Flirty Fridays: 5 Tips for Flirting at a Bookstore

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Bookstores are a great place to meet men. So why are so many singles roaming the aisles of bookstores alone, never meeting each other? Well, for starters, it can feel awkward to initiate a conversation with a stranger. Unless of course you have a dating coach on your shoulder, offering you some good juicy flirting tips! Just think about the wealth of conversation starters you have at your fingertips by just observing the literary taste of your love interest. You have an instant ‘in’, a way to connect without really trying so hard to come up with an interesting topic. With the right skills, you can become a bookstore flirting pro!

5 Tips for Flirting at a Bookstore

1. Show interest in his book. If you recognize the author but not the book in his hand, you can say something like, “Hey, I love Alice Hoffman. I haven’t yet read The Dovekeepers, but I’ve been wanting to check it out. Do you know anything about it?” This is a good conversation starter.

2. Show interest in him, not just the book. Quickly move onto something about him. “Wow, a guy who likes Alice Hoffman and isn’t afraid to admit it. I like that!”

3. Smile, play with your hair, and do other flirty stuff. Show him you’re interested in more than just the book by exhibiting the typical flirty behaviors. But don’t overdo it. You don’t want to seem desperate or stalk-ish, just cute, available and interested.

4. Know when to walk away. If he’s answering in two-word sentences and doesn’t look you in the eye, it’s time to move on to another aisle. History anyone? Most men are attracted to books that are non-fiction, with history rating as one of the top masculine picks. Check it out and see how you can cook up your own ‘history’ with a guy in the history section (sorry for the pun… couldn’t resist).

5. Connecting on the checkout line…coffee anyone? If you’ve found someone cute and interesting and you’ve started a conversation, meander over to the checkout line when he does. But by all means, don’t make it look too obvious. “Oh, fancy meeting you here!” might be a good way to start the conversation. And then you can continue getting to know each other as you wait in line. Coffee shops and bookstores are often paired together, so the quicker you can make your thirst for caffeine known, the better.

If you flirt well and play your cards right, you could be having your first date with your new literary love interest just minutes after making your first connection.

So, this weekend, get yourself over to one of the last remaining brick and mortar bookstores and practice flirting. Even if you don’t meet Mr. Right, you’ll get some great flirting practice, which will come in handy when you do meet the right guy.

Happy flirting!





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