Non-fiction November – Book Pairings

I’m not a huge reader of non-fiction but my book shelves reveal my weaknesses – books about genetics, pop-science, the Art Deco era, and memoirs (am I allowed to count them as non-fiction?) make up the bulk of my non-fiction reading.

On the strength of that (and a little belatedly), I have decided to take part in Nonfiction November (spotted at JulzReads and Sarah’s Book Shelves).

This week’s non-fiction topic is ‘book pairings’ – pair a non-fiction title with a fiction title.

Swimming and relationships – Swimming Studies by Leanne Shapton and Swimming Lessons by Claire Fuller

Genetics, what we ‘feel’ at a cellular level and relationships – The Red Queen: Sex and the Evolution of Human Nature by Matt Ridley and The Heart Broke In by James Meek

The 80s and what we learnt – Life Moves Pretty Fast by Hadley Freeman and The Rules of Attraction by Bret Easton Ellis

The perils of social media – So You’ve Been Publicly Shamed by Jon Ronson and Asking For It by Louise O’Neill

Food and relationships – Consuming Passions by Michael Lee West and Kitchens of the Great Midwest by J. Ryan Stradal

New York and relationships – I Was Told There’d Be Cake by Sloane Crosley and Sex and the City by Candace Bushnell

30 responses

  1. Very good Kate, not an easy task. I looked at my bookshelves and came up with the following: Mateship With Birds by Carrie Tiffany and The Field Guide to the Birds of Australia; Bush studies by Barbara Baynton and The Bush by Don Watson; An Author Hit the Dust by Arthur Upfield and On Writing by Stephen King; and finally Tirra Lirra by the River by Jessica Anderson and The River by Eric Rolls

    • Love your Mateship with Birds pairing (I thought that book was brilliant). I did also think about Murray Bail’s Eucalyptus with my two-volume set of Eucalyptus guides by Stan Kelly.

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    • Well that’s a good one to know Bill because I just couldn’t get through Hawking’s book. The beginning of each chapter was brilliant and engaging and then somewhere halfway through I would drift off… I once read that the book is the bestseller with the highest DNF rate 😀 Perhaps I just head straight to Cixin Liu?!

  3. I’m the same – don’t really read NF but have *so^ many NF books in the TBR. I’m trying to do German Lit Month for November but I will bear this in mind for next year!

    Great pairings – I really want to read the Ronson.

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