Monday, November 4, 2019

Nonfiction November: Nonfiction / Fiction Book Pairing: Moby Dick, In the Heart of the Sea, and Assorted Fiction and Nonfiction About Moby Dick

Nonfiction November is hosted this year by Julie (JulzReads), Sarah (Sarah’s Book Shelves), Katie (Doing Dewey), Rennie (What’s Nonfiction) — is a month-long celebration of everything nonfiction. Each week, there will be a different prompt and a different host looking at different ideas about reading and loving nonfiction.

Week 2 (Nov. 4 to Nov. 8)
Nonfiction / Fiction Book Pairing (Hosted by Sarah at Sarah’s Book Shelves)
This week, pair up a nonfiction book with a fiction title. It can be a “If 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.

A Nonfiction / Fiction Book Pairing is exactly what I did last August when I took on Moby Dick. 

I read a lot of books about Moby Dick in August. Kid books. Adult books. Nonfiction about whales. The true story of the whale that attacked a ship, upon which the story of Moby Dick was based. Fiction about a possible relationship between Herman Melville and Nathaniel Hawthorne. A nonfiction book telling us why we should read Moby Dick. As well as the fiction story of Moby Dick itself.

Here are reviews for ten Moby-Dick-related books plus the Moby Dick book, too:


  1. I always promised myself I’d read Moby Dick, but it’s such an intimidating book!

    Aj @ Read All The Things!

    1. Not intimidating if you read it as part of a slow read, readalong :-)
      We started in Sept and will continue to read until the end of Feb 2020. Deb got so excited she has raced ahead of us and finished, but a stack of us are still going and welcome late joiners, speed readers and people who drop in and out. The only problem is I cant read Deb's review for Moby-Dick yet, in case of spoilers!!
      We have surprised ourselves by how much we are loving it.

  2. I thought your "deep dive" on whales and Moby Dick was super interesting then, and still is. I see so many on your list that look good!

  3. You did your homework with Moby Dick, that's for sure!

  4. I should have known that is this what you'd choose. Like mine, it was a "no-brainer."

  5. Wow Deb, you have really read widely around the novel and history of Moby Dick. I don't think I will ever be brave enough to read Moby Dick: it is just too long and intimidating!

  6. I should probably read Why Read Moby Dick? and then tackle the monster once and for all! Not sure why it intimidates me so...

  7. that is so cool. now you make me want to reread it. it has been many years
    sherry @ fundinmental

  8. Your Moby Dick reading is perfect for this post and you did it so well!

  9. In the Heart of the Sea is one of my all-time favourite nonfiction titles, such a gripping and fascinating read.

  10. Non-fiction November, hmmmm? Man, I'm already behind. Guess I'll have to pass on this one.
    I barely got started on Rumi for October...

  11. Wow, this is incredible! Usually I don't go farther than a two-book pairing, but I really like the idea of reading broadly on a subject - you've inspired me!

  12. wow, when I want some exhaustive info on a topic, I know where to go! Thanks for so many traesures

  13. Wow this is amazing!! My high school English teacher's favorite book was Moby DIck - he talked about it all the time, but we never read it in class. So, I've been meaning to pick it up for YEARS!

  14. Wow - it sounds like you really immersed yourself in all things Moby Dick when you took on that chunkster; I love the idea of that!

  15. I think you might be the expert on this topic! Here are my pairings if you have time: 2019 Week 2 Pairings


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