’m not sure if any book shops in the US do this. Not that I’ve seen. It would be a fun idea for a yard sale, don’t you think? People always pass by books, but I bet if there was a hint of mystery, they’d sell quick! :)

      • Annika Perry August 1, 2016 / 1:50 am

        Great idea about the yard sale – I can see these blind books being a great hit! Yes, having a wonderful holiday break – I’d forgotten quite how beautiful and serene it is here!

        • Jessica August 1, 2016 / 8:00 am

          Serene sounds nice!

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