Monday, November 9, 2020

Nonfiction November: Week 2: Book Pairing

This is the second week of Nonfiction November which is hosted by Katie of Doing Dewey, along with Julz of Julz Reads, Rennie of What’s Nonfiction, and Leann of Shelf Aware.

If you'd like to participate, you can create a post and link it here.

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.

Here are the books I've thought of pairing:

I just finished this lovely read about a young woman who attempts suicide and discovers reasons to want to live.
We can say that the protagonist in The Midnight Library has cheated death, hence the reason I paired it with this book that I've had on my bookshelf and have been wanting to read since it was first published.

A dual-timeline historical novel about the creation of one of Leonardo da Vinci's most famous paintings, Portrait of a Lady with an Ermine, and the woman who fought to save it from Nazi destruction during World War II with the help of an American soldier who was part of the famed Monuments Men team.
I want to know more about these Monuments Men because I love this part of art history.

Laura Morelli transports us to Italy, this time to medieval Florence where Michelangelo sets to create the splendid David sculpture.
The Giant got me so curious about Michelangelo that I went digging for this biography that the author himself sent me a few years beck.

This novel is set in 1967 Tibet as the Cultural Revolution is seeping across China. I've been wanting to read it from the moment I read the book's description.
This travel memoir is on my TBR list for December, a story of a father who decides to take his family on a trek to the Himalayas and the gems of wisdom they've learned from their experience.

I found this to be an enlightening and timely read. It made me want to learn more about desegregation in the US school system.
So I thought I'd pair it up with this book that caught my eye when I was doing research on school desegregation.

What did you think of my book pairings? Have you read any of these books? 

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  1. I listen to Sanjay Gupta most every day lately on his podcast about the coronavirus. I love his soothing tone, so I'm guessing I would like his book too! I didn't know he had one, so thanks for sharing this pairing.

  2. You're the second person to pair up Midnight Library. I am totally checking out Blue Sky Kingdom. Thanks!

  3. These all look so interesting and I have seen any of them elsewhere, yet! I love stories about artists so The Giant and the Michelangelo biography especially intrigue me.

    1. I love stories about art too. I hope you get to read both books!

  4. I love your pairings so much. You make me want to read all of these!

  5. Ooh, the Monuments Men pairing sounds so interesting!

  6. Interesting pairings, thanks for sharing them. The Midnight Library is on my WTR list and I’ll be adding Cheating Death I think.

  7. Wow these all look pretty amazing, especially Blue Sky Kingdom. Thanks for sharing!

  8. Nice, these are original. Funny, I just saw The Midnight Library paired with another book.
    I enjoyed The Monuments Men movie, but haven't read the book.
    Mine are here:

  9. Great pairings! I haven't read any of the books, but am now intrigued.

  10. wonderful post and some great looking books. hope you enjoy them all
    sherry @ fundinmental

  11. Your pairing with Midnight Library is excellent.

  12. Some very good pairings here! The Monuments Men has been on my list ever since that movie. I should pick that one up soon. I also love your last pair - will check out both the books.

  13. I think your book pairings are done magnificently. Great job! I've just added The night portrait to my TBR list. It sounds so good and I would love to read more about the events.

    I will mark Non-fiction November for next year. This really seems like so much fun.

    Elza Reads


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