This week’s Non-Fiction November topic is fiction/non-fiction pairings. This week is hosted by Sarah at Sarah’s Bookshelves and she’s got a number of great pairings waiting for you on her site.
I’ll be honest – I’m still not 100% myself. I find myself distracted and emotional (not unusual to well up over a tweet these days) and focusing on non-fiction hasn’t been easy. I’ve actually taken a one-book break from non-fiction, just to try and get my bearings back.
That said, I did put together a couple of fiction/non-fiction pairings. They may be a little more serious than I would have come up with had things turned out differently last week.
Fiction: The Luckiest Girl Alive by Jessica Knoll. Ani FaNelli has worked really hard to build her new life on the ashes of what happened to her at a prestigious high school. But as she prepares to marry the perfect man, she starts to come to terms with her past and her facade starts to crumble.
Non-fiction: Missoula: Rape and and the Justice System in a College Town. Jon Krakauer looks at the very real ramifications of the astounding rates of (reported) sexual assaults on college campuses. This epidemic had seemed to gain ground in the right direction in the past 12 months. Let’s hope that that wasn’t all for nothing.
Fiction: A Man Called Ove by Fredrik Backman. I’ve recommended this charming story many, many times. Even as recently as last week. If you haven’t already, please read this lovely tale about an old man who is so very done with the world, only to be confronted with the good in humanity.
Non-fiction: The Nordic Theory of Everything: In Search of a Better Life by Anu Partanen. This book is a great way to begin to understand the Scandinavian mindset. The author leaves Finland for love in America and finds it difficult to adjust to her new life. Her book focuses on four key relationships – parents and children, men and women, employees and employers, and government and citizens – and how they shape America and the Nordic countries. I just read today that the Swedish government wants to provide tax incentives for those that fix their possessions rather than tossing them. I would caution those of you living in the States to read this one right now. It might be really tough on you.