Nonfiction November: My Year 2018 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:


Hosted by Kim @ Sophisticated Dorkiness

Take a look back at your year of nonfiction and reflect on the following questions
What was your favorite nonfiction read of the year?
Do you have a particular topic you’ve been attracted to more this year?
What nonfiction book have you recommended the most?
What are you hoping to get out of participating in Nonfiction November?

Here is the recap of the nonfiction I have read (the links will send you to my review when it’s posted) or will finish for sure before the end of the year.
A pathetic 9 compare to 22 last year!! And I’m not sure I will read more nonfiction this year, besides these titles.

Why so few this year?
The reason being mostly that I really wanted to focus on reading books taking up dust on my shelves, and most were novels. And also the fact that I have read less this year, so the percentage fiction/nonfiction may end up pretty close to that of 2018, my end of the year statistics will tell.
Here are the titles:


  1. Monet, Itinerant of Light, by Salva Rubio (and EFA) – graphic nonfiction
  2. Conan Doyle for the Defense, by Margalit Fox
  3. Elder Sebastian of Optina, by Tatiana Torstensen

About trips:

  1. Journal de mon voyage d’Amérique, by Louis-Philippe
  2. The Ship, the Saint, and the Sailor: The Long Search for the Legendary Kad’yak, by Bradley G Stevens

About politics:

  1. Democracy in Chains, by Nancy MacLean- audiobook
  2. Fear: Trump in the White House, by Bob Woodward

About music:

  1. The Piano Shop on the Left Bank, by Thad Carhart

Orthodox spirituality:

  1. Modern Orthodox Thinkers: From the Philokalia to the Present Day, by Andrew Louth


What was your favorite nonfiction read of the year?

Conan Doyle for the Defense

What nonfiction book have you recommended the most?

Democracy in Chains

Do you have a particular topic you’ve been attracted to
more this year?

Current issues, which is totally new to me

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

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




62 thoughts on “Nonfiction November: My Year 2018 in Nonfiction

  1. Although your reading of nonfiction is down, I bet it feels great to have worked through some titles that have been gathering dust on your shelves.

    Thanks for the rec of Conan Doyle for the Defence, and happy reading in the month of November.


  2. I think people are either really drawn to current events nonfiction, or they want to read absolutely anything else. I have been really drawn to recent history current events, but most of the very contemporary stuff I’ve been avoiding. That said, Democracy in Chains looks fascinating. Thanks for suggesting it!


  3. Nine books is something! It looks like you found some really good things. I have gotten away from reading books on politics this year, but Democracy in Chains looks incredibly important. And I would love to read about Conan Doyle and a real-life mystery – what fun!

    Some of my favorite nonfiction reads this year were I Don’t Want To Talk About It by Terrence Real, Animals in Translation by Temple Grandin, and A Primer for Poets and Readers of Poetry by Gregory Orr.


  4. You’re the only other person I know who has read Piano Shop on the Left Bank! I wasn’t expecting it to be such a feel-good read but I fell in love. Best of luck this November – I can’t wait to see what you read!


  5. One of the things NonFicNov introduced me to a number of years ago was the graphic non-fiction book – I’ve come to love it – therefore adding the Monet book to my wishlist (this is how my TBR pile explodes every November!)


  6. The Ship, the Saint and the Sailor sounds intriguing! I think I want to check that one out. I just read another book involving Conan Doyle and was surprised how much I liked learning about his life (just because I’m not particularly interested in his fiction writing) so that one sounds good too. I also read Fear, although I promised myself I was going to cut back on the political books. I’m glad I did though, it ended up being more revealing than I expected.


  7. Fear came in from the library for me on audio, but I already had another audiobook I was trying to finish before it was due back, so I didn’t get to it. Would still like to though!


  8. I’ve only just started to read nonfiction this year, but Democracy in Chains seems like exactly the kind of book I’d enjoy. Thanks so much for the recommendation!


  9. You’ve read a great variety of nonfiction already! I’m taking note of some of these as I feel like I need all the suggestions I can get when it comes to nonfiction.


  10. I did not do this challenge on my blog but I took a count. So far I have read 10 non-fiction books. Everyone was good but my favorites were the biographies of Joni Mitchell (Reckless Daughter) and Stevie Nicks (Gold Dust Woman), I guess because reading and music are my two favorite things!


  11. What’s prompted the reading about current issues? The fact there are so many?! Or that there are more books being published about them? (it’s a bit chicken-and-egg!)


    • I saw McClean trending in Twitter, I got curious, and when I was saw the seriousness of her book, I thought I had to try it to get better informed. As for Fear, it’s only because again of the seriousness of the author that I thought I had to read it. Great questions, thanks


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