User menu

Shopping cart

0 Items $0.00

Blind Date with a Book

Looking for love this Valentine’s Day? Or just looking for a way to show it? Let us set you (or your Valentine) up on a Blind Date with a Book! Our staff picked out books we adore, wrapped them up to hide their identities, and gave short descriptions to entice you. You can’t unwrap a book until you’ve taken the plunge and purchased it, but you CAN rest assured that all of these books have been thoroughly vetted—and come with our heartfelt recommendations. Be sure to check our Blind Date with a Book selections from our Young Adult department and NEW this year: Blind Date with a Picture Book, Blind Date Books for Middle Grades!

  • Nonfiction to sink your teeth into
  • What do beauty queens, dentists, and senators have in common? 
  • Social justice meets science 
  • Pertinent and approachable prose + anecdotes


  • See the world with fresh eyes
  • Should you trust your instincts?
  • Hone your inner psychoanalyst
  • ER doctors, CEOs, art historians, FBI agents - oh my! 


  • A mind-bending interdimensional rift threatens the order of the known universe
  • Autistic, queer, female, scientist protagonist
  • Deific A.I. & bionic angels
  • Lovecraft x Annihilation x I, Robot x Ender’s Game
  • Epic space travel w/ super creepy & cool alien life forms
  • Thrilling, suspenseful, action-packed, sci-fi extravaganza! 


  • Stephen King adjacent horror and suspense
  • So dark, yet so whimsical
  • Multi-generational supernatural shenanigans
  • Spoopy old house and murder-filled memories
  • Beginning of a completed series
  • For the person who kind of hates Valentine's Day


  • Beautiful, poetic language
  • Men ain't sh*t
  • Mental health is important
  • Native American story told by Native American woman
  • A stunning gut-punch


  • Mind-bending science
  • What is time? It's time to find out!
  • What would a world without time be like???
  • Condenses complex ideas into simple writing
  • Had me yelling WHAT?! (in a good way)
  • Will give you the ability to blow your friends' minds


  • Abusive lesbian relationship as house of horrors
  • Ruminations on queer love and its expectations in our society
  • Experiments with format including a little choose your own adventure!
  • Journey through the dark forest of a relationship
  • Lyrical writing with teeth
  • Wow, other people have dramatic lives!


  • Thoroughly researched, brilliant, long form essays + queef jokes = yes please!
  • Captures the cultural absurdity of our present with thoughtful introspection and candor
  • Written by a writer for The New Yorker
  • Feminism, the Internet, reality tv, Barre yoga, scams in this new age, commodification of the self and more!
  • Learn facts to later use to destroy your Uncle’s terrible dinner-table arguments!


  • On an unnamed island, seemingly random objects “disappear” from the collective conscious, and those who don’t fall in line are themselves disappeared by an enigmatic police force
  • Magical realism meets light psychological horror in this dreamlike dystopia
  • For lovers of beautifully sad Japanese novels
  • “I am oppressed by the state and everything is totally fine!”
  • The struggle to maintain normalcy under the slow creep of authoritarianism
  • Basically Japanese Nineteen Eighty-Four but more chill


  • A fairy tale with a Miyazaki feel
  • Magic in the cracks of an ancient city, and sedition in the palace
  • A child prince under great peril, a mistress, a bastard, and a sorceress of many faces
  • Drawings, secrets, assassinations, and spells
  • Visceral, poetic prose


  • Zillennial techie fable
  • Friends, frenemies, family, project managers, and your own dreams
  • Toxic masculinity ruins the party again
  • The worst/best way to pitch a video game
  • Your girls have got your back
  • Charming and cute romantic B-plot


  • A loving ode to south Chicago: its sights, its sounds, its people
  • Style informed by smooth flows of rap and the sporadic cadences of jazz
  • A gentle dance between grief and celebration
  • Bold, inspiring, swaggy 


  • Poetry which aches for love and understanding
  • Experimental form, movement akin to contemporary dance
  • Adorned with hopeful glimmers of a world forgiven
  • Open, delicate, compassionate, graceful 


  • A mystery within a mystery
  • An ode old Hollywood, with Agatha Christie vibes
  • Neurodivergent narrator
  • Feminist AF


  • A story we all know, told like never before
  • Gruesome and gut-wrenching (not for the squeamish!)
  • Compelling and heartbreaking, even when you know how it ends
  • A fascinating look at the fragility of the human condition


  • True crime meets Paleontology
  • Investigative reporting
  • International intrigue
  • All-consuming obsession


  • The sexiest book you’ll ever read
  • Literary giants in intimate settings/compromising positions (you pick, Marketing Team!)
  • Paris in the 1930’s
  • Occasional incest lol
  • Passionate affair recorded by a true poet 


  • So much queer energy!
  • Three people in a room politely insulting each other
  • Be careful what you wish for
  • MURDER
  • If you think reading about people being proper, fancy, and British is boring, this book will show you just how wrong you are


  • This author loves libraries!
  • One of the best writers working today
  • Captures NYC and London so well that you can smell the hot dogs and scones from here
  • Intergenerational, multicultural, metropolitan
  • The kind of funny that makes you feel smart for catching the joke


  • Moody teenage narrator
  • Moms are the worst/moms are the best/ moms are the worst
  • Being rich is more fun than being poor
  • So many family secrets!
  • Sometimes you have to ditch school to spend a day at the beach


  • More British than tiny sandwiches and cream in tea
  • Missing persons, aliases, and international conspiracies
  • Quick witted dialogue with a dash of 1920's slang
  • Childhood friends to gold digger to lovers trope
  • Who is Mr. Brown?!?


 

• Heart-warming queer romance
• A modern fairytale
• Harry Potter meets Miss Peregrine
• The warm, fuzzy hug we all need right now


• Heathers, but they're graduate students studying creative writing
• Set in a elite east coast college town with an oppressive, spooky atmosphere
• Friendship is MAGIC, literally
• Crazy, spoiled, rich girls do crazy things
• A brooding love interest that puts Heathcliff to shame
• Is it a boy or is it a bunny?


  • Haunted hero and determined heroine
  • Rags to riches - or wedding dress in a library to riches?
  • Marriage-of-convenience turned to something more
  • Dark London alleyways, carriage rides, and a visit or two amongst the ton
  • Deliciously spicy attempts to secure an heir
  • Regency Batman and fake news


  • A translator, a queen, a mage, and a conqueror walk into a library
  • Ancient epic tales and romance, and more modern mundane backstabbing
  • A mystery to untangle amid the stacks and thorns, and a kingdom to lose
  • Look on my works, ye mighty...
  • A fairy tale of empire building, love, and fighting for survival