Rolling – Booking Through Thursday (on Friday)

Rolling November 29, 2007

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Do you get on a roll when you read, so that one book leads to the next, which leads to the next, and so on and so on?

I don’t so much mean something like reading a series from beginning to end, but, say, a string of books that all take place in Paris. Or that have anthropologists as the main character. Or were written in the same year. Something like that… Something that strings them together in your head, and yet, otherwise could be different genres, different authors…

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I don’t consciously do this.  Usually after finishing a book, especially a powerful one, I like to read something vastly different.  If I really like an author or get wildly interested in the subject matter, I will seek out other books for future reading, but typically I won’t read them back to back.  I think I need to have that separation of genre, setting, time or place in order to fully appreciate what I’ve read.  If I read too many similar books in a row, they all sort of blur together in my mind into one large indistinguishable lump.  Books should stand alone, not be mentally lumped together.

That said, sometimes it happens without a conscious effort.  Last winter I went through a dysfuntional family/social services phase where I read “The Glass Castle” followed by “Like Family” followed by “Me and Emma” (which I bought for the cover, because it reminded me of my sister as a little girl).  All good books, but it was emotionally exhausting!  I was sooooo ready for something lighthearted after that Sucky Family reading fest.  And I’m sure having read them in quick succession caused me to mix up the details of these three books.

I just finished We Need to Talk About Kevin last night.  Holy crap, it was intense!  I definitely need something a bit more cheery for my next read.  Something that won’t cause me to lose sleep.

What about you.. do you get on a roll?  Or, like me, do you prefer a story to stand alone?
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