I try to plan out a variety of books to read within a given month. Then I choose books from that stack to read when I’m ready for something new. I am usually reading multiple books at a time, so I try to pick books that aren’t too similar. It can be tricky to keep the plots straight otherwise.
But sometimes my library holds come in earlier than expected. And I have to start the new book right away no matter what else I’m reading.
This happened to me recently.
I was reading The Truth According to Us and Go Set a Watchman was ready for me at the library. Because it was a 7-day book, I started it right away. But the similarities to The Truth According to Us made it hard to keep listening to that book in my car. So I put it on hold for a couple of days.
Both books are set in small towns in the past. There are flash backs in both books, so even though the time periods were different (1930s vs. 1950s), the time period of each books wasn’t entirely consistent. Each book had a character who was living with his sister as an adult. And each book had a young girl that was in love with her older brother’s best friend while they were growing up. Both books were literary fiction, so the writing style was similar as well.
I finished Go Set a Watchman pretty quickly and got back to The Truth According to Us, which I am still listening to in my car. But for a while there, it was very confusing.
Does this ever happen to you? How do you keep from reading two similar books at one time?
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