A Match Made in Wilson

Find a new literary love with the help of the UMN Libraries Book Matchmakers

Illustrator: Katie Heywood

Illustrator: Katie Heywood

A recent trip to Target informed me that love is in the air and that wreaths made of felt hearts are 10 percent off if you spend $25. But what if you don’t got a hunny? What if you’re not a fan of chocolate nougat hearts? Look no further than The University of Minnesota Libraries Book Matchmakers! They’ve designed a survey based off a fancy-schmancy love formula to select some hot books just for you to make your Valentine’s Day off the hook.

Now I’ve been set up on blind dates with books before, but they’ve never turned out so well (I don’t know braille), so I was skeptical when I began the survey. The first question asks, “What are three books you read and loved?” Jumping right into my history? How forward! But honestly, kind of refreshing. Next they go onto asking me what genres I’m interested in, and, like, I’m not into labels, but it’s sweet that they asked before assuming. Then the Matchmakers offered a long list of qualities I look for in a book, and I was like, “Damn…what am I looking for in a book?” It’s been a long time since I’ve fallen in love, and the Matchmakers gave me just what I needed to set aside time for some profound self-rediscoveries.

While hunnies and bunnies are all well and good, there’s nothing quite like a book to cuddle up with during this lovey-dovey month.

So, I finished the survey, submitted it, and…I didn’t hear back from them. For. Two. Whole. Days. The nerve! But their response made it all worth it. The Matchmakers were homies, offering me four names of books I might try and hit it off with. One of the titles was even what they called a “bonus suggestion,” making me feel like a real lucky lady. Each recommendation comes with a brief synopsis and a thoughtful reason for why the Matchmakers chose it especially for you. While hearts and hunnies are all well and good, there’s nothing quite like a book to cuddle up with during this lovey-dovey month. Celebrate how you wish, but I can assure you that the UMN Libraries Book Matchmakers are the only hook-up you need this Valentine’s Day.