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  • Second Annual Blind Date with a BookWas a Smashing Success!!!

    Blind date with a book ended on March 31st. I thought I would share some statistics and a reading list of participating titles, so that you can continue to find something good to read.

    The category with the most books checked out was: Picture Books 21 Books!

    The category with every recommended book checked out was: Romance

    The surprisingly successful category was: Fantasy/Adventure 10 Books!

    The categories that were popular as expected were: Fiction 11 Books and Mystery 10 Books

    Young Reader books were new this year and did very well: 10 Books!

    The Categories that I really though would do better: Historical Fiction and Teen 8 Books total

    Number of books checked out for the length of Blind Date With a Book : 80 – that was more than last year and the event ran two months less!

    We hope you enjoyed all the fun. Here are the lists of the participating books by category to keep you reading all summer.


    A Great and Terrible Beauty by Libba Bray
    Carry On by Rainbow Rowell
    City of Bones by Cassandra Claire
    Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell
    Gentleman’s Guide to Vice and Virtue By Mackenzie Lee
    Gravemaidens by Kelly Coon
    Hattie Big Sky by Kirby Larsen
    Inkheart by Cornelia Funke
    Lovely War by Julie Berry
    Miseducation of Cameron Post by Emily Danforth (originally from Miles City)
    Red Queen by Victoria Aveyard
    Speak by Laura Halse Anderson
    Stalking Jack the Ripper by Kerri Maniscalco
    The Cruel Prince by Holly Black
    The Fault in Our Stars by John Green
    The Inheritance Games by Jennifer Lynn Barnes
    The Selection by Kiera Cass
    Throne of Glass by Sarah Maas
    Tiger’s Curse by Colleen Houck


    Black Sun by Rebecca Roanhorse
    Dark Matter by Blake Crouch
    Deal With the Devil by Kit Rocha
    End of Watch by Stephen King
    Finders Keepers by Stephen King
    Game of Thrones by George R R Martin
    Gods of Jade and Shadow by Sylvia Moreno-Garcia
    Heart Shaped Box by Joe Hill
    Hollow Places by T. Kingfisher
    House in the Cerulean Sea by TJ Klune
    Jennifer Government by Max Barry
    Kushiel’s Dart by Jacqueline Carey
    Laurentine Spy by Emily Gee
    Mister Mercedes by Stephen King
    Neverwhere by Neil Gaiman
    Ready Player One by Ernest Cline
    Recursion by Blake Crouch
    Red Leopard Black Wolf by Marlon James
    Station Eleven by Emily St John Mandel
    The Arrest by Jonathan Lethem
    The Doors of Eden by Adrian Tchaikovsky
    The Fireman by Joe Hill
    The Plague Tales by Ann Benson
    The Priory of the Orange Tree by Samantha Shannon
    The Starless Sea by Erin Morgenstern
    Tropic of Night by Michael Gruber


    A Tree Grows in Brooklyn by Betty Smith
    Country by Danielle Steel
    Crossings by Alex Landragin
    Evvie Drake Starts Over by Linda Holmes
    Fall Back Down When I Die by Joe Wilkins
    Good Son by Michael Gruber
    Homeland Elegies by Ayad Akhtar
    I’ve Got You Under My Skin by Mary Higgins Clark
    Jackie and Maria by Gill Paul
    March by Geraldine Brooks
    Memorial by Bryan Washington
    Moloka’I by Alan  Brennert
    New Wilderness by Diane Cook
    No One Is Watching by Alyssa Cole
    Run Away by Harlan Coben
    Sex and Vanity by Kevin Kwan
    Shuggie Bain by Douglas Stuart 
    Survivor Song by Paul G Tremblay
    Sweetness at the Bottom of the Pie by Alan Bradley
    The Book Thief by Marcus Zusak
    The End of October by Lawrence Wright
    The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood
    The Hope of Refuge by Cindy Woodsmall
    The Need by Helen Phillips
    The Night Watchman by Louise Erdich
    The River by Beverly Lewis
    The Story of Edgar Sawtelle by David Wrowblewski
    We Were the Lucky Ones by Georgia Hunter
    Winter in Paradise by Elin Hilderbrand

    Historical Fiction

    A Long Petal of the Sea by Isabelle Allende
    Homegoing by Yaa Gyasi
    In the Shadow of Denali by Kimberly Woodhouse
    Outlander by Diana Gabaldon
    Patty Jane’s House of Curl by Lorna Landvik
    Roma by Stephen Saylor
    The Alienist by Caleb Carr
    The Promise of Dawn by Lauraine Snelling
    The Pull of the Stars by Emma Donohue
    The Sea Before Us by Sara Sundin
    The Terror by Dan Simmons
    What Once Was Lost by Kim Vogel Sawyer
    With You Always by Jody Hedlund

