Nonfiction November: My Year 2017 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:

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 links will send you to my review when it’s posted):


  1. A Forger’s Life, by Sarah Kaminsky
  2. Born a Crime, by Trevor Noah
  3. Marie Antoinette’s Darkest Days, by Will Bashor
  4. Manderley Forever, by Tatiana de Rosnay
  5. The Madeleine Project, by Clara Beaudoux
  6. Bonjour Kale, by Kristen Beddard
  7. Audubon, on the Wings of the World, by Fabien Grolleau
  8. A Prodigal Saint: Father John of Kronstadt and the Russian People, by Nadieszda Kizenko

About books:

  1. The World Between Two Covers, by Ann Morgan
  2. The Novel of the Century: The Extraordinary Adventure of les Misérables, by David Bellos

About nature:

Unseen City, by Nathanael Johnson

Orthodox spirituality:

  1. Amour Sans Limites, by Lev Gillet
  2. To Open One’s Heart, by Michel Evdokimov
  3. The Typikon Decoded, by Job Gretcha
  4. The River of Fire, by Alexandre Kalomiros
  5. Le Regard du Ressuscité, by Archimandrite Gabriel

16 books so far.
By the end of the year, I also plan to read or finish reading:

  1. A Taste of Paris, by David Downie
  2. Man of God: Saint John of Shanghai & San Francisco, by Peter Prekrestov
  3. The Sherlock Holmes Book (Big Ideas Simply Explained), by DK Publishing
  4. A Curious Collection of Dates: Through the Year with Sherlock Holmes, by Leah Guinn, Jaime N. Mahoney
  5. Chronicles of a Liquid Society, by Umberto Eco

    What was your favorite nonfiction read of the year?

The World Between Two Covers    The Novel of the Century

Click on the covers to read my detailed reviews
I had to pick 2 titles!

What nonfiction book have you recommended the most?


Plus of course the top 2

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

As usual, current issues!

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

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



Booktube: David Bellos and Les Misérables

The Novel of the Century:
The Extraordinary Adventure of Les Misérables

David Bellos

Yes! You are reading correctly, another vlog!
Enjoy, this time on a French classic:



2017: May wrap-up

May 2017 wrap-up

Ouch, May is already gone, seriously!
I ended up reading a good amount of books and pages, though I switched plans and read books I had not planned at the beginning of the month, and dropping some I meant to read!

Here is what I read this past month:

9  books:
7 in print
with 2,222 pages, (funny!) that is: 71 pages/day
+ 2 audiobooks
with 18H08, that is: 35 mn/day

4 in mystery:

  1. The Hound of the Baskervilles, by Arthur Conan Doyle – audiobook
  2. Un avion sans elle, by Michel Bussi – ebook
  3. The Return of Sherlock Holmes, by Arthur Conan Doyle – audiobook
  4. Emma in the Night, by Wendy Walker

3 in literary fiction:

  1. My Cousin Rachel, by Daphné du Maurier
  2. Men Without Women, by Haruki Murakami
  3. Story of Your Life, by Ted Chiang

2 in nonfiction:

  1. Manderley Forever, by Tatiana de Rosnay – ebook
  2. The Novel of the Century: The Extraordinary Adventure of les Misérables, by David Bellos

My favorites in May

     Un avion sans elle
After The Crash in English

  Manderley  The Novel of the Century

Before I review these books, a few notes:

  1. Humming along with my complete works of Sherlock Holmes in audio, with Simon Prebble as the amazing narrator. I only have 2 and a half to go

  2. Un avion sans elle: amazing amazing French thriller! I actually read it along with one of my French students, 5 chapters every week, except we read more at the end, because we could not wait another week to know what had really happened!!

    Michel Bussi is one of the top 3 selling authors in France right now, for good reason.

  3. Emma in the Night. The latest by Wendy Walker. I had really enjoyed All is Not Forgotten, so I accepted to review this one

  4. Daphné du Maurier: I finally read My Cousin Rachel. It was so neat to find some similarities with Rebecca. And so cool I ended up reading Manderley Forever, Daphné’s biography, at the same time! Bravo to Tatiana de Rosnay (you know, she wrote Sarah’s Key)

  5. Men Without Women: thanks for my awesome library, I read Murakami’s latest book. Loved it, though I usually don’t like short stories. But Murakami is Murakami, so…

  6. Story of Your Life. I loved so much the movie Arrival that I was curious to read the story it was based on. Apparently the author is a BIG name in scifi, with 4 Nebula Wards, but I had never heard of him before!

  7. The Novel of the Century. Oh wow, I thought I knew Les Misérables quite well, the book, but I discovered so much in this remarkable book! I had enjoyed a lot David Bellos‘s previous book on translation, so seeing the author and the title, I grabbed it when I saw it in my library.

Reading Challenges recap

Classics Club: 24/50 (until end of 2018)
Back to the Classics Challenge: 6/6-12
Mount TBR: 12/48
Where Are You Reading?: 21/50 – to be finished in ??

Total of books read in 2017 = 48/100

Number of books added to my TBR in May= 15

Blog recap in May

  • Bout of Books 19 and beginning of Armchair Book Expo!

  • I was planning to do Read-along on The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society with Book Addict – on Goodreads, but I had to give up that plan for the other books which came my way

  • I organized 2 giveaways. The one for June at France Book Tours is now available. And be sure to come back on Saturday, I will post one in connection with Armchair Book Expo

Most popular book review in May

Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep?click on the cover to access my review,

Most popular post last month
– non book review –

Bout of Books 19 giveaway

Book blog that brought me
most traffic this past month

Book Reviewer Yellow Pages

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 😉

5: Karen at Booker Talk

5: Lucy at The Fictional 100 

5: Kristyn at Reading to Unwind

Blog milestones

1,622 posts
over 4,150 subscribers
over 135,500 hits

Plans for June

  • End of Armchair Book Expo

  • Half a novel and 2 collection of short-stories left to finish The Complete of Sherlock Holmes on audio, with Simon Prebble as the narrator

  • Loads of reviews to write!! But I’ll also take a few days off, hiking and birding, so not sure how much reading and writing I’ll manage to do

Come back tomorrow
to see all the books I plan to read in June!

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How was YOUR month of  May?

Month in Review

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