“We Go Together”: Fiction and Nonfiction Book Pairings

we go together

Sometimes you want to escape into a fictional story. Sometimes you want the facts. Sometimes you want both. This list is for those times. 

  • The Darkest Minds by Alexandra Bracken / The Bone Season by Samantha Shannon / Extra Sensory: The Science and Pseudoscience of Telepathy and Other Powers of the Mind by Brian Clegg: Psychic Ability and Clairvoyants
  • The Screaming Staircase by Jonathan Stroud / Jackaby by William Ritter / Ghost Hunter: The Groundbreaking Classic of Paranormal Investigation by Hans Holzer: Supernatural and Paranormal Investigation
  • In the Shadow of Blackbirds by Cat Winters / A History of Ghosts: The True Story of Séances, Mediums, Ghosts, and Ghostbusters by Peter Ackroyd: Spiritualism
  • The 5th Wave by Rick Yancey / The Alien Invasion Survival Handbook by W.H. Mumfrey: Alien Invasion
  • Red Rising by Pierce Brown / Mars Up Close: Inside the Curiosity Mission by Marc Kaufman: Mars
  • Jellicoe Road by Melina Marchetta / The Piper’s Son by Melina Marchetta / In the Land of Oz by Howard Jacobson: Australia
  • A Darker Shade of Magic by Victoria Schwab / Neverwhere by Neil Gaiman / Lost London by Richard Guard: London
  • I Hunt Killers by Barry Lyga / The Devil in the White City by Erik Larson: Serial Killers
  • The Naturals by Jennifer Lynn Barnes / Silent Witnesses: The Often Gruesome, but Always Fascinating History of Forensic Science by Nigel McCrery / Profiling: The Psychology of Catching Killers by David Owen: Criminal Investigation
  • Traitor’s Blade by Sebastien de Castell / By the Sword: A History of Gladiators, Musketeers, and Samurai, Swashbucklers, and Olympic Champions by Richard Cohen: Swordsmen and Fencing
  • The Story of Owen: Dragon Slayer of Trondheim by E.K. Johnston / Dragonslayers: From Beowulf to Saint George by Joseph McCullough: Dragons and Dragonslaying
  • Leviathan by Scott Westerfeld / Secret Warriors: The Spies, Scientists, and Code Breakers of World War I by Taylor Downing: World War I
  • Code Name Verity by Elizabeth Wein / The Women Who Lived for Danger: The Agents of the Special Operations Executive by Marcus Binney: Women in World War II and Espionage
  • Rose Under Fire by Elizabeth Wein / Ravensbruck: Life and Death in Hitler’s Concentration Camp for Women by Sarah Helm: Ravensbruck Concentration Camp
  • Graffiti Moon by Cath Crowley / Mark Rothko: Toward the Light in the Chapel by Annie Cohen-Solal / Fire by Dale Chihuly: Art and Artists

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