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Is online dating changing?

Radio 4's The Digital Human this week explored how online dating has changed perceptions and practising in dating. It suggested that apps such as Tinder can cause cognitive overload as humans aren't used to such choice.The programme also speaks to Paul Ross, ada The Father of Seduction who proposes a rather unsettling approach of belittling a woman online to make her more vulnerable to approaches.

We at Paperback Dating believe there is some truth in this. Watching a friend use an app the other day I saw how it has brought choice starkly into a two dimensional one second choice, with less consideration given than online shopping for shoes. At least we take the chance to look at the description when shopping.

Let's bring it back to ideas and words, and the seductive nature of the mind again. Of bringing thoughts back, of the quickening excitement of someone's prose locking your attention. The online equivalent of pausing at a table and stopping to pull up a chair to listen to the conversation. Let's move away from making snap decisions on the swipe to the left or right, but about really getting to know people and finding friends and literature along the way.

Book Clubs are brilliant

Big up to Book Clubs everywhere. Mine just introduced me to The Girl On the Train, marvellous thriller which I probably wouldn't have picked up otherwise. It focuses on the thoughts and actions of all those involved leading up to the murder, including the victim, but not the killer, utterly intriguing, and avoids all the dreadful female torture pattern. Buy it, read it till the small hours!

Book lovers look out

Look out for the video soon to be posted on the website. Whether you're a book lover looking to date, or just love books it will be worth a look.

2015 Baileys Women's Prize for Fiction

The 2015 Baileys Women's Prize for Fiction shortlist looks delicious, I want to buy them all. It includes one debut novelist, and the judge described the choices as "heart rendingly difficult". The shortlist is:

Rachel Cusk - Outline

Laline Paull -the Bees

Kamila Shamsie - A God in Every Stone

Ali Smith - How to be Both

Anne Tyler - A Spool of Blue Thread

Sarah Waters - The Paying Guests.

I'm particularly excited to see a Sarah Waters novel in the shortlist, and I'm drawn to Kamilia Shamsie's A God In Every Stone.

Waterstones Card Holders can win the Bailey's Prize for Fiction Longlist, including signed copes of the six shortlisted, it's worth entering for the Baileys goodies.

120 Days to go to Harper Lee's novel

120 days to go till Harper Lee's new novel Go Set A Watchman is published. We are so excited here at Paperback Dating, even though the book is hardback and will probably hit us in the faces at least once on falling asleep with it in bed, but that's part of the fun!

The Book Thief

Just finished The Book Thief, I can't believe I haven't read it before, simply wonderful. The story is so gripping I read till my eyes nearly bled and got up early to read it too before work. Narrated by Death, half way through you are trusting him as a narrator and actually enjoying his account. It's the story of a young girl who goes from not knowing how to read to becoming an ardent book lover, it's also the story of loving foster parents, the holocaust, and a small community on the fringes of Dachau. Read it, love it, press it into the hands of the next person you see.

Sir Terry Pratchett

Very sad news about the death of Sir Terry Pratchett who died with his cat on his bed and his family around him. Sir Terry had a fantastically positive approach to both life, and the prospect of death and was a pioneer for research into Alzheimers. There is a blog on the Waterstones site from Jonathon O'Brien which does Sir Terry more justice than we can do here, go and have a look, especially at the wonderful photoraph of Sir Terry in his tartan pyjamas at the launch of his book I Shall Wear Midnight in 2010.

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