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Blind Date with a Book 2019

A table with piles of books wrapped in brown paper and string, with white, red, and pink book marks that say "Blind Date with ....."

We want to set you up! Our staff has picked out books we adore, wrapped them up to hide their identity, and given short descriptions to entice you. You CAN rest assured that all of these books have been thoroughly vetted—and come with our heartfelt recommendations. All of this year's Blind Dates are listed below - and available to pick-up at Bookshop Santa Cruz, or be shipped to your door! Take a chance...you might fall in love.

Want a flashback? You can check out our 2018 Blind Dates, and 2017 Blind Dates.

 

 

$16.95
SKU: BD19NOVEL

  • Perfect dose of horror and humor
  • Buenos Aires
  • Surreal & absurd tales of art and science
  • Exploration of the afterlife
  • Unbelievably original and evocative


$17.00
SKU: BD19MEMOIR

  • Connection through books
  • Student-teacher friendships
  • Full of poetry and self-reflection
  • Inspiring and devastating
  • An honest look at race, education, and the prison system


$16.00
SKU: BD19POETRY

  • Hauntingly beautiful prose/poetry
  • Coming of age as a monster
  • Reframe, retell, remember
  • Mythology melded with the modern
  • Stays in your head for months


$16.99
SKU: BD19HISTORY

  • History through artifacts
  • Sassy academic feuds
  • Badass 12th century craftswoman
  • An edge-of-your-seat mystery
  • Epic storytelling
  • The power of art!


$15.99
SKU: BD19HISTFANTASY

  • Witches in Gilded Age NYC
  • Dark, atmospheric, and feminist
  • A talking raven, ghosts, and dream spirits
  • Finding yourself and your strength in unexpected places
  • Settle in with a cuppa


$16.00
SKU: BD19SHORT

  • Stunning debut collection by a multi-award winner
  • Highly original & imaginative, yet grounded
  • Disturbing, illuminating
  • Concise and powerful stories
  • Worth every word


$16.00
SKU: BD19FOODIE

  • Gorgeous, food-centric prose
  • Butter-soaked Midwestern home cooking
  • New York City fine dining kitchens
  • Home sweet homestead
  • Food, family, ambition, love, and food again


$18.00
SKU: BD19SFFROMCOM

  • A fun technological fairy tale of the near-future
  • Social media, smartphones, and 24-hour availability
  • Crazy families, nefarious plots, and a dreamy love interest
  • Sci-fi driven hijinks
  • Sharp wit and memorable characters


$16.00
SKU: BD19MURDERER

  • Classic literature with some modern twists
  • Sharp voice for a heroine with bite
  • Women protecting women
  • Atmospheric, period fiction, perfect for a rainy day 
  • Or when you wish the heroine would just stab the jerkwad already
  • But also ROMANCE


$16.00
SKU: BD19WITCH

  • Journey to find ones faith
  • Grave robbing, ecstatic dance, and Celtic Crow goddesses
  • Skillful writing with keen intelligence and wit from a reporter
  • Modern American witchcraft - just as fascinating as you might think AND THEN SOME
  • Why choose to believe in anything at all?


$7.99
SKU: BD19ROMANCE

  • Robin hood in space
  • Heroine is not who she seems
  • ...neither is the hero
  • Found family
  • Steamy but with feels
  • Chock full of intrigue, heroism, conflict, and sexual tension


$15.95
SKU: BD19SCIFI

  • Unofficial heir to Octavia Butler
  • Smash the status quo on a space ship
  • Cunning, dark, and unapologetic; atmospheric and visceral
  • Race and class and identity oh my
  • Queer, genderqueer, aneurotypical
  • Shatters you with stars and glues you back together with green growing things


$15.99
SKU: BD19HIGHFANTASY

  • Game of Thrones meets Guardians of the Galaxy
  • The boys (but mostly girls) are back in town
  • Hilarious but also with a lot of heart
  • Battle scenes, revenge plots, kick-ass females, creative demonology, and non-hetero-normative characters 
  • Like a fever dream of a D&D campaign


$18.95
SKU: BD19NATWRI

  • The grueling fun of being a scientist
  • Lyrical writing
  • Infectious curiosity
  • A sense of delight
  • Awe and gratitude for living things


$16.95
SKU: BD19FICTION

  • A plot that pulls you into a far afield landscape
  • Families, loners, a wide range of ages
  • Living on land and water
  • Language, smart and languid
  • Characters that you’ll want to bring home
  • A richly-hued calm and chaotic adventure


$14.99
SKU: BD19MYSTERY

  • Sink its hooks into you from the first page
  • Crime story
  • Compassionate characters to give you all the feels
  • Super-satisfying resolution
  • Packed with 80s nostalgia without being a caricature 
  • Will make you want to book a ticket to Oklahoma


$9.99
SKU: BD19QUEERCOMIC

  • Adorable art
  • Non-binary characters where that’s not their whole storyline
  • Creatures from multiple mythologies
  • Mythological creatures living human lives- as baristas, in bands, going to college
  • Queer romance with a happy storyline!


$12.99
SKU: BD19GRAPHIC

  • Classic sci-fi story, but pacing and plot keep it exciting
  • AI and robots!
  • Beautifully simple art
  • Excellent characters and thought-provoking ideas
  • Compelling questions about humanity


$16.95
SKU: BD19SCIENCE

  • For the strong-of-stomach scientists
  • Live, laugh, lunch
  • Eat your heart out (literally)
  • The softer, kinder side of animal cannibalism
  • Less creep and gore, more history and folklore