Help your potential matches find common interests.
Not to discourage anyone who wants to read one book a week, but
it's about the quality, not quantity, of books read. Quality
doesn't mean the length of books either. I've read plenty of books
that are short and sweet, but get to the brass tax.
Conversely, I've read too many books that say the same thing. I've
been suckered into one too many self-improvement and self-help
books that have a lot to say about making improvement, but only a
handful of them actually have any call to action and immediate
steps to take today. Because I'm a sucker, two years ago, I read a
little more than a book a week, yet didn't feel I learned
I've scaled back since then, and I think the array of books have
raised the bar in terms of quality. I got started with Neil Gaiman
after being enticed by American Gods. I can say the same
about Haruki Murakami with The Wind-Up Bird Chronicle.
Currently, I'm reading Cryptonomicon by Neal Stephenson
because I've been in a deep binge with cryptanalysis.
Although I mentioned cryptanalysis, I wasn't impressed by The
Imitation Game. It's climax with breaking the enigma machine
was only step one in a longer process to try and eventually break
colossus. Plus, the bombes developed to break the German code
didn't always work, unlike the movie depicted. But, it's Hollywood,
and they've done this before with A Beautiful Mind and
other math-related movies.
My surprising recent favorite has been Whiplash. I used to
play jazz in High School, and I was enthralled by the music, even
though I don't find many people my age actually listen to jazz
Music: I enjoy singing, but to myself and all of
those drunk people at the karaoke night. Depending on the
atmosphere in the room, I'll sing the oldies with a general crowd.
I'll sing these styles otherwise: Baroque Pop, World (Cuban, Bossa
Nova, Chanson), Soundtrack Classical. I also play classical/pop
Food: Learning to commit to Meatless Mondays,
which forces me to cook with new ingredients like Quinoa and
Sports: Don't really follow any teams, I'll just
watch playoffs for basketball, football, tennis (at times, though
I'd rather play it), and recently hockey.