So reading is sexy – but that’s not all there is to it. Indeed, the survey unearthed some interesting facts about men, woman and the desire for a literate lover.
1. Men like women who embrace their sensuous side
Putting the lover back in book lover, the survey revealed that men’s heads are most easily turned by women who read erotica. In fact, for more than one in five of the men surveyed, female erotica readers are as sexy as it gets.
Indeed, when asked ''What is the most attractive genre a potential partner can read?'' 21% of men picked erotic fiction as the ultimate turn-on, putting it far ahead of the next most popular genres – thrillers, at 12% and biographies, at 11 per cent. In other words, if you’re a woman wanting to meet a man on your next commute it might be time to put down the paper and pick up 50 Shades of Grey (or even some Anaïs Nin).
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2. Women like men of mystery
However, the same strategy is not going to work for men who are out to impress women. Indeed, the women in our survey were not fans of erotica, with just 6 per cent admitting that they find men who read it attractive.
The way to a woman's heart lies instead behind a veil of mystery: 19% of women picked thrillers as the sexiest genre a man can read (James Patterson and Lee Child, take a bow!). This was followed in popularity by non-fiction, which was viewed as attractive by 17% of women surveyed and by biographies, which were favoured by 16%.
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3. Like attracts like
Ultimately though, while genre can play a part in attraction, the survey shows that reading is sexy no matter what book you prefer.
According to EliteSingles psychologist Salama Marine, there are a variety of reasons why singles love those who love books but, chiefly, it’s because ‘’people look for those who have interesting hobbies – and reading is one of them. Why? Because a great book leads to great discussions.’’ She adds ‘’also, your taste in books can highlight aspects of your personality: are you curious, romantic, dreamy? By sharing your tastes you can show and share your inner world.’’4
Of course, the book love could be down to one simple thing: like is attracted to like. And, as it turns out, what the British like is books. In fact, Britain is a nation of book worms. As the survey revealed, a whopping 93% of Brits like to read for pleasure and, what’s more, just 2% of Brits surveyed consider readers (and reading) to be boring. Salama says that this popularity shows that ‘’reading is an easy passion to share with [your] partner’’ – which makes it the kind of common ground that cements a great relationship!
In conclusion, if you want to get in someone's good books, pick up a good book. Why? Because reading is – officially – sexy.
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