Monday, 5 November 2018

Nonfiction November | Pairing Nonfiction & Fiction Titles


Throughout the month of November I'm taking part in the bookish event of Nonfiction November - a month dedicated to, and encouraging the reading of, nonfiction titles.

There are a number of content creators who hosts events surrounding this initiative to promote nonfiction in the month of November, and I'm combining (& taking part in) two. One of which is hosted on YouTube by booktuber abookolive - I have compiled my TBR using her challenges. Secondly, I'm taking part in an event hosted here in the book blogging community by five wonderful bloggers - Katie at Doing DeweyRennie at What's Nonfiction?Julie at JulzReadsKim at Sophisticated Dorkiness and Sarah at Sarah's Book Shelves. Each week I will be sharing a new post that relates to the topic of nonfiction books, with post prompts being provided by those five bloggers I've mentioned above.

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Nonfiction/Fiction Book Pairings hosted by Sarah at Sarah's Book Shelves

Of all the post prompts included, this is the one I've been feeling iffy about... Don't get me wrong, I'm absolutely looking forward to reading all the posts from others taking part, as I love when people pair books up, however I felt a bit stumped myself. After much thinking, I've come up with a (rather loose) pairing!

At the very end of last year I read the fictional beauty that is The Snow Child by Eowyn Ivey. There are many elements that make up The Snow Child - its historical setting, magical realism, a focus on the connections & relationships we form - with one of the things I recall quite enjoying within this book being more simple - the day to day life of main characters Jack & Mabel. The couple uproot themselves to an isolated home and farmland in Alaska; I found following their everyday routines and seeing how they passed each day in such a remote place to be fascinating and even comforting to read in a way.

With this I'm choosing to pair a nonfiction title that I read a good few years ago now - Daily Rituals: How Artists Work by Mason Currey. As I mentioned in my opening, I'm pairing these two titles very loosely as they do differ slightly (in the fact that Jack & Mabel aren't exactly what you'd call artists or creatives), however both books take a look at the way in which people move through their day, and in turn, how that impacts on all that they do.

Inside Daily Rituals you'll find just that - the daily routines and rituals of some of the most renowned creatives, achievers, and great thinkers... Some of my favourites are those of writers: Jane Austen, F. Scott Fitzgerald, Agatha Christie, P.G. Wodehouse, Charles Dickens, Stephen King and more. If you're someone who is keen on routine, interested in how others thrive in a day, or are curious as to how some of the most notable artists, writers, philosophers (and more) used their time efficiently and effectively, then this is the book for you.

The Snow Child is one of my all time favourite books, and Daily Rituals is one of those nonfiction books I've found myself pick up a number of times since initially reading it - even if just reading a passage about a specific person here and there. Although a loose pairing, both of these books are ones I'd highly recommend.
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  1. I need to read The Snow Child. It sounds like a book I’d love, so I don’t know why I’m procrastinating it. The nonfiction book sounds pretty good, too.

    Aj @ Read All The Things!

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    1. The Snow Child would make a great book to pick up and read at slow savouring pace over the winter season... Hint, hint :-P I hope you do enjoy The Snow Child, as and when you get to it.

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  2. I love the idea of a fiction/nonfiction pairing. The Snow Child was one that really surprised me with how much I enjoyed it. I love how you're focusing on Jack and Mabel's survival. I think I would have gotten stuck on the cold setting!

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    1. Thank you... It did take me a while to come up with the pairing. Haha! I also love seeing posts when fiction and nonfiction are paired.

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  3. I do enjoy reading about artists' routines, and find that the topic often can be inspirational. I'll have to check out Daily Rituals sometime. Great pairing!

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    1. I definitely agree with the routines of others often being inspirational.

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  4. Having done NonFicNov a few times, I never really know what I'm going to do for this theme until I start the post. This sounds like a great pairing!

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    1. Thanks! I'll have to start thinking early on for next year. Haha!

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  5. The Snow child sounds really interesting to me, with its look at the daily life of the protagonists. I love the idea of the fiction/ nonfiction pairing- how fun!

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  6. They both sound very good, Jade. I like the link between the two; it's very thoughtful.

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  7. Daily Rituals sounds good. Here's my post: https://wordsandpeace.com/2018/11/07/nonfiction-november-2018-book-pairings/

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    1. Daily Rituals is a really interesting and insightful read.

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    2. by the way, looks like I came to visit your post directly and didn't click on your homepage. I did today and want to say: I love your theme, beautiful

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  8. This is one of the most creative pairings I've seen! I love the idea of looking at daily rituals and how they shape our lives.

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  9. Great pairing! Definitely a creative way of linking the two books!

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  10. I'm with you on Snow Child. It was such a beautiful and original story. Daily Rituals sounds like it would be a terrifically useful book.

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    1. I'll take any chance to recommend The Snow Child :-P

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