Finding out if someone shares your taste in books is important, but it’s also something that can take a lot of time. How do you begin to touch upon everything that was written ever, swap critiques of what you have and have not read, rank novels in a series, and rip apart characters and endings in a few sentences? Time is precious. (You could be reading, after all.) In order to speed through this cumbersome process, I developed my own little Book Litmus Test to quickly determine who’s in and who’s out (of my book life):
I’ve noticed that I (almost always) have the same book taste as people who like Freedom, by Jonathan Franzen, more than The Marriage Plot, by Jeffrey Eugenides. (They’re a special breed, these people.)
My success rate for using the BLT is awfully high. Every time I meet someone who has the same taste in books as I do, I say, “let me guess—you liked Freedom more than The Marriage Plot.”
And they say yes! And we skip into a field of dandelions together, holding hands, to the tune of harp music.
And when I meet someone who prefers The Marriage Plot over Freedom? Let’s just say I hope I don’t run into that person in a dark book club.
So I have two questions for you:
- Would we be book friends?
- What’s your BLT?