Nonfiction November: My Year 2018 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:

YOUR YEAR IN NONFICTION

Hosted by Kim @ Sophisticated Dorkiness

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) or will finish for sure before the end of the year.
A pathetic 9 compare to 22 last year!! And I’m not sure I will read more nonfiction this year, besides these titles.

Why so few this year?
The reason being mostly that I really wanted to focus on reading books taking up dust on my shelves, and most were novels. And also the fact that I have read less this year, so the percentage fiction/nonfiction may end up pretty close to that of 2018, my end of the year statistics will tell.
Here are the titles:

Biographies:

  1. Monet, Itinerant of Light, by Salva Rubio (and EFA) – graphic nonfiction
  2. Conan Doyle for the Defense, by Margalit Fox
  3. Elder Sebastian of Optina, by Tatiana Torstensen

About trips:

  1. Journal de mon voyage d’Amérique, by Louis-Philippe
  2. The Ship, the Saint, and the Sailor: The Long Search for the Legendary Kad’yak, by Bradley G Stevens

About politics:

  1. Democracy in Chains, by Nancy MacLean- audiobook
  2. Fear: Trump in the White House, by Bob Woodward

About music:

  1. The Piano Shop on the Left Bank, by Thad Carhart

Orthodox spirituality:

  1. Modern Orthodox Thinkers: From the Philokalia to the Present Day, by Andrew Louth

 

What was your favorite nonfiction read of the year?

Conan Doyle for the Defense

What nonfiction book have you recommended the most?

Democracy in Chains

Do you have a particular topic you’ve been attracted to
more this year?

Current issues, which is totally new to me

What are you hoping to get out
of participating in Nonfiction November?

Get acquainted with more nonfiction readers and good titles unknown to me

WHAT WAS YOUR FAVORITE NONFICTION THIS YEAR?

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Bout of Books 22: Final recap

Bout of Books 22

#boutofbooks

Bout of Books 22:

Final recap

Another happy Bout of Books!
I reached my goal of 700, that is, an average of 100 pages/day.
In fact, I reached 783 pages, which is 111 pages per day (last time, I did 139).
I finished 2 books, and read 53% of a third.
I can tell you the upcoming books
by Catherine Steadman, Something in the Water,
and The Word is Murder, by Anthony Horowitz, are fantastic! 

See you maybe for next Bout of Books, 8/20/2018 – 8/26/2018.

HOW WAS YOUR READING WEEK?

 

WHAT I READ ON DAY 7:

  1. The Word is Murder: 44 pages
  2. Audio: Sans feu ni lieu – equivalent to 25 pages 

TOTAL pages on DAY 7 = 69
TOTAL PAGES SO FAR:    783 /700

WHAT I READ ON DAY 6:

  1. Elder Sebastian of Optina: 13 pages

  2. The Word is Murder: 156 pages
    REALLY enjoying this book!

  3. Audio: Sans feu ni lieu – equivalent to 34 pages 

TOTAL pages on DAY 6 = 203 – my best day this week!
TOTAL PAGES SO FAR: 714/700

ALSO:

  • I didn’t do the website challenge, but the Instagram one, where I shared one of my bookshelves

  • Don’t forget to enter my giveaway, closing at 2 pm this Sun. I also offer another giveaway here!

WHAT I READ ON DAY 5:

  1. Elder Sebastian of Optina: 16 pages

  2. Something in the Water: 63 pages – BOOK FINISHED.
    ***** FANTASTIC!

  3. The Word is Murder: 20 pages
    I was going to start another book, but realized this one will be released earlier, so I switch to this one.
    OMG, I LOVE the beginning, so well done!! Looks like it’s going to be another terrific Horowitz!

  4. Audio: Sans feu ni lieu – equivalent to 23 pages 

TOTAL pages on DAY 5 = 122
TOTAL PAGES SO FAR: 511/700

ALSO:

 

WHAT I READ ON DAY 4:

  1. Elder Sebastian of Optina: 10 pages

  2. Something in the Water: 63 pages

  3. Audio: Un peu plus loin sur la droite – equivalent to 30 pages – BOOK FINISHED

TOTAL pages on DAY 4 = 103
TOTAL PAGES SO FAR: 389/700

ALSO:

WHAT I READ ON DAY 3:

  1. Something in the Water: 71 pages
    =glad I read this amount, despite a short evening available. And oh the suspense!

