Welcome to week 3 of Nonfiction November! We’re celebrating nonfiction this week with one a previous favorite topic – nonfiction and fiction book pairings. Sarah at Sarah’s Bookshelves is hosting the link-up this week and our prompt is the following:
This week, pair up a nonfiction book with a fiction title. It can be a “If you loved this book, read this!” or just two titles that you think would go well together. Maybe it’s a historical novel and you’d like to get the real history by reading a nonfiction version of the story.
I did a pretty long list of fiction/nonfiction pairings last year, so I’ve only got two new ones to add.
Last year, one of our Nonfiction November read-alongs was Cleopatra by Stacy Schiff, which I think was close to universally enjoyed. I’d definitely recommended it! The book I’ve paired it with, Cleopatra’s Shadow was some of the first fiction I’d read about this time period and it was a fascinatingly different perspective on Cleopatra. It presented a pretty stark, brutal reality, but I very much enjoyed getting to see the role Cleopatra and her sisters (may have) played in events at the time.
I have to admit that I’ve not yet gotten to the nonfiction half of this pair, but the internet assures me that The Girls of Atomic City is well worth a read. I also did not completely enjoy reading The Atomic Weight of Love, mostly because it was depressing at a time when I needed something more inspiring. However, I once again loved learning about women in history. In this case, it was also learning about women in science – definitely something I’d like to do more of. So, while I didn’t love reading this book, I thought it was objectively very good and I think I might even enjoy it more if I read it again.
Don’t forget – if you have a nonfiction/fiction book pairing to recommend, Sarah’s got the link-up this week.