Nonfiction November is being hosted by Doing Dewey, Emerald City Book Review, Sarah’s Book Shelves, Hibernator’s Library and Julz Reads this year. Make sure to check out the home page for the event this week and each of the host’s blogs for the themed linkups they are running. It’s a great way to discover new book blogs and get great nonfiction book recommendations.
The theme for Week 3 is Book Pairings – matching up a nonfiction title with a fictional one on a similar topic. I was lucky enough to receive two Net Galley ARC’s for November 2016 releases on Queen Victoria – one the biography of the queen by Julia Baird, and the other a fictionalized version of the younger years of the queen’s life by Daisy Goodwin. Both are going to be released on November 22nd.
I actually read each book intermittently, switching at the end of each chapter from one to the other. I tend to read this way as a habit sometimes, alternating between chapters of a nonfiction and a fiction title, but it was definitely an interesting experience to read two books this way on the same topic. I think having the biographical information to support my reading of the fictionalized version of Victoria’s life really added to the experience, though ultimately I loved the biography and didn’t like the novel as much.