Happy Valentine’s Day!

  • By: Jessica Faust | Date: Feb 14 2012

I have to admit, this is one of my favorite holidays. Who doesn’t love the idea of a celebration of love and friendship? For Valentine’s Day this year I wanted to change things up a little, and thanks to my public library I came up with this terrific idea. Okay, I stole this terrific idea.

Today we’re going to celebrate Valentine’s Day with a Blind Book Date. How it works is that you comment in the comments with your favorite book, and the person who has commented before you has to read that book. In other words, it’s a blind date with a book.

How it works: The very first commenter will post the title and author of a book he or she loves. Since no one has commented before them, that will be the book I will read. Then, the first commenter’s blind date with a book will come from commenter #2, and so on and so on. If you’d like, you should also feel free to include some information on what the book is about or why you love the book.

The event will end at midnight on February 14, EST. At that time (or soon thereafter) I will post my book (the final blind date offering). Then, I’d like all of us to return on March 19 to discuss our experiences. Did we love the book? Hate the book? Was it something different, maybe a genre we’d never read? I’ll post some questions on March 19 for us to discuss.

The only rules are that you are NOT allowed to post the title of a book you have written. This is not an opportunity for self-promotion, but an event for readers and book lovers. If you want to post the book of a friend I can’t stop you from doing that, but I hope that we all look at it as readers and not writers and post books we love, books that have changed us or that we just want others to experience.

I debated requiring that the book be available in print and ebook, but I don’t want to rule out the fact that you might have read a book you love that’s only available in ebook format. What I would suggest, however, is that if you’re debating between two books, pick the one that’s available in both print and ebook format to give those readers who haven’t yet gone tech the opportunity to read the book as well.

And finally, there are no rules regarding genre. A pick you love could be new, a classic, YA or horror, romance or mystery. Whatever it is, please share it. I’m eager to see what everyone comes up with and what we’ll all be reading.



**one additional note. Any comments that are specifically to promote your work will be deleted. Thanks.

76 responses to “Happy Valentine’s Day!”

  1. Avatar Jude says:

    "The Temple of My Familiar" by Alice Walker.

    Great idea! 🙂

  2. Avatar Emily says:

    Welcome To Temptation by Jennifer Crusie

  3. Avatar Janet says:

    The Gargoyle by Andrew Davidson

  4. Avatar Wry Wryter says:

    by Garth Stein

    It has changed every assumption I have had regarding two of the greatest loves of my life, my old girl Brandy and Harley, my special boy.

  5. Avatar jen_alluisi says:

    THE THIRTEENTH TALE by Diane Setterfield

  6. Avatar Kelly says:

    The Two Princesses of Bamarre by Gail Carson Levine.

    I love a fairy tale that is driven by the relationship between sisters.

  7. Avatar kris says:

    BET ME by Jennifer Crusie

  8. The House on Mango Street by Sandra Cisneros. The story resonated with me and gave me the motivation to write stories.

  9. Mistyped the book title!

    The Stories of Eva Luna by Isabelle Allende.

    I read this book of short stories weeks ago and I'm still thinking about it. Beautiful language, beautiful stories. Highly recommend.

  10. Avatar M.R. Jordan says:

    Eye of the World by Robert Jordan

  11. Avatar Sharla says:

    TENDER GRACES by Kathryn Magendie. First in a trilogy and makes me wish I could write like that. Amazing journey of southern women's fiction that will stay with you forever.

  12. JIM THE BOY by Tony Early

  13. EVENING by Susan Minot

  14. Possession by A. S. Byatt.

    Loving this idea.

  15. Avatar Juturna F. says:

    Cast in Shadow by Michelle Sagara

  16. Avatar Tiana Smith says:

    The Host by Stephenie Meyer

    I didn't think it'd be so hard to pick one book! I have a lot of favorites, but I tried to pick one that I thought other people might like who might not share my love of children's and teen literature 🙂

  17. THE WAY OF KINGS by Brandon Sanderson

  18. Avatar Christina says:

    Ender's Game Orson Scott Card

  19. Avatar Sarah Grimm says:

    Wizard's First Rule by Terry Goodkind

  20. Avatar Patricia says:

    A Visit From the Goon Squad by Jennifer Egan

  21. Avatar Anne-Marie says:

    Child 44 by Tom Rob Smith.

  22. What a cool idea!

    Lives – Perception is Reality by JJ McMoon

    Just finished reading it, and couldn't put it down.

  23. Lovely idea.

    How I Live Now, by Meg Rosoff

  24. Avatar Leslie says:

    FIRELIGHT by Kristen Callihan

  25. Avatar LSkeers says:

    THE FUTURE OF US by Jay Asher and Carolyn Mackler.

    Fun concept!

  26. Avatar Dani Nosek says:

    Forbidden by Tabitha Suzuma

    It's a bit controversial, but it's such an amazing read.

  27. Avatar Mina Lobo says:

    The Eyre Affair by Jasper Fforde

  28. "The Eight" by Katherine Neville.

    Very fun, Jessica. Happy Valentine's Day!

  29. Avatar Kim Lionetti says:

    I'm giving a choice of two very different books, just because one isn't widely available anymore…

    (One of my favorite books of all time. It's available in pb online, but not in ebook and probably not in brick and mortar stores.)

    INTENSITY by Dean Koontz
    (A masterpiece of suspense, in my opinion.)

  30. The Master and Margarita by Mikhail Bulgakov.

    It's a classic and so much fun to read.

  31. Avatar ryan field says:

    "Jumpstart the World," by Catherine Ryan Hyde

    It's a great YA, not too long, and has a strong message. (Hyde is also the author of "Pay it Forward")

  32. A Soldier's Duty by Jean Johnson (the first in the series "Theirs bot to reason why")

    A sf book that I still think about although it was about 6 months since I read it.

  33. Avatar Voidwalker says:

    "Chronicles of Amber" by Roger Zelazny

    It's a series of SciFi/Fa books, but you only need to read the 1st one 🙂

    Although you'll probably be so hooked, you'll want to finish the series.

  34. Avatar Carole Gunn says:

    Shadow Bound by Erin Kelllison

    Dark Fantasy meets Modern Fairy tale

  35. Avatar millersarahl@aol.com says:

    Outlander, Diana Gabaldon

    Great characters, great pace, great story.

  36. Avatar S.P. Bowers says:

    Pavilion of Women by Pearl S. Buck

    Great Idea.

  37. DOOMSDAY BOOK by Connie Willis.

    Such fun!

  38. Avatar Cara M. says:

    Regeneration, by Pat Barker

    Poetry and Science in WWI

  39. Avatar Alison says:

    The Pillars of the Earth by Ken Follett

    AMAZING book. Historical fiction. Enjoy!

  40. Calico Palace by Gwen Bristow

  41. Avatar Silver James says:

    Naked in Death by J.D. Robb

    This is my "chicken soup" book (but then I'm really weird…lol)

  42. Avatar misstante says:

    Fair and Tender Ladies by Lee Smith.

    and i LOVE this idea, stolen or not. it's a great way to add to my 'must read' list!

  43. Avatar Jessica Alvarez says:

    The Duke by Gaelen Foley.

    This is one of my favorite historical romances. It came up at a recent BookEnds' meeting and made me want to read it all over again.

  44. Avatar Dana Sieders says:

    Mistress of the Art of Death by Ariana Franklin.

    I adore this book, which kicks off a medieval mystery series along the lines of Kay Scarpetta meets the Canterbury Tales. Beautifully written, evocative, and chock full of action, adventure, and romance, it is simply wonderful.

  45. Bride by Mistake by Anne Gracie

    Fabulous book!

  46. 1434 by Gavin Menzies

    Who knew the Chinese were so adventursome back then? and then to throw it all away when a new regime came to the throne – some things never change.

  47. Avatar Colin Smith says:

    THE NIGHT CIRCUS by Erin Morgenstern.

    I really enjoyed this book, more than I expected to. I reviewed it on my blog, but suffice to say, if you're not crazy about circuses, don't be put off. It's not about your traditional kind of circus…

  48. Avatar Kayte says:

    "Breath, Eyes, Memory," by Edwidge Danticat.

