It’s time for that classic Nonfiction November prompt – the book pairing! Our host this week is Rennie at What’s Nonfiction, so if you post some book pairings, be sure to go share it in the link-up on her blog. In the past, we’ve typically focused the book pairing on a fiction/nonfiction recommendation, but this year, Rennie is broadening our horizons with some other suggestions for a pairing.
Book Pairing :This week, pair up a nonfiction book with a fiction title (or another nonfiction!). 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. Or pair a book with a podcast, film or documentary, TV show, etc. on the same topic or stories that pair together.
The People Behind the Science
My first pairing is of Hope Jahren’s memoir Lab Girl, about her work studying trees, with Love on the Brain, an enemies-to-lovers romance featuring two scientists. Hope Jahren’s book doesn’t include any element of romance, although it does focus on her close friendship with her research partner, Bill. What these books do have in common though, is that both show the personal struggles and ambitions that come with being a scientist – perhaps with a bit of added drama in the fiction!
Women in Film
My second pairing is from the reading on women in film that I did earlier this year. The Animators is the story of two women who work together as indie film makers for decades before suddenly making it big. The Wrong Kind of Women was a perfect pairing with this book because it shows the structural barriers and technological developments that make it more likely women will have careers outside of the big studios.
Excellent pairings, well done!
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Stephanie @ Bookfever
Lab Girl sounds great! And I read Love on the Brain not too long ago. I really enjoyed it!
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My whole book club really loved Lab Girl, so I hope you will too! And I’m glad you’ve already read and enjoyed Love on the Brain. It was so fun to have a romance with scientists protagonists 🙂
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Great pairings on such interesting topics! I got a copy of Lab Girl at a library giveaway a few months ago, so I hope I can finally knock that one off my reading list. Glad to hear you enjoyed it so much!
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Thanks Rennie! I’m really excited for you to read Lab Girl. It definitely lived up to the hype for me and it seemed like everyone in my book club liked it too.
Fun pairings! I hope to read Love on the Brain this month.
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Oh awesome! I look forward to hearing what you think of it 🙂
Shelleyrae @ Book’d Out
Thanks for sharing your pairings, both Lab Girl and Love on the Brain are on my TBR.
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Yay! I hope you enjoy them both as much as I did 🙂
Lory @ Entering the Enchanted Castle
I like the idea of career field pairings. Reminds me I’ve been meaning to read Lab Girl since whatever NFN it was when it came out …
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Ooh, yes, it would be fun to a bunch based on profession! I’m sure I still have TBR books from the NFNs of years past as well. I’m just not very good at actually consulting my goodreads list when I’m deciding what to read next!
Oh, these are so fantastic! I haven’t read Ali Hazelwood, but it’s really cool to see a romance paired with a nonfiction.
I was excited to be able to make a romance/nonfiction pairing! I think I’ve done a regency romance with a book on etiquette of that time period for a previous pairing and I guess most historical romances could be paired, but it’s not a genre I’ve included in these posts very often.
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Jenna @ Falling Letters
This is a fun way to match up books! I think every post I’ve read for this week so far has done it differently – love the variety.
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Thanks Jenna! I really love the variety in people’s responses this week too.
Kate @ booksaremyfavouriteandbest
I’ll be looking up The Lab Girl, thanks.
It’s a great read! I hope you enjoy it as much as I did 🙂
Great pairings. Not heard these books they do sound interesting. I think the two books about women appeal to me the most.
The nonfiction from that pairing will definitely be making my list of favorite reads this year. The fiction wasn’t a great fit for me, but it was well done. I hope you enjoy them both if you pick them up 🙂
Ooh – I love the Lab Girl pairing! I have read both of these book and they are a perfect match.
Thanks Molly! I’m glad you also think they’re a good fit 🙂