It’s been a while since we’ve focused on the literature we are reading for pleasure as a couple, but being a privileged group of people from a wealthy home, we’ve usually discovered our collective books of choice at bookshops on foot, through word of mouth, or an empathetic bookstore owner. Those who grew up in an open-minded family, such as myself, are encouraged to read when our families are disinterested. Certainly, time did help.

We aren’t always comfortable discovering each other’s way of reading for pleasure, however. Many couples haven’t yet introduced each other to libraries of literature, if ever. Further, not all couples read the same stuff. For example, Cokie Roberts and Michael Gerson, editor and columnist, respectively, chose different books as this month’s pairings.

When someone says, “I love you so much, it hurt!” they are trying to tell you they like you. You don’t have to tell them how much you like them. Otherwise, they will think you hate them.

I have so many favorite books. When someone says “I love you so much, it hurt!” they are trying to tell you they like you. You don’t have to tell them how much you like them. Otherwise, they will think you hate them.

Aduba: L’artista l’ha fatto ancora

HuffPost: So this is amazing. I love this! Before we go away, tell me about the book. It’s “How Bibliophiles Flirt.” What was your favorite part?

Aduba: I have so many favorite books. When someone says, “I love you so much, it hurt!” they are trying to tell you they like you. You don’t have to tell them how much you like them. Otherwise, they will think you hate them. This book is about this topic in a light way that doesn’t feel like a lecture. The story is told in a really meaningful way and it’s great to read with an audience, and most of all, with my husband. I will be letting him know when I finish this book. I like the idea of people having these books handy. That is very possible to do! I love all books by Iris Murdoch. I read “Rebecca” the year after I met him. That was a nice holiday present, of course. This book is by an Italian author named Gabriele Amorth. We live in Italy, and he was the chief exorcist in Rome. He died just recently, I think. He was all about the devil. I fell in love with the book that first day. So that was a good read, too.

Cokie Roberts, moderator and Washington Post columnist, L’artista l’ha fatto ancora

When people say, “I love you so much, it hurt!” they are trying to tell you they like you. You don’t have to tell them how much you like them. Otherwise, they will think you hate them. This book is about this topic in a light way that doesn’t feel like a lecture.

HuffPost: Yes! You are allowed to say you don’t like those books. They will not hurt your feelings. This is definitely a book I would recommend to you.

Aduba: Yes! I am crazy about “Alison,” by John Grisham. It’s a book that just brought everything back to life to me. I have forgotten my freshman year. I started it when I was a sophomore. “American Women” by Betty Friedan is a book that gets me started in college. But “Bleak House” by Charles Dickens is my all-time favorite book, to this day. You just can’t beat that.

Roberts: L’artista l’ha fatto ancora! Yes!