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.
The nonfiction book, a graphic biography of Claude Monet, was extremely well done, and gorgeous. I listened to this amazing thriller by Michel Bussi. I listened to the original in French, but I assume the English translation is just as good. It’s all set in Giverny, Monet’s village. If you have not read Bussi yet, it’s time to start!
BOOK PAIRING #2
Conan Doyle for the Defense is an excellent presentation of how the author did real life investigation, using Sherlock Holmes‘s techniques. It’s also a great social study.
So obviously to go with it, I highlight the very first story with Holmes. I read all his books with Sherlock Holmes in 2017, short stories and novels.
BOOK PAIRING #3
The Piano Shop on the Left Bank is a beautiful journey of (re)discovery of musicin one’s life, with tons of fascinating details on piano making and tuning. Even though it’s not exactly the same type of music, if you are a music lover, you will enjoy Bel Canto, as music and singing help people communicate in a tragedy.
HAVE YOU READ ANY OF THESE?
WOULD YOU HAVE ANOTHER
BOOK PAIRING RELATED TO PAINTING OR MUSIC?
Elder Sebastian of Optina
= I really enjoy the Fathers of Optina,
and a friend lent me this volume of the series Conan Doyle for The Defense
= fabulous nonfiction on how Conan Doyle
used Sherlock Holmes’ gift
to investigate a famous case in real life!
The Romanov Empress
= I should finally be able to read it this month,
always looking forward to a new novel by CW Gortner Le voyage d’Octavio = French novel on my TBR
CURRENT AND NEXT AUDIOBOOKS
Sans feu ni lieu = the last of this short series by Fred Vargas, almost done Whose Body?
= finally time to discover this author!
HAVE YOU READ OR ARE YOU PLANNING TO READ ANY OF THESE? WHAT ARE YOUR READING PLANS FOR JUNE?
Six degrees of separation:
Alexander McCall Smith
This is really cool!
Using my own rules for this fun meme hosted by Kate at Booksaremyfavouriteandbest (see there the origin of the meme and how it works – posted the first Saturday of every month), I started with a mystery and indeed on one.
Here are my own quirky rules:
Use your list of books on Goodreads
Take the first word of the title offered and find another title with that word in it
Then use the first word of THAT title to find your text title
Or the second if the title starts by the same word
So here the result. After the covers, you can find the links of my reviews or the title on Goodreads: