While I'm thinking of books and reading, I wasted to pose a question. One idea that kept surfacing in The Storied Life of AJ Fikry was the importance in a relationship of sharing interests. In fact, some of the romances in the story are made or broken on that basis. Not only the title character, but others in the novel recognize a dead end when a date or potential partner can't satisfactorily answer, "What's your favorite book?" or even "What's the last book you read?"
The same discussion has come up in conversations with friends, colleagues, and even with my students. I used to advise my high school students that they should be readers so they wouldn't end up having to marry boring spouses. I suspect that for many of us, disdain or apathy about reading would be a deal-breaker in a relationship. Too picky? I think not! What do you think?