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What Your Date's Favorite Book Says About His or Her Personality

By Joanna Robinson and Dustin Rowles | Guides | February 20, 2013 | Comments ()


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Many years ago, with the very first Guide in Pajiba's years' long series of them, Dustin wrote a post called Pajiba's Guide to Third-Date Flicks, which essentially characterized the personality of your date based upon that movie he or she cracks out on your third date, traditionally your first stay-in engagement. Today, we thought we'd do the same with books. Joanna is a professional book seller; Dustin is an avid reader. Joanna was an English major; Dustin was a creative writing major with a minor in English. So, we've spent a lot of time in the company of people who read, and we've been able to glean certain personality types based upon the books they may cite as their favorite.

Hopefully, this post will guide you through your existing or forthcoming dating experiences and offer you untold insights into your romantic interests.

Women Dating Men

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Catcher in the Rye -- If your date's favorite book is Catcher in the Rye, he's a member of a very annoying literary cult. He probably also has romanticized a high-school flame to such an extent that you'll never be able to compete. Yet despite the unrealistic romantic expectations, he has a victim complex, he's hopelessly cynical and often a jerk -- behavior he refutes by insisting you're the jerk. Plus, he's not nearly as high-minded as he thinks he is. More frustratingly, he spells "goddam" [sic] wrong. He's phony material.

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Atlas Shrugged -- So he loves Ayn Rand's Atlas Shrugged, huh? Then he probably also says things like "I'm not a Republican or a Democract. I'm a libertarian." In reality, he's just as jackass. I wouldn't expect that he's a very compassionate person, either, because he believes you should deal with your own sh*t, so expect to get your own damn soup when you're laid up with the flu. He's also very full of himself and insists that he worked himself all the way up to middle management by his bootstraps. Good for him! There's also a pretty decent chance he hasn't read a fiction novel since high school. Ironically, despite different political opinions, men who cite 1984 as their favorite book often fit the same character type, although they tend to be more paranoid than contrarian.

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Infinite Jest -- If your date's favorite book is David Foster Wallace's massive Infinite Jest, there's either one of two things going on here: First, and more likely, he's never read the damn book, he just skimmed the Wikipedia entry so he could say enough about it to impress you because he's dumb enough to believe that the length of a novel correlates with intelligence. In reality, he doesn't understand a goddamn thing about Infinite Jest. The second possibility, and the more appealing one, is that he has read it, and if you want to know if he's an honest guy, ask him what he thinks about it. If he says, "I didn't understand a goddamn thing about it," then you've got yourself a keeper, whether he marveled at the novel or not. If he loved it, that's even better news: He won't expect any sort of structure or tidiness, so long as you're capable of a nice turn of phrase and a lot of great ideas that you never really have any intention of following up on. The downside? If you break up, don't expect any closure: He'll probably just walk away. (Potential Danger: He could also be a manic depressive).

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A Hearbreaking Work of Staggering Genius -- If your man says his favorite book is Dave Eggers' opus, he's probably a great guy with a troubled past that he's incapable of speaking about unironically, which is a transparent defense mechanism. I would also caution that, though the relationship may begin as a fun, whimsical one characterized by great moments of cleverness and clarity, after awhile, he may begin to take himself too seriously, start to take on the personalities of others, morph into one of those "cause freaks" out of a sense of white guilt, and eventually become a pointless bore. Avoid.

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High Fidelity -- Yes! If your man loves High Fidelity, you're in good shape, right? Well, maybe. He's likely a very introspective person who spends a lot of time processing his feelings, and he is capable of great romantic gestures on occasion. However, his list-making -- adorable, at first -- may begin to grate, and his obsession with drawing an analogy with every single moment of his life to a piece of music might get a little irritating. He's an obsessive, a romantic, but he's also a narcissist, and those romantic gestures are more about him than they are about impressing you. Moreover, if you're not able to speak of the world and its relationship to him, he may eventually abandon you in favor of someone more willing to make it all about his needs, wants, and ego. The good news is, he'll leave you with a delightful mix-tape collection.

