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I have never really bought into the book pairing thing. Pairing two books that are alike and reading them one after the other seems a little….well, repetitive…to me. Given the eclectic nature of my reading, I typically prefer to jump around and read very different titles back to back.
It IS a fun and relevant exercise, though, and I frequently will read a book and find myself being reminded of another book as I read.
So, more than wanting to read them together, I just find myself pairing them together in my mind or using it more as a recommendation tool (suggesting if someone likes one, they might like its partner).
Here are the nonfiction/fiction books that are like two peas in a pod to me.
I loved Kristin Knight Pace’s memoir This Much Country and the entire time I was reading it, I was reminded of Kristin Hannah’s The Great Alone. Reading about surviving in Alaska is such a thrill. I can’t get enough.
I visited Australia many years ago and loved it. Before I went, I read Bill Bryson’s In a Sunburned Country and it both prepared and frightened me for my upcoming trip (Bryson spends a lot of time talking about all the animals, plants, etc. “down under” that can kill you.) I continue to love Australia which might be why I also love Jane Harper’s books and especially this one.
I was completely amazed at so many things about Elizabeth Holmes (CEO of the now-defunct company Theranos and the subject of Carreyrou’s book Bad Blood). Not least of which was how obsessed she was with status and the lengths she went to in order to achieve it. Many have described her as a sociopath and while I am not 100% sure about that, I do know that her fixation on rising to the top reminded me of Becky Sharp from Thackeray’s Vanity Fair. I wonder if Holmes will end up like Sharp? Time will tell.