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I think I can say that Fall is finally here. Or at least the crisp Fall air is finally here. The colors not so much. We still haven't gotten around to any Fall activities, and at this point, I'm not sure when or if we'll do them.  Renovation updates We are almost at the halfway point into our ground floor renovation. The flooring is almost done, cabinets are ready to be setup, appliances are here. It's exciting to be on the other side of the renovation when things are getting finished. There's still easily 2.5 weeks worth of work left in the kitchen, and another 2-2.5 weeks for the master bathroom, so mid-November is likely when we are done with the renovation. Assuming no delays.  Flooring coming along All of us are pretty exhausted at this point. Walking up and down the stairs to pick items from the makeshift pantry and then cook on the main floor gets old very fast. I have been able to work from home without issues and I'm grateful for that. I've set up m

Book Pairings | Nonfiction November

For this week's Nonfiction November prompt, we are looking at book pairings. Whether you prefer fiction or nonfiction, there's usually a book in the other category that will match your likes. You like crime? No problem. How about history? Yep - there are plenty of choices in fiction and nonfiction. Stories are your thing? Got you covered there as well. 

Julz Reads is hosting the week and she's asking - 


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.



The first pair are for two books I read this year, regarding the custom of bachaposh. While I didn't love either book as much as I hoped to, they have each received very high reviews from other readers. Plus, they explain the custom of bachaposh very well.



Nadia Hashimi has many followers and The Pearl That Broke Its Shell has many fans. If you have read and loved this book or this author, then you may also enjoy The Underground Girls of Kabul - a nonfiction account of how this custom is followed and perceived within Afghanistan.


Another fan-favorite is Shutter Island. Did you love the movie or the book? I can't recall if I watched the movie or read the book first but they were both creepy and had different endings (if my memory is right), which meant you got creeped out twice. 



But no book creeped me out further than real-life "madhouse" experience in Ten Days in a Madhouse. Go on, pick that book, read it! It's very short, very fast, and will have you look at it in disbelief "was it really that easy to get admitted into an insane asylum?" You'll be wondering about your own sanity (insanity, dare I say?) once you finish this book.


And for my third pairing, which is also the first pair that came to me when writing this post, except I couldn't initially connect them together, until I read my notes on both the books. Remember Gillian Flynn's Dark Places? I don't know about you, but with time, this book feels scarier to me. The idea of late night murders scare the heck out of me, so much, that even the 30-something me gets all worked up if I have to get up in the night and step outside the bedroom. Well, it's not that bad, but the thought of murderers waiting in the shadows always cross my mind. 



You want to know of a real-life late-night murder story? Read Truman Capote's In Cold Blood. I made the mistake of listening to this book on audio, which meant I cannot read the words with my eyes half-closed. Nop, I had to listen to every word without skipping. Brr, the shivers! 


Have you read any of these books? What nonfiction book would you recommend to me?

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