So during my in-and-out trip to the city on Sunday I discovered the beauty that is Elizabeth’s Bookshop. I went there once YEARS ago, but I definitely didn’t appreciate it as much as I did on Sunday. If you live in Perth or Sydney then I can not recommend enough that you go visit. Unfortunately, I was only able to spend about 15 minutes in the store when I could have easily spent 15 hours. I did however make one of the best purchases in my life.
Outside the store was this beautiful stand.
I may have yelled. Out loud.
I’m always judging books by their covers – it’s the first thing that catches my eye. If I see a gorgeous cover then I will ALWAYS read the blurb. That said, I still find this “blind date with a book” idea so fascinating and it seems so much fun! Also, until I stumbled across this the only ones I’d seen shipped from the US and it was like a million dollars in shipping (okay maybe not, but………).
There was two stands and there were so many interesting choices. I had no idea what I was going to choose and then I saw “magical realism” as a keyword and that was all I needed to know.
Can we talk about how gorgeous the packaging is (LOOK AT THAT CUTE LITTLE LADYBUG) and how intriguing those other keywords sound when they’re combined?
Of course I was nervous because 1) what if I didn’t like it? and 2) what if I already owned it? However I decided that the pros heavily outweighed the cons and if I did end up already owning or disliking it then I could give it away because someone was bound to love it. My risk payed off though because I am SO SO HAPPY with the book I ended up with. It sounds FASCINATING and I can’t wait to read it!
An urban fairy tale from the acclaimed author of 99 Reasons Why.
Arthur Braxton runs away from school.
He hides out in an abandoned building, an old Edwardian bathhouse.
He discovers a naked woman swimming in the pool.
From this point on, nothing will ever be the same.
The Drowning of Arthur Braxton is an unflinching account of the pain and trauma of adolescence and of how first love can transform the most unhappy of lives into something miraculous. It is a dark and brooding modern fairy tale from one of our most gifted writers.
The best thing is that you can purchase these “Blind Date with a Book” books online! They’re Australian based, but ship internationally!
The prices range from $15-19AUD and shipping within Australia is $6.95-9.95AUD or free if you live in Perth and want to pick it up from their Fremantle Warehouse store. International shipping is $11.95AUD. Obviously, there might be cheaper choices if you live in the US but for Australians (and maybe other international countries?) then this is such a good deal and I’m definitely going to be making future purchases. Also, it’s not often that something this cool is based in my home state so I’m a little excited
Here’s just a handful of the choices that are available!
THAT’S NOT THE COOLEST THING THOUGH! If nothing on the website is catching your eye then
You can chose gender, genre and age and the creators will match you with the appropriate book!
I honestly can’t recommend enough that if you have access to any kind of “Blind Date with a Book” service that you give it a go. This was so much fun. I felt like a little kid on my birthday or Christmas when I unwrapped it. Not to mention it is an amazing way to potentially discover new books and maybe even read outside your comfort zone. I had never heard of the book I picked, but it has so many of my favourite elements.
I’d love to hear your thoughts on the book I picked! Would you ever consider purchasing any kind of “Mystery Book”? Or have you already?
Hope you’re all having a fantastic day xx
P.S. This post is in no way sponsored or affiliated with Elizabeth’s Bookshop or Blind Date with a Book. I just thought it was SUPER RAD and wanted to make a post about it in case any Australians didn’t know it was a thing. You probably all did though because I am waaaay behind.