I had a discombobulating experience last night while reading in bed. I normally have several books on the go at any one time and am currently enjoying a French crime novel and the second part of a fantasy trilogy. Sophie Hénaff's first novel The Awkward Squad is entertaining and very Gallic, featuring a group of mismatched, rogue detectives, who've been given one last chance to redeem themselves by solving cold cases. One of the detectives is an avid reader, and the book he's reading is Royal Assassin by Robin Hobb—which is the other novel I'm currently enjoying! I normally like it when novelists have their characters read books or listen to music that I'm unfamiliar with, and I've gone on to enjoy their choices, but this felt weird! It's simply coincidence, of course, though it made me wonder if there were other commonalities to do with reading preferences—would Robin Hobb like Sophie Hénaff's novel? What does it say about me, that I like both? In an ideal world, a fictional character in another writer's novel would be reading one of my books! Have any of you had any spooky reading experiences?