My tome of choice was Alice Munro's collection of short stories.
It doesn't say anything about my personality especially, but it was a useful prop when conversation faltered.
We bonded over Miranda July (he was reading her new novel; I’d at least heard of it), Haruki Murakami and Angela Carter.
I didn't get any romantic vibes; but I did get some book recommendations.
There just weren’t as many genuine book lovers as I’d hoped.