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31 Dates in 31 Days

31 Dates in 31 Days

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by Tamara Duricka Johnson

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On the eve of her 31st birthday, after yet another painful breakup, Tamara Duricka Johnson decides it’s time to overhaul her dating habits. When a friend jokingly suggests that she embark on a “dating project,” inspiration strikes: in honor of turning 31, she'll go on 31 dates in 31 days — and resist the urge to turn each date into her next


On the eve of her 31st birthday, after yet another painful breakup, Tamara Duricka Johnson decides it’s time to overhaul her dating habits. When a friend jokingly suggests that she embark on a “dating project,” inspiration strikes: in honor of turning 31, she'll go on 31 dates in 31 days — and resist the urge to turn each date into her next relationship. Instead, she’ll have to wait until the 31st date to pick one of the 30 men to go out with a second time. With each date, Johnson learns something about herself. Some experiences are awful, but others are amazing — and all of them help change her attitude about not just dating but people in general. In the end, though, she realizes there’s only one man of the entire 30 that she can see herself marrying — and one year later, she does. Chatty, fun, and confessional, 31 Dates in 31 Days is an entertaining journey that offers astute insights into the modern dating scene.

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Tamara Duricka Johnson is a journalist, blogger, and freelance writer with a background in television news. She was a writer for ABC's Good Morning America and has been a newscast producer at KATU-TV in Portland, Oregon, KSL-TV in Salt Lake City, Utah and WSLS-TV in Roanoke, Virginia. She is a member of the Writers Guild of America.

As a motivated undergrad, Johnson rushed through Roanoke College in just three years. Later, she received her master's degree from Columbia University's Graduate School of Journalism, where she was awarded the Lee Bollinger Fellowship. Johnson first started writing about dating in New York while she was in grad school: her master’s project, a radio documentary called Celibacy and the City, was an examination of the dating lives of single Mormons in Manhattan.

Johnson is an avid movie and theater-goer who takes pride in finding good deals on dates and travel adventures. She lives in Los Angeles with her husband, who she met during the life-changing blogging/dating extravaganza that inspired this book.

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31 Dates in 31 Days 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 6 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
It was definitely unexpected and sounds too good to be true. It's like a romance novel but real life. Definitely taught me to look at people with a more positive outlook, but in terms of dating? not sure.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I bought this book in preparation for a vacation where I wanted to relax and enjoy a fun read. I enjoyed the openness with which Tamara writes about her experiences, but things also felt a bit repetitive. You're reading about 31 dates, so I guess it can't help feel a bit repetitious. She offers good insights into potential problems with people's dating habits and I enjoyed those tidbits throughout the book.
LauraFabiani More than 1 year ago
This book surprised me. I was initially weary of a book about a woman who decides to take on a daring new project of going out on 31 first dates with 31 different guys. But as I began reading, I found myself really enjoying Tamara's journey of self-exploration. This is not only a fun and well-written book, but it's insightful and my mind saw it for what it really was: a psychological experiment into relationships and dating. Tamara Duricka Johnson is a New York City network television news writer who suffers a series of failed relationships. After a broken heart, she decides on the eve of her thirty-first birthday to make some changes in her view of dating. In her words, she wants to ¿throw out her old dating habits and criticisms.¿ She no longer wants to ¿see every date as a future husband and judge him instantly to whether he lives up to that standard¿. Instead she makes a commitment to be positive and open-minded and to learn more about men and herself. What's more, she shares her insights by blogging about her dates (with the men's permission, of course). This book could have been tacky but instead it was refreshing because Tamara truly was positive and wrote about what each man contributed to the date. She was honest throughout about her feelings, her observations and how hard it was to keep up the dating momentum, and she never slandered or bad-mouthed any of her dates. She took the opportunity to learn from each man she dated. Keep in mind that she set certain rules to this project: dates would take place in a public setting, no drugs or alcohol, no married men and no physical contact. And Date #31 would be a second date. Although I don't have much experience in dating and I have been married for twenty years now, I still could relate to Tamara and her feelings. I understood her as a romantic, with insecurities, a good heart and a fun side. I liked her! After turning thirty many women start to feel the old adage of ¿the biological clock is ticking¿ and hope to find the right man to share their lives, dreams, and start a family. I know how hard this is because I have a gorgeous sister who is in this situation. As I read, I couldn't help thinking that this would make a great romantic comedy movie. I even envisioned Cameron Diaz playing the role of Tamara. Best of all, this was a clean read that was fun to read and that led to a wonderful ending. Tamara did find her prince charming, and I couldn't help but be thrilled for her!
jpatel More than 1 year ago
I thoroughly enjoy this book, it is both honest and engaging. Not only is it an honest look at dating, but at meeting new people in general. It's about dropping preconceptions and our fears about the future, and just trying to live in the moment and figuring out what it is that each person we meet brings out in us. I've had a hard time putting this book down, Tamara's writing is entertaining as much as it is introspective. I highly recommend this book.
Ardensnow More than 1 year ago
This book put me right there with Tamara and all of her dates. I literally found myself in her world and loving every moment. It is a wonderful read that is not only fun, entertaining and suspenseful (who does she pick!??) but also is a wonderful way to take a look at your own behaviors and patterns in dating. I loved this book so much that I am recommending it to all of my girl friends.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago