Nonfiction November 2021: Book Pairings

Nonficnov 2021

#NonficNov
#nonfictionbookparty: Instagram Daily Challenge
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Here is the topic for Week 2 (Nov. 8-12):
Book Pairings
hosted by Katie at Doing Dewey

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.
Maybe it’s a historical novel and you’d like to get the real history
by reading a nonfiction version of the story.

Today, I’m offering you 3 novels paired with 3 nonfiction books I read this year

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BOOK PAIRING #1

RUSSIAN LITERATURE

A Swim in the Pond in the Rain  And the Earth Will Sit on the Moon

And the Earth Will Sit on the Moon: Essential Stories
VERDICT: A good sample of strange and disorienting short stories of the Russian master in the genre.
The Nose
is one of the stories studied and brilliantly presented by George Saunders – as part of his classes on the Russian short story to his MFA students at Syracuse University.
And it is one of Gogol’s stories offered in this new collection.

BOOK PAIRING #2

INDIAN-ANGLO LITERATURE

Languages of Truth Quichotte

Quichotte:
VERDICT: Brilliant take on Don Quixote. Tragicomedy on our society and where it’s going.
I finally discovered Salman Rushdie’s brilliant mind and writing last year.
So this year I decided to read this amazing collection of essays.
And in case you are interested, even though it’s not nonfiction, you might want to join us in our readalong of The Satanic Verses.

BOOK PAIRING #3

FRENCH LITERATURE

Looking for The Stranger  The Meursault Investigation

The Meursault Investigation:
I could obviously have paired it with the novel itself, The Stranger by Camus, which you probably all know.
But you may not know The Meursault Investigation:
A fascinating rereading of The Stranger by Camus, opening up to broader historico-social perspectives, and casting a harsh light on the events of yesterday and today.

HAVE YOU READ ANY OF THESE?
WOULD YOU HAVE OTHER BOOK PAIRINGS
RELATED TO THESE CATEGORIES?

2021: August wrap-up

AUGUST 2021 WRAP-UP

I published a recap post yesterday on my #20BooksofSummer21, which went really well this year.
Now is time for a shorter recap, just on the month of August. I thought this month zoomed by too quickly, but I did actually manage to read a lot.
At the beginning of the year, I was averaging almost 14 books a month (more than my usual numbers), and I thought it was just because I was listening to a lot of (short) books from the Bible (Old Testament).
Well, I didn’t listen to any Bible book in August (as a little break between Old and New Testament), and still managed to read 16 books, so I’m glad with the numbers.

August has now my best statistics for 2021 so far, as for number of pages read per day.

Another neat thing is that I finally caught up with all the reviews I needed to write for Netgalley books read in 2020! I just need now to write 3 reviews for Edelweiss Plus books read in 2020, and I will be up to date on these.

It was fun participating in #BoutofBooks.
And I announced an upcoming Read-along/ buddy-read (with Marianne at Let’s Read) on The Satanic Verses, by Salman Rushdie.

📚 Here is what I read in August:

16 books:
10 in print 
with 3,035 pages, a daily average of 97 pages/day
6 in audio
= 41H01
, a daily average of 1H19

12 in mystery:

  1. The Labors of Hercules (Hercule Poirot #27), by Agatha Christie
  2. The Witness for the Prosecution and Other Stories, by Agatha Christie
  3. Taken at the Flood (Hercule Poirot #28), by Agatha Christie
  4. Three Blind Mice and Other Stories, by Agatha Christie
  5. The Under Dog and Other Stories (Hercule Poirot #4), by Agatha Christie
  6. Mrs. McGinty’s Dead (Hercule Poirot #32), by Agatha Christie – these first 6 were as audiobooks, for The Classics Club
  7. Un Trou dans la toile, by Luc Chomarat – French ebook
  8. Tension extrême, by Sylvain Forge – French ebook
  9. Bomber’s Moon, by Archer Mayor
  10. A Fine Line, by Dan Burns
  11. The Madness of Crowds, by Louise Penny
  12. Le Village aux huit tombes, by Seishi Yokomizo – Japanese classic in French translation, for the Books in Translation Challenge and for The Classics Club

2 in nonfiction:

  1. History in English Words, by Owen Barfield – for The Classics Club
  2. Looking for The Stranger: Albert Camus and the Life of a Literary Classic, by Alice Kaplan

1 in historical fiction:

  1. The Illusion of Separateness, by Simon Van Booy

1 in literary fiction:

  1. Midaq Alley, by Naguib Mahfouz – for the Books in Translation Challenge and for The Classics Club

MY FAVORITE BOOKS THIS PAST MONTH

    Midaq Alley The Madness of Crowds

Tension extrème

READING CHALLENGES & RECAP

Classics Club: 74/137 (from November 2020-until November 2025)
Japanese Literature Challenge: 12 books
#20BooksofSummer21: 37/20 books
Total of books read in 2021 = 113/120 (94%)

Number of books added to my TBR this past month = 18

OTHER BOOKS  REVIEWED THIS PAST MONTH

  The Inugami Curse To Hold Up the Sky

 

GIVEAWAYS

The open giveaways are on my homepage

Books available for swapping

REVIEW COPIES AVAILABLE

Posted on my homepage

And we offer a Book Box!
And monthly raffle with a Newsletter
(see sample with link to sign up)

MOST POPULAR BOOK REVIEW THIS PAST MONTH

French houseclick on the cover to access my review

MOST POPULAR POST THIS PAST MONTH
– NON BOOK REVIEW –

Six degrees of separation: from a postcard to a riddle

BOOK BLOG THAT BROUGHT ME MOST TRAFFIC THIS PAST MONTH

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You might also consider joining this awesome community

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Come back on Friday
to see the books I plan to read in September

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How was YOUR month of August?

Nicole at Feed Your Fiction Addiction
has created a Month In Review meme
where you can link your monthly recap posts
Thanks Nicole!

5 out of 100 notable books of 2017

5 out of 100 notable books of 2017

The New York Times has recently released their list of 100 Notable Books of 2017
I was curious to compare it with my lists.

ON MY READ SHELF
(100 books so far this year)

Out of 100, I only read 1!:

born-a-crime

ON MY TBR SHELF

FICTION

  A Separation    Six Four

 

NONFICTION

  The Future is History    Looking for The Stranger

 

What about you?
Have you read any of these 5 books?
How many of the 100 Notable Books
have you read?
Which one do you think
I should ABSOLUTELY read?