I love to have a good pile of unread library books in my home. When I get onto the last book in the pile I start getting panicky in case I run out, because there is nothing worse than having nothing to read. Luckily I'm only a block away from my library so I'm there most weekends stocking up. This is the stack from my last library visit.
I find quite often when I'm at the library, I'll pick up a book which is about, say, a female private detective in Victorian London. Then I'll be randomly browsing and I pick up another book which is also about a woman in Victorian London. Or it might be two books about people who run away to join the circus. I'm not talking about when you consciously go browse the Historical Fiction section, just the random picking up of books that are uncannily similar!
I did that this time with The Aloha Quilt by Jennifer Chiaverini, which is about a woman divorcing her husband who goes to Hawaii to escape the stress. The next book I picked up was Honolulu by Alan Bennett, about a Korean picture bride who travels to Hawaii to marry. And then there was Twice Promised by Maggie Brendan, which is also about mail order brides. (I have yet to discover if they end up in Hawaii.)
I also got The Last Continent by Terry Pratchett (it's so rare to find a Discworld book I haven't read already), The Last Time I Saw You by Elizabeth Berg, and Hers: Design With a Feminine Touch by Josephine de Montravel.
So, that's me set for the next week or two. What about you, have you ever had this funny thing happen of finding similar books (almost as if the library was trying to give you books it knows you'll like??)