In lieu of list for today, I wanted to start a discussion about one of the weirdest and coolest occurrences in my reading experience: similarities between the books inread. Now, when I say this, I'm not talking about going on a specific reading kick, like going through a I'm-only-reading-[insert author here]'s-books-until-I-finish-them-all phase or getting sucked into one genre. We've all been down both roads. What I'm talking about is my reading Kiersten White's Mind Games immediately followed by Emily Giffin's Where We Belong and realizing both are set in Chicago AND St. Louis. Coinkydink? Could be because I had no idea going into them plus they're in completely different genres: one is a sci-fi-ish thriller of a ya novel, the other an adult contemporary chick lit. And that's not all. I actually became aware of this odd phenomenon last sumer when I read three novels in a row set in New Orleans without knowing ahead of time, followed by two novels featuring a character named Cam. Weird, huh? Yeah, I think so. Anyone else have an experience similar to mine?