Nonfiction November: My Year 2019 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 (Oct. 28 to Nov. 1):

YOUR YEAR IN NONFICTION

Hosted by Julz of Julz Reads
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).
So far, I have read or listened to 17 nonfiction, nice, compared to only 11 last year. And I plan to read at least 3 more before the end of the year.

Here are the titles:

Biographies/Memoirs:

  1. The Years, by Annie Ernaux
  2. Walden, by Henry David Thoreau – audio, classic

About travels:

  1. Are We French Yet?, by Keith Van Sickle
  2. Travels with Charley, by John Steinbeck – audio, classic
  3. The American Dream? A Journey on Route 66, by Shing Yin Khor
    graphic “novel”
  4. Travels with a Donkey, by Robert Louis Stevenson – audio, classic

About technology:

  1. Talk to Me: How Voice Computing Will Transform the Way We Live, Work, and Think, by James Vlahos

About language/books:

  1. Dictionnaire des idées reçues, by Gustave Flaubert – audio, classic
  2. Book Love, by Debbie Tunggraphic “novel”

Other:

  1. Oh, the Meetings You’ll Go To!: A Parody, by Dr. Suits – graphic “novel”
  2. Secret Agent Brainteasers: More Than 100 Codebreaking Puzzles Inspired by Britain’s Espionage Masterminds, by Sinclair McKay

Orthodox spirituality:

  1. Prayers by the Lake, by Bishop Nikolai Velimirovich
  2. Earthen Vessels: The Practice of Personal Prayer According to the Patristic Tradition, by Gabriel Bunge
  3. Poustinia: Encountering God in Silence, Solitude and Prayer, by Catherine de Hueck Doherty
  4. If You Love Me: Serving Christ and the Church in Spirit and Truth, by Matthew the Poor
  5. Elder Leonid of Optina, by Fr. Clement Sederholm
  6. Alexander Schmorell: Saint of the German Resistance, by Elena Perekrestov

I actually also reviewed a few cookbooks, but I don’t feel like it counts here.

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What was your favorite nonfiction read of the year?

The YearsThis is really hard,
there are so many on this list I loved a lot!

What nonfiction book
have you recommended the most?
Talk to me

Do you have a particular topic
you’ve been attracted to more this year?
Apart from books related to Eastern Orthodoxy, I notice a lot of travels!

What are you hoping to get out
of participating in Nonfiction November?
As usual, to get acquainted with more nonfiction readers
and good titles unknown to me.

WHAT WAS YOUR FAVORITE NONFICTION THIS YEAR?

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40 thoughts on “Nonfiction November: My Year 2019 in Nonfiction

    • Oh wonderful Bryan! Yes: Prayers by the Lake, by Bishop Nikolai Velimirovich is so wonderful, amazing and powerful meditations. And this biography of a young student who went all the way could be a nice example for someone who’s almost ready to jump into Orthodoxy: Alexander Schmorell: Saint of the German Resistance, by Elena Perekrestov. You and he may actually know about The White Rose, and the movie on Sophie Scholl. They are these young Munich students who tried to raise awareness against supporting Hitler. Alexander was one of the active students, and he was Orthodox.
      Feel free to give my email address to your friend. I’m actually the wife of an Orthodox priest, and if I can be of any help with resources, etc, I would be most happy to help. I’m at emmacazabonne (at] gmail [dot) com.
      Actually one of the must reads early on a journey to Orthodoxy is The Orthodox Way, by Bishop Kallistos Ware. And I heard it just got revised.

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    • If you followed my reviews for the Man Booker International, there was a big debate, because it was considered by them as fiction. Though another translation award considered it as nonfiction last year. For me, there was never any doubt, it is nonfiction. You should be able to find it through interlibrary loan. And it’s all about the evolution of France, so yes, you would love it. Actually, I may have it on my home computer, I’ll look, I’m away for now

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