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A friend asked me before if I ever get confused with the worlds, characters and details of the books that I read and I said no. There are times when I pause while reading because something in there reminds me of past books that I’ve read. When the similarities are worth mentioning, I say something in my reviews (e.g. “recommended for fans of X and Y” or “if you liked A then you’ll probably like this” or “similar to B’s premise but better execution”). I think that while reading a certain book, I really dive into the story and when the worldbuilding is good, I can focus on that setting instead of recalling what was described in other books. I also like mixing up the genres that I read – after I finish reading a contemporary YA novel, I’ll pick up a fantasy or historical fiction novel next. It all depends on what I feel like reading at the moment but I try not to read books from the same genre consecutively because I have a feeling I’d get burned out that way. This way, I feel like the previous fantasy world that I read will fade in my mind before I start on a new one.
What about the rest of you, does reading a lot of fiction books, especially fantasy ones which are set in different worlds, ever confuse you as a reader? Do you mix up the genres that you read so you won’t get confused?