Nonfiction November: My Year 2019 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 (Oct. 28 to Nov. 1):

YOUR YEAR IN NONFICTION

Hosted by Julz of Julz Reads
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).
So far, I have read or listened to 17 nonfiction, nice, compared to only 11 last year. And I plan to read at least 3 more before the end of the year.

Here are the titles:

Biographies/Memoirs:

  1. The Years, by Annie Ernaux
  2. Walden, by Henry David Thoreau – audio, classic

About travels:

  1. Are We French Yet?, by Keith Van Sickle
  2. Travels with Charley, by John Steinbeck – audio, classic
  3. The American Dream? A Journey on Route 66, by Shing Yin Khor
    graphic “novel”
  4. Travels with a Donkey, by Robert Louis Stevenson – audio, classic

About technology:

  1. Talk to Me: How Voice Computing Will Transform the Way We Live, Work, and Think, by James Vlahos

About language/books:

  1. Dictionnaire des idées reçues, by Gustave Flaubert – audio, classic
  2. Book Love, by Debbie Tunggraphic “novel”

Other:

  1. Oh, the Meetings You’ll Go To!: A Parody, by Dr. Suits – graphic “novel”
  2. Secret Agent Brainteasers: More Than 100 Codebreaking Puzzles Inspired by Britain’s Espionage Masterminds, by Sinclair McKay

Orthodox spirituality:

  1. Prayers by the Lake, by Bishop Nikolai Velimirovich
  2. Earthen Vessels: The Practice of Personal Prayer According to the Patristic Tradition, by Gabriel Bunge
  3. Poustinia: Encountering God in Silence, Solitude and Prayer, by Catherine de Hueck Doherty
  4. If You Love Me: Serving Christ and the Church in Spirit and Truth, by Matthew the Poor
  5. Elder Leonid of Optina, by Fr. Clement Sederholm
  6. Alexander Schmorell: Saint of the German Resistance, by Elena Perekrestov

I actually also reviewed a few cookbooks, but I don’t feel like it counts here.

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What was your favorite nonfiction read of the year?

The YearsThis is really hard,
there are so many on this list I loved a lot!

What nonfiction book
have you recommended the most?
Talk to me

Do you have a particular topic
you’ve been attracted to more this year?
Apart from books related to Eastern Orthodoxy, I notice a lot of travels!

What are you hoping to get out
of participating in Nonfiction November?
As usual, to get acquainted with more nonfiction readers
and good titles unknown to me.

WHAT WAS YOUR FAVORITE NONFICTION THIS YEAR?

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Nonfiction November 2018: New on my TBR

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As every year, a bunch of really cool bloggers are co-hosting Nonfiction November.

Here is the topic for week 5:

NEW TO MY TBR

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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

Here are the nonfiction books (19!!) I discovered this month and have added to my TBR, with the name of the blogger I found it in – some may not be participants in Nonfiction November:

Found in 13 book blogs:
– by alphabetical order of the blog name.
If the book was found on that blog, the link goes directly to it.
If the book was found in a comment made by that blogger on my site, the link lands on their homepage.

Bookgirl’s Nightstand:
How to Travel without Seeing: Dispatches from the New Latin America, by  Andrés Neuman

BooksPlease:
Jacob’s Room is Full of Books: A Year of Reading, by Susan Hill

Brona’s Books:
Books that Saved My Life: Reading for Wisdom, Solace and Pleasure, bMichael McGirr

Buried in Print:
Browsings: A Year of Reading, Collecting and Living with Booksby Michael Dirda

My French Quest: Literary France:
The Making of a Cultureby Priscilla Parkhurst Ferguson

NancyElin:
Psychanalyse de Victor Hugo, by Baudouin Charles

Reading With Jade: – bravo to her, 3 books from her blog!
Why I Am Not Going to Buy a Computerby  Wendell Berry
Britain by the Book: A Curious Tour of Our Literary Landscape, by Oliver Tearle
The Joy of Forest Bathing: The Mysterious Japanese Art of Shinrin-Yoku, by Melanie Choukas-Bradley

The Content Reader:
The Uses of Literatureby Italo Calvino

The Emerald City:
A Primer for Poets and Readers of Poetryby Gregory Orr

The Great Morrisson Migration:
The Poisoner’s Handbook: Murder and the Birth of Forensic Medicine in Jazz Age New York, by Deborah Blum

The Literary Saloon:
The Dawn Watch: Joseph Conrad in a Global World, by Maya Jasanoff

Typings:
Bookshops: A Reader’s History, by Jorge Carrión
The Courage to Createby Rollo May

What’s Nonfiction?:
The Lady in the Cellar: Murder, Scandal and Insanity in Victorian Bloomsbury, by Sinclair McKay

Found in an ad on my browser:
because of my review of Margalit Fox’s book on Conan Doyle!:
Talking Hands: What Sign Language Reveals about the Mind, by Margalit Fox

Found in Edelweiss catalogue:
Talk to Me: How Voice Computing Will Transform the Way We Live, Work, and Think, by James Vlahos

Found on Book Page:
Never Home Alone: From Microbes to Millipedes, Camel Crickets, and Honeybees, the Natural History of Where We Live, by Rob Dunn

It was actually a good exercise to keep track of the source. I had started doing this a bit on Goodreads, adding it as a comment, I need to do this more.

Thanks to all my fellow book bloggers who gave me the idea to read the books above listed.

WHAT GREAT NONFICTION BOOK
HAVE YOU RECENTLY ADDED TO YOUR TBR?

 

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Nonfiction November: My Year 2018 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

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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