A few years ago, I picked up The Particular Sadness of Lemon Cake which is a story about a young girl who can sense people’s feelings when she eats the food they make.*
The very next book I read was Savvy, which is a story about a young girl who can read people’s minds, if they have tattoos that can talk. What? I don’t even know anymore. It was a few years ago. It’s all a blur.
I think I may have even talked about this weird coincidence. I didn’t plan to read two books about little girls who can read minds/feelings in a row. It just happened.
And lately, stuff like that has been happening more and more in the books I’m reading. Like, late last year I started reading Enchantment by Orson Scott Card and listening to Shogun by James Clavell. I basically started reading/listening to these two books at the same time, and for the first hundred pages or so, it was like they were the same book. Except one took place in a dark ages Russia and one took place in feudal Japan. And one had time travel and fairy tales and the other had a lot of seppuku.
THE POINT IS both main characters were extraordinary men who were forced in to a foreign environment, they both immediately caught the attention of the local rulers and both were ostracized for their foreignness. And they both had to immediately start learning customs and language differences to survive. AND priests/religion play a huge, evil role in both books.
And, in the space of one day, I read the word “tonsured” in Enchantment (I remembered the word because I had to look it up) and heard it in Shogun. Like, how often to you come across the word “tonsured”? And no, I’m not going to give you the link to the wikipedia page! Go look it up yourself!
Okfine, here it is.
After that though, the books diverge in topic pretty drastically. But. Come one, that’s weird, right?
I’ll update you more as these weird similarities pop up.
So, on Friday, I took this super awesome selfie and I had to share it here for two reasons:
1) I’m really proud of how off my rocker I look here. That’s my best Crazy Eye there, just for you.
2) It’s actually for a project that I’m going to tell you all about very soon. I’m hoping to talk about it more next week, but for now I’ll just leave you with this:
* The Particular Sadness of Lemon Cake is also highly reminiscent of that super cheezy guilty pleasure of a movie Simply Irresistible – the one where Sarah Michelle Gellar gets crabs I MEAN BUYS CRABS AT THE FARMER’S MARKET and one casts a spell on her and she becomes a Food Witch and she can make people feel Feelings through the dishes she creates. Like that, but backwards. And written by Aimee Bender, so it’s a lot sadder (hence the title). With a lot less Sean Patrick Flanery.
What? You didn’t watch that movie on repeat in your dorm room with your roommates binging on Pop Tarts wondering why you’re single? ME NEITHER OK. Get off it already.