Nonfiction November: My Year 2020 in Nonfiction

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#NonficNov

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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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Bout of Books 29: Day 7 and final recap

BOUT OF BOOKS 29
FINAL RECAP

Boutofbooks 29

#boutofbooks
This is my 16th participation in #boutofbooks

Click on the logo to join the fun!

The Bout of Books readathon is organized
by Amanda Shofner and Kelly Rubidoux Apple.
It’s a weeklong readathon that begins 12:01am Monday, August 17th
and runs through Sunday, August 23rd in YOUR time zone.
Bout of Books is low-pressure.
All reading-in-place times, Twitter chats,
and exclusive Instagram challenges a
re completely optional.
For Bout of Books 29 information and updates,
visit the Bout of Books blog
. – From the Bout of Books team

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FINAL RECAP

This was a good reading week, I ended up having more time than expected, especially on Saturday

So instead of 525 pages, I read 774 pages.
Instead of an average of 75, my average is 110 pages/day, thanks to the audio time.
I only finished one book, which was to be expected, as most of my books to read are for read-alongs, so I have to space them out every week.
But I’m glad I read more than half of Don’t Look For Me, another excellent psychological thriller by Wendy Walker (upcoming).

See you on January 4 for Bout of Books 30!
Hopefully, it won’t be too busy and I can aim at an even higher level

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Here is what I read on DAY 7:

  1. Don’t Look for Me, by Wendy Walker = 61 pages

Total for Day 7:  61 pages
TOTAL:    774/525

Sundays are busy days for me, so 61 pages is actually a good number for me

📚 For the 9:30 p.m Central reading-in-place:
I didn’t participate

I did the Instagram challenge, doing a shelfie-video of my main bookshelf!

 

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Here is what I read on DAY 6:

  1. Killer, Come Back to Me: The Crime Stories of Ray Bradbury = 36 pages
  2. The Wind-Up Bird Chronicle, by Haruki Murakami = 48 pages
  3. Don’t Look for Me, by Wendy Walker = 98 pages
  4. Psalm 118: Commentary by Theophan the Recluse = 12 pages
  5. Audiobook: Pandemia, by Franck Thilliez = 12 pages

Total for Day 6:  206 pages
TOTAL so far:    713/525

Wow, that was a great day!
If you are curious about the number of books I have been reading from, during this week, three are for read-alongs, so I have to stop when I have read the allotted number of pages for the week. And the spiritual book, I only read a bit at a time, as it’s really meaty.

📚 For the 9:30 p.m Central reading-in-place:
I read 21 pages. I never do too well for this, as I take notes.
I posted a short video as I was preparing for this.

I did the Instagram challenge, featuring an under-rated 2020 book.

📚📚📚

Here is what I read on DAY 5:

  1. The Wind-Up Bird Chronicle, by Haruki Murakami = 24 pages
  2. Audiobook: Pandemia, by Franck Thilliez = 51 pages

Total for Day 5:  75 pages
TOTAL so far:  507/525

Wooh, just made it to 75 pages!

📚 For the 9:30 p.m. Central reading-in-place:
I forgot again, even though I was reading. Definitely not my type of things.

I did the Instagram challenge, featuring one of my Auto-buy authors.

📚📚📚

Here is what I read on DAY 4:

  1. L’énigme de la chambre 622, by Joël Dicker = 10 pages
  2. The Wind-Up Bird Chronicle, by Haruki Murakami = 18 pages
  3. Audiobook: Pandemia, by Franck Thilliez = 58 pages

Total for Day 4:  86 pages
TOTAL so far:  432 /525

A pathetic 43 pages, as I had something else going on yesterday night, the only time I can really read.

📚 For the 9:30 p.m. Central reading-in-place:
I totally forgot to participate! I was so engrossed in reviewing my Russian. A sure sign I’m getting totally obsessed by languages right now. Learning Russian with a tutor and doing practice with 8 different sources, plus teaching myself Italian for reading

And I forgot the Instagram challenge of the day!!

📚📚📚

Here is what I read on DAY 3:

  1. L’énigme de la chambre 622, by Joël Dicker = 5 pages
  2. Audiobook: Pandemia, by Franck Thilliez = 38 pages

Total for Day 3:  43 pages
TOTAL so far:  346/525

A pathetic 43 pages, as I had something else going on yesterday night, the only time I can really read.

