I’m nearing the end of the latest novel I’m reading (That Summer). I can’t wait to see what happens next, to see how it will all turn out.
You don’t always get tidy conclusions when you read nonfiction books. In real life, things don’t always come to a final conclusion like they do in a novel. Life goes on and on.
But in novels the story doesn’t always conclude either (I don’t like those kind of novels, btw!).
So what else do fiction and nonfiction books have in common? They are more alike than you might think.
While we often read nonfiction to learn more about the world and other cultures, we can get the same benefits by reading fiction. Through the stories in fiction, we can learn to increase our empathy levels as we put ourselves in the shoes of the characters, understanding different cultures and different personalities than our own.
Also, as with nonfiction, we can also be encouraged through fiction. The stories can inspire us to be kinder, more courageous, and more loving in our real lives, just like characters in a book.
So whether we’re grabbing a novel or a nonfiction book, with either one we can be entertained, be encouraged, and be educated. You choose.
Week 2’s focus for Nonfiction November is Book Pairing with Katie at Doing Dewey.
See Week 1’s focus here: 7 New Nonfiction Books to Make You a Better Person.
4 Sets of Fiction and Nonfiction Books That Go Together
Here are 8 books I’ve read this year that go well together.
by Stephen King
This suspenseful novel goes back and forth in time surrounding the JFK assassination.
The Rise and Fall of the Secret Service
by Carol Leonnig
This is fascinating look at how the Secret Service responded to the JFK assassination and every other major Presidential event in the modern era.
by Jeanine Cummins
This is a moving story of a young Mexican mother and her 8-year-old son forced to escape Mexico due to horrific gang violence.
Women on the Margins Teach Us about Wisdom, Persistence, and Strength
by Kat Armas
A second-generation Cuban American shares how faith is shaped through generations of everyday women both in own lives and in women of the Bible.
The Book of Longings
by Sue Monk Kidd
This is the fictitious story of Ana as Jesus’s wife, and her journey from a curious girl in a wealthy family to Jesus’s death and resurrection.
The Making of Biblical Womanhood
How the Subjugation of Women Became Gospel Truth
by Beth Allison Barr
Beth teaches us about “biblical womanhood” by taking us on a tour throughout the history of religion.
by Mateo Askaripour
Twenty-two-year-old Darren is a Black salesman on a mission, starting out at Starbucks but rising to the top of a tech startup through a crazy set of events in New York City.
Growing Up On and Off the Court
by Kareem Abdul-Jabbar
Learn about Kareem’s childhood in New York City and his rise to basketball stardom as a young Black man.
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What fiction and nonfiction book would you pair? Share in the comments.
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