The Book Nerd’s Dating Handbook

Do you love books? Do you love love? Here’s what you need to know.

1. Step 1: Meeting like-minded people.

We all fall in love with literary characters, but maybe it’s time to… you know. Meet someone real.

2. Where to meet:

While you’re going to want a mate who loves and supports you, you’re also going to want a mate who loves and supports their local bookstore.

Books aren’t the only things to check out at your local library… just sayin’.

Spot bookish cuties reading in the park — if you’re bold, ask to share their bench!

If you find someone whose idea of a good time is a book and a coffee, you’re set.

6. How to spot a book lover:

In case you find someone who turns your pages while going about your day, here are some telltale signs that you’ve found one of your own kind!

Literary tattoo. Often text, but sometimes an iconic graphic, such as this Fahrenheit 451 tattoo.

Gotta have those writer’s glasses. Frame style will probably be called “Hemingway” or “Caulfield.”

Obvious literary swag, such as a tee or a book cover phone case. Dead giveaway.

A sturdy tote for carrying books.

11. Step 2: The pick up line.

Just be cool, man. You’ve got this.

“Care to come back to my place for a little Dickens? I promise to live up to your Great Expectations.” Never fails.

Get their attention with this line: “How about we make a little of The Sound and the Fury until The Sun Also Rises?

“Baby, I was why Their Eyes Were Watching God.” Comes off a little cocky, but you can come back from that. Easy.

Or, I mean, you could just go with the standard “What are you reading?”

16. Step 3: You have their attention. Suggest something to do!

If you know what their favorite book is, here’s how to impress them.

25. Step 4: Seal the deal.

Nothing smoother than a romantic literary line on a date.

“The only way to get rid of a temptation is to yield to it.” The Picture Of Dorian Gray by Oscar Wilde

“It was love at first sight, at last sight, at ever and ever sight.” Lolita by Vladimir Nabokov

“You should be kissed and often, and by someone who knows how.” Gone With The Wind by Margaret Mitchell

“Kiss me, and you will see how important I am.” The Unabridged Journals of Sylvia Plath

30. Step 5: Always remember…

Here are some final tips for the book nerd looking for love.

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