Welcome to the second week of Nonfiction November! I’m super excited to be your host this week for the Fiction/Nonfiction Book Pairing prompt. This is always such a fun one. You can link-up your pairings at the bottom of this post. The full prompt this week is:
Fiction/Nonfiction 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 actually been focused enough on nonfiction this year that I had a hard time with this one! I think I’ve read a lot of nonfiction for which good fiction pairings exist, but I’ve stuck with two where I’ve read both parts of the pair.
Creative WWII Resistance Fighters
I’m happy to be able to include these two books here, because both were really well done! The author of the Raul Wallenberg story did a great job showing the risks Wallenberg took using bureaucratic means to stymie the Nazis in their attempts to deport Jews from Hungary. It was a creative way of fighting back and took incredible bravery from every participating member of the Swedish embassy staff. For that reason, I think it pairs well with the fictional story in The Ventriloquists, where a small band of resistance fighters use a fake newspaper to fight back against the Nazis. Both stories involved unique modes of resistance that required participants to risk everything to stand up for their beliefs. The beautiful writing in The Ventriloquists made it one of my favorite reads of the year.
Pairing this iconic Bronte biography with one of her books is a bit obvious, but I think it pairs particularly well with this specific book of hers. The biography is amazing. It’s so detailed and gave me a lot of insight into the way Bronte’s life informed her fiction. Villette was the book of Bronte’s that felt the bleakest to me and I found that all the more moving for knowing that it was inspired by tragic events in the author’s life.
them both up; you know you want to!
Instagram Challenge and Discussion Link-Up
Thank you all for joining us for another year of Nonfiction November! Don’t forget to link-up your discussion prompt responses and nonfiction reviews with below. You can also join Jaymi at The OC Book Girl for the Instragram challenge every day. The hashtag there and on twitter is #NonficNov.