The phrase “Never judge a book by its cover” is pretty common, but people quite literally still do it when checking out books, but this new game at Roanoke County Public Library will make you think a little differently!
To play, all you have to do is grab a book from a special little table in the library. All of these books are wrapped up in special wrapping paper. The only information that you are given is a small little blurb on the front that describes the genre that you are reading. You aren’t allowed to unwrap the book until after you check it out.
Billed as a “blind date”, the library then gives you a sheet to fill out once you return the book titled ‘Rate Your Date’. You can answer questions based on how your “date” went, whether or not it was a “good match” as well as rate your date with a number of hearts.
This new game arrives just in time for Valentine’s Day, so if you’re looking for something intimate this holiday, there’s nothing more heartwarming than a good book.
You know what they say, you can’t judge a book by its cover; but let me ask you this, would you read a book even if you couldn’t see the cover?
Throughout the country, booksellers are captivating readers to be risk takers and read books solely based on the seller’s’ opinion. If you’ve ever been set up on a blind date, then you know that it’s all about taking chances — and booksellers want you to take a chance on them.
There are many locations that have adopted this idea, each offering a unique quality to their “blind date” process. For instance, at Book Culture, an NYC-based bookstore with three locations throughout the city, they wrap the book in a paper bag and the only clue they provide is a “read me if you liked these” list of book titles. This idea might seem crazy, but Cari Quartuccio from Book Culture says, “It’s been the most successful table we’ve ever put together.”
If you consider yourself a “bookworm” and like being adventurous, then this concept might be the perfect fit for you.
To learn more about the different locations, check out the full article here.
Feature and in-text images courtesy The Wall Street Journal