Nonfiction November 2022: Worldview Changers

Nonfiction November 2022

#NonficNov
#nonfictionbookparty: Instagram Daily Challenge
Click on the logo to see the detailed schedule

Here is the topic for Week 4:
Worldview Changers
hosted by Rebekah @ She Seeks Nonfiction

One of the greatest things about reading nonfiction
is learning all kinds of things about our world
which you never would have known without it.
There’s the intriguing, the beautiful, the appalling, and the profound.
What nonfiction book (or books) has impacted the way you see the world
in a powerful way?
Do you think there is one book that everyone needs to read
for a better understanding of the world we live in? 

No hesitation here, THE one book I read this year, that was a MAJOR eye opener on our (digital) world is

L'Enfer numérique

Click on the cover to read my review in English. I included a lot of details and the topics covered.
Here is my overall verdict:
VERDICT: A major eye-opener and a punch in the stomach: how I am polluting the world with my use of internet and electronics, and what I can do to limit the problem. Probably the most inspiring book I will read in 2022.

And the good news is that it’s supposed to finally come out in English on September 4, 2023 by Scribe Us (pushed back from March!!)
336 pages, Paperback
ISBN
9781957363011 (ISBN10: 1957363010)
The English cover doesn’t seem available yet, but the marketing page is here. with good details on the book as well.
“A gripping new investigation into the underbelly of digital technology, which addresses the pressing question of the carbon footprint it leaves behind. In a sort of news thriller, the author reveals not only how costly the virtual world is, but how damaging it is to the environment.”

This needs to be on your pre-order list!

HAVE YOU READ WORLDVIEW CHANGERS THIS YEAR?
PLEASE SHARE YOUR LINK!

Nonfiction November: My Year 2022 in Nonfiction

Nonfiction November 2022

#NonficNov
#nonfictionbookparty: Instagram Daily Challenge
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Like every year, a bunch of really cool bloggers are co-hosting Nonfiction November.

Here is the topic for Week 1 (Oct 31-Nov 4):

YOUR YEAR IN NONFICTION

Hosted by Katie @ Doing Dewey:
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).
Having finished my Bible project, my number of nonfiction this year is far below the one from the past two years, but with 18 (actually 19, if I consider than I read one twice), I’m still happy. That’s 15% of all I have read so far in 2022.
And I am planning on finishing at least 3 more before the end of the year.

Here are the titles, in the various categories:

Memoir:

  1. Passport, by Sophia Glock
  2. L’Axe du loup : De la Sibérie à l’Inde, sur les pas des évadés du goulag, by
    Sylvain Tesson
  3. Down and Out in Paris and London, by George Orwell
    these top 3 memoirs deal also with travels
  4. Revenge of the Librarians, by Tom Gauld – in cartoons

On science / environment / contemporary issues:

  1. Digital Hell: The Inner Workings of a “Like”, actually read in French: L’Enfer numérique, by Guillaume Pitron

On history:

  1. After the Romanovs: Russian Exiles in Paris From the Belle Époque Through the Revolution and War, by Helen Rappaport
  2. The Radium Girls: The Dark Story of America’s Shining Women, by Kate Moore
  3. Thomas Jefferson’s Crème Brûlée: How a Founding Father and His Slave James Hemings Introduced French Cuisine to America, by Thomas J. Craughwell

On Japan/self-help:

  1. Wabi Sabi: Japanese Wisdom for a Perfectly Imperfect Life, by Beth Kempton

In literary criticism:

  1. Agatha Christie Poirot: The Greatest Detective in the World, by Mark Aldridge

On nature:

  1. A Brush With Birds: Paintings and Stories from the Wild, by Richard Weatherly

On music:

  1. Absolutely on Music: Conversations with Seiji Ozawa, by Haruki Murakami and Seiji Ozawa

In Orthodox spirituality:

  1. Les Chemins du cœur : l’enseignement spirituel des Pères de l’Église, by Placide Deseille
  2. This Holy Man: Impressions of Metropolitan Anthony, by Gillian Crow
  3. Beginning to Pray, by Metropolitan Anthony Bloom (I actually read this one twice this year)

Poetry:

  1. River of Stars: Selected Poems of Akiko Yosano
  2. The Year of My Life, by Kobayashi Issa
  3. Selected Poems of Rainer Maria Rilke

I’m very happy for the diversity of topics covered.

