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Book readers make the best lovers, reveals survey

It’s official, bookworms are hot

Sarah Young
Tuesday 30 May 2017 17:43 BST

Have you ever fallen head-over-heels with someone based on their reading list?

If so, you’re not alone because according to eHarmony, the books on your bedside table could be seriously affecting your love life.

The dating site found that listing reading as a hobby on your dating profile is a winning move that makes you more appealing to the opposite sex.

In fact, the data revealed that men who list it as an interest receive 19 per cent more messages, and women three per cent more.

It also said that bookworms are found to be “more intellectually curious than most and find it easier to form open and trusting relationships with others.”

But, just like most things in the online dating world, listing reading on your profile comes with a catch.

Because when it comes to which books you read there’s a silent literary hierarchy to take into consideration.

Men who mention Richard Branson’s “Screw It, Let’s Do It” and “Like a Virgin,” will receive an incredible 74 per cent more attention than those who don’t.

Followed by The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo (36%), 1984 (21%) and The Da Vinci Code (5%).

For women, the biggest increases in messages comes from listing The Hunger Games (44%), The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo (31%) and A Game of Thrones (30%).

That being said, not all books will give your love life a boost. The data found that listing The Bible proves detrimental for both sexes while listing Fifty Shades of Grey results in women getting 16% fewer messages and Harry Potter losing men up to 55%.

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