Finding herself getting a little bored with Netflix and chill, Atlas Obscura writer Cara Giaimo recently turned to history for alternatives—and found one in the popular Victorian date activity of reading out loud to each other. Curious whether the courtship behavior would hold up, Giaimo convinced several friends to try it out on their significant others (and, in one case, on a first date).

How did the experiment turn out? Results ranged from "boring" to "fairly romantic"—but make sure you pick your book wisely. 

Alas, the chapter became increasingly religious as I went on, and any notions of romance immediately went out the door. I hopefully looked up at my boyfriend as I said the words, "individuals possessing the utmost degree of beauty which the species is capable," pausing to give him time to respond. He responded by blinking sleepily.

Read the rest over at Atlas Obscura.