Posted by: Burlington Public Library (WA) | May 22, 2012

The Unique Social Bond of Literature

“Could geeking out over a mutually beloved novel surpass even alcohol as the ultimate social ice-breaker?”  Bryan Basamanowicz considers the possibilities in his article From the Library of Your Soul-Mate: The Unique Social Bond of LiteratureHe starts from the point of a traveller, meeting someone and finding they have a beloved book in common, and how that foundation can bring people together.  “Book-bonding is soul-mating, pre-arranged through art, fun-filled and beautiful as a wedding,” he says.

What do you think?  Can you be attracted to people who don’t like the books you’re crazy about?  Does sharing a taste in books create a strong start in a friendship?  Tell us in the comments.



  1. Not sure, but the couple on the stormy night make me want to buy a few books and try it out…

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