Nonfiction November: Fact and Fiction Book Pairings

November 9, 2015 Uncategorized 45

Nonfiction November 2015It’s time for our second Nonfiction November discussion topic and it’s a good one! This week’s host is Leslie at Regular Ruminations and today we’re talking about book pairings.

Book Pairing: 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’ve had a post like this in mind for a while, so I’ve got a lot of suggestions! All of these pairs are connected by topic and with two exceptions, they’re books I’ve read. The exceptions are The Crucible, paired with The Witches based on a recommendation from Jennine at My Life in Books, and The Voyage of the Narwhal, paired with In the Kingdom of the Ice based on a review from Naomi at Consumed by Ink.

Fact or Fiction Book Pairings

What is your favorite nonfiction/fiction pairing?


45 Responses to “Nonfiction November: Fact and Fiction Book Pairings”

  1. Amanda

    I will have the Witches on my list for this weeks topic as well – even though I’m only 20 pages or so into it. I have been wanting to read Ship of Brides forever! I’m going to have to add GI Brides to my list to go with it.
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    • DoingDewey

      It’s definitely a book that lends itself well to fiction pairings! Ship of Brides wasn’t my favorite book by Moyes, but I really enjoy everything she writes 🙂

  2. Laura Roberts

    Ooh, I like the perfume book pairing you’ve got there! I haven’t read either, but I’m super interested in people who have signature scents and/or work in the perfume industry. Have you ever read “Perfume: The Story of a Murderer” by Patrick Suskind? It’s a super interesting book that pays great attention to the often overlooked details surrounding the sense of smell, by focusing on a character who both has a heightened sense of smell and who is, himself, peculiarly odorless.
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    • DoingDewey

      I’d not heard of Perfume: The Story of a Murderer before, but I’ll have to look it up. I think the science/chemistry aspect of perfume is really fascinating 🙂

  3. Lory @ Emerald City Book Review

    I love this topic — it’s so interesting to see how fiction can play with the same topics and themes as nonfiction. I paired Devil in the White City with Alias Grace, based on a real-life murder case. And I’ve been meaning to read The Voyage of the Narwhal, now I have yet another recommendation to notch up in its favor.
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    • DoingDewey

      I love that too! I think it’s fun to get the emotion of a situation from fiction and learn exactly what really happened from nonfiction on the same topic.

    • DoingDewey

      My tbr is growing out of control too! I love reading fiction and nonfiction on the same topics, so this week is particularly hard to resist 🙂

    • DoingDewey

      Thanks! I would guess there may be a more similar serial killer book out there, because I haven’t read very many, but what made me pair these is that they’re both about serial killers who are creepily likable.

    • DoingDewey

      Thanks! I ended up with so many this year because I’ve been keeping a list since last year and I’ll probably keep doing the same thing 🙂

    • DoingDewey

      The fact that I enjoyed The Kingdom of Ice so much is a big part of why I’m so excited to get to Voyage of the Narwhal. I think it would be fun to learn more about arctic exploration 🙂

  4. Kim

    Wow, this is great! I had to look a lot of these up as I had not heard of them…

    • DoingDewey

      Thanks Tara! I think I read The Monuments Men shortly after The Girl You Left Behind, so the connection of both to art looted during WWII really stood out to me.

    • DoingDewey

      Me too! I’ve actually been working on building a list since last year, because I think pairing books up is so much fun 🙂 I didn’t love the Count of Monte Cristo, but The Black Count is one of my favorite narrative nonfiction reads ever.

    • DoingDewey

      Black Count is one of my favorite narrative nonfiction reads, so I’d definitely recommend it to anyone who loves the Count of Monte Cristo 🙂

  5. iliana

    Oh these are great pairings! I keep hearing about The Devil in White City lately. Will have to add a lot of these to my TBR radar.

    • DoingDewey

      I’d been wanting to get to an Erik Larson book for a long time before picking up White City and it was just as entertaining as I had hoped! I would have liked slightly greater transparency about the bits the author was filling in without sources, but I’d still recommend it as a really fun read 🙂