Yet, not really. One of the pleasures of reading is discovering how frequently something you read about in a novel connects to the next novel, or an event in the news, or even how a specific location or name will occur in three novels in a row.
Often for me, it will be because I'm drawn to a particular time period, and logically, there will be repeated references to real persons or events.
But sometimes, this synchronicity will occur in unusual ways like checking out ten books from the library and three of them mention Nova Scotia when there is no outward indication that would occur. Or within a week or two, reading several books that use the same quote--in dialogue or as a chapter heading.
Or in this case, I read a book that mentions something that interests me, and the next day find a letter from an Argentinian grandfather to a missing granddaughter and discover that, against great odds, they have been reunited. Every reader has experienced these coincidences and appreciates them--even knowing that the more you read, the more likely you are to encounter this kind of coincidence.
What I'm reading:
Lights Out: A Cyber Attack, A Nation Unprepared, Surviving the Aftermath by Ted Koppel--a truly frightening, well-researched, and (mostly) easily understood book for the layperson about the vulnerability of the electric grid. Interesting interview with Ted Koppel. Another interview here. I'm 37% through with the book and am impressed with its readability. This was (still is?) a NetGalley offering.
Learned Optimism -- Another nonfiction work that I've been reading (I read nonfiction at a much slower rate and with more frequent breaks) is Martin Seligman's book about how influential our personal narratives are in influencing our behavior. His initial research into depression led to the discovery of learned helplessness, and eventually, to how to make changes with positive results.
While I knew I would be interested in this book based on the books about educating our children that mention it, what has surprised and to large degree resulted in denial, then pondering, then accepting --elements concerning my own behavior. The breaks I'm taking with this book are even longer than the breaks I normally take from nonfiction because digesting the personal elements I confront keep me busy thinking and rethinking.
My first response was "I love how this clarifies and makes real what is actually common sense." However, when the book began producing some personal revelations, I have to admit that
I was reading the book to gain further understanding about why some children succeed and others don't (in relation to the books about education and learning), I did not expect to discover anything really new about myself. I'm glad I purchased this one and that I can actually turn the pages, and eventually, add it to my nonfiction shelf for future reference.
Anyway, both of these books have required me to put them down and read escapism or work on Halloween Eccentrics while letting information ferment.
You can see some of my Halloween creations over at my other blog. :) I love Halloween!
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