Nonficion November: Book Pairing

November 7, 2022 Uncategorized 23

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.

23 Responses to “Nonficion November: Book Pairing”

    • DoingDewey

      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.

    • DoingDewey

      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!

  1. Angela

    Oh, these are so fantastic! I haven’t read Ali Hazelwood, but it’s really cool to see a romance paired with a nonfiction.

    • DoingDewey

      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.

  2. Bella

    Great pairings. Not heard these books they do sound interesting. I think the two books about women appeal to me the most.

    • DoingDewey

      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 🙂

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