In loving praise of Hot Guys Reading Books

On behalf of English majors everywhere, I would like to extend a warm thank you to Alli Rense, for she has taken one small step for literacy — and one giant leap for man-loving-kind—with Hot Guys Reading Books, also known as The Place Where I Just Went to Reaffirm My Faith in the Blogosphere.

Now we know that James Franco isn’t the only looker who can lose himself on Catherine and Heathcliff’s English moors for days on end. Hot Guys gives us five new reader-submitted photos a week, proof positive that every day attractive men do, in fact, enjoy books. There are countless studies on why reading is a predominantly feminine pursuit — because we’re more verbal and social creatures, perhaps, or because we have longer attention spans, maybe? In the UK, 48 percent of women are avid readers, while only 26 percent of men are so-called active “Page Turners.”

But it’s that very concept which this blog hopes to debunk, as a window onto the world of the “luscious literary man,” caught reading in his natural habitat: the New York City subway, the beach-side hammock, and heck, even under a side table. In reality, the site’s much closer to the silly end of the gorgeous-goofy continuum. I admit, and so does Rense, that not all of the men are Franco-esque in terms of their swoon quotient. But in theory, it’s a welcome clarion call to male book lovers that they make themselves known — little insider’s tip, the ladies (especially those of us who still write notes in the margins, four years out of college) love a well-read fellow.

Not every Hot Guy will be your cup or tea, and he may not be reading something highbrow or revered. But even if he’s flipping through Dennis Rodman’s autobiography or the Oxford Mini School Dictionary (yeah, that happened), there’s something about the focused gaze of a man mid-paragraph, gnawing on a pencil, that just makes me want to beeline it to the nearest public library. Especially if there’s a chance to see that Denzel Washington READ poster that made literacy look better than it ever had before. So thank you, Hot Guys Reading Books, for giving these men a virtual space where they can shine, and we can ogle.

What do you think, Shelf Lifers—were you as delighted by this blog as me? Should we celebrate these bookish guys or dismiss them as mere eye candy? And why is it that women tend to read more, and more often, than men?


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  • reb

    My new favorite blog. Nothing better than a smart looking fella reading a book!

  • saucybetty

    It’s a great concept. To bad in actuality none of the guys are even remotely hot.

  • Wendy

    Why do so many female Losties love Sawyer? It’s not because he’s shirtless…it’s because he’s shirtless AND reads Steinbeck.

  • lindsay

    love it, emailed a link to all the librarians i know. poor things usually only have the ups delivery driver to oogle during the day.

    • Sara-Kate

      Haha! :D

  • Jennifer

    Love it! New Most Favoritest Website!

  • Bug

    Man, this makes me miss college. Say what you will about the small liberal arts schools, but they usually have a wealth of hot guys reading. It also makes me glad that I have a husband who reads almost as much as I do (it would be more than me, but I read faster).

  • Dianna Trent

    SO WHERE’S FRANCO?!?!?
    IMHO, there’s only 2 guys even remotely attractive here – Dave on the beach & the tanned guy in the store. Was hoping for a peek at FRANCO reading!

  • MurMaz

    While I can’t argue with the concept (hot guy + book = way hot), I find it interesting that the opposite (hot girls reading) doesn’t and wouldn’t (IMHO) exist.

    • Kevin

      Maybe not “reading books”, but we bibliophile males have two related fetishes: hot girls in glasses and hot female librarians… the “book reading” aspect being implied by both.

    • Jeff

      I beg your pardon, but don’t be sexist. Of course it exists; men who love books naturally love women who love books. We can love you for your minds just as much as you can love us for ours – and, of course, we are also as susceptible as you are to the allure of a lovable mind being attached to a lustable body.

  • Natallia

    My support! I am celebrating hot reading guys with you! Smarter and sexier! Do not forget hot reading girls!

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