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Tuesdays with Morrie -- Run. Run away as fast as you can. Is he weeping already? Oh, damnit. You're too late.

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Harry Potter -- Oh, honey. Put him back in the pond and let him gestate a few more years. I'm sure he's very nice, and very sweet, which are the two nicest adjectives you never want to associate with your boyfriend unless he is Andy Dwyer. Let him get his heart broken a few more times, gain some life experience, and maybe give him another shot in five or 10 years if you're both still single.

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Slaughterhouse Five -- Honestly, I wish this were my favorite book, because guys that cite Kurt Vonnegut's sci-fi novel as their favorite tend to be the best. He's adventurous and fun, literary but not pretentious, creative but not eccentric, and smart, with enough confidence not to have to prove it. This guy is not for everyone -- he's on the geeky, thoughtful side, and he's probably not that handy around the house, but no man is perfect. The Slaughterhouse Five guy, however, is as close as you're going to get. (See also: Catch 22.)

Men Dating Women

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The Nicholas Sparks Ouevre: Okay friend, to be perfectly honest, I'm worried for your safety. If your simpleton lady prefers the interchangeable works of Nicholas Sparks, then, in her mind, life-threatening drama equals romance. So, uh, I'd keep any and all matches out of reach. Be wary if she suggests a) dancing in the rain; b) keeping the windows open on a cold night; or c) going without layers in the winter. Heck, if I were you, I'd check your food, your brakes and your basic survival instincts on a regular basis.

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Wuthering Heights -- If you are, underneath it all, a massive throbbing psychopath, then look for the girl with the well-worn copy of "Wuthering Heights." Have your previous girlfriends ditched you because of your fits of rage? Your perma-glower? Your reluctance to shower? Well worry not, psychopath, this is the lady for you. Go ahead, get blindingly drunk and wander the moors. Heck, strangle a puppy, see if she cares.

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The Color Purple -- Ah, listen, I hate to break it to you but if you're a dude and your lady date loves this book, I'm not overly optimistic about the longevity of your relationship. If you're a lady who loves ladies, however, then you're in luck. Your date is a strong-minded, self-sufficient woman who will not take crap from anyone. Looking to get a present for your "Color Purple"-loving date? Get her some pants. B*tches love pants.

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Pride and Prejudice -- It is a truth universally acknowledged that a lot of women love this book. Your typical "Pride and Prejudice"-loving lady probably considers herself "witty" and possibly even "bookish." While that's possibly the case, there's an equally likely chance that she enjoys "Pride and Prejudice" for the "wrong reasons" (aka she thinks it's Nicholas Sparks with cravats and britches). So this could go either way for you, gentle reader. Either you've found a lady with a deep appreciation for irony or ... you haven't. The upshot? You can get away with being an asshole for ¾ of your relationship and she'll likely just think you're misunderstood.

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Lolita -- Oh you beautiful nymphet. Run. Don't walk.

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Twilight -- You know what, hats off to you, sir. If your date's favorite book is "Twilight" or any iteration thereof, then I applaud the way you're willing to look past her severe and possibly crippling brain damage to see the enfeebled, immature essence of her character. Sure, sure, you'll have to make sure she has her drool cup and helmet with her at all times, but what a small price to pay. If you want to ensure her life-long, slavering devotion, invest in a tub of SPF 80, dump some glitter in and apply liberally. But my brave little toaster, if you were hoping to take your helmeted darling to pound town before marriage, I'm afraid you're out of luck.

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The Princess Bride -- Careful bro, caaareful. If this is your date's favorite movie, then romantic expectations will be at an all-time high. Like, candlelit dinners and walks on the beach are fine and all, but you may have to cheat death more than once to achieve True Love status in her eyes. Also, protip buddy, if there's a rodent of any kind of size on the premises, you'll be expected to take care of it. Heroically. Your reward? Well, if this is really her favorite book (and not just her favorite movie), then your date has a fantastic sense of humor. Although perfect breasts are not guaranteed, I'll keep my fingers crossed for you, buddy.



