Forget looking supermodel thin in your swimsuit. Forgo the 6-minute abs video, the spray-on tan, and the smooth pick-up lines. The key to getting noticed this summer is burying your face in a good book, according to a new study by U.K. pollsters YouGov for the book-and-music retailer Borders.
From Life Style Extra’s article about the results:
Results of the poll suggest that 900,000 men would ask a stranger out based on what they were reading, with 30 million of us sneaking a second glance or smiling at someone if they are reading a book we like.
Two per cent of respondents – and four per cent of men – had asked a stranger on a date after liking the look of their book, while six per cent had asked the readers personal questions.
Erotic fiction, horror, self-help books and the dreaded chick-lit were all, in fact, deemed turn-offs when it came to love between the covers. The genre most likely to help you pull – the itsy-bitsy-teeny-weeny yellow polka dot bikini of the books world – is the classics, followed by biography and modern literary fiction (think Zadie Smith and Sebastian Faulks, rather than Dan Brown and Martina Cole). Forget the gym: if you want to raise your dating game, head down to your local library and start borrowing.
Good advice! Singles in search of a fellow literature lover might also consider heading out to their local park, bus stop, or cafe with a copy of their own Blurb book. I mean, what could be sexier than, when the attractive stranger approaches and asks what you’re reading, answering with, “Oh, just this little book I wrote. Wanna see?”