Nonfiction November 2019 – Book Pairings #NonficNov

During November, book bloggers dedicate the month to reading and talking about Nonfiction books. I’ve always wanted to participate, but haven’t taken the time to do it. During the month I’ll share my favorite nonfiction books, share recommendations, I’ll talk about how I read so many nonfiction books and not get bored, and tell you what nonfiction books I can’t wait to read. I absolutely love reading nonfiction and if I am remembering correctly, I read 50% fiction and 50% nonfiction last year!

For more on the Nonfiction November posts and all the hosts and themes, click HERE. For today’s linkup post, click HERE.

This week’s theme is hosted by Sarah’s Bookshelves:

I’ll be pairing up some nonfiction books with a fiction book. These will be kind of like an “If you loved this book, you’ll like this one” type of recommendation.

NONFICTION

FICTION

I wrote about both of these books in THIS POST. These two books are very similar but also very different. What they both do is deal with the tragic amount of drugs and gun violence in inner cities.

NONFICTION

FICTION

Grief is not an easy topic to read or discuss. I chose these two because in both of them the widow chooses to find joy. Both of the women had to return home to young children and force themselves forward into a new life. Sandberg does it in real life and her book (I talked about HERE) offers helpful advice for anyone is a traumatic situation. Abbi Waxman (reviewed, HERE) takes a tragic storyline and offers the reader hope and laughter among tragedy.

NONFICTION

FICTION

WWII is my favorite historical fiction and historical nonfiction era to read about. I could have listed numerous books here, but I’m choosing to share these two only because both of them left such an imprint on my heart. TRIUMPH OVER DESTINY’S author lives near my hometown and I had the privilege to read her mother’s story and interview her, HERE. Kristin Hannah is one of my favorite authors and her story of two sisters was powerful, memorable, and emotional.

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FICTION

Both of these books share the real and imagined tragedy of Hurricane Katrina in New Orleans. Lisa Karlin lived through the horrors of Katrina during and years after Katrina left massive destruction behind. You can see my review of her book, HERE. Jewel Parker Rhodes writes beautiful juvenile fiction books that adults will love as well. Her story on Katrina’s effect on a young girl and her family has a bit of magic but shares the real tragedy that many families went through but in a way for young people to understand and sympathize. See my review, HERE. She also wrote a book on 9/11 that I highly recommend, HERE.


I hope you’ve enjoyed my Nonfiction/Fiction book pairing. I’ve been wanting to do a post like this for a long time and participating in #NonficNov forced me to think about books that would go together well. Someday, I may make a longer post on this type of pairing, but until then, be sure to let me know if you read any of these.


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8 Comments

  1. Erin @ Cracker Crumb Life on November 4, 2019 at 1:58 pm

    I love all of your suggestions, and I especially love that you did a juvenile book pairing as well. I will have to check them out!

  2. Bev Baird on November 4, 2019 at 4:43 pm

    Great pairings! I loved “Garden of Small Beginnings and “Hate U Give” = will check out the NF book suggested.

  3. Rachel @ Never Enough Novels on November 5, 2019 at 2:02 am

    I just picked up The Garden of Small Beginnings at a book sale! This would be my first book by the author, but I keep hearing great things about her!

  4. Deb Nance at Readerbuzz on November 6, 2019 at 12:30 pm

    Doing the pairings makes me wonder which of the two, fiction or nonfiction, has the most emotional resonance. I tend to think it might be the fiction.

    Excellent pairings. Thank you!

  5. Shelleyrae @ Book’d Out on November 7, 2019 at 5:22 pm

    Five Days at Memorial is also a great non fiction book about Hurricane Katrina. Thanks for sharing your pairings.

    Please stop by to see my NonFicNov Book Pairings

    • Stacie on November 11, 2019 at 1:42 am

      I have that on my shelf waiting to be read. Thanks for the reminder!

  6. Jade @ Reading with Jade on November 8, 2019 at 11:22 am

    Interesting pairings… I totally agree with grief being a difficult topic to read & discuss, but when done well it can immensely helpful to read about – fiction or nonfiction.

  7. Jaymi at OrangeCountyReaders on November 10, 2019 at 2:00 pm

    Finally getting around to checking out everyone’s links… I am very interested in the book about Robert Peace. Thanks for posting about it. Here are my pairings if you have time: 2019 Week 2 Pairings

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