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  • amanda

    Wow...this article was kind of sexist, huh? I mean, I get it. And I know it was written by a male and a female (although I'd be interested to know who put more input into what part). But still. Girls only love Nicholas Sparks and Twilight, because maybe our sad little lady brains can't process the 5 billion footnotes in "Infinite Jest"? Come on, you guys. Based on the responses here, it's pretty clear that Pajiba lady readers have pretty discerning tastes when it comes to books. Give us a little credit. Nicholas fucking SPARKS??? Ugh. What kind of asshole cites a Nicholas Sparks book as an all-time favorite?

  • Donna SHerman

    Well, Catch-22 and Cat's Cradle (not Slaughterhouse Five, but better), are two of my favourite books of all time. But I'm a girl. I hope this isn't a problem.

    Also, your Sparks and Twilight summations are Spot. On.

  • Donna SHerman

    Also, no Hitchhiker's Guide? Count of Monte Cristo?

  • Yocean

    My favorite books are Dune, Jonathan Strange and Mr Norrell, Dark Tower, Amazing Adventure of Kavalier and Clay, American Gods and...Lolita. What? It's a very funny and accurate depiction of American life written from the point of view of a foreigner and really beautiful!

  • hindulovegod

    I'm a woman into guys and my favorite books are Heart of Darkness, The Good Soldier, and The Information. I did love Breakfast of Champions, though. Vonnegut cracks me up. I hope that's a saving grace. My boyfriend loves Kundera, which seemed like a nice balance.

  • Captain_Tuttle

    Ok, so after reading all of this, I started Slaughterhouse Five last night. I'm halfway through & it is amazing. How have I missed this, and all the other Vonnegut books? What an addlepated fool I am.

  • Uriah_Creep

    Anyone who uses the lovely word "addlepated" is most assuredly not addlepated.

  • Captain_Tuttle

    And I finished Slaughterhouse Five this morning. I'm still processing it, and am still pissed at every lit teacher I had who didn't assign this book! I don't get it.

  • Uriah_Creep

    There's no making sense of school reading lists. I've given up trying to figure out how some boards of education select their material.

  • John G.

    Um....you accidentally posted a picture of that abomination instead of the only true movie version of that book, the Stanley Kubrick Masterpiece, Lolita.

  • If you cut me, I bleed Vonnegut. I can also fix a shelf. Ladies, form a queue. Or a disorderly throng. Because I also enjoy chaos.

  • Joseph Howe

    I'm a libertarian, republicans and democrats are the jackasses. That is all.

  • But but but, MY favourite book is The Princess Bride!

  • calvinDW

    I have many books I love, but my favorite, absolute makes me feel better always and restores my faith in humanity (even if it doesn't deserve it) favorite is "The Essential Calvin and Hobbes" by Bill Waterson.

  • Lbeees

    I LOVE THAT BOOK. The footnotes... oh God. The footnotes.

  • What's scary is some of the smartest and most awesome women I've known love the Twilight books. I can't explain it. I'm talking about one woman who worked as a waiter to put herself through grad school while also raising two kids who is now a Phd who runs marathons, with a third kid. Everything about her is awesome, except that she liked Twilight.

    I think the hard and fast rule to be learned here is be careful of hard and fast rules regarding what people like. There can be exceptions.

  • amanda

    I've met quite a few intelligent people that have read (and liked) Twilight. My boyfriend included (yeah, I KNOW, but he reads every YA fiction book that crosses his path). On the other hand, I've also met a lot of morons who absolutely loved it. I don't know. I'm just sayin.

  • charles cummington

    Ulysses by James Joyce.

    Any woman who has not read it fails.

    yes yes Yes

  • Captain_Tuttle

    Do Cliffs Notes count?

