Is your fictional boyfriend getting a little I don't know... boring? Are you looking for someone a little more... real? Well, I may just have the solution for you! Whether it is going to the right places or publicly reading the right books, I've got you covered. (NOTE: I say boyfriend rather than significant other, girlfriend, etc. because I am lazy and I'm not trying to exclude anyone and the same steps can apply to any type of person's situation as long as you are a booklover.)
Step 1: Natural Habitat
Let's be honest. You want a boyfriend who reads books (or that you can at least persuade to read books). The best chance you will have at finding this is by going to the one place you can always find someone who loves books- our natural habitat. Natural habitats for bookworms usually include the library or a bookstore. Drop in every now and then (I mean you probably go there already unless you order all your books online but humor me here). Don't just get your books and leave though because that defeats the purpose. Hang around for a little bit and see if anyone interesting (hint hint) shows up. From there maybe you'll "accidentally" bump into them and your books will scatter all over the ground and they will be roped into helping you pick them up (we all know this is the start to a very cliched but lovely romance). Or maybe you fit in the small percentage of bookworms that aren't socially awkward and you go up and say hi. Either way, it works out. Don't expect results right away though, you will need patience. I can attest that this works because I actually met my boyfriend at the library and we were friends for a while but have now been dating for eight months. Ha! Take that all you doubters.
Step 2: The (Book) Selection
The second step in your romantic journey includes the selection of books you read in public. I trust that you all have great book judgement, but we also know that there are some books you just don't read in public. I mean, nobody is going to read 50 Shades of Grey in public unless they want people to judge them. If you are searching for a romantic partner you want to be even more conscientious of your book choice. Try picking up books that a majority of the bookish community has read or that a lot of guy bookworms have read as a conversation starter. Even if nobody notices the book and starts up a conversation about it, at least you have read it and can talk about it if it comes up in conversation when you finally are talking to that dreamy guy!
Step 3: Go Clubbing
Obviously, clubs are where are the normal people find their...uh... romantic? sexual? partners. So why can't we either? Don't worry, I'm not talking about #turndownforwhat clubs, I'm talking about book clubs! Book clubs are great because you are automatically hanging out with people who share a common interest and you already have a topic for conversation! This is the perfect scenario to meet friends and potentially your boyfriend. There are many places that offer book clubs such as libraries, book clubs, or maybe even your school.
Step 4: BookwormMingle.com
Okay, you got me. BookwormMingle isn't actually a thing. But who says it has to stay this way? Online dating is always an option and even if it is not on an official dating site you can meet a lot of really cool people in the bookish community. Even if it is just through comments on booktube or bookstagram, you never know where you can meet your true love!
You've probably noticed by now that the secret to this is just being involved in the community. Just put yourself out there and fate will take care of the rest!