This week’s topic is hosted by Liz of Adventures in Running, Reading, and Working from Home. And it’s my favorite!
Week 3 (11/13-11/17) Book Pairings: This week, pair up a nonfiction book with a fiction title. Maybe it’s a historical novel and the real history in a nonfiction version, or a memoir and a novel, or a fiction book you’ve read and you would like recommendations for background reading. You can be as creative as you like!
I always have fun with these pairings, because inevitably my fiction and nonfiction reading lists throw up some surprising correlations. Increasingly, these seem eerily serendipitous: some completely unexpected similarity crops up in books that I read in close succession. Here are a few examples from this year.
Preparing for death, with reference to the belief that when a person dies a window must be opened to let the soul fly out
- Nonfiction: Terry Pratchett: A Life in Footnotes by Rob Wilkins
- Fiction: Three Apples Fell from a Tree by Narine Abgaryan
A prince who trains as a killer and breaks with family tradition
- Nonfiction: Spare by Prince Harry
- Fiction: Pyramids by Terry Pratchett
Trekking through Iceland
- Nonfiction: The Wild Silence by Raynor Winn
- Fiction: Voyage au centre de la terre by Jules Verne
A person with locked-in syndrome
- Nonfiction: The Diving Bell and the Butterfly by Jean-Domninique Bauby
- Fiction: The Count of Monte Cristo by Alexandre Dumas (Bauby was actually planning a retelling of The Count of Monte Cristo when he was paralyzed by a stroke)
These are just some of the most striking connections I found this year. What were yours?