  • Boothy K

    140 comments??? I don't have time to read these! I have books to read!

  • Maguita NYC

    You have yet to answer the most basic of contemporary irrational in favorite-book-by-gender assumptions:

    What do you do when a woman's favorite is "50 Shades of Grey".
    And what in dysfunctional hell does it mean when it's the man's you started dating?

    (yes, I ran like hell)

  • SabrinaHatesDisqus

    The real question is, what do you do when your former boss, and current sort of coworker, asks if you've read 50 Shades of Grey, and then takes out her Kindle to show you some of it?

  • Malin

    The husband's favourite book is Ulysses. He has more than one edition of it, and considered our trip to Dublin a few years back almost as a pilgrimage. His second favourite would probably be Lord of the Rings. His younger self was a LOT like the protagonist in High Fidelity(which I gave him as a birthday present one of the first years we were dating). He's extremely opinionated, sometimes arrogant and condescending, very very intelligent and can spend several days compiling lists and written guides on Doctor Who or music he loves for people who ask him for advice.

    I can't even pick my favourite book, seriously, just picking one is too damn hard. But The Princess Bride, Good Omens, A Prayer for Owen Meany and House of the Spirits are all contenders.

    I don't know what that says about us, but we've been together for over 12 years, and will have been married 5 years in June.

  • SeaKat Stabler

    Oh, A Prayer for Owen Meany had me cry-laughing on the T in Boston. I think everyone around me thought I'd cracked but I could not control it.

    I love that book. One of my friends named her son "Owen" due to this book. She rocks.

  • QueeferSutherland

    What the shit is a book?

    /kids today with their hula hoops and pacman video games
    /get off my lawn

  • foolsage

    It would have been funnier if you'd used hashtags.

    Just sayin'.

  • Haystacks

    My favorite book is American Gods by Neil Gaiman (I am a lady)

  • Badger

    Marry me?

  • foolsage

    The dedication to American Gods tells us a fair bit about how damned clever the book will be.

    "For absent friends – Kathy Acker and Roger Zelazny and all points in between" Take one part of Acker's views of society's power-politics underpinnings, add two parts of Corwin of Amber, and add one part of allusions to Gaiman's own work in The Sandman, then flavor to taste with openness to a broad spectrum of thought (A to Z).

    "To absent friends, lost loves, old gods, and the season of mists; and may each and every one of us always give the devil his due."

    Gods do I love Gaiman's work.

  • Maguita NYC

    Started reading at 5, and hope to keep on going until at least 5 to death. I have no one favorite book but many had helped beat the path and go beyond conformism.

    My first books were in French, and wonderfully naive. I still remember the minute details of every tulle and taffeta on the dresses of "Les petites filles modèles" by La Comtesse de Ségur, then came the rebellious adventures of Angélique, Fille des Anges.

    No matter my anglo-saxon upbringing, education, and most of my reading material, whenever I feel moody, I always go back to "La vie devant soi" and "Madame Bovary". Must have been a moody Frenchperson in a past life or something.

  • Fabius_Maximus

    My favourite books are most of the Discworld series, especially Night Watch. What does that mean?

  • Captain_Tuttle

    I need to get started on Discworld, since I loved Dodger so much. I have no idea where to start, though.

  • SabrinaHatesDisqus

    Same with Going Postal. No previous experience required. Although, I actually jumped into the series randomly, kept jumping around, and never had any problems. Any relevant details are recapped within each book.

  • SabrinaHatesDisqus

    Small Gods is a pretty stand-alone story, and is amazing.

  • Fabius_Maximus

    The first books in the series are The Colour of Magic and The Light Fantastic. Compared to Pratchett's later works, they are not very good.

    I'd recommend starting with Guards, Guards!. It's the 8th Discworld book, and the beginning of the storyline involving the night watch of the biggest city on the Disc. You can always go back down the line. Mort, for example, introduces the most important recurring character, Death. Wyrd Sisters is the first book dealing with the three Lancre witches. Those are the major regular storylines in the series.

