Nonfiction November: My Year 2017 in Nonfiction



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As every year, a bunch of really cool bloggers are co-hosting Nonfiction November.
Here is the topic for week 1:

Your Year in Nonfiction:

Take a look back at your year of nonfiction and reflect on the following questions:
What was your favorite nonfiction read of the year?
What nonfiction book have you recommended the most?
What is one topic or type of nonfiction you haven’t read enough of yet?
What are you hoping to get out of participating in Nonfiction November?

First of all, here is the recap of the nonfiction I have read (the links will send you to my review when it’s posted):


  1. A Forger’s Life, by Sarah Kaminsky
  2. Born a Crime, by Trevor Noah
  3. Marie Antoinette’s Darkest Days, by Will Bashor
  4. Manderley Forever, by Tatiana de Rosnay
  5. The Madeleine Project, by Clara Beaudoux
  6. Bonjour Kale, by Kristen Beddard
  7. Audubon, on the Wings of the World, by Fabien Grolleau
  8. A Prodigal Saint: Father John of Kronstadt and the Russian People, by Nadieszda Kizenko

About books:

  1. The World Between Two Covers, by Ann Morgan
  2. The Novel of the Century: The Extraordinary Adventure of les Misérables, by David Bellos

About nature:

Unseen City, by Nathanael Johnson

Orthodox spirituality:

  1. Amour Sans Limites, by Lev Gillet
  2. To Open One’s Heart, by Michel Evdokimov
  3. The Typikon Decoded, by Job Gretcha
  4. The River of Fire, by Alexandre Kalomiros
  5. Le Regard du Ressuscité, by Archimandrite Gabriel

16 books so far.
By the end of the year, I also plan to read or finish reading:

  1. A Taste of Paris, by David Downie
  2. Man of God: Saint John of Shanghai & San Francisco, by Peter Prekrestov
  3. The Sherlock Holmes Book (Big Ideas Simply Explained), by DK Publishing
  4. A Curious Collection of Dates: Through the Year with Sherlock Holmes, by Leah Guinn, Jaime N. Mahoney
  5. Chronicles of a Liquid Society, by Umberto Eco

    What was your favorite nonfiction read of the year?

The World Between Two Covers    The Novel of the Century

Click on the covers to read my detailed reviews
I had to pick 2 titles!

What nonfiction book have you recommended the most?


Plus of course the top 2

What is one topic or type of nonfiction
you haven’t read enough of yet?

As usual, current issues!

What are you hoping to get out
of participating in Nonfiction November?

Get acquainted with more nonfiction readers and good titles unknown to me.




31 thoughts on “Nonfiction November: My Year 2017 in Nonfiction

  1. I can mention a few since I have been reading mostly nonfiction this year. Will Bashor’s history of “Marie Antoinette’s Darkest Days,” which I reviewed for France Book Tours in March, is a favorite despite the sad circumstances it describes, because it was so well done.
    I was also very impressed by “Imagine Heaven” by John Burke which reports on the growing body of near-death experiences documented by physicians and other researchers. It is a detailed ethnographic study of people’s reports which are remarkably similar even across cultures.
    I can also recommend the series of books by physicist-turned-theologian Fr Robert Spitzer: Finding Happiness, The Soul’s Upward Yearning, God So Loved the World, and the latest one, The Light Shines On in the Darkness, about the meaning of suffering and the implications for our lives. I do note the similarity of the last one to the title of your book, A Light to Enlighten the Darkness! Light is so intimately related to the nature of God, it cannot help but keep coming up! 🙂
    Hope this Nonfiction November is great for you, as the past year’s list of books has been.


  2. Honestly, I don’t know how you do it! That’s an impressive list.

    I enjoyed “Born a Crime” very much. I am torn on my non-fiction faves this year between “As Always, Julia,” a collection of letters from Julia Child to her friend Avis DeVoto written before and during the time Julia was writing “Mastering the Art of French Cooking” and “No Ordinary Time,” a biography of Franklin and Eleanor Roosevelt during World War II.


    • thanks. my secret is no children, no TV, so I read a lot every night after work and cooking. I have read another very interesting book on Julia Child, years ago. I’ll recommend No Ordinary Time to my husband, who loves American history


  3. Well, I can pat myself on the back that I wanted to read more about current events this year and I did! But I feel I neglected some of my other loves, memoir, literary biography, and narrative nonfiction history. I would love to read the Daphne Du Maurier bio since i read three of her books this year.


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  5. Nice selection of books you’ve read this year! I hadn’t heard of the Daphne du Maurier biography, but I finally read Rebecca this year. I was also impressed by Tatiana de Rosnay’s writing in Sarah’s Key, so I may have to check that one out.


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