Female Seeking Male: Must Love Books


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When dating, does taste in books matter?

They say you shouldn’t judge a book by its cover. But is it a good idea to choose a date by the books he or she reads? Apparently, someone thinks so.

The new dating site—Alikewise.com—launched in July and pairs people according to their taste in books (according to an article in the Wall Street Journal, it's attracted 4,000 users, mainly in their 20s and 30s). Sure, it sounds good on paper, but I'm not convinced.


Just because you both liked The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo or Catcher in the Rye doesn’t mean you’ll like each other. If that were true, then Amazon.com would have already harnessed its predictive abilities to match single shoppers based on what books, DVDs or tech gadgets they buy. As a voracious reader, I appreciate the idea of bringing book-lovers together. But I certainly don’t expect men to love Charlotte Bronte or Sophie Kinsella!

As long as he can appreciate a good story or witty wordplay, I don’t mind if he prefers Asimov to Austen, as my live-in boyfriend does. The bookcase in our living room is stacked high with sci-fi and tech titles that I haven’t read, but I’m happy to be surrounded by books.

There’s something sexy about turning your S.O. on to a new title or genre. How hot was it in The Reader when the adorable German teen read aloud to a rapt Kate Winslet? Exactly. (That she couldn’t actually read is beside the point. She could still appreciate the power of words.) How To Star In Your Own Romance Novel

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