Tuesday, August 11, 2009

Can You Judge a Guy by His Books?

I remember the first time I went out with David. I thought he was good-looking, smart, and very genuine, but there was no spark. After three or four dates, things fizzled and he didn't call again. About a month later, I was invited to a holiday party and was asked to bring friends. I figured, "Why not ask him?" He is a very eligible bachelor. Surely someone else will want to meet him. I moved in three months later.

If I had paid more attention to what was on his book shelves, I might not have needed a second look. How many single guys have Six by Seuss? Add to that The Complete Tales of Winnie the Pooh, and it should have been instantly obvious! Don't you think?

17 comments:

MeganRebekah said...

LOL! Love that thought process. I feel the same way about Disney cartoons. If/when I find a guy who loves Mulan, B&tB, Lion King, etc... it'll be for keeps :)

BJW said...

Yeah, you were a goner.

Lisa and Laura said...

Aww! Wish I could say the same for my husband. The only books on his shelves are about sports and CEOs. Snooze.

Tricia J. O'Brien said...

Great story! That would be a good character quirk--doing inventory on every date's bookcase. Imagine what might be discovered.
By the way, I added another post to my blog and hopefully answered your haiku question...if not, ask again or throw a Seuss at me :)

Lazy Writer said...

That's so funny! I went out with my husband the first time, and never wanted to see him again. Then, I ran into him at a party, and we've been together ever since--sixteen some years! Unfortunatley, I'm like Lisa and Laura, the only books on my husbands shelf are sports related ones. He doesn't even have the CEO ones!

storyqueen said...

My husband bought me a picture book for our first anniversary, because he knew I loved them and wanted to write them. I think it was Heckedy Peg by Don and Audrey Wood. (He really liked the pictures.) It's about a witch whose purpose was to capture and eat children......so, um, yeah.

Anyway.......


Shelley

beth said...

AW! So cute!!! :)

As for me, when I found out that my boyfriend had been named for a character in a book, that made me not only love him more, but also his parents. I have a great in-law relationship!

Corey Schwartz said...

Oh, Beth, sounds like something you would do! (Mean that as a huge compliment :) What character/

Casey McCormick said...

I suppose you can! My guy is into WWII, history, guns, self-defense, etc. and it shows in the books he reads.

Such a cute story, Corey!

I got Jesse to read the His Dark Materials trilogy this year, and he promised he'll read HP, so there might be hope for him yet. LOL.

Kimberly said...

I met my hubby on eHarmony and the first thing that stood out for me on his profile was his list of favorite books; they were identical to mine!!

Corey Schwartz said...

Tricia, You're right. That would be a great character quirk!

Kimberly, now I am dying to know... what were the books???

Rebecca said...

And here I am, married to a non-reader! We have the spark though, so no worries. :-)

Actually, we do have similar tastes in books, when he manages to read one (or I read one to him).

ElanaJ said...

Word to the wise: check bookshelves. Natch.

Solvang Sherrie said...

My husband's favorite book is Frog and Toad...only I don't think he's finished another book for himself since he read that one...

Ladybird World Mother said...

Yup, I reckon that you can...and by the music he likes too. Oh, and the pictures. And the kitchen stuff. And what he likes to put on himself in the bathroom. All those hints!! But books above all... Winnie the Pooh??! I'd be a gonner too...

Linda said...

Seems like you struck a chord with lots of us. My version of the story: my 22-year romance started in a job interview, when my prospective boss asked what book I was currently reading. When I said Anna Karenina, he hired me. Little did I know that would be the beginning of a wonderful life together!

Jody Hedlund said...

Awww, what a sweet story! Now I want to know what made the difference the next time you went out with him to the party! And that's so cool that he shared your love of children's books. I can concur with many of the other commentors that my hubby doesn't share my fiction passion! But that's okay, we share lots of other things!