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What were your favorite nonfiction reads of the year?

L'Enfer numérique  L'Axe du loup

It turns out both are French.

What nonfiction books
have you recommended the most?

  L'Enfer numérique Revenge of the Librarians

Digital Hell: The Inner Workings of a “Like” is supposed to be published in English on March 7, 2023 by Scribe US.
But I have written a detailed review and talked about it to many people. Everyone seems to be eager to discover this. It is such a major issue, with such an impact on the environment, that so few people are talking about.
And because I read this book, I have drastically reduced by online activity.
So I will not participate in the daily #nonfictionbookparty Instagram challenge this year.

As for Revenge of the Librarians, I have mentioned it to several students and members of my book club, and the reaction was, OMG, I’m buying a copy right now for a Christmas gift for such and such in my family.
So authors and publishers, from my library copy, you are going to get quite a few sales!

Do you have a particular topic
you’ve been attracted to more this year?
Not really, and I am glad for the diversity

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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2022: August wrap-up

AUGUST 2022 WRAP-UP

I only read 9 books this month, which is slow compared to other 2022 months for me, but still I’m happy, as it’s actually a good amount of pages, and I read so many awesome books!
I’m enjoying more and more focusing on my TBRs and classics.

I’m currently 10 books ahead of schedule (74% done) to read 120 books this year.
Also, I’m only 1 book away my 3rd list of classics for The Classics Club, with 136/137 books – in less than two years, instead of the five years projected.

I participated in Bout of Books #35, which gave a good boost to my reading.

📚 Here is what I read in August:

9 books:
6 in print 
with 2,113 pages, a daily average of 68 pages/day
3 in audio
= 34H33
, a daily average of 1H06/ day

3 in literary fiction:

  1. Jamaica Inn, by Daphne du Maurier – audiobook, counts for The Classics Club
  2. It Can’t Happen Here, by Sinclair Lewis – audiobook, counts for The Classics Club
  3. Ensemble, c’est tout, by Anna Gavalda – read with one of my French students

2 in science-fiction:

  1. Ravage, by René Barjavel – counts for The Classics Club
  2. De la Terre à la Lune, by Jules Verne, read with one of my French students, counts for The Classics Club

2 in historical fiction:

  1. Human Nature, by Serge Joncour – received for review
  2. The Daughter of Time, by Josephine Tey – counts for The Classics Club

1 in mystery:

  1. The Tokyo Zodiac Murders, by Soji Shimada

1 in nonfiction:

  1. L’Enfer numérique : Voyage au bout d’un Like, by Guillaume Pitron

This month, it was very very hard to pick 2 winners, I had to pick 3, and this was still very hard!

MY FAVORITE BOOKS THIS PAST MONTH

The Tokyo Zodiac Murders Ensemble, c'est tout

L'Enfer numérique

READING CHALLENGES & RECAP

Classics Club: 136/137 (from November 2020-until November 2025)
Japanese Literature Challenge: 9/12 books – During the year: 12
2022 TBR Pile Reading Challenge: 8/12 books
2022 books in translation reading challenge
: 21/10+

Total of books read in 2022 = 89/120 (74%)
Number of books added to my TBR this past month = 11

 NO OTHER BOOK  REVIEWED THIS PAST MONTH

NO BOOK RECEIVED FOR REVIEW

MOST POPULAR BOOK REVIEW THIS PAST MONTH

L'Enfer numérique

click on the cover to access my review,
which gives you a good preview of the upcoming English translation

MOST POPULAR POST THIS PAST MONTH
– NON BOOK REVIEW –

Sunday Post #64

BOOK BLOG THAT BROUGHT ME MOST TRAFFIC THIS PAST MONTH

A Life in Books
please go visit, there are a lot of good things there!

TOP COMMENTERS 

Karen at Booker Talk
Marianne at Let’s Read

Deb at ReaderBuzz
please go and visit them,
they have great blogs

BLOG MILESTONES 

2,581 posts
over 5,190 followers
over 257,760 hits

📚 📚 📚

Come back tomorrow to see the titles I’ll be reading in September
And on Friday, I’ll post my 20 Books of Summer recap

How was YOUR month of August?

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Nicole at Feed Your Fiction Addiction
has created a Month In Review meme
where you can link your monthly recap posts
Thanks Nicole!