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A Bookish Synchronicity – Could It Be More Than A Coincidence?

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I want to share with you a ‘synchronicity’ that happened to me yesterday. For background, I am a believer in the Law of Attraction, and in angels. I believe that these things are very closely interlinked, if not different ways of looking at the same thing.

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Before this synchronicity happened, I had just finished reading a book called ‘An Angel by my Side’ by Jacky Newcomb. As you can guess from the title, this book is all about angels. It is full of accounts of people’s experiences with seeing, hearing or being helped by angels in some way. As a side note, I recommend this book!

Angels were very much on my mind after finishing this book, and I wondered whether I would ever have an experience like the ones I had read about.

My TBR jar

Several weeks ago, I made a TBR (To be read) jar to help me choose my next book to read. I saw the idea on a blog post but unfortunately, I can’t remember who’s it was! Anyway, I wrote down all the books I want to read on slips of paper, folded them and put them in the jar.

I made a separate TBR jar for the physical books that I currently own. I want to read these books first so that I can declutter them from my room because I have too many books building up! This jar ended up with around 50 slips of paper in it.

My TBR jar for the physical books I currently own - a plastic jar filled with slips of yellow paper.
My TBR jar for the physical books I currently own

Choosing my next book to read

Yesterday was the first time I used my TBR jar to pick my next book to read. The first book I picked out was a Christmas themed book, so I decided to save that one for the winter and pick again.

Just before I picked out another book, my friend messaged me to ask what I was doing. I replied that I had been reading and was just picking what to read next. He asked me, ‘What are the choices?’ so I replied by sending him two photos of my bookshelves, which contained the 50 or so books that were in the jar. He replied saying that I should read, ‘The Way We Were’ by Elizabeth Noble.

A bookcase full of books, partially covered by a plant.
The first photo I sent to my friend. You can see ‘The Way We Were’ in the bottom left hand corner.
Another bookcase full of books, with many plants covering it.
The second photo I sent to my friend. You can actually hardly see the books because my plants have gone a little crazy!

A small part of me was annoyed that my friend had suggested a book because I felt I should go with his suggestion, but I had been looking forward to picking one from the jar. I decided to pick one from the jar anyway and see what came up. Then I could decide which of the two to read.

The thought crossed my mind that it would be cool if I picked the same book that my friend had suggested. Maybe that would mean I am supposed to read it! But I doubted that it would happen because there were around 50 books to choose from, so it was unlikely.

Which book did I pick?

Before picking another book from the jar, I felt I should give it a good shake, so I did. Then, I opened it and reached in. I picked up two pieces of folded paper that were tangled together. I got hold of one and tried to flick the other one off but it wasn’t coming off. So, I thought, maybe I was meant to pick the other one. I got hold of the other piece of paper, and the first one dropped off easily.

When I opened the slip of paper, I couldn’t believe my eyes. It was ‘The Way We Were’ by Elizabeth Noble – the exact book that my friend had suggested! I sat there open-mouthed for a few moments, before excitedly telling my friend what had happened. Needless to say, I will definitely be reading this book next!

A slip of paper reading 'Elizabeth Noble The Way We Were'
I took this photo of the slip of paper after I unfolded it.

A coincidence? Or was it meant to be?

I will never know the answer to these questions, but I do wonder:

  • If I hadn’t spoken to my friend before picking another book out the jar, would I still have picked that book?
  • Was it purely a coincidence, or did the Law of Attraction cause me to pick that book out the jar because my friend had picked it?
  • Did angels make sure I picked that particular book, by getting me to shake the jar, and making the first piece of paper difficult to untangle?
  • Were angels making me aware of their presence, after having read a book about angels?
  • Am I meant to read this book, and was that decided before my friend suggested it?
  • Will the book have special meaning to me?

What do you think? Do you believe in the Law of Attraction and/or angels, or do you think this was most likely just a coincidence? Have you ever had a similar experience or synchronicity? Let me know in the comments!

Have you read ‘The Way We Were’?

Paperback copy of 'The Way We Were' by Elizabeth Noble

I picked up ‘The Way We Were’ a couple of years ago in a charity shop when I had a phase of buying lots of second-hand books. I don’t know much about the book, other than that it is a romantic novel. Have you read this book? What did you think of it? I would love to hear your view on it in the comments.

I am curious to see if any further synchronicities happen in relation to this book. If they do, I will write a follow-up post!

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  1. Oh wow that’s amazing that your friend suggested the book & then you picked it from your TBR jar! I definitely think you’re meant to be reading this book at this point in time in your life!

    1. Sophie Harriet says:

      It was amazing and it felt too unlikely to have been a coincidence! I am about halfway through the book now and it’s really good.

  2. Oh I love things like this and considering why things happen in the sometimes unusual way that they do! You were definitely meant to read this book so I hope it’s a good one!
    Soph – x

    1. Sophie Harriet says:

      I also love things like this! I am about halfway through the book now and I’m enjoying it so far x

  3. I don’t know much about the law of attraction or angels but I sometimes believe that it’s meant to be. I also experienced something similar but with food. There were times when I am really craving for a certain dish and when I got home, it is our meal. It didn’t only happen once but a lot of times already. I was surprised and I don’t really know what to think haha

    1. Sophie Harriet says:

      That’s so interesting to hear your experience with craving a certain dish and it being your meal! I don’t think that’s happened to me before. It seems like it might be more than a coincidence if it happened a lot of times! Maybe you can test it out by thinking about the meal you want every day.

  4. I love this post so much! Your bookshelf looks so amazing! I love the plants! <3

    And oh, I have nominated you for the Sunshine Blogger Award. If you are an award-free blog, it's totally okay not to do it! But if you choose to participate, here's the link:

    1. Sophie Harriet says:

      I’m so glad you enjoyed the post! I am a bit obsessed with plants, haha, they are taking over my room! 🌿
      Thank you so much for nominating me for the Sunshine Blogger Award! I’ve been nominated for that award before but I may do another post so that I can answer your questions 😊

  5. Ash says:

    Hello Sophie. I nominated you to do the 10 of my favorite feelings tag.

    1. Sophie Harriet says:

      Hello Ash, thank you so much for nominating me!

  6. Love the concept of the TBR jar! I’m awful for having a scattergun approach for what to read next and ending up with 5 books on the go at once, so I might need to give this a go! Thanks for sharing!

    1. Sophie Harriet says:

      I am loving my TBR jar – as soon as I read about the concept, I had to make one! It’s so much fun and it adds an element of surprise to picking my next book.

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