Nonfiction November 2020: Book Pairings

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Book Pairings

hosted by Julz of Julz Reads

This week, pair up a nonfiction book with a fiction title.
It can be a “If you loved this book, read this!”
or just two titles that you think would go well together.
Maybe it’s a historical novel and you’d like to get the real history
by reading a nonfiction version of the story.

Today, I’m offering you 3 novels paired with 3 nonfiction books I read this year

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BOOK PAIRING #1

BIRDS

Vesper Flights Migrations

Migrations:
VERDICT: Both beautiful and heart-wrenching. And of course, a must for all birders.
Franny, from Galway, Ireland, knows that it’s probably the last time the Arctic Terns are migrating, so she decided to follow and accompany them on their last journey.
She goes to Greenland, where the bird starts its migration, and manages to convince Captain Ennis Malone to accept her on his shipping boat The Saghani. His crew has had a hard time finding fish, also because of global warming and all we have done to our planet, but Franny is a scientist and knows that the Arctic Tern adjusts its route to where they can find fish to eat. So that should work, right?
Things get complicated…

BOOK PAIRING #2

MARIE-ANTOINETTE

 Marie Antoinette's World MARIE antoinette

Becoming Marie-Antoinette:
The book is excellent at describing the royal families and all the petty details of everyday life, from the rising to the preparation for the night;  at showing what it would have taken to become the queen of France, lots of advantages maybe, but also lots of sacrifices.

BOOK PAIRING #3

TEA

 The Book of Tea broken teaglass

The Broken Teaglass:
Take words, a job with words and dictionaries, and a good mystery, well, how could I resist that!
A neat, smart, very enjoyable and quick read.

HAVE YOU READ ANY OF THESE?
WOULD YOU HAVE ANOTHER
BOOK PAIRING RELATED TO BIRDS OR TEA?

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):

YOUR YEAR IN NONFICTION

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.

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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.

WHAT WAS YOUR FAVORITE NONFICTION THIS YEAR?

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The top 8 books to read in November 2020

Here are

The top 8 books
I plan to read in November 2020

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CURRENTLY READING

The Education of Delhomme To Hold Up the Sky

📚 The Education of Delhomme: Chopin, Sand, & la France (Nov 17, 2020), by Nancy Burkhalter
Reading for France Book Tours

Beaulieu Delhomme, a piano tuner, faces the guillotine for committing treason against the newly elected French president due to his part in the bloody worker uprisings in 1848. The one person who could save him from this fate is his former arch-rival, the celebrated author, George Sand. The plot leading to his imprisonment revolves around the triangle of composer Frédéric Chopin, his lover George Sand, and Delhomme, Chopin’s loyal piano tuner. Both Sand and Delhomme compete for the attention of Chopin, who fights a losing battle with tuberculosis. The president’s spymaster uses this triangle to lure cash-strapped Delhomme into exploiting his friendship with Chopin to spy on George Sand, whose fiery rhetoric threatens the new president.
At first, before the uprisings that marked a tumultuous period out of which France’s Second Republic grew, Delhomme favors preserving the status quo because any policy changes might jeopardize his (and Chopin’s) wealthy client base. Sand wields her pen against the oppressive laws and ridicules Delhomme for his views.
Delhomme changes his opinion of the monarchy when he sees how his nephew is abused as an orphan working in a piano factory in industrial London. Delhomme becomes a double agent, paid to spy for the president while secretly working for the resistance. Sand softens her contempt when she discovers that he has switched allegiances and now promotes workers’ rights.
Delhomme is caught working for the resistance, jailed in Paris’ infamous Conciergerie prison, and faces a trial for treason. Even Sand’s testimony is not enough to trump that of the vaunted spymaster, but her fame may be enough to persuade the new president to pardon him.”

📚 To Hold Up the Sky,  (October 20th, 2020) by Cixin Liu
Received for review.
Cixin Liu is the author of the amazing Supernova Era, that’s why I decided to read this one.

“From Cixin Liu, the New York Times bestselling author of The Three-Body ProblemTo Hold Up the Sky is a breathtaking collection of imaginative science fiction.”
It contains 11 short stories.

READING NEXT

La grande escapade Les grands cerfs

The Vexations Flood

📚 La Grande escapade (2019), by Jean-Philippe Blondel
Received for review in 2019!
By a French author I really like, this time, I should finally have time to read it.

