#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):
YOUR YEAR IN NONFICTION
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:
- Passport, by Sophia Glock
- L’Axe du loup : De la Sibérie à l’Inde, sur les pas des évadés du goulag, by
- Down and Out in Paris and London, by George Orwell
= these top 3 memoirs deal also with travels
- Revenge of the Librarians, by Tom Gauld – in cartoons
On science / environment / contemporary issues:
- Digital Hell: The Inner Workings of a “Like”, actually read in French: L’Enfer numérique, by Guillaume Pitron
- After the Romanovs: Russian Exiles in Paris From the Belle Époque Through the Revolution and War, by Helen Rappaport
- The Radium Girls: The Dark Story of America’s Shining Women, by Kate Moore
- Thomas Jefferson’s Crème Brûlée: How a Founding Father and His Slave James Hemings Introduced French Cuisine to America, by Thomas J. Craughwell
- Wabi Sabi: Japanese Wisdom for a Perfectly Imperfect Life, by Beth Kempton
In literary criticism:
- Agatha Christie Poirot: The Greatest Detective in the World, by Mark Aldridge
- A Brush With Birds: Paintings and Stories from the Wild, by Richard Weatherly
Absolutely on Music: Conversations with Seiji Ozawa, by Haruki Murakami and Seiji Ozawa
In Orthodox spirituality:
- Les Chemins du cœur : l’enseignement spirituel des Pères de l’Église, by Placide Deseille
- This Holy Man: Impressions of Metropolitan Anthony, by Gillian Crow
- Beginning to Pray, by Metropolitan Anthony Bloom (I actually read this one twice this year)
- River of Stars: Selected Poems of Akiko Yosano
- The Year of My Life, by Kobayashi Issa
- 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?
It turns out both are French.
What nonfiction books
have you recommended the most?
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.
WHAT WAS YOUR FAVORITE NONFICTION THIS YEAR?