📚 For the 9:30 p.m. Central reading-in-place: I couldn’t participate

I did the Instagram challenge, featuring a recent 5 star read

📚📚📚

Here is what I read on DAY 2:

  1. Le livre de Perle, by Timothée de Fombelle = 60 pages
  2. L’énigme de la chambre 622, by Joël Dicker = 17 pages
  3. Audiobook: The Big Four, by Agatha Christie = 18 pages – FINISHED
  4. Audiobook: Pandemia, by Franck Thilliez = 4 pages

Total for Day 2:  99 pages
TOTAL so far:  303/525

I caught up with the pages I needed to read for my read along with a student on Le Livre de Perle, so I started reading L’énigme de la chambre 622, for a French read-along on Discord – we read and comment in French. Let me know if you are interested.

📚 For the 9:30 p.m. Central reading-in-place, I read 30 pages.

I also did the Instagram challenge, featuring a beautiful book cover.

📚📚📚

Here is what I read on DAY 1:

  1. Le livre de Perle, by Timothée de Fombelle = 63 pages
  2. Audiobook: The Big Four, by Agatha Christie = 141 pages

Total for Day 1:  204 pages
TOTAL so far:  204/525

I had a lot of house chores to do today: wash, gardening, cooking, dishes, so ended up with almost 3 hours of audiobook listening!

📚 For the 9:30 p.m. Central reading-in-place, I read 27 pages.
Not many, because I take notes to help for reviews.
I didn’t participate in the Twitter Chat, but I already met interesting readers through the #boutofbooks hashtag

I also did the Instagram challenge

📚📚📚

I’m setting my goal at 525 pages, that is, 75 pages per day. 

Here are the books I plan to read from. Some I’m currently reading.

  1. Killer, Come Back to Me: The Crime Stories of Ray Bradbury
  2. Le livre de Perle, by Timothée de Fombelle
  3. L’énigme de la chambre 622, by Joël Dicker
  4. The Wind-Up Bird Chronicle, by Haruki Murakami
  5. Vesper Flights, by Helen Macdonald
  6. Don’t Look for Me, by Wendy Walker
  7. Psalm 118: Commentary by Theophan the Recluse
  8. Audiobook: The Big Four, by Agatha Christie FINISHED
  9. Audiobook: Pandemia, by Franck Thilliez

SCHEDULE

For Bout of Books 29, no daily challenges will be hosted on our blog. Instead, we’ll have reading-in-place times!

Reading-in-place times, or reading sprints, happen daily on Twitter. If you don’t have Twitter, make note of these times and report your reading progress on your platform of choice.

All reading-in-place times last 30 minutes.

Daily Reading-in-Place Times

📚 10 a.m Eastern | 7 a.m. Pacific
📚 4 p.m. Eastern | 1 p.m. Pacific
📚 10:30 p.m. Eastern | 7:30 p.m. Pacific

Twitter Chats

(chats last approximately one hour)
TZC = Time Zone Conversion

Monday: 9 p.m. Eastern | 6 p.m. Pacific
Saturday: 11 a.m. Eastern | 8 a.m. Pacific

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Bout of Books 29: Day 6 recap

BOUT OF BOOKS 29
Day 6 recap

Boutofbooks 29

#boutofbooks
This is my 16th participation in #boutofbooks

Click on the logo to join the fun!

The Bout of Books readathon is organized
by Amanda Shofner and Kelly Rubidoux Apple.
It’s a weeklong readathon that begins 12:01am Monday, August 17th
and runs through Sunday, August 23rd in YOUR time zone.
Bout of Books is low-pressure.
All reading-in-place times, Twitter chats,
and exclusive Instagram challenges a
re completely optional.
For Bout of Books 29 information and updates,
visit the Bout of Books blog
. – From the Bout of Books team

📚📚📚

Here is what I read on DAY 6:

  1. Killer, Come Back to Me: The Crime Stories of Ray Bradbury = 36 pages
  2. The Wind-Up Bird Chronicle, by Haruki Murakami = 48 pages
  3. Don’t Look for Me, by Wendy Walker = 98 pages
  4. Psalm 118: Commentary by Theophan the Recluse = 12 pages
  5. Audiobook: Pandemia, by Franck Thilliez = 12 pages

Total for Day 6:  206 pages
TOTAL so far:    713/525

Wow, that was a great day!
If you are curious about the number of books I have been reading from, during this week, three are for read-alongs, so I have to stop when I have read the allotted number of pages for the week. And the spiritual book, I only read a bit at a time, as it’s really meaty.

📚 For the 9:30 p.m Central reading-in-place:
I read 21 pages. I never do too well for this, as I take notes.
I posted a short video as I was preparing for this.

I did the Instagram challenge, featuring an under-rated 2020 book.
I also

📚📚📚

Here is what I read on DAY 5:

  1. The Wind-Up Bird Chronicle, by Haruki Murakami = 24 pages
  2. Audiobook: Pandemia, by Franck Thilliez = 51 pages

Total for Day 5:  75 pages
TOTAL so far:  507/525

Wooh, just made it to 75 pages!