    Most of the early books don't build upon each other, so you'll have no trouble running into spoilers.

  • foolsage

    It means you have good taste, and it also means you likely ought to be very interested in Rhianna Pratchett's planned "Night Watch" 13-part series.

    Discworld is such a remarkable body of work. 39 books of consistently high quality sharing a setting and characters... that's fairly unheard-of. Actually, I really can't think of anything comparable.

    The live-action movies have been decent, as well. Hogfather and The Colour of Magic were both nicely done, but Going Postal was the real gem there so far. Tywin Lannister as the Patrician? Yes, please!

    The cartoons haven't impressed me as favorably, though Christopher Lee is a perfect voice for Death.

  • JoannaRobinson

    That I loves ya.

  • Fabius_Maximus

    :)

  • Guest

    The guy for me is the guy who answers, "Just one? ONE favourite book? Yeah right."

  • apsutter

    Yes!! It is thoroughly impossible to choose a favorite book. It's just like when people want to know what your favorite album or movie is off the top of your head. If someone asks me that it shows that they have not listened to enough good music or seen enough movies. But then again I might take my love for media just a bit too seriously.

  • Guest

    I'd have to agree on the breadth thing.

    I once had an epic set-to with a guy who claimed to be a film buff, but then insisted that only one movie was "the best movie in the world." Now, it may be possible for some to have one "favourite" movie or book or album, but one "best"? Unpossible.

    (It didn't help that the "best film in the world" according to him was LotR: FotR. How my head kept from exploding that night, I still don't know).

  • competitivenonfiction

    Yes! My husband won me over completely and forever when I learned that not only does he love to read (he doesn't just read to appear to be smart) but that he also loves to cook (again, not just to impress). It does mean that we're in a constant battle for bookshelf space, a problem that was only recently solved by a pair of kindles.

  • It's an impossible choice!

  • My response was going to be "Favorite books are for people who can fit all their books in one room." Then this thread melted down and I didn't want to be mean like the other people, so I made a baked potato instead.

  • Fabius_Maximus

    Thank you. You restore my faith in womenkind (a little, at least).

  • Amy

    Is there a reason all the books that men read are considered "classics" while the women's list contains shit like Twilight and Nicholas Sparks?

  • lowercase_ryan

    I'll trade you Twilight and Nick Sparks for Atlas Shrugged.

  • Lauren_Lauren

    I think Scratch N' Sniff books should be represented. The ones with all the smell rubbed off say a lot about me as a person.

  • lowercase_ryan

    My girlfriend's favorite book is The God Delusion.

    Her favorite movie is Ice Age.

  • Quatermain

    I'm probably as close to being a libertarian as you're going to find around here and even I can't be having with 'Atlas Shrugged.' It's turgid and preachy and boring and screams to the heavens for a brutal editor. You might think Tolkien packs his books with extraneous details, but he's Hemingway compared to Rand.

    Ringo, Kratman and Heinlein suffer from some of the same stylistic and editorial problems as Rand does but they at least have the decency to A) remember to have a decent ratio of 'things happening' to 'preachy speechifyin' and B)not write a bajillion pages.

    (The obvious exception being 'Stranger in a Strange Land' which I also never got around to finishing.)

    If pressed to choose just one, I'd say my favorite book would be 'King Solomon's Mines' by H. Rider Haggard.

  • I don't know if I could pick one book as a favorite. Catch-22 and The Little Prince might have to tie, and even then, I'm not sure.

  • Excellent choices!

  • Thanks :)

  • Damnit! J Rob and Dustin pissed off the internet and I'm late to the party. See, this is the kind of shit I miss out on because Disqus is the devil.

    For the record my favorite book is: far too many too choose one.
    What it says about me: I'm indecisive.

