I renewed my vows to love, read, support and buy Books at this fun, colorful book event organized by Bookish Species!
Blind Date with A Book is a fun social gathering for book lovers to interact and engage with one and another, with the added benefit of leaving with a mysterious book, and bookish swag. It was organized by Lara Tommy Kareem. She is a book blogger, Naija Book Bae and Founder, Bookish Species. Bookish Species is a resourceful online support for literary enthusiasts and bloggers in Nigeria (or Africa). Date: Saturday 20th, April 2019. Venue: Page Book Store, 82 Allen Avenue. Time: 1PM-5PM Fee: N3000.
Page Book Store is an intimate, cosy Nigerian bookstore and home of Parrésia Publishers
I wore red and unavoidably arrived late at 2:40pm. Amaka and I went together. It was delightful!
After I arrived, I introduced myself, talked about what I do and answered a raffle question. I talked about my current read, The Origin of Butterflies by Romeo Oriogun. I played a game where I had to write titles of Nigerian books represented in emojis. I guessed 5 correct titles right out of 10.
After the icebreakers, the cycle of 11 attendants shared their favorite book and why. I spoke about The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo by Taylor Jenkins Reid excitedly for over 10 mins.
I got to know about new books and series. We ate delicious party jollof rice, barbecue chicken and dodo. Then we played a cross word puzzle. The event ended by 5pm.
Snacks we had while gushing about books
Eats and Gifts
Being a Blind date with a book we got a goody tote. First Lara shared small pink balloons we had to pop to her a tiny paper.
Loving magic captured by Amaka Amaku
On each paper was a letter. Anyone with matching letters were to swap their bags. I got D and matched with no one.
Like the flier said, the goodies tote was filled with 2 Honey Sticks above, a mystery book below (my theme was mystery, thriller, crime fiction), a pink candy tin, a Book Gloves book sleeve, a bookmark and tea bag. More books were shared and I got two extra ones. I’ll still share a picture of all the goodies.
Always remember, thick thighs and books save lives.
Thanks for reading Gem!