πŸ“š Nonfiction November 2020 | Week 2: My Book Pairings

Hello my fellow bookworms, welcome to the second week of Nonfiction November 2020: a popular, yearly reading event, that celebrates and gets us discussing our non-fiction reading.πŸŽ‰ The event is running across four weeks, with four topics and four hosts. For Week 2 (9th-13th November) we are being hosted by Julie @ Julz Reads and the topic is:

Book Pairing

This week, pair up a nonfiction book with a fiction title. It can be a β€œIf 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.

Here are three sets of book pairings I have made over my reading this year, where a fiction I have been reading has been enhanced by and/or brought alive the history I had read about in a earlier non-fiction read:

~ Fairies ~

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πŸ“–Β The Cottingley Secret by Hazel Gaynor – Over the summer, I read the delightful dual-narrative historical-fiction, The Cottingley Secret by new-to-me author, Hazel Gaynor. In which Gaynor takes us back, to reimagine the real life events that led up to two young girls, from Cottingley in Yorkshire, convincing the world that they had done the impossible and photographed fairies in 1917! Which put me in mind of…

πŸ“– Believing In Fairies: A Manual for Grown Ups by Marcia Zina Mager – It has been many years since I read or even re-read this uniquely different non-fiction, which acts like a modern day instruction manual. Even after all this time though I still have vivid memories of this fun and thought-provoking book. Regardless of whether you want to believe or not, this can simply be enjoyed, like I did, as a celebration of the wondrous magic of nature.

~ Russian History ~

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πŸ“– The Firebird by Susanna Kearsley – Just last month, I read the supernatural historical-fiction, The Firebird, by one of my favourite authors, Susanna Kearsley. That swept me back into the past to discover a tale of love, courage, redemption and the Jacobite rebellion; and brought alive the fascinating city of St Petersburg, which I had first learnt about when reading…

πŸ“– The Romanovs by Virginia Cowles – Four years ago, one of my top reads of the year was the epic historical non-fiction, The Romanovs from a new-to-me author, Virginia Cowles. Which chronicles the ups, downs, dreams, disasters and extreme personalities of the Romanov dynasty; from the unwilling Tsar Michael (1613-1645)Β Β to the doomed Tsar Nicholas II (1894-1917). A fascinating, colourful and educational read for me.

~ Pirates ~

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πŸ“– The Black Corsair by Emilio Salgari – In September, I finished reading the swashbuckling classic, The Black Corsair by the Italian author, Emilio Salgari, which tells the tale of the legendary Caribbean pirate, the β€˜Black Corsair’, as he seeks revenge for his brothers deaths, As well as the adventure, battles, sword fights and daring escapes, I really liked how real characters and places were used that I had previously read about in…

πŸ“– The Golden Antilles by Tim Severin – This time last year, I read the riveting non-fiction, The Golden Antilles by Tim Severin, that brilliantly illuminated the dangerous obsessive search for the fabled city-of-gold, El Dorado; the promises of easy riches in this new world; and the ensuing power struggle between Spain and England. A fascinating history which I found as descriptive and flowed as well as any historical adventure!


That’s all my book pairings for this year. If you have done your own book pairings, please share a link to your post in the comments below, so we can come see your choices. For now though, goodbye, take care and happy non-fiction reading. I look forward to seeing you in two weeks to share our Week 4 posts about all the new non-fiction goodies we’ve been adding, due to this event, to our ever-growing to-be-read piles. πŸ‘‹πŸ“šπŸ˜ƒ

I’d love to hear from you: Have you read any of these? What do you make of my pairings? What books would you pair together?

33 thoughts on “πŸ“š Nonfiction November 2020 | Week 2: My Book Pairings

  1. What magical and adventurous pairings! I keep meaning to read Susanna Kearsley, and it seems as though The Firebird might be a good place to start.

  2. I’ve read and loved books by Susanna Kearsley and Hazel Gaynor, but I’ve not read either their books that you mention here, so I’m particularly excited about those pairings πŸ™‚

    1. Aw Dewey, I hope you will have the chance to read The Firebird and The Cottingley Secret soon. I have enjoyed plenty of books by Susanna Kearsley, however this was my first book by Hazel Gaynor, and I look forward to reading more by both of them! πŸ˜ƒ

    1. Hey Julie, thank you for stopping by and commenting. It is always lovely to hear from a new face and even more so from a fellow lover of The Cottingley Secret! 😊 Ooo and of course, thank you for hosting this week! 😁

    1. Aw bless you, Shelleyrae, I always wanted fairies to be really when I was little, too. Maybe you would like a take trip down memory lane by reading one of my fairy options. πŸ™‚

  3. Nice pairings! I love the sound of Believing in Fairies, and I remember seeing a movie adaptation of the Cottingley Fairies story a few years back.

  4. Despite my earlier interest in your fairy books, I think I’m most intrigued by your Russian history pairing.

    Well done on meeting the requirement for this post!

    1. Haha thank you, Kelly – I think this is the first year of taking part in this event, that I have actually managed to properly meet the requirement of this week’s topic! πŸ˜…

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