Discussion: Finding Connections Between Books

Discussion: Finding Connections Between Books

As I’ve mentioned before, I’m always reading more than one book at once. And while I try to select a variety of books with different plots (so I don’t get confused), I often notice that I am finding connections between books I’m reading even when they may not have major similarities at all. Am I the only one who does this?

Let me explain a little more about what I mean.

Example 1: Location

Right now I’m reading two very different books. The Whole Thing Together by Ann Brashares is a contemporary YA book about a very complicated blended family. Hello, Sunshine by Laura Dave is an adult novel about how lies and social media can destroy your life. Both books partially take place in the Hamptons. The family in the first book has a vacation home in Wainscott, and Sunshine goes back to her family home in Montauk, which is also mentioned in the first book. I’m not sure I’d ever heard of Montauk before that.


Example 2: Character Traits

Also, in Hello, Sunshine the main character mentioned struggling to get pregnant and for most of the book her marriage is over. In another book I’m reading, The Night Mark by Tiffany Reisz, the main character also struggles to have a baby. She’s had two miscarriages and her marriage also ends right at the beginning of the book. These similarities stand out to me. I guess I like finding patterns in things. But it can also make it confusing when reading books that seemingly overlap like these two.

Example 3: Wording

A few months ago I was reading Wonder by R.J. Palacio with Christopher as his bedtime read aloud book. At the same time, Jim and I were listening to The Museum of Extraordinary Things by Alice Hoffman. The premise of Wonder is that the main character, Auggie Pullman, is kind of a miracle because he was so deformed at birth that he never many surgeries to survive. His dad (I think it is) calls him his “wonder” because he’s survived all of that. In The Museum of Extraordinary Things the father owns a museum, more of a side show, where he showcases his collection of strange animal anomalies and deformed humans, a.k.a. the “living wonders.” Weird, right?

Similarities between books

I don’t think I’m intentionally looking for these connections when I read, but they do seem to jump out at me. When I’m always reading at least 4-5 books at a time, I guess it’s not too crazy that there would be small overlaps in what I’m reading. I guess I’m mostly just curious whether this is something other readers notice as well.

Do you see these types of connections when you’re reading? Am I the only one drawing these kinds of parallels?


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  1. I don’t know if I ever notice this! I feel like there have to be some examples in the past but I can’t think of them right now haha. I’m like you though – the plots need to be very different (or genres) for me to read multiple books at once.
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