Can You Judge the Reader Based on the Books He Reads?
Published on September 22nd, 2014 | by Joan Makai
One famous filmmaker once said that if you go home with someone and there are no books in his or her place, leave as soon as possible. But if your date has a good book display in the living room, check it out immediately. You can evaluate an individual’s personality based on the books they read.
Here are some great (well, generally speaking) book titles and the corresponding traits which they may have. This is not 100% accurate, of course, but if people say that this is their ‘paperback of all time’, then you’ve got a clue whether to stay or run.
Romantic Novels and Novellas (The Princess Bride)
This also goes for most romantic paperbacks from Harlequin. Obviously, the woman you’re dating like quixotic gestures – late-night walks along the beach, bouquets of roses sent to their workplace and surprise candlelight dinners. When it comes to romance, the woman may be a bit high-maintenance but if you really like her, then you should do what you must and use her choice of books as your guide.
Philosophical Sci-Fi (Slaughterhouse Five)
People who like reading books like this are definitely adventurous and fun. They are literary and creative but you can’t accuse them of being pretentious or weird. Best of all, they don’t have to prove that they’re smart and cool – they just are.
Philosophical Drama (Tuesdays with Morrie)
As much as this is a great book to read, people who claim that this is one of the best books of all time are just too weepy, overly sentimental and sensitive.
Political Philosophies / Treatise (Atlas Shrugged)
If they have a wide array of political books in their shelves, then the person might be open to several kinds of political philosophies and probably just like to talk (argue?) about certain topics every now and then (or often). But you see that most of the titles lean towards a certain perspective, then you should know what exactly you’re going to deal with.
Teen to Young Adult Romance (Twilight)
If the girl – and we’re pretty sure she is – you’re dating is still not sure who the right man is for Bella, you can be sure that she is as juvenile and indecisive as the character. As she loves the idea of a perfect partner, she has a list of qualification that you should fill out if you want to be on her good side. This includes all the fan fiction written based on this vampire romance. Fifty Shades of Grey may be for older women but the theme is practically the same, really. Your girl is romantic but could be as adventurous as Anastacia when it comes to love.
The kind of books that your date loves to collect more or less reflects her personality and mirrors her inner fantasy when it comes to relationship. However, it would be a bit boorish to dump a date just because you don’t have the same taste in terms of reading genre, although that’s your decision. Console yourself with the thought that, at least, your date is reading books and has a passion for literature.