  49. Avatar Anonymous says:

    Blackberry Wine by Joanne Harris

    It's a wonderful story about turning your life around and doing what you love, and finding real love. I can't tell you how many times I re-read it… 🙂

  50. Avatar Anonymous says:

    Duncan by Edith Templeton

    Banned in Britain in the 1960s, for being too erotic, tame by today's standards but witty.

  51. Avatar Anonymous says:

    So sorry, I meant Gordon by Edith Templeton. How do I delete the above?

  52. Avatar Chelle818 says:

    Darkfever by Karen Marie Moning. It's an Urban Fantasy and the first book in a five book series. Trust me, you'll want to read the other four books.

  53. Avatar Kaitlyne says:

    What an awesome idea!

    Odd Thomas by Dean Koontz. Love that book on so many levels.

  54. Avatar Jess Haines says:

    BE ME by Jennifer Crusie–love that book, it's so cute and perfect for Valentine's Day.

  55. "A Prayer For Owen Meany" by John Irving.

    This book is comical yet with dark overtones. Makes you wonder about the forces that surround us.

  56. "Lisey's Story" by Stephen King. A woman's writer husband just died and she discovers the place where he got his inspirations.

  57. Avatar Stephsco says:

    The Fault in our Stars by John Green

  58. Avatar Anonymous says:

    The daughter of smoke and bone, by Laini Taylor


  59. Avatar Kneazle says:

    The Power of One by Bryce Courtenay
    A really moving story about an exceptional child in 1940's South Africa

  60. Avatar Elizabeth says:

    "Hotel World" by Ali Smith.

    <3 <3 <3

  61. Avatar TallyCola says:

    Vernon God Little by DBC Pierre.

    Great character story about the horribleness of being a teenager. And also about injustice and prejudice and the law – reminds me a little of To Kill a Mockingbird, only without Atticus Finch, because there are no Atticus Finches in the world of 24 hour headline news.

  62. Avatar Anonymous says:

    I love this idea!

    A long-standing favorite book is The Princess Bride by S. Morgenstern. Unfortunately, the original has been out of print for ages and is almost impossible to find nowadays. Fortunately, William Goldman's abridged version is excellent, and comes highly suggested.

  63. Avatar Shaunna says:

    The Enormous Room by e e cummings

  64. Avatar M. Dunham says:

    Excellent idea. 🙂

    I'll pass on the most recent book I'm reading. A Lady Never Trilfes with Thieves by Suzann Ledbetter

  65. Instead of a Letter, by Diana Athill

  66. Avatar GrytaJME says:

    This is pretty amazing.

    My favorite book is still Ella Enchanted by Gail Carson Levine. I hope you like it.

  67. Avatar Maven says:

    nThe Bear Went Over the Mountain: A Novel by William Kotzwinkle. Very funny and especially apropriate for readers of this blog.

  68. Avatar Shelver 506 says:

    I will list two, in case you have already read one. Please choose whichever one is unfamiliar to you. If both are unfamiliar, please read the first. 🙂

    1) "The Thief" by Megan Whalen Turner
    2) "And Then There Were None" by Agatha Christie

  69. Avatar penthree says:

    Perfect by Judith McNaught

  70. Dinner at the Homesick Restaurant by Anne Tyler.

    Love this idea! I want to try everything on the list!

  71. Avatar Gina says:

    I have two. One easy to find and one not so much:

    "The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Society" by Mary Ann Shaffer and Anne Barrows. A love story set in WWII all in letter format. Just fabulous!

    "The Ghost and Mrs. Muir" by R.A. Dick. A great love story turned into a movie that is a classic.

    Fantastic way to get everyone reading, oh so cool beans!

  72. I'm going to go with suggesting something by my absolute favorite author, Lois McMaster Bujold: The Curse of Chalion.

  73. Avatar Flo says:

    The Scorpio Races by Maggie Stiefvater.

  74. Avatar Louise Tripp says:

    The Heart Is A Lonely Hunter by Carson McCullers

    It's about the difficulty of connecting with others and isolation, shattered dreams, racism and misfits. It also happens to be beautifully written.

  75. Avatar jfaust says:

    Thank you everyone. This is an amazing list of books. I wish I could just click "send" to add all of them to my B&N cart. To end I'm posting the final read: The Peach Keeper by Sara Addison Allen.