Nonfiction November 2020: Book Pairings


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Book Pairings

hosted by Julz of Julz Reads

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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Vesper Flights Migrations

VERDICT: Both beautiful and heart-wrenching. And of course, a must for all birders.
Franny, from Galway, Ireland, knows that it’s probably the last time the Arctic Terns are migrating, so she decided to follow and accompany them on their last journey.
She goes to Greenland, where the bird starts its migration, and manages to convince Captain Ennis Malone to accept her on his shipping boat The Saghani. His crew has had a hard time finding fish, also because of global warming and all we have done to our planet, but Franny is a scientist and knows that the Arctic Tern adjusts its route to where they can find fish to eat. So that should work, right?
Things get complicated…



 Marie Antoinette's World MARIE antoinette

Becoming Marie-Antoinette:
The book is excellent at describing the royal families and all the petty details of everyday life, from the rising to the preparation for the night;  at showing what it would have taken to become the queen of France, lots of advantages maybe, but also lots of sacrifices.



 The Book of Tea broken teaglass

The Broken Teaglass:
Take words, a job with words and dictionaries, and a good mystery, well, how could I resist that!
A neat, smart, very enjoyable and quick read.


Six degrees of separation: from Alexander McCall Smith to Sherlock Holmes


Six degrees of separation:
Alexander McCall Smith
Sherlock Holmes

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:

  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

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

  The No.1 Ladies' Detective Agency marie-antoinettes-darkest-days
onfessions of Marie Antoinette Ex Libris
Studio Saint-Ex  Uno studio in rosso


1. The No. 1 Ladies’s Detective Agency
2. Marie Antoinette’s Darkest Days:
Prisoner NO. 280 in the Conciergerie
3. Confessions of MARIE Antoinette
4. Ex Libris: CONFESSIONS of a Common Reader
= on my TBR
5. Studio Saint-EX
6. Uno STUDIO in rosso
= ok, I cheated here. I couldn’t find any title with ‘studio’ in it,
but then, this popped up… !!
I did read A Study in Scarlet (actually all of Sherlock Holmes),
so I judge myself allowed to use it… in Italian!!




2013: September wrap-up

Lots of things going on in September, with a week off the grid, where I actually did more bird watching that reading, believe it or not!!

So my September reading totaled only 6 books, with 1307 pages, that is,  43.5 pages/day.
Part of those 6 were 2 audiobooks, [thanks to a very long drive!]: 23:46 hours as a whole, that is, an average of 47 mn/day

I’m again extremely late in my reviews, but my work schedule is changing in October, and I hope this will help me catch up.

I read:

3 historical fiction:

  1. Sutton, by J. R. Moehringer – audiobook
  2. Confessions of Marie-Antoinette, by Juliet Grey – ebook
  3. The Strangled Queen, by Maurice Druon – ebookupcoming review, October 10

2 non-fiction:

  1. The World’s Strongest Librarian, by Josh Hanagarne – audiobook
  2. The Year of Grace of the Lord, by Lev Gillet

1 mystery:

The Greenland Breach, by Bernard Besson – upcoming review, first week of November

My favorites this month:

  The Strangled Queen Sutton


Reading Challenges recap

Around the World in 12 books:  6/12
Audiobook: 10/12
Books on France: 25/12 – COMPLETED
Cozy Mysteries: 4/10
Ebook challenge: 21/10 – COMPLETED
European reading challenge: 10/5 – COMPLETED
Historical fiction: 27/15 – COMPLETED
Japanese literature: 1/1
New authors challenge: 51/25 – COMPLETED
TBR challenge: 4/12
What’s in a Name: 5/6
Where Are You Reading?: 9/50
Australian Literature: 1/1 – COMPLETED

Total of books read so far in 2013 = 73

Number of books added to my TBR in Septmber = only 24, lol!


Blog recap

  1. 1 of the 6 books mentioned here was received for review by the publisher
  2. 33 readers signed up for my Books on France Challenge, and 101 reviews have already been posted. Don’t forget to post your reviews, and it is never too late to join!
  3. Every month, France Book Tours has a giveaway for the book(s) of the month. Have you checked yet the October giveaway? There are 2 books to win!
  4. France Book Tours already completed 13 book tours, and there are 10 more already scheduled! If you are interested in reviewing books on your blog for France Book Tours, just fill in this short questionnaire. 59 book bloggers have already done so! You can find all kinds of genre: historical fiction, romance, mystery, LGBT, nonfiction, etc.
  5. The big highlight for September was definitely my 3rd blogiversary. Thanks for all the visits and nice comments. I posted about my 3 year stats, a fun A to Z survey, and the winner of the blogiversary giveaway!
  6. And I was thrilled to be interviewed by the Examiner, for my HF reviews!
  7. The big disappointment was not being able to take part in Bloggiesta, with too many things going on. C’est la vie !

Most popular recent book review

The Bones of Paris2nd month in a row!
click on the cover to access my review

Most popular recent post – non book review

Historical Fiction Giveaway Hopwith 3 awesome HF to choose from!

Plans for October

  • Right now there’s a fun HF Giveaway Hop going on – see picture right above
  • I plan to catch up with lots of book reviews to write and read several books for various book events: The Mona Lisa Speaks / Unravelled / Gracianna
  • On October 10, I will be featured on Book Bloggers International! If you would like to be featured there as well, you just need to fill in this form here.
  • Sometimes soon, I will also be interviewed by Chris at WildmooBooks. And I will interview her the same day on Words And Peace.


How was YOUR month of September?
And what are your reading plans for October?