It’s a question that every true book-lover dreads: what’s your favorite book? Most of us have a range of answers for this one. We have the smart, academic books we trot out for professors and fellow English majors. We have the nostalgic, childhood books that let us geek out with friends. We have the sexy, cool books that we use to impress cute guys/gals at barbecues and trendy coffee shops. But deep down, each of us has at least one book that springs to mind when we hear the question “What’s your favorite book?” So here’s what your favorite book says about you.
After all, you can learn a lot about someone by judging their reading taste. The toughest customers might have a secret soft spot for Little Women. That girl you thought was so basic could be a massive fan of James Joyce. And yes, you should just assume that, at any given time, at least one of your elderly female relatives is reading Fifty Shades of Grey.
So, are you a hopeless romantic or a cynical realist? An outgoing party dude or a withdrawn wallflower? A Gryffindor or a Slytherin? The answer might lie in your favorite reading material:
1‘Pride and Prejudice’ by Jane Austen
You’re a romantic with a good head on your shoulders. You like floral patterns and tea, but you can also remember to check your bank account balance regularly, and you might be the mom friend of your social circle. Much like Lizzie Bennet, you’re an opinionated person with a sarcastic streak, but you’re also susceptible to the charms of rich, socially awkward bachelors.
2‘The Catcher in the Rye’ by J.D. Salinger
You don’t let yourself be swayed by public opinion. Sure, more high school kids hate The Catcher in the Rye, but you’ve always had a soft spot for Holden and his silly hat. You can be a bit of a loner, but you don’t mind doing your own thing now and then, and you can’t stand all those phonies on social media.
3‘A Game of Thrones’ by George R.R. Martin
You have a mind for details and a passion for sweeping epics. But you like your fantasy on the darker side. When the minutiae of daily life gets you down, you can retreat into a world of kings, siege weapons, and dragons. You’ve missed your stop on the train at least once because of daydreaming. Sometimes your ability to discuss the finer points of Dornish history is overwhelming for your friends, but you’re a whiz at bar trivia.
4‘The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao’ by Junot Díaz
It’s possible that you didn’t date that much in high school (but you had a pretty solid…