Best blind date ever

I mentioned the other day that I had ordered two books from a site called Blind Date with a Book.  The books arrived on Monday however, since no one was home to sign for them, I had to stop by the post office last night to retrieve my books.  Note to sellers: please mention that something is going to arrive needing a signature.  That way I can have it shipped to the office and not to my home.  Thanks.

Anyway, I lucked out and the post office wasn’t nearly as busy as it usually is.  I can’t even tell you how excited I was to get home and open that package!

Before I get to the pics, let me give you a few details.  The company is based out of the UK, I believe, but my book shipped from Sweden.  I’m not sure why, but that’s what the tracking info told me.  That said, from the day I ordered the books, August 4th, until it was (attempted to be) delivered, it took a total of ten days.  I’ve mailed things within the US that have taken longer, seriously.  Also, for two books and international shipping, it cost me $27.35.  Which is a little expensive but an acceptable one-time splurge as far as I’m concerned.

Now, for the fun stuff:

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This is what they looked like when I took them out of the box.  What you can’t see is that the bottom book also had two bookmarks stuck under the twine.

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This turned out to be The Killer Inside Me by Jim Thompson.  Which is kind of cool because I had already added it to my TBR on Goodreads prior to getting this.  Score!

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This (see, I told you there were bookmarks!) was John Connolly’s Every Dead Thing.  In adding this to Goodreads and reading the blurb, I’m stymied as to how I even missed this series to begin with.

I’m not sure if I’ll do this again, but it was so much fun to look at a set of words and decide, “Yeah, that’s the one I want” and then wait to see what it wound up being.  Should be interesting to see how those words and phrases link back to the story itself as well.


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