📚 For the 9:30 p.m. Central reading-in-place:
I forgot again, even though I was reading. Definitely not my type of things.

I did the Instagram challenge, featuring one of my Auto-buy authors.

📚📚📚

Here is what I read on DAY 4:

  1. L’énigme de la chambre 622, by Joël Dicker = 10 pages
  2. The Wind-Up Bird Chronicle, by Haruki Murakami = 18 pages
  3. Audiobook: Pandemia, by Franck Thilliez = 58 pages

Total for Day 4:  86 pages
TOTAL so far:  432 /525

A pathetic 43 pages, as I had something else going on yesterday night, the only time I can really read.

📚 For the 9:30 p.m. Central reading-in-place:
I totally forgot to participate! I was so engrossed in reviewing my Russian. A sure sign I’m getting totally obsessed by languages right now. Learning Russian with a tutor and doing practice with 8 different sources, plus teaching myself Italian for reading

And I forgot the Instagram challenge of the day!!

📚📚📚

Here is what I read on DAY 3:

  1. L’énigme de la chambre 622, by Joël Dicker = 5 pages
  2. Audiobook: Pandemia, by Franck Thilliez = 38 pages

Total for Day 3:  43 pages
TOTAL so far:  346/525

A pathetic 43 pages, as I had something else going on yesterday night, the only time I can really read.

📚 For the 9:30 p.m. Central reading-in-place: I couldn’t participate

I did the Instagram challenge, featuring a recent 5 star read

📚📚📚

Here is what I read on DAY 2:

  1. Le livre de Perle, by Timothée de Fombelle = 60 pages
  2. L’énigme de la chambre 622, by Joël Dicker = 17 pages
  3. Audiobook: The Big Four, by Agatha Christie = 18 pages – FINISHED
  4. Audiobook: Pandemia, by Franck Thilliez = 4 pages

Total for Day 2:  99 pages
TOTAL so far:  303/525

I caught up with the pages I needed to read for my read along with a student on Le Livre de Perle, so I started reading L’énigme de la chambre 622, for a French read-along on Discord – we read and comment in French. Let me know if you are interested.

📚 For the 9:30 p.m. Central reading-in-place, I read 30 pages.

I also did the Instagram challenge, featuring a beautiful book cover.

📚📚📚

Here is what I read on DAY 1:

  1. Le livre de Perle, by Timothée de Fombelle = 63 pages
  2. Audiobook: The Big Four, by Agatha Christie = 141 pages

Total for Day 1:  204 pages
TOTAL so far:  204/525

I had a lot of house chores to do today: wash, gardening, cooking, dishes, so ended up with almost 3 hours of audiobook listening!

📚 For the 9:30 p.m. Central reading-in-place, I read 27 pages.
Not many, because I take notes to help for reviews.
I didn’t participate in the Twitter Chat, but I already met interesting readers through the #boutofbooks hashtag

I also did the Instagram challenge

📚📚📚

I’m setting my goal at 525 pages, that is, 75 pages per day. 

Here are the books I plan to read from. Some I’m currently reading.

  1. Killer, Come Back to Me: The Crime Stories of Ray Bradbury
  2. Le livre de Perle, by Timothée de Fombelle
  3. L’énigme de la chambre 622, by Joël Dicker
  4. The Wind-Up Bird Chronicle, by Haruki Murakami
  5. Vesper Flights, by Helen Macdonald
  6. Don’t Look for Me, by Wendy Walker
  7. Psalm 118: Commentary by Theophan the Recluse
  8. Audiobook: The Big Four, by Agatha Christie FINISHED
  9. Audiobook: Pandemia, by Franck Thilliez

SCHEDULE

For Bout of Books 29, no daily challenges will be hosted on our blog. Instead, we’ll have reading-in-place times!

Reading-in-place times, or reading sprints, happen daily on Twitter. If you don’t have Twitter, make note of these times and report your reading progress on your platform of choice.

All reading-in-place times last 30 minutes.

Daily Reading-in-Place Times

📚 10 a.m Eastern | 7 a.m. Pacific
📚 4 p.m. Eastern | 1 p.m. Pacific
📚 10:30 p.m. Eastern | 7:30 p.m. Pacific

Twitter Chats

(chats last approximately one hour)
TZC = Time Zone Conversion

Monday: 9 p.m. Eastern | 6 p.m. Pacific
Saturday: 11 a.m. Eastern | 8 a.m. Pacific

Click on the logo to sign up

Save