"Dating by Books" by Kay Rae Chomic
Christina only dated readers, believing bookshelves provided personality evidence. She spent her first night with Oscar after seeing the meticulous way he arranged his books. Shelved by genre. Alphabetized by author. Memoir, poetry, thrillers. Self help—listening skills, intimacy and marriage, anger management. Gardening books on native landscapes, grasses, creating backyard ponds. Oscar joked he had already composted three marriages.
Christina put faith into those self help books. Evidence of a man trying to be better.
Too late, she discovered he only read the thrillers. The other books? Left behind by his ex-wives.
About the Author: Kay Rae Chomic’s debut novel, A Tight Grip: a novel about golf, love affairs, and women of a certain age, was a finalist in Foreword’s Book of the Year Awards. Her flash writings have been published in Crack the Spine, Five:2:One’s The Side Show, Hysteria 6 (UK), The First Line, synapse, and she won an international story contest. Kay lives in Seattle, loves to travel, and is a Motown fan forever.