Nonfiction November 2021: New on my TBR

Nonficnov 2021

#nonfictionbookparty: Instagram Daily Challenge
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Here is the topic for Week 5 (Nov 29-Dec 3):


Hosted by Jaymi at The OC Book Girl

It’s been a month full of amazing nonfiction books!
Which ones have made it onto your TBR?
Be sure to link back to the original blogger who posted about that book

This month, I have read about all kinds of fascinating nonfiction books I didn’t know about.
17 (!!) of them told me I should really read them! I listed them here below in the alphabetical order of the book blogs where I found them. Congratulations to Erin at Still Life, With Cracker Crumbs.., who managed to add 3 books on my TBR!!
Thanks to all who participated, it’s always an event rich in many discoveries.
It was also great to post everyday on Instagram thanks to Jaymi who organized the #nonfictionbookparty


1. In the Shadow of Vesuvius: A Life of Pliny, by Daisy Dunn

Entering the Enchanted Castle (in a comment on my post about graphic nonfiction):

2. Stitches, by David Small
3. El Deafo, by Cece Bell


4. The Border: A Journey Around Russia Through North Korea, China, Mongolia, Kazakhstan, Azerbaijan, Georgia, Ukraine, Belarus, Lithuania, Poland, Latvia, Estonia, Finland, Norway, and the Northeast Passage, by Erika Fatland
5. Ultimate Visual History of the World, by Jean-Pierre Isbouts

ReaderBuzz (in a comment on my post about graphic nonfiction):

6. Brazen: Rebel Ladies Who Rocked the World, by Pénélope Bagieu
–  not only added to my TBR, but already checked it out at my library!

Reading in Bed:

7. Ten Arguments for Deleting Your Social Media Accounts Right Now, by Jaron Lanier

Reading, Writing, Working, Playing:

8. What It’s Like to Be a Bird: From Flying to Nesting, Eating to Singing—What Birds Are Doing, and Why, by David Allen Sibley

Secret Library Book Blog:

9. Keeping a Nature Journal, 3rd Edition: Deepen Your Connection with the Natural World All Around You, by Clare Walker Leslie
–  already checked it out at my library

Still Life, With Cracker Crumbs…:

10. The Private Life of the Hare, by John Lewis-Stempel
Wintering: A Season with Geese, by Stephen Rutt
12. World of Wonders: In Praise of Fireflies, Whale Sharks, and Other Astonishments, by Aimee Nezhukumatathil

The Intrepid Arkansawyer:

13. A Place in the Woods, by Helen Hoover

Volatile Rune:

14. The Morville Hours, by Katherine Swift

What Cathy Read Next:

15. Les chats de l’écrivaine, by Muriel Barbery

What’s Nonfiction ?:

16. You Bet Your Life: From Blood Transfusions to Mass Vaccination, the Long and Risky History of Medical Innovation, by Paul A. Offit

And I also added this one, seen on a Netgalley email – and now received:

17. After the Romanovs: Russian Exiles in Paris from the Belle Époque Through Revolution and War, by Helen Rappaport

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Nonfiction November 2020: Expert on Japan



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Be The Expert/Ask the Expert/Become the Expert

hosted by Rennie of What’s Nonfiction

Three ways to join in this week!
You can either share 3 or more books
on a single topic that you have read and can recommend (be the expert),
you can put the call out for good nonfiction on a specific topic
that you have been dying to read (ask the expert),
or you can create your own list of books
on a topic that you’d like to read (become the expert).

This year, two of the nonfiction books I have read are about Japan.
I would love to go there one day, plus I have a couple of friends living there, which would help navigate in a country with a totally different language.
Alas, I’m too old to learn Japanese.
And with Covid and other things, I will probably never be able to visit.

So, it’s the perfect time to ask experts here about Japan.
Please share with me any nonfiction title you have read about Japan:
its landscapes, birds, history, culture, food, whatever, I want them all!



Book review: Vesper Flights

Vesper Flights

Vesper Flights
by Helen Macdonald
Narrated by
Helen Macdonald
Grove Press
Recorded Books
288 pages


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I was very impressed by Helen MacDonald’s previous book, H is for Hawk, even though I never took time to write a full review back then.
As I received Vesper Flights through (check for ways to get free audiobooks and support independent bookstores – excellent app!), here is my humble effort to convince you to listen to this one.

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