Can I make a topic suggestion? Books that sound like one thing, but are actually another? Or maybe books with identical or very similar titles? I've read 2 books called A Kiss at Midnight this year, one was a fairy tale, one was vampire angst. Fortunately, I'm a fan of both, but not everyone is.
Another example – my retired banker uncle recently planned a trip to Savannah. Someone suggested he read Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil, which is set in Savannah. So he got online, but instead of buying Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil, bought Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evie. I believe the latter is set in Oregon.
He read the whole thing, acknowledged later that there had been more sex in the book than he had expected, and spent the entire book wondering when the setting was going to shift to Savannah, and how this book got shortlisted for a Pulitzer.
He finished it, and this a man who maybe reads 2 novels a year, so that's saying something. You're far more likely to find old copies of The Economist on his bedside table than a book…unless it's maybe a collection of Churchill's letters to Roosevelt during WWII. Yeah, he's that kind of uncle.
Punny homage titles are pretty familiar to most of us by now, with books like What an Earl Wants being used twice now. And it can be pretty easy to tell the difference between two books when you see the covers,but it's a little harder to differentiate if you're looking at a tiny line of text on a digital reader screen – which is where a lot of my accidental buying mistakes happen. Thank heavens for Amazon's very relaxed digital book return policy.
Has this happened to you? Have you bought a book by mistake because of a similar title? Does seeing titles reused confuse you at all?
And here's the REAL question: What do you think is the most commonly re-used romance title?