Nonfiction November: My Year 2020 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 (Nov. 2-6):


Hosted by JLeann of Shelf Aware
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 28 nonfiction, which is already 9% more than last year (I read 23 nonfiction in 2019).
And I plan to read at least 4 more before the end of the year.

Here are the titles:

Bible and religious books:

  1. The Book of Genesis
  2. The Book of Exodus
  3. The Book of Leviticus
  4. The Book of Numbers
  5. The Book of Deuteronomy
  6. he Book of Joshua
  7. The Book of Judges
  8. The Book of Ruth
  9. The First & Second Book of Samuel
  10. The First & Second Book of Kings
  11. The 1st & 2nd Book of Chronicles
  12. The Book of Nehemiah all the above are audio, for The Classics Club
  13. Theological Territories: a David Bentley Hart Digest, by David Bentley Hart- ebook
  14. On The Ecclesiastical Mystagogy, by Saint Maximus the Confessor
  15. The Church, the Litany, and the Soul of Man, by Saint Maximus the Confessor
  16. Le petit livre de la vie réussie, by Anselm Grün

About Thoreau:

  1. Civil Disobedience, by Henry David Thoreau – ebook, for The Classics Club
  2. Bob Pepperman Taylor, Lessons from Walden – ebook

About nature:

  1. La Panthère des neiges, by Sylvain Tesson – French audiobook
  2. Vesper Flights, by Helen McDonald – audiobook

About history:

  1. Berezina, by Sylvain Tesson – French audiobook
  2. Marie Antoinette’s World, by Will Bashor- ebook for France Book Tours

About Japan:

  1. The Book of Tea, by Kakuzo Okakura – for The Classics Club
  2. The Book of Ichigo Ichie, by Héctor Garcia

On contemporary issues:

  1. On Tyranny, by Timothy Snyder
  2. L’Humanité en péril, by Fred Vargas – French audiobook, on the urgent need to save our planet!

Graphic “novel” about books:

  1. I Will Judge You by Your Bookshelf, by Grant Snider

I also reviewed 21 books published by Rockridge Press, but I didn’t read these books from A to Z as I would read other books, so I didn’t count them in my statistics.

So really, this was a huge nonfiction year for me.
I’m very happy for the diversity of topics as well.
Besides, I’m glad I did a good dent in my project to listen to each book of the Bible, a nice way of revisiting it all.


What was your favorite nonfiction read of the year?

  La Panthère des neiges L'humanité en péril

I had to choose two.
If you click on the left cover, you can see its English edition.
The other one has not been translated

What nonfiction book
have you recommended the most?

Vesper Flights

Do you have a particular topic
you’ve been attracted to more this year?
Besides religious topics, not really

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




29 thoughts on “Nonfiction November: My Year 2020 in Nonfiction

  1. Much of the nonfiction I read this year so far is biography or memoir. I was enlightened about James Baldwin’s struggles and achievements in the biography of him by David Leeming. For the rest of the year I will be working on The Age of Faith by Will Durant. It is 1086 pp so I will most likely still be reading it in 2021!


  2. Waow, you did great !
    I have the book by Fred Vargas on my shelf (it’s staring at me at this moment !) ever since it’s been published – I even offered it to my sister who’s a fan, too. But I haven’t read it yet, which is why it’s staring at me judgementally. But I’ll get to it soon.
    My favourite non-fiction was definitely The five by Hallie Rubenhold (who really were the victims of Jack the Ripper, the facts are quite different from the legend).


  3. Such a varied list of non-fiction books. I’ve just started with my Non-fiction November and will write about it next week.

    It’s the Capital by Karl Marx for me.


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  5. That is quite an interesting variety of nonfiction books. It is so great when one finds an interesting topic and can pursue it by reading about it. As you saw from my post, I am mostly into history, but made an effort this year to vary myself a little bit.
    Good luck with the rest of the month.


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  7. Well done! I read a lot more than I reviewed – mostly nutritional topics. I think H is for Hawk was the most important nonfic read for me this year. I also loved Come, Tell me How You Live by Agatha Christie Mallowan. To Sir With Love was an excellent read, too.


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