Reading Oddities – Part 2


Last spring I talked about how reading themes tend to cross themselves. I’ve had that happen again and it was very unexpected.

At work I am listening to The Battle of the Labyrinth by Rick Riordan. It’s a fun, adventurous children’s novel in a series about the Olympic gods in the current day. It’s an easy read that I can listen to while working. Its main theme is the Greek Labyrinth including the Minotaur and Daedalus.

In the car I’m listening to Middlesex by Jeffrey Eugenides. The narrator, Cal, is a hermaphrodite who tells his family’s story from the early 1900’s in Greece to Detroit. There is an important scene with the early years of Cal’s grandparents that includes a play featuring the Labyrinth and the Minotaur.

The two books are very different. But you know that from now on the two books will be tied together in my head.