It’s World Book Day! Did you know that online daters who talk about reading in their profile receive 21% more messages than those who don’t? When was the last time you updated your “Favorites” on your profile? Sure, you still love To Kill a Mockingbird, but what about that great new dystopian fantasy or biography you just read?
There are a number of dating websites that cater specifically to the literary crowd. The most popular and established site is alikewise, which currently connects single bookworms in Canada, the U.S., U.K., Australia, New Zealand, Germany, The Netherlands, and Israel. You can search for like-minded lit lovers according to the usual criteria (age, location, height, etc.) or you can search for a particular title, and find other users who also cherish that book.
Facebook apps like WeRead, and other literary social networks such as GoodReads, are also great ways to meet people. While not specifically aimed at singles, there are still a lot of lonely hearts using them, and many a fine relationship has begun in such a setting.
Your local independent or big chain bookstore is another great venue to encounter single readers. It’s pretty easy to find common ground when you nearly bump heads with someone reaching for the same Jeanette Winterson novel! When Harry met Sally for the third time, it was because someone was “staring at you in Personal Growth,” after all. Libraries have long since evolved from being stuffy places of quiet contemplation, and many plan events for singles. Read Dating, a popular variation on Speed Dating, has taken off at the Vancouver Library, and I’m pleased to announce that I’ll be running a similar event at the Kitchener Public Library later this year.