Jarring

You know how some people spend a lot of time on playlists (the same type of people who used to spend a lot of time on mix tapes)? They want to get the right songs in the right order because it matters.  There’s a scene in High Fidelity (book and movie) where the main character talks about that.

I have never been that kind of person, and it shows most blatantly in my book choices.  Occasionally I’ll pick a book because I’m looking for a certain kind of experience (one year, I timed it so that I would be reading a book by Robin McKinley on my birthday because I knew I would love it and I wanted to be reading something I’d love on my birthday), but that choice (or any other book choice I make) almost never has anything to do with the book I just finished.  It leads to some pretty abrupt transitions.

Case in point: today, I finished a light and lovely book about two girls making their debuts in society in Regency England.  A few hours later, I started book 5 in a series about an alien invasion and the soldiers who have to fight them in space.

Keeps me on my toes.

6 Comments

  1. But Thomas the Train is pretty cool. 😉 First, we just rewatched High Fidelity because we love that movie so much. I think of it whenever I see patchouli-scented anything. Never knew there was a book first!

    I find that when I read a heavy book, I need to follow it up with what I call a palate cleanser–something light. Sophie Kinsella has been my go-to for the cleansers. 🙂 Would probably make a horrible playlist. 😉

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