If you want to try blind dates with books, here are some tips:
1. Give a general impression of the book and identify its underlying theme.
“(No. 2) Barrel Fever by David Sedaris
Short fiction and nonfiction
American life is funny, even when it’s not.”
2. Use pop culture references as shorthand for character description and tropes. Make sure these are references your friends understand.
“(No. 7) The Blue Sword by Robin McKinley
Young adult fantasy
Daenerys and Khal Drogo in an alternate Victorian-style universe.”
3. Try not to use the key word of the title, even if there is no substitute for it; use generic phrasing if needed.
“(No. 11) Biography of the Dollar by Craig Karmin
Business and economics
A social history of one of the world’s most powerful currencies.”
4. Puns. Just because.
“(No. 14) Secrets of Saffron: The Vagabond Life of the World’s Most Seductive Spice by Pat Willard
Spice adds variety to life.”
5. If the genre needs Googling, keep the description straightforward.
“(No. 10) Lavinia by Ursula K. Le Guin
A prequel to the Aeneid, as told by Aeneas’ future wife.”