Nonfiction November 2019: Book Pairings

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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.
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

POND

Walden The Ocean at the End of the Lane

Walden is a wonderful narrative of the time Henry David Thoreau spent alone in a secluded cabin at Walden Pond. I so enjoyed all the nature descriptions.
In a totally different style, The Ocean at the End of the Lane, is also about a pond, and where it can lead you to…

BOOK PAIRING #2

TRAVELS

 Travels with a Donkey in the Cévennes Canterbury tales

Travels with a Donkey in the Cévennes is the narrative of the 12 days Robert Louis Stevenson traveled with his donkey Modestine in this very isolated area of France, marked by fierce fights between Roman Catholics and Protestants. I really enjoyed his humor at describing the mentality of the area and the people he met.
The Canterbury Tales is about travels and narratives, and religion,and it contains also very funny passages.

BOOK PAIRING #3

TECHNOLOGY

 Talk to me I Robot

Talk to Me: How Voice Computing Will Transform the Way We Live, Work, and Think is an extremely well-documented and up-to-date research, showing where civilization is heading to, through current technological advances. It’s about how we interact with technology, computers, AI, and robots.
The most powerful novel I have read about the connection between humans and robots is definitely I, Robot.
Please skip the horrible movie, which really has nothing to do with the book.

HAVE YOU READ ANY OF THESE?
WOULD YOU HAVE ANOTHER
BOOK PAIRING RELATED TO TRAVELS OR TECHNOLOGY?

Six degrees of separation: from the Bible to Canterbury

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Six degrees of separation:
from
the Bible to Canterbury

Another cool result this month!
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 containing the word Bible and ended up in Canterbury. This is really fun, you never know where you’ll end up.
Here are my own quirky rules:

  1. Use your list of books on Goodreads

  2. Take the first word of the title offered and find another title with that word in it

  3. Then use the first word of THAT title to find your text title

  4. Or the second if the title starts by the same word

After the covers, you can find the links of my reviews or the title on Goodreads:

    The Poisonwood Bible   The Poisoned Crown

     The French Sultana    fairy-tales

                    Perrault's Fairy Tales  Canterbury tales

 

1. The Poisonwood Bible = this is the first book I read by Kingsolver. I was still in France, but a friend loved it so much, he mailed it to me from the US. After that, I have almost all her books.
2. The Poisoned Crown = this is the 3rd book in the famous historical fiction series by the French Maurice Druon, called The Accursed Kings. I really enjoyed the first two, but was no longer in the mood for #3 and DNFed it. Maybe one day I’ll get back to it.
3. The French Sultana (The Veil and the Crown, #2)= wonderful historical novel on Josephine’s cousin!
4. Fairy Tales for the Disillusioned: Enchanted Stories from the French Decadent Tradition = fabulous and quirky anthology by PrincetonUniversity Press
5. Perrault’s Fairy Tales =  I actually read them in French, a few decades ago.
6. The Canterbury Tales = I listened to them 7 years ago, it was fun!

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HAVE YOU READ ANY OF THESE BOOKS?
HAVE YOU PLAYED
SIX DEGREES OF SEPARATION
THIS MONTH?