Nonfiction November: Book Pairings

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Doing Dewey is organizing a fun month around nonfiction! Here is the topic for week 2, hosted by Regular Rumination:

Book Pairings:

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 4 novels paired with 4 nonfiction books, all related to France!
8 books I enjoyed a lot

Click on the covers to access my reviews

BOOK PAIRING #1
THE FRENCH REVOLUTION

 Marie Antoinette's Head    Madame Tussaud

BOOK PAIRING #2
WWII – THE RESISTANCE

 The Cost of Courage   Citadel

BOOK PAIRING #3
PARIS – LA SEINE RIVER

 Bridges of Paris   The Bookseller

BOOK PAIRING #4
PROVENCE

 Taking Root in Provence    Promise of Provence

HAVE YOU READ ANY OF THESE?
WOULD YOU HAVE ANOTHER
FRENCH BOOK PAIRING COMING TO MIND?

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Nonfiction November: My Year 2015 in Nonfiction

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Doing Dewey is organizing a fun month around nonfiction! I plan to participate as much as I can. Here is the topic for week 1, hosted by Sophisticated Dorkiness:

Your Year in Nonfiction:

Take a look back at your year of nonfiction and reflect on the following questions:
What was your favorite nonfiction read of the year?
What nonfiction book have you recommended the most?
What is one topic or type of nonfiction you haven’t read enough of yet?
What are you hoping to get out of participating in Nonfiction November?

 

First of all, here is the recap of the nonfiction I have read (the link will send you to my review when it’s posted):

  1. Journeys Through France and Life, by Glenda de Vaney
  2. That’s Paris, anthology by Velvet Morning Press (actually mix of fiction/nonfiction) – ebook
  3. The Showings, by Julian of Norwich
  4. How to Blog a Book, by Nina Amir  – ebook
  5. Petite Confessions, by Vicki Lesage – ebook
  6. Bridges of Paris, by James St Michael
  7. The Cost of Courage, by Charles Kaiser
  8. H is For Hawk, by Helen Macdonald – audiobook
  9. The Fictional 100, by Lucy Pollard-Gott
  10. The Homilies, by Gregory Palamas – currently reading
  11. Stylistique comparée du français et de l’anglais, by Vinay and Darbelnet – currently reading
  12. The Wright Brothers, by David McCullough – I have the book and may have time to read it in 2015  – ebook

NB: 7 of these 12 books were received for review

What was your favorite nonfiction read of the year?

The Fictional 100

Click on the covers to read my detailed review

What nonfiction book have you recommended the most?

 The Fictional 100   The Cost of Courage

What is one topic or type of nonfiction
you haven’t read enough of yet?

I was planning to read absolutely everyday from The Homilies by Palamas, but under the pressure of reading books with a scheduled review, I don’t do it everyday.
I’d like also to read more books related to current issues, like the present situation in the Middle East, etc. I have titles in mind, but not the time to read them 😉
Recently, I have started a particular practice: each time I go to the library, and that can be 3 or 4 times a week, I go to the nonfiction section and select a book per section (so out of let’s say 30 books). I’m not planning to read these books from A to Z, but the introduction, the conclusion, to get the main ideas and get to read a bit about things I may not have heard of before.
I plan to follow the shelves, so yesterday I was in the 028 and grabbed (actually 2!): When Books Went to War, by Manning and The Pleasures of Reading in an Age of Distraction, by Allan Jacobs.

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

Get acquainted with more nonfiction readers and titles.

WHAT WAS YOUR FAVORITE NONFICTION THIS YEAR?

2015: July wrap-up

July 2015 wrap-up

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Not a bad reading month, but I ended up reading books I had not originally planned to read in July. You never know what the postman may drop in your box one day!

Here is what I read in July:

7 books.
= 6 books
with 1,847 pages, that is: 59.6 pages/day.
+ 1 audiobook = 12:21 hours, that is an average of  23 mn/day

4 in  mystery:

  1. Murder in the Marais, by Cara Black – audio
  2. The Woman in White, by Wilkie Collins – ebook
  3. The Bookseller, by Mark Pryor
  4. Tell No Lies, by Tanya Anne Crosby – ebook

1 in science-fiction:

  1. Armada, by Ernest Cline

1 in nonfiction:

  1. The Cost of Courage, by Charles Kaiser

1 in children book:

  1. The True Story of the 3 Little Pigs, by Jon Scieszka

My favorites in June

     The Cost of Courage  Armada  

Reading Challenges recap

French Bingo: 22/25
Audiobook: 10/15
Ebook challenge: 32/25 DONE
Historical fiction: 13/25
Japanese literature: 2/6
My Kind of Mysteries: 20/21-30
New authors challenge: 37/50
New Release (2015): 34/31-45
Nonfiction challenge: 7/16-20
TBR challenge: 2/12
Books in Translation: 16/12 DONE
What’s in a Name: 6/6 – DONE
Where Are You Reading?: 17/50 – to be finished in 2016?!

Total of books read in 2015 = 67/100

Number of books added to my TBR in July = 25

Blog recap

  • 2 of the 7 books read were received for review, and one for work, as I had to translate it into French: Tell No Lies

  • I won a box of 35 books at The Quivering Pen!! Be sure to enter his weekly giveaway. It’s usually one book, but once a year, it’s BIG box!
  • 45 reviews posted so far for my French Bingo 2015 Challenge, don’t forget to link yours with the mr Linky widget.

  • I organized 2 giveaways in July. There’s always one going on at France Book Tours. Be sure to check the August Giveaway! 4 books to choose from!

  • My Instagram account was featured on Book Bloggers International

Most popular book review in July

The Cost of Courageclick on the cover to access my review

Most popular post last month
– non book review

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Book blog that brought me
most traffic this past month

Thyme For Tea

please go visit

Top commenters of the month

Inspired by Becca at I’m Lost in Books!
and her Blogger Shout-Outs feature

= 1 point per month for the top 3.
The one who has the most points at the end of the year will receive a gift!
NB: just congratulating winners of giveaways does not count as a real comment 😉

6: Katherine at I Wish I Lived In a Library
5: Denise @DeniseDuvall2
4: Lucy at The Fictional 100
4: Martha at MG’s French Lit Page
1: MarinaSofia at Finding Time To Write

Blog milestones

1,184 posts
over 3,280 subscribers
over 98,800 hits

Blog plans for August

  • Several books to read for reviews, come back tomorrow to see!
  • Nothing special, apart from trying hard to write more reviews… It’s a constant battle

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How was YOUR month of  July?

Month in ReviewKathryn at The Book Date
has created a Month In Review meme
I’ll now be linking my monthly recap posts
Thanks Kathryn, great idea!