It’s officially December and the countdown to Christmas is on! I’ve spent my weekend in and out of the shops looking for the perfect Christmas gifts for my loved ones. Which brings me on to book club for December. This month is a little different as I didn’t choose the book per se, it was a surprise! Introducing Blind Date with a Book.
Blind Date with a Book
If you’ve never heard of Blind Date with a Book then you’re not alone. I hadn’t until I saw it featured in a magazine a few months ago (I can’t even remember the magazine now)! Priding themselves on not judging a book by its cover, they wrap up different titles in brown paper and only allude to what the story is by providing a few clues and the genre in which it falls. Sounds intriguing right?
I’ve just ordered my first book from them and I actually found it really hard to choose just one, there were so many that I loved the sound of and without knowing what the books are you just have to take a chance – but that’s what makes it exciting! I was a bit worried that it could end up being something that I’ve already read but there are so many books out there I thought the chances were slim.
My book of choice went like this…
– What’s love got to do with it
– Dysfunctional family
– Modern classic.
I was so excited when it arrived in the post and I have to admit it’s been sitting on my shelf for the last few weeks as I was finishing Perfect Strangers by Liane Moriarty.
My blind date
Drumroll, please… this months book is the classic Revolutionary Road by Richard Yates. I instantly recognised the name from the film adaptation in 2008 with Leonardo Dicaprio and Kate Winslet (is that bad?) but then read on to find out more. Yates published this novel in 1961 and it received critical acclaim.
Revolutionary Road is the story of Frank and April Wheller, a bright young couple who are bored by the banalities of suburban life and long to be extraordinary. With heartbreaking compassion and clarity, Richard Yates shows how Frank and April’s decision to change their lives for the better leads to betrayal and tragedy. – Vintage Classics.
In 2005, the novel was chosen by TIME as one of the 100 best English-language novels from 1923 to the present, so safe to say I’m excited to get reading!
A Christmas gift
With the holidays coming up this could be the perfect Christmas gift for someone who loves reading, wants to get back into reading or even for the office secret Santa. Think of all of those cosy hours spent in front of the fire with a glass of wine and a good book coming up!
So if you’re looking for ideas, add this one to your list!
Find out more here: https://blinddatewithabook.com/