A few weeks ago there was a discussion on twitter (#bookdating) about using books to judge whether a potential partner was a good match for you. I was shocked by the responses to this question:
Which books would be a dating deal breaker for you?
If a man turned up on a first date clutching a book, then there are very few which would make me walk straight out of the door. The only ones I can think of are those which indicate an undesirable side to his character. He would need to have a very good reason for bringing any thing which showed a fascination with violence to a first date with me:
My husband has a very different taste in books to me. He tends to read books which I tease him as being about “wizards in woods”. They are a light fantasy series in which every story seems to be very similar. I don’t enjoy reading them, but this doesn’t affect my love for him. I would love to be able to share my favourite books with him, but we share so many other common interests that it doesn’t really matter that we both curl up on the sofa to read different books in the evening.
I was shocked that 90% of people said that some form of fiction would be a deal breaker. I find it hard to believe that people would rule out a potential partner just because they happened to be reading something written by Dan Brown.
Would you rule out a potential partner because they were reading a book you dislike?
Do you think reading taste is an important factor in finding a partner?