  2. Audio: Un peu plus loin sur la droite – equivalent to 22 pages

TOTAL pages on DAY 3 = 93
TOTAL PAGES SO FAR: 286/700

ALSO:

  • I did the challenge ‘Show me your precious’
    In case you have not seen it on Instagram, come this way

  • I have also tried to do the Instagram daily challenges for Bout of Books

  • Don’t forget to enter my giveaway. I also offer another giveaway here!

WHAT I READ ON DAY 2:

  1. Elder Sebastian of Optina: 14 pages

  2. Something in the Water: 78 pages
    =wow, thoroughly enjoying this!!

  3. Audio: Un peu plus loin sur la droite – 5 mn, equivalent to 2 pages

TOTAL pages on DAY 2 = 94
TOTAL PAGES SO FAR: 193/700

ALSO:

WHAT I READ ON DAY 1:

  1. Elder Sebastian of Optina: 17 pages

  2. Something in the Water: 71 pages

  3. Audio: Un peu plus loin sur la droite – 25 mn, equivalent to 11 pages

TOTAL pages on DAY 1 = 99
TOTAL PAGES SO FAR: 99/700

ALSO:

  • I did the challenge:
    Introduce Yourself #insixwords
    In case you have not seen it, come this way

  • I posted a book giveaway

  • I didn’t take part in the Twitter chat, the questions are too similar every time.

 ***

Here are the books I plan to read:

  1. Go on with: Modern Orthodox Thinkers, by Andrew Louth

  2. Go on with: Elder Sebastian of Optina, by Tatiana Torstensen

  3. Go on with: Something in the Water, by Catherine Steadman – FINISHED

  4. The Word is Murder, by Anthony Horowitz

  5. Audiobook. Finish: Un peu plus loin sur la droite, by Fred Vargas – FINISHED

  6. Audiobook. Sans feu ni lieu, by Fred Vargas

I’m shooting for a daily average of 100 pages, so a total of 700 pages

SCHEDULE

Challenges/Giveaways

**This is the overall list for the challenges offered during Bout of Books 21. Make sure you check the blog each day of the read-a-thon for instructions and details on how to complete the daily challenges**

**This is the overall list for the challenges offered during Bout of Books 22. Make sure you check the blog each day of the read-a-thon for instructions and details on how to complete the daily challenges**

Monday 5/14
Introduce yourself #insixwords

Tuesday 5/15
Year of You

Wednesday 5/16
Show Me Your Precious

Thursday 5/17
Read Alikes

Friday 5/18
Space Scavenger Hunt

Saturday 5/19
Share Your Favorite Bout of Books Moment

Sunday 5/20
Stretch Goal

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

Monday: 8pm CST (TZC)
Saturday: 10am CST (TZC)

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Bout of Books 22: Day 6 recap

Bout of Books 22

#boutofbooks

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The Bout of Books read-a-thon is organized
by Amanda @ On a Book Bender
and Kelly @ Reading the Paranormal.
It is a week long read-a-thon that begins
12:01am Monday, May 14 and runs through Sunday, May 20
in whatever time zone you are in.
Bout of Books is low-pressure.
There are challenges, giveaways, and a grand prize,
but all of these are completely optional.
For all Bout of Books 22 information and updates,
be sure to visit the Bout of Books blog.
From the Bout of Books team

Bout of Books 22:

Day 6 recap

WHAT I READ ON DAY 6:

  1. Elder Sebastian of Optina: 13 pages

  2. The Word is Murder: 156 pages
    REALLY enjoying this book!

  3. Audio: Sans feu ni lieu – equivalent to 34 pages 

TOTAL pages on DAY 6 = 203 – my best day this week!
TOTAL PAGES SO FAR: 714/700

ALSO:

  • I didn’t do the website challenge, but the Instagram one, where I shared one of my bookshelves

  • Don’t forget to enter my giveaway, closing at 2 pm this Sun. I also offer another giveaway here!

