Do you find yourself unintentionally reading books that have things in common? I’ve noticed that the books I read come in trends. Around this time last year, I read several books in a row that were about books. Reading books, writing books, stealing books, burning books, restoring books. Sometimes all of them. I didn’t intentionally choose titles that had books as a major part of the story but it was definitely a theme.
Other times I’ve noticed the stories are all set in one place – England was a common one for while, and even recently I listened to two books in a row set in New Orleans. New York is another major one, although a good portion of novels are set in that city so I don’t know if I could call that a trend.
Recently several books included a deceased mother – maybe she passed long ago when the main character was a child, or she dies during the course of the story, and in one case, a mother who was believed dead but turned out to be very much alive. Two books in a row revolved around a dead brother who died immediately before the events in the story take place.
My current trend is toward the supernatural. Zombies, vampires, witches, ghosts.
I try not to read from the same genre more than a few times in a row. Historical fiction might be followed by chick lit, and then a memoir. Sometimes I don’t have a choice in the order I read books as I’m at the mercy of the library but I request different types of books in an effort to spread things around. Yet the trends seem to transcend genre.
I don’t know that this is a subconscious choice, as I often don’t know where a book is set, or if a character’s mother has passed, until I’ve started reading. So it fascinates me that this phenomenon, for lack of a better word, seems to keep popping up in the books I choose.
Nancy Talan recently moved her family from New Jersey to the foothills of the Rocky Mountains in Colorado. She blogs about adjusting to life at 5,000 feet, her two boys and her love of books at Life With My Boys