Today in modern romance: books are a "literary bonerkiller."
"You wrote about checking out what guys have on their bookshelves — whether they have the right kind of literature. No one looks at that anymore."
I must have time-warped in from 1934, because that's one of the first things I do when I'm in someone's home for the first time. If someone doesn't have any books around at all, it's a sign we probably won't have much to talk about. Who are these kids who don't interact with books at all?