Guest Post: Blind Book Date

Hello there Graceless Living readers. This guest post is a bit of a change from the usual schedule on the blog, but I hope you’ll enjoy my brief article below about something a bit different that Jess and I decided to do one lazy weekend. This involved venturing outside the house, so I’d like to just mention that all this happened pre-lockdown here in the UK.

Before I get into the review, I’ll briefly introduce myself as succinctly and concisely as possible in a paragraph. My name is Jon, and I’m a 30 year old Chemical Engineer, trumpet/cornet player, and amateur photographer from sunny Cheshire in the North West of England. From time to time I like to translate my internal ramblings into the written word (I did have the word ‘prose’ here but it seemed far too grandiose), and for some reason Jess thought it might be a lark for me to write a guest post for her! Every now and then I put down a few thoughts about my experiences over on my blog jonprobert.co.uk. I write about anything that takes my fancy, but I’ll give you a brief idea of my values. I relish the idea of keeping analogue things alive in our increasingly digital world (though I certainly don’t advocate an analogue revolution). I believe life is far too short to be focus on the mundane, insane or inane. I like owls. So anyway… on to the very small article!

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Me chilling in the garden with my instrument. As you do.

Jess and I decided to have a “blind book date” a few weekends ago. The idea being that you visit a bookshop with somebody, and pick out a book for the other that they’ve never read before. It should preferably be something they wouldn’t usually pick out for themselves; expanding horizons and all that. My advice is not to show the book to them before you buy it so they can’t weasel out of it!

The book Jess chose for me on this occasion was something I certainly would not have ordinarily picked for myself, and I’m very glad I read it. A cliché perhaps, but stepping outside of my usual choices really paid off this time.
Warning: bring your tissues.

A Whole Life by Robert Seethaler

Rating: 4 out of 5.

This was quite a tragic book for me in places. A man with such potential and a gentle temperament should have had better cards dealt to him. Certainly tugs at the heartstrings. He’s happy with his lot though, and that’s life really.

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This is one introvert’s way to battle through some of the great hardships that can affect us. It makes us value more and more the relationships we have with our family and friends, and why it’s important to keep them strong.

Not one to read if you’re a tad melancholy to begin with. But excellent nonetheless.

For my partner I chose H.G Wells’ classic sci-fi The Invisible Man. Something I’ve been meaning to read myself but have not got around to!

Bonus points for having a good chat about the books afterwards. Jess’ review of her book can be found here.

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Thank you for reading. I know it was short and sweet, but I’ve got to go and see a man about a dog. Hopefully Jess will trust me to write something else in the future, and I’ll try and make it a bit more substantial.

In the words of Jess… Until next time!

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