Nonfiction November 2018: 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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Claude MONET

Monet  Black Water Lilies

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!



 Conan Doyle for the Defense  a-study-in-scarlet

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. 



 The Piano shop  Bel Canto

The Piano Shop on the Left Bank is a beautiful journey of (re)discovery of music in 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.   



Guest post by Literary Book Gifts

Gifts for Book Lovers!

If you come and visit my book blog, there are lots of chances you love books and book gifts!

So please read the following guest-post by Melissa, the founder of Literary Book Gifts. And at the end, she offers a very nice coupon code to you, my readers!

Literary Book Gifts was started based on my eternal love of literature, but also based on the characters, settings, and overall style of each novel. I started the company because I wanted readers of all ages to have a way to connect with each other on the shared mutual interest of books. Placing the novels and authors as designs on shirts seemed like such an amazing way to do this because it brings about the possibility of open ended discussion from simply wearing the shirt of your favorite novel!

Featuring some of literature’s greatest characters from Moby Dick to Sherlock Holmes there really is something for everyone in the collection! 

I’ll talk just a little about a couple of designs and items in the collection.

Book-End-T-ShirtBook End T-Shirt
This shirt is a fun one because it shows a part of books that not everyone thinks about but is always there. The words read The End, and the vintage style alludes to the fact that all books, even those from thousands of years ago always came to an end.

Every shirt comes in a wide variety of sizes and colors. Book lovers may have overlapping tastes, but bright blue shirt verses a plain white shirt suit quite different tastes in terms of apparel. This is why many of the women’s and men’s styles come in over 10 colors! Sizes are available in XS – 3XL for women and S – 5XL for men.


Headphone Tote Bag

Readers don’t just read from books. There is a huge community of people who prefer audiobooks, myself included. The Headphone Backpack is audiobook lovers everywhere!

Tote bags are made to last, with three great sizes to choose from, small, medium, and large!

Use this coupon code: WORDSANDPEACE20 for 20% off at Literary Book Gifts there is no expiry date!

And while you are here, you might as well check my posts on Sherlock Holmes!

Book review: The Word is Murder

The Word is Murder

The Word is Murder

(Hawthorne #1)

by  Anthony Horowitz

Genre: Mystery & Detective
Pages: 390

Author’s website


It’s hard to believe: I have already read and thoroughly enjoyed five books by Anthony Horowitz, and only talked to you about The House of Silk, on this video. This summer was totally crazy, so this could partly explain why I recently read two other mysteries by him and did not write about my experience. I actually wonder if a deeper reason could be that I was so stunned by the quality of the book that I didn’t know how to start reviewing it. I’m still very much aware my two-cents sound very poor to give you an idea of the greatness of The Word is Murder, but let’s try anyway.  Click to continue reading