Some Poor Book Swap / Speed Date Choices

At the first-ever BookCon on May 31st, participants ages 21 and over are welcomed to sign up for any single literature-lover’s dream: a book swap / speed dating event. The website describes the event as follows:

This event is the only place for book lovers to mix and mingle in the traditional speed dating style and bond over a mutual love of books! The twist is you must bring a book that represents YOU and at the end of the event you will give your book to the person that you want a second date with. Don’t forget to put your name and telephone number in the book so you and your match can keep in touch!

While I won’t be attending the speed dating event, I absolutely love the idea! Lots of books? Cool people? A cash bar? It’s kind of perfect. Us BiblioSmiles folks have been mulling over the perfect books that represent us. It’s a hard task. You want to pick something that’s really interesting and telling of who you are as a person. You want to get to that second date.

So, I’ve compiled a list of three books that you should totally NOT bring. You’re welcome in advance, single cuties of BookCon.

americanpsychoAmerican Psycho by Bret Easton Ellis

What you think it says about you: I like challenges, controversy, and expensive clothes. I totally understand that this is a critique of capitalism, and I enjoyed this book because of it. Also, isn’t this a funny choice for a speed-dating book? Let’s laugh about that together.

[Note: When I asked my boyfriend what book he’d bring to a speed dating event, he answered “American Psycho,” without a minute’s hesitation. Should I be concerned?]  

What it may actually say about you: “I’m into, oh murders and executions mostly.” At some point in our relationship I will probably disguise a minty-fresh urinal cake under a covering of chocolate and watch you eat it because it’s funny.

Our second date: Reservations at Dorsia, then back to my place for prescription drug cocktails set to a soundtrack exclusively of Genesis songs. “I’ve been a big Genesis fan ever since the release of their 1980 album, Duke…”

silenceofthelambsThe Silence of the Lambs by Thomas Harris

What you think it says about you: I’m always up for a thrill, and books that make you think. The workings of the human mind are fascinating to me. I’d like to really get to know you.

What it may actually say about you: I really liked the movie version of The Silence of the Lambs. I kind of idolize Hannibal Lecter. I’m going to pretend that’s not creepy.

Our second date: I’ll take you out for tapas and a nice Chianti. Wanna get out of here? Let’s go back to your place and I’ll tell you just how soft your skin is, baby. Wow, what kind of lotion do you use?

[Note: Did you know in the book version, Lecter eats one of his victim’s liver with some fava beans and “a big Amarone?” It’s a very dry red wine.]

oedipusOedipus by Sophocles

What you think it says about you: I appreciate the classics. I am a humble guy, and I am not a victim of hubris, like Oedipus. Hubris means excessive pride.  Didn’t you learn anything in high school?

What it may actually say about you: According to Encyclopedia Britannica, “Oedipus complex, in psychoanalytic theory, a desire for sexual involvement with the parent of the opposite sex and a concomitant sense of rivalry with the parent of the same sex…”

Our second date: A night of classical theater, or maybe a trivia night (Oedipus answered the riddle of the Sphinx). Can I take you home to meet my mom?

What book would you bring to a book swap / speed dating event? Are any of you planning on attending the one at BookCon?  What books would you completely avoid?

Danielle Villano is the editor of BiblioSmiles, and she is really glad you’re here. Learn more on the About page.  Tweet @daniellevillano.


  1. This is SO FUNNY.

    I’ll bring my copy of Dr. Seuss’s “Cat in the Hat,” because I want people to know that I’m in touch with my inner-child, and can appreciate the complexities of his Cold War era musings and the ability to simplify them into children’s stories.

    But it will actually tell people I forgot about this event, and the night before, I grabbed a book from the nursery of the kid I babysit.

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