My friend Kelsey is a great wing-man. She made a pact with one of her friends that she would weed out any poor candidates who tried to hit on them while they were out on the town.
If a man ever came up to one of them, the other would ask this question: “What was the last book you’ve read?” In order for the single guy to get any further, he needed an impressive answer with an interesting book review to follow.
Would you be able to pass the test?
This question won’t just come up after a pick-up line, you’ll come across this question in social circles as well as college and job interviews. In fact, I just saw it on Michael Hyatt’s blog post: “25 Questions to Ask in the First Interview.”
But why ask this question?
- It tells us if you read
People who read tend to be more intelligent, imaginative, intuitive, and prove to be self-improving. If you are not reading, you are not growing. Therefore, it is an attractive quality to read- not only in a mate, but in an employee.
The more that you read, the more things you will know. The more that you learn, the more places you’ll go.
I can Read with My Eyes Shut! by Dr. Seuss
In a world of few readers, reading gives you a leg up on the competition.
2. It gives us a glimpse of you
What you read shines light on your interests, passions, and dreams.
The last three books I’ve read are: His Needs Her Needs (Harley), Savor (Niequist), and Justice Hall (King).
This can tell you that I am passionate about marriage: both improving mine and helping other’s. Through Savor, a daily devotional, I desire to stay close to the Lord. Then, in my spare time I enjoy an intellectual mystery. Adventures with Holmes and Mary Russell teach me new words, concepts, and observation techniques, as well as purely entertain me.
I cannot remember the books I’ve read any more than the meals I have eaten; even so, they have made me.
Ralph Waldo Emerson
Books are able to transport us… We either slip into a character’s skin, meander in a new town, or take on others’ experiences and skills. Books can shape our minds and lead us to greater things.
What books have you let shape you?
What was the last book you have read? What does it say about you?