How To Use Books To Destroy Your Boring Date

Need an escape plan from an awkward date situation? Read on to discover which books will break you free!

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Three books: Check and mate, Divine rivals, and What moves the dead. Bored girl and cat on the edges with stars and abstract images.

You know the drill. You’ve got that date penciled into your calendar, and already, you’re mentally mapping out the quickest exits. Maybe it’s not your first rodeo, and you’re giving it another shot. Or perhaps it’s a nerve-wracking first encounter, and you’re bracing yourself for whatever curveballs may come your way. Either way, you’re prepping for battle, scouting out escape exits, and masterfully plotting for when hell inevitably cracks open.

What if I told you there’s a better way? A way that doesn’t involve fumbling through awkward small talk?

What if there’s… the way of books?

Well, you’ve come to the right place. I’m going to give you my recommendations for every scenario and which book to use as your next weapon against a boring date.

What Moves the Dead by T. Kingfisher

What Moves The Dead by T. Kingfisher. A rabbit with mushrooms all around it's body.
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I physically jumped like a jack-in-the-box while reading this book. I do not believe I have ever had a jump scare in a book, especially a short novel, but this one did it. Just by the title this book is perfect. What Moves the Dead… What moves along this boring date? Horror! You will have your date wanting to run out of there like a person running form the plague.

Check & Mate by Ali Hazelwood

Check & Mate by Ali Hazelwood. A boy and a girl holding hands on a chess board with chess pieces flying around them.
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Want to spruce up some romance at this dead coffee date? I send you a romance that will save your hope in humanity and love. This book will show you that there is more to look forward to. Check & Mate is one of my favorite YA romances that has always kept me wishing for the beauty of true, wholesome love. Love’s not dead… just at this table.

Once Upon a Broken Heart by Stephanie Garber

Once Upon a Broken Heart by Stephanie Garber. A Victorian shaped heart, faded in the middle.
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Maybe you’re sick of the real world and crave escapism. If so, I have just the book to do the job. Once Upon a Broken Heart is a book that has out-of-this-world imagination and beautifully written prose that will beckon to your childish heart. There’s magic that holds personality, mystical creatures, and fantastical adventures. It will take you out of the mundane conversation and into the arms of an antihero love interest who is too handsome for his own good. Personally, The Ballad of Never After (book 2) is even juicier! This series can get you through anything!

Divine Rivals and Ruthless Vows by Rebecca Ross

Divine Rivals by Rebecca Ross. A type written title with blue flowers all around the page.
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This duology is heaven-sent! It’s another romantic fantasy novel that has more to do with romance as the main genre than fantasy, but fantasy somehow progresses the story flawlessly. If you want to wander into a book that will make you kick your feet (and possibly the person sitting across from you), then jump out of that boring date and into Ross’s duology immediately!

With these enthralling reads, I hope you have a lovely time scaring off your date. Perhaps take yourself on a book date instead. Or better yet, maybe your date might surprise you by loving your taste in books, and suddenly you’re in for a literary adventure you never saw coming!


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