Here are the last of the Blind Date with a Book reviews for this year. The winners of our prize drawing have been notified. Over 90 wrapped books were checked out, but only 16 reviews were submitted. We had three Nothing Bundt Cake gift cards to give away. Your chances were way better than the odds in the lottery; so next year, don’t forget to fill out a review!

Even if you weren’t lucky enough to win one of our gift certificates, we hope you all had fun choosing a wrapped up book and reading it. If the book you chose didn’t tickle your fancy, try one of these books enjoyed by other Dublin residents, or come by and ask a librarian for a suggestion!


Here’s JonMichelle’s review:


Finding Casey, by Jo-Ann Mapson

I give this book: 4 stars

What did you like/not like about it?
I enjoyed how much the setting was like another character.

Three adjectives that describe this book are:



Monica shared this review:

Countdown City, by Ben H. Winters
(book 2 in the Last Policeman series)

I give this book: 4 stars

What did you like/not like about it?
I liked how descriptive and detailed the writer is. He wasn’t too wordy but got to the point. I was able to picture the scenes very easily, and the people. Can’t wait the read the other books by this author.

Three adjectives that describe this book are:





Dublin readers found all types of books when they went on a Blind Date with a Book this year. Here are a few of them.

This Wednesday, March 7, is the last day to turn in your Rate-the-Date book review to be eligible for our prize drawing. So don’t dally any longer!

Alyssa’s review is for…


The Autobiography of Mrs. Tom Thumb,
by Melanie Benjamin

What did you like/not like about the book?
I liked that it was from the perspective of a little person, which is rare even today.

Three adjectives that describe the book are:




Xiaoyu sent in a Rate-the-Date for…



The Spinoza Problem, by Irvin D. Yalom

What did you like/not like about the book?
Psychiatrist wrote about philosopher in novel format, combining the two fields that have always interested me. Better yet, the writing is very good. I want to read other novels by the author.

Three adjectives that describe the book are:




Amy picked up this mystery novel…



Died in the Wool
, by Rett MacPherson

What did you like/not like about the book?
I enjoyed the historical information and the sense of community established with all the longtime residents. It was a quick and enjoyable mystery.

Three adjectives that describe the book are:




Ushaben found the following memoir…



Glitter and Glue, by Kelly Corrigan

What did you like/not like about the book?
“Things happen when you leave the house!” and “Be awake to the possibilities,” are two quotes that sum up the book and what I liked about it.

Three adjectives that describe the book are:




Thanks for your reviews everyone!  Want to see more reader reviews? Look back at our past Adult and Teen book review blog posts.

We all know that the book is better than the film, in most cases. But sometimes the powers that be get it right. Here are some books that were made into Oscar-nominated, or even Oscar-winning, Best Picture movies! Go back and read the originals, or watch the films on DVD.

Here’s a sampling of some of the Oscar Picture titles available at the Dublin Library…

Rebecca, by Daphne Du Maurier (Best Picture winner, 1940)

Double Indemnity, by James Cain (Best Picture nominee, 1944)

Doctor Zhivago, by Boris Pasternak (Best Picture nominee, 1965)

One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest, by Ken Kesey (Best Picture winner, 1975)

A Room with a View, by E. M. Forster (Best Picture nominee, 1984)

The Accidental Tourist, by Anne Tyler (Best Picture nominee, 1988)

The English Patient, by Michael (Best Picture winner, 1996)

Seabiscuit, by Laura Hillenbrand (Best Picture nominee, 2003)

Atonement, by Ian McEwan (Best Picture nominee, 2007)

Moneyball, by Michael Lewis (Best Picture nominee, 2011)

Life of Pi, by Yann Martel (Best Picture nominee, 2012)

Bridge of Spies, by Giles Whittell (Best Picture nominee, 2015)

Brooklyn, by Colm Toibin (Best Picture nominee, 2015)

The Martian, by Andy Weir (Best Picture nominee, 2015)

Room, by Emma Donoghue (Best Picture nominee, 2015)

Arrival, by Ted Chiang (Best Picture nominee, 2016)

Are you playing along with our 2018 Reading Challenge? There’s a category for “Book made into a film or television show,” so you can get one book closer to finishing!

Need help finding a book? Drop by the library and ask us. We’re always happy to help you find your next great read.

Come hear the Civil War story of David Brainard Griffin, a corporal in the 2nd Minnesota Regiment of Volunteers, and of the family he left behind as they struggled to survive without him. It is all told through the letters he wrote from the battlefront while he fought to preserve the Union.

Join us for this entertaining and educational event, as author and storyteller Nick K. Adams reads excerpts from his great-grandfather’s letters in full period dress.

Thursday, March 1
2:00 pm
Dublin Library, Bennett Room

Are you a local author living in the Bay Area? Have you published a book? If you answered yes to both questions, you can apply for the Local Author’s Showcase! Co-sponsored by the Dublin Library and the California Writer’s Club, Tri-Valley Branch, the local author showcase will take place on Saturday, June 9, 2018 at 1 pm in the Community Room of the Dublin Library.

Authors may apply for a table at the showcase beginning March 1st and through April 5th. Applications are available at the Dublin Library or can be found here: Application

We have space for 12 local authors at this first showcase. Applicants will be chosen based on location (Tri-Valley residents will be be given first priority), and the intended audience of their book. We would like a good mix of audience appeal so that all ages can come to meet the authors. All applicants will be notified of their status for the showcase by mid-April. Authors are responsible for bringing copies of their book(s) to sell at the showcase, as well as any promotional material they wish to hand out. This will be a mixer style event, where each author has a table, and is free to speak to as many people as they wish at the event. The library and California Writer’s Club will handle publicity for the event.

For more information, please look at pages 3 and 4 of the application. If you have any further questions, please contact Mary Ayers-Hughes at or call (510) 608-1108.




With increasing taxes, mounting debts, the tightening of government regulations, and the ever- increasing complexity of our financial system, today’s retirees face more of the financial challenges than ever before. At this free workshop, Surviving the Retirement Perfect Storm, CPA and Certified Financial Planner John Lau will show you how to navigate through today’s financial challenges to properly plan for your retirement.  This workshop will be offered on Wednesday, February 28, 2018, from 6:00 pm to 7:30 pm, in the Virginia S. Bennett Room a Dublin Library.


Come to see principal singers perform excerpts from the Livermore Valley Opera’s forthcoming production of Giuseppe Verdi’s opera, Un Ballo in Maschera.  This free program will be presented on Sunday, February 25, 2018, from 2:00 – 4:30 p.m. in the Dublin Library Community Room, 200 Civic Plaza, Dublin, CA.

This popular opera contains a tragic love triangle, a sinister conspiracy, jealousy, betrayal, guilt, and forgiveness wove together with lighter moments that provide some relief in the manner of a Shakespearean tragedy.  Musically, this is one of Verdi’s most lyrically sophisticated operas.

Tenor Christopher Bengochea will be singing the role of “Riccardo.”  Soprano Sarah Cambidge will be singing the role of “Amelia.”