  • foolsage

    I used to be indecisive; I knew this about myself. Now, I'm just not so sure...

  • Kala

    I find it to be an impossible question. It makes my head hurt. But now that I think about it, I'm also indecisive as all hell.

  • competitivenonfiction

    I'm decisive to a fault but have no favourite book. Often it's just the most recent read, though there are a few that I go back to regularly.

  • John W

    So what if his is American Psycho and hers is Looking For Mr Goodbar?

  • F'mal DeHyde

    I'm going to guess that my love for Fried Green Tomatoes at the Whistle Stop Cafe is in the same category as The Color Purple.

  • BWeaves

    3 Men In A Boat (To Say Nothing Of The Dog)

    by Jerome K. Jerome

    He or she has the "right" sort of humor.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v...

  • JoannaRobinson

    Oh I *adore* that book and also "To Say Nothing Of The Dog" by Connie Willis. Just absolutely adore.

  • watoosa

    I'm so thrilled there are others out there who love 3 Men in a Boat and To Say Nothing of the Dog as much as I do.

  • Jerce

    1) Thank you SO much for that photo of Tom Hardy. Wuuuuuuuuh....

    2) (Um. Sorry about that.) Lolita is one of the greatest novels in the English language. If you have not read it and your only impressions of it are from its reputation, then you have no idea what it really is.

    3) If I ever met a guy whose favorite novel is Cat's Cradle (rather than Slaughterhouse-Five), I might just get a divorce and run off with the guy.

  • Cat's Cradle over Slaughterhouse? Hello! I get off work at six.

  • PerpetualIntern

    The first lines of Lolita are perfection, regardless of the subject matter.

  • fracas

    I always thought Lolita was in Russian. Huh. What do you know?

  • Interesting fact: Nabokov wrote Lolita in English and since he was fluent in both, insisted on translating it into Russian himself. But he found that he couldn't translate because he didn't think the same in Russian as he did in English, so instead he wrote the novel again from scratch in Russian.

  • Maguita NYC

    Most Russian greats prided themselves in writing in English first. And Lolita was a really great read. Fascinating getting into the mind of a man detailing his shameful interest in a woman-child, although the first few chapters made me feel a bit uneasy (a sign the book I'm reading will be challenging, needling me out of my comfort zone), especially the part where he was watching young girls on swings, I really could not let go until the last page.

    Loved the book, and people look at me queer when I suggest they read it. The movie unfortunately with Jeremy Irons (although I liked it enough), did not do it justice. Especially with the casting of Melanie Griffith.

  • Robert

    My favorite novel is Oliver Twist by Charles Dickens. I like oatmeal for breakfast, some light people watching at lunch, and a proper dinner in a nice warm home at night.

    My second favorite novel should be disregarded from consideration. I like The Handmaid's Tale by Margaret Atwood not as a guide but as a scathing piece of satire and one of the most fully realized dystopias in modern literature.

  • apsutter

    Oh man...Handmaids Tale is so freaking good. It truly is one of the best dystopian in fiction.

  • foolsage

    Nice theme there. Those two could be collected and republished under the title "Good People in a Bad World, or, How One Ought Not to Treat One Another."

    Great books, both.

  • Andy Brent

    So, I'm a woman (who dates men and women) and my favorite book *today* is The Name of the Wind... what does that say about me?

  • Bedewcrock

    We all like Earthsea/Harry Potter series?

  • littlealbotross

    What does it say about someone if their favorite book is Ray Bradbury's Fahrenheit 451?

    Thanks for the bit about 1984

  • Lovely Bones

    I'm personally very fond of both, but I wouldn't say my politics align *too* much with Eric Blair/Orwell's, if that means anything, and I'd have to say I lean towards 451 between them. However, with all due respect to our dearly departed Bradbury, I'm simply not having anyone try to tell me that it was about television rotting our brains. I have nothing against the interpretation itself, I just feel that it would make the novel much more shallow.

