A Fairytale Ending? How listing “reading books” on your dating profile can improve your love life #readingbooks #datingadvice #datingprofile #book #books #iamreading

Who would have thought that reading a book could improve your love life? My new book, Love At First Swipe, is a comprehensive guide to modern online dating which will definitely help you find love, but there are actually books and authors that you can list on your online dating profile, which can attract more attention and make you more appealing to the opposite sex.

Reading is a favourite hobby of many and is one of the most common interests listed on dating profiles. Many of us read books for pleasure, to gain knowledge, or to relax and unwind when travelling on a plane or train, sitting by a pool, or just before we go to bed.

According to a recent study carried out by dating app, eHarmony, men who list “reading” on their online dating profile receive 19% more messages, while female readers receive 3% more. Avid book readers have also been found to be more intellectually curious than most and find it easier to form open and trusting relationships with other people.

What books do you need to read?
Classic novels, contemporary bestsellers and autobiographies often top best-selling book lists. The most read books listed by women on dating profiles are often fantasy, novels and erotica. These books include the “Harry Potter” series, “Pride and Prejudice”, and “Fifty Shades of Grey:. Men, on the other hand, tend to list action and adventure books the most, such as “Game of Thrones” and “Lord of the Rings”.

You’ll be pleased to know that both men and women are attracted to fans of “The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo”. Men who mention this book receive 36% more communication and women see a 31% increase. Female fans of the “Hunger Games” receive 44% more online communication, while men see the number of messages they receive increase by 21% when they namecheck Suzanne Collins’ series.

Unfortunately, not all books give you a boost in online dating messages. Men who are open about their love of “Harry Potter” on their profile are not looked at favourably as they receive 56% less communication overall. And, despite it being one of the world’s favourite books, women who own up to their love of the “Fifty Shades” series receive 16% less communication – clearly some men are intimidated by Christian Grey!

However, lying about your reading habits is not recommended. You will get found out eventually, especially if you know nothing about the book that you have listed on your profile as being read. The “Harry Potter” series tops the charts as the books that most people lie about having read, closely followed by “Fifty Shades of Grey”, “The Bible”, “War and Peace”, and “The Great Gatsby”.

It turns out that the real secret of success when it comes to books and finding love online, is Richard Branson! Surprisingly, if you mention the founder of Virgin and author of “Screw it, Let’s Do It and Like a Virgin: Secrets they don’t teach you at business school”, it virtually guarantees that your profile will get more attention. Men who mentioned Branson’s books receive 74% more communication than those who don’t, while women see a more modest increase of 19%.

Other authors that attract more attention for men include the author of “The Da Vinci Code”, Dan Brown, plus, the authors John Grisham, and Lee Child. Unfortunately, women didn’t see the same benefits in the study when listing Dan Brown among their favourite authors, as it led to a 3% reduction in communication, while Danielle Steele fans received a huge 56% less attention.

Statistics from recent eHarmony study:

Based on the percentage of messages that either went up or down when users listed specific books:


Books which had the biggest impact on online dating communications:

1) Screw It, Let’s Do It and Like a Virgin +74%
2) The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo +36%

3) 1984 +21%
4) World War II +16%
5) The Da Vinci Code +5%
6) The Hobbit -15%
7) The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes -22%
8) Lord of the Rings series -24%
9) The Bible -37%
10) Harry Potter series -55%


Books which had the biggest impact on online dating communications:

1) The Hunger Games +44%
2) The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo +31%

3) A Game of Thrones +30%
4) To Kill a Mockingbird 21%
5) Pride and Prejudice +18%
6) Harry Potter series +16%
7) Lord of the Rings series +10%
8) Twilight -6%
9) Fifty Shades of Grey -16%
10) The Bible -63%

Of course, these statistics are only from the study that one specific online dating app carried out, so depending on which app you are using, your attractiveness to other users, based on the books that you list on your profile, may be completely different. For example, if you’re using a Christian Dating app, listing down “The Bible” is likely to make you more appealing to their users. Or, if you’re using a Fetish Dating app, listing down “Fifty Shades of Grey” is likely to mean you will appeal to their users more.

You can click here to purchase my book, Love At First Swipe, which is available on Amazon and through all leading book stockists.