#NonficNov – Book Pairings


Hosted by Sarah’s Bookshelves, this week’s prompt ask participants to pair 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.

This was an interesting exercise, I found it both easy and difficult to find appropriate pairings, and harder still to choose which to share.


Fever by Mary Beth Keane is a fascinating novel that mixes historical fact and a fictional narrative to tell the tale of ‘Typhoid Mary’, the woman held responsible for several deadly outbreaks of the disease in the US around the turn of the nineteenth century. The truth, as reported by Judith Walzer Leavitt In Typhoid Mary: Captive to the Public’s Health, is equally as interesting.



I was inspired to read The Soul of an Octopus: A Surprising Exploration into the Wonder of Consciousness by Sy Montgomery, which was my favourite non fiction read of 2015, after I read Turtle Reef, an Australian rural romance by Jennifer Scoullar. Previously, I had had no idea that octopuses are intelligent creatures with surprisingly endearing personalities.



If you have read One Breath Away by Heather Gudenkauf, or in fact any book that explores the tragedy of school shootings, you should read If I Don’t Make It, I Love You edited by Amye Archer and Loren Kleinman, the truth is deserving of your attention. This non fiction title is a collection of 60 narratives covering a period of over fifty years written by survivors of school shootings, not only those left with physical scars, but also those impacted by these shocking events.


This Is Going to Hurt written by Adam Kay, a junior doctor who worked in England’s National Health Service (NHS), is a first-hand account of life as a junior doctor in all its joy, pain, sacrifice and maddening bureaucracy. Going Under by Sonia Henry is a thinly fictionalised account of her hilarious, shocking, sexy and thought-provoking experience as an intern in the Australian public health care system


If you have read Missing Person by Sarah Lotz, a novel of suspense which involves a group of websleuths focused on identifying the remains of missing people, you may find Chase Darkness With Me by Billy Jensen of interest. With a passion for investigating unsolved crimes, Jensen is focused on developing new strategies with which to solve them, including making use of amateur online detectives and social media.


I hope you find something to interest you. Feel free to leave your Book Pairing link

My Nonfiction November so far…

Nonfiction Books Read: 3/15


#NonficNov – Your Year In NonFiction

Review: Confessions of a Bookseller by Shaun Bythell

Review: Bush Doctors by Annabelle Brayley

30 thoughts on “#NonficNov – Book Pairings

  1. If I don’t make it, I Love You sounds fascinating. Have you read A Mother’s Reckoning by Sue Klebold (mom of one of the Columbine shooters)? I’ve not read it yet, but plan to. Nineteen Minutes by J. Picoult is good and We Need to Talk About Kevin by Lionel Shriver is on my top ten list of books.

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  2. Great pairings, and really varied topics! The Typhoid Mary book sounds really interesting. I love that you found a book to pair with The Soul of An Octopus, that was such a good book and not one I can think of in connection to many other titles.

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  3. Your pairings are awesome! I also loved The Soul of an Octopus so I will definitely have to pick up a copy of Turtle Reef. Typhoid Mary is also such an interesting person and topic, you have me so interested in those books. I love this week!

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  4. I would really like to read something by Sy Montgomery. She was a local author when I lived in New Hampshire but sadly I never got to see her. Glad you found her book so worthwhile – and nice suggestion for a fiction pairing!

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  5. I love your pairings and you have me wanting to get my hands on If I Don’t Make It, I Love You as soon as possible. School shootings feel very recent, but it’s interesting how far back that book goes with them.

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  6. If I Don”t Make It is one I didn’t know about and will be adding to my list. Jodi Picoult’s 19 Minutes is also good for that category and I just read Columbine last month and A Mother’s Reckoning last year. Both were excellent on that topic.

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  7. I’m particularly interested in your first pairing. I’m always curious when reading historical fiction based on a real-life person, just how much of the story is artistic license. It seems that reading those two books would give me an idea – especially for Fever!

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