Last month, we shared a facetious list of the 9 most "undateable" favorite books, with those by Nietzsche and Ayn Rand rounding out the worst of them.
Many of you shared your feedback, saying that any avid reader is probably dateable. And we agree! A love of reading is an attractive quality, and literary tastes are entirely subjective! (Unless you are Ayn Rand, who believes everything is objective.)
Still, we have to admit that if we were to make lingering eye contact with a fellow commuter or coffee shop-goer, we'd be more likely to strike up a conversation if they were thumbing through a smart, edgy or funny novel than if they were SO enveloped in E.L. James' erotic "Fifty Shades of Grey" that they weren't even hiding the cover discreetly on their lap.
So we present to you our very biased list of 9 books that will make you look hot if you read them in public. We based this list on a few factors:
- Intelligence! If you judge people based on what they read, you probably value some level of intelligence. This rules out "Fifty Shades" in spite of its decidedly "hot" plot.
- Edginess! This rules out a lot of books that you were probably required to read in high school. Shakespeare's plays may be full of clever innuendo, but they've lost a bit of their luster in the public eye.
- Humor! Russian literature may be hot to Russian literature majors, but probably not to anyone else.
Check out our list and tell us what YOU think are the hottest books in the comments:
"The Wind-Up Bird Chronicle" by Haruki Murakami
This book is mostly comprised of classical music, freshly dry-cleaned clothes, cooking, eating, and cats. These are all pleasant things and experiences, unless you are allergic to cats.
"Infinite Jest" by David Foster Wallace
Anyone who starts and also finishes this book is clearly dedicated. They are especially dedicated if they are willing to carry a physical copy to work, on the subway, etc., as it is likely very heavy.
"Just Kids" by Patti Smith
There's nothing hotter than rock & roll. Smith's book about late-60s New York City is part history, part love story, and she is as smart as ever while chronicling her relationship with photographer Robert Mapplethorpe.
"Slouching Towards Bethlahem" by Joan Didion
If you prefer critical thinkers to whimsical artistis, Joan Didion's take on 60s drug culture in California may be more of a turn-on than Smith's more idealized vision of the era. Didion's writing is pithy, and her fly-on-the-wall style journalism takes guts and insight. Who doesn't like guts and insight?
"The Unbearable Lightness of Being" by Milan Kundera
There's nothing hotter than a ménage à trois. (Except for maybe rock & roll.) Anyone who has read this psychologically shrewd love triangle (square?) set during the Prague Spring probably has a better understanding of romantic relationships for having done so.
The Complete Short Stories of Ernest Hemingway
For those who find masculinity hot, look no further than Ernest Hemingway. It's difficult to determine which of Hemingway's books is the most masculine, but you're probably safe with anything other than "The Old Man and the Sea."
"I Was Told There'd Be Cake" by Sloane Crosley
Not only does a lover of this book enjoy a laugh, they're also likely to understand what is and isn't acceptable relationship behavior. (Buying plastic ponies as gifts is not acceptable.)
"The Big Sleep" by Raymond Chandler
If every cover ever designed for this book doesn't entice you, maybe the fact that it involves secrets, crimes and bookstores will. Also, the heroine's name is Mona Mars. Mona. Mars.
"Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance" by Robert M. Pirsig
There's nothing hotter than motorcycles. (Except ménages à trois. And rock & roll.)
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