WHAT I READ ON DAY 5:

  1. Elder Sebastian of Optina: 16 pages

  2. Something in the Water: 63 pages – BOOK FINISHED.
    ***** FANTASTIC!

  3. The Word is Murder: 20 pages
    I was going to start another book, but realized this one will be released earlier, so I switch to this one.
    OMG, I LOVE the beginning, so well done!! Looks like it’s going to be another terrific Horowitz!

  4. Audio: Sans feu ni lieu – equivalent to 23 pages 

TOTAL pages on DAY 5 = 122
TOTAL PAGES SO FAR: 511/700

ALSO:

 

WHAT I READ ON DAY 4:

  1. Elder Sebastian of Optina: 10 pages

  2. Something in the Water: 63 pages

  3. Audio: Un peu plus loin sur la droite – equivalent to 30 pages – BOOK FINISHED

TOTAL pages on DAY 4 = 103
TOTAL PAGES SO FAR: 389/700

ALSO:

WHAT I READ ON DAY 3:

  1. Something in the Water: 71 pages
    =glad I read this amount, despite a short evening available. And oh the suspense!

  2. Audio: Un peu plus loin sur la droite – equivalent to 22 pages

TOTAL pages on DAY 3 = 93
TOTAL PAGES SO FAR: 286/700

ALSO:

  • I did the challenge ‘Show me your precious’
    In case you have not seen it on Instagram, come this way

  • I have also tried to do the Instagram daily challenges for Bout of Books

  • Don’t forget to enter my giveaway. I also offer another giveaway here!

WHAT I READ ON DAY 2:

  1. Elder Sebastian of Optina: 14 pages

  2. Something in the Water: 78 pages
    =wow, thoroughly enjoying this!!

  3. Audio: Un peu plus loin sur la droite – 5 mn, equivalent to 2 pages

TOTAL pages on DAY 2 = 94
TOTAL PAGES SO FAR: 193/700

ALSO:

WHAT I READ ON DAY 1:

  1. Elder Sebastian of Optina: 17 pages

  2. Something in the Water: 71 pages

  3. Audio: Un peu plus loin sur la droite – 25 mn, equivalent to 11 pages

TOTAL pages on DAY 1 = 99
TOTAL PAGES SO FAR: 99/700

ALSO:

  • I did the challenge:
    Introduce Yourself #insixwords
    In case you have not seen it, come this way

  • I posted a book giveaway

  • I didn’t take part in the Twitter chat, the questions are too similar every time.

 ***

Here are the books I plan to read:

  1. Go on with: Modern Orthodox Thinkers, by Andrew Louth

  2. Go on with: Elder Sebastian of Optina, by Tatiana Torstensen

  3. Go on with: Something in the Water, by Catherine Steadman – FINISHED

  4. The Word is Murder, by Anthony Horowitz

  5. Audiobook. Finish: Un peu plus loin sur la droite, by Fred Vargas – FINISHED

  6. Audiobook. Sans feu ni lieu, by Fred Vargas

I’m shooting for a daily average of 100 pages, so a total of 700 pages

SCHEDULE

Challenges/Giveaways

**This is the overall list for the challenges offered during Bout of Books 21. Make sure you check the blog each day of the read-a-thon for instructions and details on how to complete the daily challenges**

**This is the overall list for the challenges offered during Bout of Books 22. Make sure you check the blog each day of the read-a-thon for instructions and details on how to complete the daily challenges**

Monday 5/14
Introduce yourself #insixwords

Tuesday 5/15
Year of You

Wednesday 5/16
Show Me Your Precious

Thursday 5/17
Read Alikes

Friday 5/18
Space Scavenger Hunt

Saturday 5/19
Share Your Favorite Bout of Books Moment

Sunday 5/20
Stretch Goal

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

Monday: 8pm CST (TZC)
Saturday: 10am CST (TZC)

Save