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Sunday Salon: Themed Reading

January 24, 2010

The Sunday Salon.comHappy Sunday, all! It’s kind of gray and bleary here today – perfect for curling up with a book and a mug of tea all day! Or, in reality, for cleaning up the place and trying to get some work done and going grocery shopping and running other errands and blah! Dang reality, always getting in the way.

I’ve noticed that occasionally, I’ll hit upon accidental themes in my reading – not in subject matter, per se, but in incidental details, or cover color, or title. For example, three of my last five audiobooks have had the word “Fire” in the title: Fire, Catching Fire, and The Girl Who Played With Fire – plus I read On Fire’s Wings. Some latent pyrophilia expressing itself? Or maybe it’s winter and I was feeling cold? (Given my current TBR pile, though, I could only keep this up for one more book – Diana Wynne Jones’s Fire and Hemlock.)
There are also some amusing title trends in my TBR pile. I have three books: Mathematics and Sex by Clio Cresswell, The Mathematics of Love by Emma Darwin, and Mathematicians in Love by Rudy Rucker. All three were acquired at different times and are in three widely different genres (non-fiction, historical fiction, and sci-fi, respectively.) And yet, the titles are so similar that it feels strange not shelving them together. I’m thinking of trying to read all three during February to have my own little mini-challenge theme read. :)

What about you, readers? Ever notice your own incidental trends? Got any titles on your shelves that go together in amusing ways?

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11 Comments leave one →
  1. January 24, 2010 11:01 am

    I read 4 books this month where the characters names had something to do with the theme of the book:

    Penny Lane from The Lonely Hearts Club
    Grace Divine from The Dark Divine
    Claire Voyante from Dream Girl & Dream Life

    I am pretty sure all of them complained about not having a cell phone too.

  2. January 24, 2010 11:11 am

    I’ve never noticed incidental trends in my reading or my books, but it’s probably because I’m not observant enough. I love yours!

  3. January 24, 2010 12:17 pm

    I agree with bermudaonion, I’m probably not as observant with regards to the themes, although my “theme” for my past few reads has been non-fiction. Does that count? :)

    That’s pretty cool that you gravitated towards those books with similar titles and trends, though. Must be some kind of subconscious thing. Hmmm…Math? Won’t catch me reading anything with THAT in the title! LOL

  4. January 24, 2010 12:51 pm

    Unfortunately, I don’t think I am all that observant to notice themes like that in my books. But I love the fact that you do, and I really like the themes you found.

    I agree that sometimes reality is a buzz-kill. I would much rather be reading and drinking tea too. My chores consist of studying, laundry, grocery shopping, and the like as well. Not how I want to spend my Sunday!

  5. January 24, 2010 5:08 pm

    I’m never clever enough to subconsciously do themes. I’m just too much of a control freak to allow that! Funny thing, though, I’m listening to Graceling on CD in the kitchen while cleaning, because I have Fire on the ARC-alanche pile. Originally, I hadn’t thought it would matter since Fire‘s a prequel, but since it was right there on the shelf at the library, I decided what the hey. I have to admit it’s rather fun, and I’m liking Katsa a lot.

    • January 25, 2010 8:23 am

      TKAM – Yeah, I don’t think you *NEED* to read Graceling first, but it does help some, and it’s so good that why wouldn’t you? :) I hope you keep enjoying it!

  6. January 24, 2010 7:47 pm

    What interesting coincidences. I’ve noticed that I occasionally read two books in a row that have the same word in the title, like your mathematics theme… I Capture the Castle with Howl’s Moving Castle, A Map of the Known World with Marcelo in the Real World, and recently Good Omens followed by The Good Thief.

  7. January 24, 2010 11:17 pm

    What fun. I am definately going to have to pay more attention to this just to see if I can find an iteresting theme.

  8. January 24, 2010 11:22 pm

    I remember having the same thing while I was reading both Snow in August (Pete Hamill) and Feet of Clay (Terry Pratchett) years back. Both books deal with golems :)

    • January 27, 2010 11:28 am

      Lightheaded – Now you just need to read (or re-read) The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier & Clay and The Bartimaeus Trilogy and you’ll be all set!

      I’ve noticed three of my recent books have had random bits of Norse mythology tossed in, and for two of them, I had no idea that they were going to involve anything of the sort.

  9. January 27, 2010 12:41 pm

    I love random linkings and chance theme similarities. You comment about wanting to be warmed by fires, reminds me that I do not want to read books about cold weather when it’s cold outside. So, good for you – good choices.

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