Nonfiction November: My Year 2022 in Nonfiction

Nonfiction November 2022

#nonfictionbookparty: Instagram Daily Challenge
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Like every year, a bunch of really cool bloggers are co-hosting Nonfiction November.

Here is the topic for Week 1 (Oct 31-Nov 4):


Hosted by Katie @ Doing Dewey:
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).
Having finished my Bible project, my number of nonfiction this year is far below the one from the past two years, but with 18 (actually 19, if I consider than I read one twice), I’m still happy. That’s 15% of all I have read so far in 2022.
And I am planning on finishing at least 3 more before the end of the year.

Here are the titles, in the various categories:


  1. Passport, by Sophia Glock
  2. L’Axe du loup : De la Sibérie à l’Inde, sur les pas des évadés du goulag, by
    Sylvain Tesson
  3. Down and Out in Paris and London, by George Orwell
    these top 3 memoirs deal also with travels
  4. Revenge of the Librarians, by Tom Gauld – in cartoons

On science / environment / contemporary issues:

  1. Digital Hell: The Inner Workings of a “Like”, actually read in French: L’Enfer numérique, by Guillaume Pitron

On history:

  1. After the Romanovs: Russian Exiles in Paris From the Belle Époque Through the Revolution and War, by Helen Rappaport
  2. The Radium Girls: The Dark Story of America’s Shining Women, by Kate Moore
  3. Thomas Jefferson’s Crème Brûlée: How a Founding Father and His Slave James Hemings Introduced French Cuisine to America, by Thomas J. Craughwell

On Japan/self-help:

  1. Wabi Sabi: Japanese Wisdom for a Perfectly Imperfect Life, by Beth Kempton

In literary criticism:

  1. Agatha Christie Poirot: The Greatest Detective in the World, by Mark Aldridge

On nature:

  1. A Brush With Birds: Paintings and Stories from the Wild, by Richard Weatherly

On music:

  1. Absolutely on Music: Conversations with Seiji Ozawa, by Haruki Murakami and Seiji Ozawa

In Orthodox spirituality:

  1. Les Chemins du cœur : l’enseignement spirituel des Pères de l’Église, by Placide Deseille
  2. This Holy Man: Impressions of Metropolitan Anthony, by Gillian Crow
  3. Beginning to Pray, by Metropolitan Anthony Bloom (I actually read this one twice this year)


  1. River of Stars: Selected Poems of Akiko Yosano
  2. The Year of My Life, by Kobayashi Issa
  3. Selected Poems of Rainer Maria Rilke

I’m very happy for the diversity of topics covered.


What were your favorite nonfiction reads of the year?

L'Enfer numérique  L'Axe du loup

It turns out both are French.

What nonfiction books
have you recommended the most?

  L'Enfer numérique Revenge of the Librarians

Digital Hell: The Inner Workings of a “Like” is supposed to be published in English on March 7, 2023 by Scribe US.
But I have written a detailed review and talked about it to many people. Everyone seems to be eager to discover this. It is such a major issue, with such an impact on the environment, that so few people are talking about.
And because I read this book, I have drastically reduced by online activity.
So I will not participate in the daily #nonfictionbookparty Instagram challenge this year.

As for Revenge of the Librarians, I have mentioned it to several students and members of my book club, and the reaction was, OMG, I’m buying a copy right now for a Christmas gift for such and such in my family.
So authors and publishers, from my library copy, you are going to get quite a few sales!

Do you have a particular topic
you’ve been attracted to more this year?
Not really, and I am glad for the diversity

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.




66 thoughts on “Nonfiction November: My Year 2022 in Nonfiction

  1. I particularly remember your discussing L’Enfer Numérique but sadly the details of the central argument have passed me by! My own non-fiction reading this year has been very limited, however, essays on the Mabinogion and Renaissance theatre design don’t measure up to your achievement – time was when I mostly read nonfiction and fewer novels than now!


  2. I read The Radium Girls last year from Nonfiction November. It was fascinating! I love the diversity in your reading. I’ll look forward to reading Digital Hell when it’s released here. Adding Revenge of the Librarians to my list now.


    • It was fascinating, but so depressing, to see the number of victims needed before something got a bit done. Though the area where the factory was is still residential, including public buildings. Scary


  3. I’m normally quite a big reader of non-fiction, so am surprised to realise I haven’t read a single NF book this last month. Good to see Tom Gauld among your offerings – I love his cartoons.


  4. Searching for more books in French…so your blog is the place to look!
    L’Enfer numérique – Guillaume Pitron…I just ordered and will start it this week! Thanks for this NF reading tip!


    • Great move on Pitron! I was really impressed… and shocked. I want to read another by him, it actually exists in English: The Rare Metals War: the dark side of clean energy and digital technologies.
      On similar topics, have you read Fred Vargas (yes, the same Vargas who used to write fabulous thrillers): L’Humanité en Péril. Amazing, and also scary.
      With a sequel, that I haven’t read yet : Quelle chaleur allons-nous connaître ?
      She no longer writes polars, wanting to focus on warming people about what we are doing to the environment. But same quality of writing for sure!


  5. Love this … great variety, much more than I had in mine. And I love your cheekiness in including poetry! I never quite know where to put that along the fiction/nonfiction spectrum.

    I love Wabi sabi – both the concept and the phrase itself.


    • Yes, I think you would get a lot of Beginning to Pray, even if you are not Orthodox. Yes Radium Girls was so so depressing. And to know that the place of that factory is now a regular residential area, and has also some public buildings on it!


  6. Love your round up of your non fiction reading.

    I like the sound of Digital hell, and the passport.

    As for your favourite, my French well my French I can’t read , write, forgot all that I learnt. – I feel malade? 😪

    Lovely to connect with you. Regards Bella


  7. Digital Hell sounds important to read, I’m glad to hear it’s going to be translated. I’m increasingly disenchanted with social media although I would find it hard to give up my blog.


  8. Digital Hell seems a must read. I’m glad it’s going to be translated soon. I wonder if reading it would also affect my online activity? I’m pretty much ready to give up social media … but I’d have a hard time relinquishing the blog.


  9. Adding Digital Hell to my TBR, but I’ll have to wait for the english version as my high school french is probably not up to the task. I’ve read other books about the benefits of dematerialization and this one seems to offer an interesting counterargument. Thanks!


    • Definitely powerful counterargument, as he shows there’s no such thing as dematerialization. Digital data themselves need and use tons of energy and even technical elements, such as for instance many wires at the bottom of the ocean!

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  11. You certainly have great variety in your nonfiction. I am quite the opposite, always stick to the same subjects. The Agatha Christie biography has been on my radar as well, I’ll probably get to it next year.


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