    Picture Books

    A Boy, a Horse, a Fox and a Mole by Charlie Mackesy
    A Girafffe and a Half by Shel Silverstein
    Ananzi and the Magic Stick by Eric Kimmel
    Are You Eating Candy Without Me by Draga Jenny Malesevic
    Bark George by Jules Ffeifer
    Bess the Barn Stands Strong by Elizabeth Gilbert Bedia
    Carnivores by Aaron Reynolds
    Chapter 2 Is Missing by Josh Lieb
    Click Clack Moo Cows That Type by Doreen Cronin
    Crickwing by Janelle Cannon
    Duck and Penguin Are Not Friends Julia Woolf
    East of the Sun West of the Moon by Marianna Mayer
    Friday Night Wrestlefest  by JF Fox
    Giraffe Problems by Jory John
    Help Wanted Must Love Books by Janet Sumner Johnson
    Jules Vs the Ocean by Jessie Sima
    Lily’s Purple Plastic Purse by Kevin Henkes
    Little Bo by Julie Andrews Edwards
    Mrs. Wishy Washy’s Farm by Joy Cowley
    Olivia by Ian Falconer 
    Olivia the Spy by Ian Flaconer
    Shark vs Train by Chris Barton
    Skippyjon Jones by Judith Schachner
    Someone New by Jill Twiss
    Sulwe by Lupita Nyongo
    There’s an Alligator Under the Bed by Mercer Mayer
    The Day Jimmy’s Boa Ate the Wash by Trinka Noble
    Today I Feel Silly by Jamie Lee Curtis
    What to Do With a String by Jane Yolen
    Wild Symphony by Dan Brown

    Young Reader

    Among the Hidden by Margaret Haddix
    Amulet #1  by Kazu Kibuishi
    Artemis Fowl by Eoin Colfer
    Aru Shah and the End of Time by Roshani Chokshi
    Bunnicula by James Howe
    Chasing Vermeer by Blue Balliet
    Cleopatra VII Daughter of the Nile by Kristiana Gregory
    Leon and the Spitting Image by Allen Kurzweil
    Magician’s Apprentice by Kate DiCamillo
    Skulduggery Pleasant by Derek Landy
    The House of Secrets by  Chris Columbus
    The Mouse and the Motorcycle by Beverly Cleary
    The Name of This Book Is Secret by Pseudonymous Bosch
    The Unteachables by Gordon Korman
    They Called us Enemy by George Takei
    Thief Lord by Cornelia Funke
    True Confessions of Charlotte Doyle by Avi


    A Study in Scarlet Women by Sherry Thomas
    Big Picture by douglas Kennedy
    Death Comes to Pemberly by PD James
    Devil and Dark Water by Stuart Turton
    Garden of the Beasts by Jeffrey Deaver
    Harvest by Tess Gerritsen
    Non-FictionMurder in Old Bombay by Nev March
    Out of Time by David Klass
    Piranesi by Susanna Clarke
    The Boy from the Woods by Harlen Coben
    The Guest List by Lucy Foley
    The Husband’s Secret by Lianne Moriarty
    The Invitation by Lucy Foley
    Agatha Christie’s The Killings at Kingfisher Hall by Sophie Hannah


    A Child Called It by Dave Pelzer
    All Creatures Great and Small by james Herriot
    Hidden Figures by Margot Lee Shetterly
    Home Body by Rupi Kaur
    Hyperbole and a Half by Allie Brosh
    Mary Fields by James A Franks
    Mrs. Sherlock Holmes by Brad Ricca
    None to Give Away by Elsie doig Townsend
    Reflection of a Country Doctor by Jimmie Ashcraft
    She Come by It Natural by Sarah Smarsh
    The Book Collectors by Delphine Minoui
    The Devil in the White City by Eric Larsen
    The Feather Thief by Kirk W Johnson
    The Yellow House by Sarah M Broom
    Tombstone by Tom Clavin
    Tough Times Strong Women by Mike Beno
    Unbroken by Lauren Hilderbrand
    Unorthodox by Deborah Feldman


    After by Anna Todd
    Boyfriend Material by Alexis Hall
    No Offense by Meg Cabot
    Red White and Royal Blue by Casey McQuiston

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