📚 Les Grands cerfs (2019), by Claude Hunzinger
Received for review in 2019!
I’m looking forward to discovering this author, dealing with a nature theme, like several other French novels I read recently.

📚 The Vexations, (2019) by Caitlin Horrocks
I can’t believe it’s already been a year since a friend lent it to me!! I started it, but then had to stop for books received for review.
It’s a historical novel on Erik Satie!

“Erik Satie begins life with every possible advantage. But after the dual blows of his mother’s early death and his father’s breakdown upend his childhood, Erik and his younger siblings — Louise and Conrad — are scattered. Later, as an ambitious young composer, Erik flings himself into the Parisian art scene, aiming for greatness but achieving only notoriety.
As the years, then decades, pass, he alienates those in his circle as often as he inspires them, lashing out at friends and lovers like Claude Debussy and Suzanne Valadon. Only Louise and Conrad are steadfast allies. Together they strive to maintain their faith in their brother’s talent and hold fast the badly frayed threads of family. But in a journey that will take her from Normandy to Paris to Argentina, Louise is rocked by a severe loss that ultimately forces her into a reckoning with how Erik — obsessed with his art and hungry for fame — will never be the brother she’s wished for.
With her buoyant, vivid reimagination of an iconic artist’s eventful life, Caitlin Horrocks has written a captivating and ceaselessly entertaining novel about the tenacious bonds of family and the costs of greatness, both to ourselves and to those we love.”

📚 Flood, (2008) by Stephen Baxter
This one was more recently offered to me by one of my French students. He loves this author, and knowing that I like scifi, he thought I should definitely read it!

It begins in 2016. Another wet summer, another year of storm surges and high tides. But this time the Thames Barrier is breached and central London is swamped. The waters recede, life goes on, the economy begins to recover, people watch the news reports of other floods around the world. And then the waters rise again. And again.
Lily, Helen, Gary and Piers, hostages released from five years captivity at the hands of Christian Extremists in Spain, return to England and the first rumours of a flood of positively Biblical proportions…
Sea levels have begun to rise, at catastrophic speed. Within two years London and New York will be under water. The Pope will give his last address from the Vatican before Rome is swallowed by the rising water. Mecca too will vanish beneath the waves.
The world is drowning. A desperate race to find out what is happening begins. The popular theory is that we are paying the price for our profligacy and that climate change is about to redress Gaia’s balance. But there are dissenting views. And all the time the waters continue to rise and mankind begins the great retreat to higher ground. Millions will die, billions will become migrants. Wars will be fought over mountains.”

CURRENT AND NEXT AUDIOBOOKS

La Chute du soleil de fer Lord Edgware Dies

📚 La Chute du soleil de fer, (N.E.O. #1, Oct 1st, 2020) by Michel Bussi
I really enjoy a lot Michel Bussi, and have listened to almost all of his books. He usually writes thrillers, but for the first time, he’s trying YA fantasy, Two genres I usually don’t read, but how could I resist Bussi?
I have actually already listened to half of it, and am loving it!
The description of the setting are fantastic, and I have no idea how things are going to evolve.

📚 Lord Edgware Dies,  (Hercule Poirot #9, 1933) by Agatha Christie
Part of my project to listen to all of HP, for The Classics Club

“An Agatha Christie mystery story. Poirot had been present when Jane bragged of her plan to ‘get rid of’ her estranged husband. Now the monstrous man was dead. And yet the great Belgian detective couldn’t help feeling that he was being taken for a ride. After all, how could Jane have stabbed Lord Edgware to death in his library at exactly the same time she was seen dining with friends? And what could be her motive now that the aristocrat had finally granted her a divorce?”

CURRENT GIVEAWAYS

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List of books I can swap with yours

PLANS FOR NOVEMBER

📚 I’ll be participating in Nonfiction November. My first post will be on Novelber6
📚 I hope to finalize my plans for a  monthly Newsletter, with special content.
Let me know what you would like to find in it.

Eiffel Tower Orange

HAVE YOU READ
OR ARE YOU PLANNING TO READ
ANY OF THESE?
WHAT ARE YOUR READING PLANS FOR NOVEMBER?

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