2016 From Fiction to Reality

February 8, 2016

From: Goodreads 2016 Reading Challenges
Duration: January 1 – December 31, 2016

We thought it’d be cool to learn more about the people, places, or time period in the fictional books we read! This challenge lets your fictional reading inspire you to read nonfiction books or vice versa.

You’ll read books in pairs. Read any fiction book. Then, read a nonfiction book about any part of that fictional work. Or read a nonfiction book, then find a fictional work that’s related to it.

If you were to read Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone, your nonfiction book could be about witches, boarding schools, alchemy, or anything else related to the world of Harry Potter.

If you were to read Dead Wake: The Last Crossing of the Lusitania, you could read a fictional book that includes a submarine, takes place during WWII, or is about a ship that sinks.


Jackie B’s Challenge Books:

This one is hard… I will commit to 3 pairs, but I am not certain what they will all be. Hopefully, I can pull off more than 3 pairs!

4/6 books

1/3 pairs


Lock In (1/1/16) – The Diving Bell and the Butterfly

–Both of these books are about Lock In syndrome, which I didn’t know existed until I read Lock In. I look forward to learning more about what the real experience is like, and how it a person can live with it.

Lone Wolf and Cub, Vol. 8: Chains of Death (5/7/16) – Hagakure: The Book of the Samurai 

— I’ve slowly been making my way through the Lone Wolf and Cub graphic novel series. I recently realized that I don’t really understand a lot about Samurai code, and why people might not respect a Ronin. Time to find out!

Agatha Heterodyne and the Siege of Mechanicsburg (7/27/16) – What If?: Serious Scientific Answers to Absurd Hypothetical Questions (3/10/16)

— I read What If and realized, well, a lot of these things are similar to mad science. The Girl Genius graphic novel series relates a lot back to mad science. It’s a bit of a stretch, but I love the idea of being curious about things and just understanding how they happen. What Randall Munroe does seems like magic to me, just like the Sparks of Girl Genius.


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