  • Captain_Tuttle

    I'm not sure I have a favorite. Persuasion is definitely up there, along with Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy, and The Eyre Affair.

  • melissa82

    All the up votes for The Eyre Affair. I love that whole series (and the Jack Spratt series as well).

  • My tied-for-first favorites are 'One Hundred Years of Solitude' and 'Neverwhere.' This likely means that I am dedicated to lifelong escapism.

  • Bert_McGurt

    It's a shame I don't have much time to read Vonnegut anymore because I'm too busy fixing sh*t around the house.

  • Maguita NYC

    So you've opted to leave your kinky cute geekness behind for some chauvinist pigging?

    EDIT: @Bert, hope you got my kidding, meant it as a light joke.

  • Bert_McGurt

    Edited to remove a double-posting caused by an oddly long Disqus delay.

  • Bert_McGurt

    No worries, my dear. I'm hip to your gist.

    Besides, I get all the chauvinist pigging I need from the Flashman series.

  • Jezzer

    Jesus, way to stick to your heteronormative guns, Pajiba. I guess gay people must not read.

  • Karo

    I have read Infinite Jest. I liked it, and I have a lot to say about it. I'm not a man. Now what was THAT good for?

  • ChuggaWasTaken

    I can't pick a favourite book of the 3, but my favourite trilogy is the Farseer Trilogy by Robin Hobb. Does that say anything about me other than I'm a nerd?

  • My husband doesn't read for fun. What this says about him isn't as important as what it says about me which is that I LOVE BEING THE SMART ONE AND I WON AT MARRIAGE.

    My favorite book is The Bell Jar. It means I had a dark collegiate period where I wrote a lot of poetry and also I'm typical.

  • Quatermain

    I dated a girl who was super, super into Sylvia Plath when I was in college. The place I was living in at the time was kind of run down and she dumped me when she realized that the oven was broken.

  • Superasente

    What if my favorite book is Portnoy's Complaint?

    It means I'm a dick, doesn't it?

  • SeaKat Stabler

    And to not eat the liver that you serve...

  • $27019454

    My ex boyfriend once told me I was the only woman he ever knew who had copies of The Joy of Cooking and The Joy of Sex on her nightstand. He was a pig, but he speaks the truth. In this case.

  • Captain_Tuttle

    "I deserve neither such praise nor such censure,'' cried Elizabeth; "I am not a great reader, and I have [joy] in many things.''

  • JoannaRobinson

    Since you didn't ask, my favorite novel is "Good Omens." Which means not only do I think girls shouldn't read, but also that I believe deeply in puns, irreverence, film references, philosophy and know the arcane definition of the word "nice."

  • John G.

    I've never read Neil Gaiman, but I'm currently reading "American Gods". Halfway through, I can't say I'm overly impressed. Is "Good Omens" better?

  • JoannaRobinson

    I love American Gods but it's Gaiman at his grittiest. I would try Neverwhere or Stardust. Good Omens is very different and "better" only because the dark sludginess of Gaiman (which I love) is a perfect balance for Pratchett's airy, buzzy humor. They just knit together so well.

  • The Graveyard Book is also quite lovely and fun. But Neverwhere is my favorite, followed closely by Good Omens.

  • Bepo

    I honestly hated "American Gods"; you should check out Pratchett's "Small Gods", it's way better - probably my favorite Discworld book.

  • Elizabeth

    Yes. Good Omens is better. Very better.

  • Fredo

    So you must have dozens of tapes of Queen's "Greatest Hits" laying about

  • Pentadactyl

    Poor man's Douglas Adams. Dirk Gently FTW!

  • Lovely Bones

    The combined glory of Terry Pratchett and Neil Gaiman is truly a literary wonder to behold. God, that sounded pretentious. Really though, it's hysterical, arguably represents both of them on top form, and has a special place in my heart because the first time I read it was when a junior high/freshman year crush (who's still a good friend) loaned it to me. Definitely a favorite.

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