Wednesday, 6 November 2019

Nonfiction November | Nonfiction / Fiction Book Pairing


Last year one of my favourite bookish events here in the blogging community was Nonfiction November; it was my first time taking part but I quickly fell in love with it, for many reasons. Concluding the month, I just knew I had to take part again next year... And here we are!

This year I will be taking part in the weekly post prompts (on a Wednesday), as well as posting reading record posts each week (on a Monday). My intention for the month of November is to work through some of the unread nonfiction titles currently sitting on my shelves, and to read more nonfiction books within the month than fiction.

For those unfamiliar, the weekly post prompts are linky style, and hosted by one of the five hosts of the event. You can see the host of this week's prompt below, and all five hosts linked at the end of this post.

WEEK 2
BOOK PAIRINGS hosted by Sarah's Book Shelves
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. 

Of all the weekly prompts, this is one of my favourites. I find I come away with quite the list of pairings, and I enjoy seeing the ways in which other bloggers have decided to interpret the prompt & pair books. However, for me, it is also the hardest to write. 

I've only really gotten into nonfiction books properly in the last few years, and so naturally my knowledge of nonfiction is limited to that time frame; I think the more I continue to read nonfiction & widen my nonfiction net, the easier these posts will get to write... At least I'm hoping so!

Today I've decided to pair two sets of books, rather than specific titles. I'm pairing a nonfiction nature anthology series with the fictional writing of Kate Morton.

One of my favourite fictional authors is Kate Morton, there is such a depth & beauty to her historical fiction writing, and I find myself immersed in her stories so easily. One of the reasons I fall into her books with such ease is because of her writing style, and the picture she paints of the surroundings & settings. A number of her books feature the great British landscape in one way or another (titles that spring to mind: The Lake House, The Forgotten Garden, The House at Riverton, and The Clockmaker's Daughter), and that is why I'm pairing her books with a seasonal nature anthology edited by Melissa Harrison. With each of the four seasons being represented within the collection, the books reflect on a specific season and how it greets us here in the UK, with the reader being able to watch the season unfold in the eyes of a number of individuals through essays and such.

Although the link between my pairing isn't immediately obvious, I do think that if you enjoy the books of Kate Morton, then you'll enjoy some British nature writing also. 

Side note: for those who followed along with me last year during Nonfiction November, the seasonal anthology will be familiar to you as I mentioned it in the prompt of books that read like fiction.

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  1. I’ve been eyeing off those Melissa Harrison books, they do look delightful.

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  2. I think historical fiction / history pairings are an excellent idea.

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    1. It appears they were quite popular based on other posts I've read too!

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  3. Sorry about the deleted one! I made a mistake. Lol.

    I love this pairing, and now I need to read all of Kate Morton and I definitely need the Melissa Harrison anthology! I am such a fan of British nature writing. :)

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    1. That's okay - no worries!

      As a fan of British nature writing I think you would enjoy the Melissa Harrison anthology.

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  4. I love nature writing and historical fiction, so I should look into these books. Good luck with Nonfiction November!

    Aj @ Read All The Things!

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  5. Sometimes I think the less obvious book pairings are the best. I like when you really think about the connections between books. Nice job!

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  6. Kate Morton is one of my favorite authors, too! Her writing is so immersive. I love this pairing!

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  7. What a thoughtful pairing, thank you for sharing it.

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  8. Good pairing, I have seen those seasons books and been tempted by them, too. And thanks for popping by my blog - I have followed yours with my Feedly reader.

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  9. yes! your pairing totally makes sense! I love Morton's book, well except her last one, not as much

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    1. Thank you, Emma.

      I agree with you regarding The Clockmaker's Daughter - definitely not my favourite of hers, unfortunately. I do look forward to her next.

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  10. I've only read The Lake House by Kate Morton but I picked up a few more at the library book sale recently and am looking forward to them. Her writing definitely seems atmospheric and like a great pairing with a nature anthology!

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    1. I hope you enjoy the other Kate Morton titles also :-)

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