32 Things You Can Tell About Your Date Based on Their Favorite Book

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“What’s your favorite book?” is a loaded question anytime, but on a date, it can be downright terrifying. Fear not, we’ve searched the depths of middle school syllabi near and far to gather a list of some of the best and worst books in the English-speaking universe, and tell you what in the hell they mean about that person sitting across the table from you.



1. The Catcher in the Rye: They went through a moody phase and probably have a solid investment portfolio.

2. Cloud Atlas: They see movies, read the book, like the movie better, and will never admit it.

3. Brave New WorldThey’re probably just into future theories and sexual liberty, but you might want to have the eugenics talk sooner rather than later. Just in case.

4. Game of ThronesThey’ve got all the patience.

5. Pride and Prejudice: They’re all about the happy ending and love Judi Dench movies.

6. The Art of Fielding: They think everyone (including you) deserves a fair shot.



7. TwilightThey’re (unconsciously) really into Shakespeare.

8. Titus Andronicus: They’re really into Shakespeare.

9. The Great Gatsby: They’re a cynic with a heart of gold and a sad past.

10. The Adventures of Huck Finn/Tom Sawyer: They probably spent a lot of time alone in the woods as a kid, which made them kind of awesome.

11. To Kill a Mockingbird: They did poorly on the LSATs.

12. The DaVinci CodeThey’re troubled by Beyonce’s Illuminati connections.

13. Little Women: This person is growing and maturing through experience. Lock it down.

14. The Outsiders: They wear the same boots they did in high school and have an affinity for Bruce Springstein.

15. On The RoadThey’ll always have an extra flannel something you can borrow.



16. The Scarlet Letter: They’re your 10th grade English teacher.

17. Ulysses: They are still paying off grad school.

18. Fifty Shades of Grey: They’re really into Twilight, so basically, they’re into Shakespeare. But sexy Shakespeare.

19. Lord of the Flies: They were definitely a camp kid.

20. Identity CrisisThey don’t really “get” sports.



21. Dracula: Make sure to lock your diary, cause they’ll probably read it.

22. Eat, Pray, Love: You won’t have to ask too many questions about their life. They’ll tell you all about it.

23. The Adults: They might have a few daddy issues, but the north-eastern swarm more than makes up for it.

24. The Lord of the Rings: They like staying in hostels a little too much.

25. The Southern Vampire Series: He’s a bottom.



26. Fight Club: Run. Run now.

27. The Virgin Suicides: The journey, not the destination, is what’s important to them.

28. Divergent: Holy christ, no. Run faster than you ran from Fight Club. In fact, run back to Fight Club.

29. Harry Potter 7: They understand that true love A) conquers all and B) lasts forever.

30. Harry Potter 1-6: They need to stop being lazy and finish the series.

31. Bossypants: They have strange cravings for sugar-free orange juice.



32. Flowers in the Attic: Total wildcard. Totally worth it.