One guy told me he thought girls who read would be intelligent, and that was a quality he found attractive.Another only read sci-fi - an impenetrable genre for me. I survived our 'date' by making the accurate assumption that he would be into Game of Thrones and wittering on about the TV series.Enter Original Dating, an events company that combines shared interests with face-to-face interaction.It organises themed speed dating, so there’s a talking point for when you hit that wall of awkwardness, and don't know what to say next. But I knew it was worth a try when I spied their next event: literary speed dating. I grew up an avid reader, and studied literature at university.
Once we’re tired of endless left swiping, compliments (ok, I can never tire of those) and the odd naked selfie, we start to long for something else.I didn't get any romantic vibes; but I did get some book recommendations.Sparks didn't fly (probably for the best with all that paper around) but I would recommend the night, even if only for some potential new additions to your library.Highlights included Ryan Graudin’s follows a protagonist with dissociative identity disorder, as he goes on a journey of discovery and healing.Friesen said that mental health issues are the last stigma to be addressed in writing, and he hopes his books will provide a space for readers who can relate.
The second event I attended, YALSA’s YA Author Coffee Klatch, is where I had the pleasure of hearing from authors who have appeared on one of YALSA’s annual selected lists or have received one of its literary awards.