It's week 2 of Nonfiction November!
This week's host is Leslie over at Regular Rumination, so please stop by! Here's the prompt for the week:
For the second week of Nonfiction November, we are discussing Book Pairings. The original intention of this week’s theme was put together a fiction book and a nonfiction book that go well together. If you decide to pair two nonfiction books together, that works too! It could be two (or more!) books you’ve read, one book you’ve read and one you have not, or two books that you’ve added to your TBR and want to read that you think will complement and inform each other.
What a fun topic! I thought it would be hard to come up with many appropriate pairings, but instead I ended up with quite the list!:
Packing for Mars by Mary Roach, and The Martian by Andy Weir
I read the Roach book after The Martian, and I found myself constantly thinking about the fiction novel while I was reading about how the real-life astronauts prepare for space. They compliment each other perfectly!
The Residence by Kate Andersen Brower, and American Wife by Curtis Sittenfeld
Real-life descriptions of life in the White House, vs. a fictional story about a modern day First Lady (though it is very obviously based upon Laura Bush).
Expecting Better by Emily Oster, and A Bump in the Road by Maureen Lipinski
A nonfiction book with a unique twist on pregnancy do's and don'ts, and a funny fiction novel about a woman's unexpected first pregnancy (and all the hazards that go along with it). Pregnancy requires a sense of humor, that's for sure!
My Life by Bill Clinton, and Primary Colors by Anonymous/Joe Klein
I patted myself on the back for this one. That's just funny, y'all.
Marley & Me by John Grogan, and The Art of Racing in the Rain by Garth Stein
Both of these are stories about dogs that made me cry big baby tears. One is true and one is not. Both are amazing!
Night by Elie Wiesel, and The Storyteller by Jodi Picoult
Or, substitute the Picoult novel for any heart-wrenching fictional depiction of life in the concentration camps. Some heavy reading material here.
What are some fiction and nonfiction marriages that you'd like to put together?