Sunday, January 3, 2010

BLOGGING: Question?

Am I the only one with this problem? Continually mixing up two dissimilar books or authors, to the point I am a little shocked when I realize there are two different books or authors? Here are a few that come to my mind immediately. Having read none of these books, but seeing them on book lists, keeps me from having a sweet clue on the difference.

Books and Authors I Get Mixed Up For No Good Reason:

Kate Morton's The House at Riverton and

Kate Grenville's The Secret River

Obviously, the Kate's and both containing River have contributed to this problem

The Sweetness at the Bottom of the Pie by Alan Bradley and

Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet by Jamie Ford

Both with Sweet, and similar B words (bitter, bottom) and really long titles, and plain Anglo-Saxon names by the author.

The Inheritance of Loss by Kiran Kesai and

Unaccustomed Earth by Jhumpa Lahiri

Indian women names, and long vowel beginning words in the title.

Do you have books or authors you get mixed up?


  1. Yes. There are a few that I have the same problem with, but I can't think of them at the moment!

  2. Oh, God, I so do this. With the "sweet" set for sure (though I've got these sorted out now), and I can't think of any others. But I do it all the time, with authors as well when they have similar names.

  3. I've thought of one - I get Paulo Coehlo and Italo Calvino mixed up. No excuse for it, their names are hardly similar at all. I expect once I read something by Calvino, the problem will solve itself (she said optimistically).

  4. kailana - that's because you still think they are just one person! You'll never remember them until you realize they are actually 2.

    jenny - I can see the Coehlo and Calvino mix up. I've read one of each and certainly you won't have that problem once you've read one. I think I prefer Calvino, but they are fairly equal.

  5. I don't get any of the ones you mention mixed up, but I do know I have mixed up several in the past. I always get confused between Zadie Smith and Monica Ali, forgetting who wrote which book. I think the main problem was that I didn't know they were two different authors until last year, so now struggle to remember who wrote what.

    They don't sound similar - just two women from the Booker lists and for some reason I combined them in my head!

  6. I get the second set mixed up all the time. LOL

  7. FOr me it's Zadie Smith and Zoe Heller, also. I conflate the two all the time. I am sitting here trying to remember if they really are different people anyway...

  8. I get those last two confused all the time, to the point that I am SURE it's the same author.

  9. I have done that with Kate Morton & Kate Grenville, too! Which is bizarre as The Secret River is one of my favorite books EVER. I think I have done it with another Kate, too, about some garden book...?


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