10 Books Guaranteed To Get You Picked Up

By Daniel Lefferts for Bookish.com

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Anyone can borrow their friend's puppy for the day and walk around a crowded park waiting for throngs of oglers to descend, but it takes a certain subtlety and finesse to attract someone with a book. What you're reading says, in so many words (har), who you are: what you're interested in, what you like to think about, what you want from life and more.

Which books have the strongest magnetic pull? We at Bookish like to think that reading of any sort is sexy, but there are some volumes that are arguably more fetching than others. We've put together a list of books that are likely to pique romantic curiosity. From literary touchstones to no-holds-barred sex manifestoes, here are 10 conversation-starting books that can give you a leg up in the dating game.

1. Ethical Slut (The book that says: Leave your inhibitions at the door).

"The Ethical Slut" is a kind of thinking person's guide to responsible hedonism, but you don't have to be a modern-day Caligula to benefit from the sexy vibes it's certain to give off. In the book, authors Dossie Easton and Janet W. Hardy unravel myths about "good" and "bad" sexual behavior and argue that we should let go of social pressures and adopt a more celebratory attitude toward erotic pleasure. No matter your individual bedroom preferences, toting a copy of "The Ethical Slut" shows that, when it comes to discussing sex, you're an open book.

Bonus points if you: read it in crowded public places with no shame.

2. Maphead (The book that says: I'm your perfect plus-1 for a cocktail party).

Reading this quirky book about the history of cartography by Ken Jennings shows that you, like the "Jeopardy!" champion, are a voracious info-vore who absorbs facts and trivia with a giddy pleasure. Your crush will see that you're a curious person who's game to fill any conversation lull with your latest cache of knowledge.

Bonus points if you: repeatedly refer to an encyclopedia for confirmation.

3. Zen in the Art of Archery (The book that says: I'm your path to enlightenment).

Plenty of people have read Robert Pirsig's New Age classic, "Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance" (and some have gone as far as having quotes from it tattooed in their bodies). But carrying a copy of its predecessor, Eugen Herrigel's "Zen in the Art of Archery," shows that you've taken your spiritual education one step further. Chronicling the author's five-year Zen apprenticeship in Japan, the book is filled with intriguing (and equally tattooable) insights on meditation, the body and ego-transcendence. It's the ideal conversation starter if you're looking attract someone who admires deep thought as much as deep relaxation.


Bonus points if you: sit in the Lotus position while reading it.

4. A Lover's Discourse (The book that says: I'll stretch your mind over a glass of wine).

Philosophy is sexy, and sexier still is philosophy on the topic of love. Roland Barthes' "A Lover's Discourse" applies structural theory to the concept of love and draws upon the writings of thinkers such as Plato, Proust and others. Even if your potential catch isn't interested in deconstructing intimacy, the book is a badge of deep thought that shows you're anything but flip when it comes to flirtation.

Bonus points if you: take copious notes in the margins.

This has been excerpted from Bookish.com. Get the full list of 10 Books That Will Get You Picked Up here!