Year of reading 2016 – my top 12

 

Year of reading 2016
Part 1
My top 12

To follow my tradition, here is part 1 of my yearly recap.
There will be a total of 3 parts:

  1. my favorites, with my usual categories, see here below

  2. my stats

  3. my fun list with titles

I only finished 95 this year, so I had to leave a couple of categories blank.
My final choice is based on the quality of the book, on how it resonated with me and my own experience, and on how it stayed with me. Some of these books may actually have got only 4 out 5 Eiffel Towers at the time I read them.

MY FAVORITES

click on the covers to access either my review,
or the Goodreads page for the couple of titles I have not reviewed yet

PRINT COPIES

Fiction Historical Fiction NonFiction Mystery
fairy-tales The Sword of the Maiden the-only-street-in-paris pars-vite-et-reviens-tard

EBOOKS

Fiction Historical Fiction NonFiction Mystery
The Sacred Combe Time And Regret Complete Review Guide michaelangelos-ghost

AUDIOBOOKS

Fiction Mystery
the-martian-chronicles How the Light Gets In


OTHER

CHILDREN BOOK

home-of-the-brave

SPIRITUAL BOOK

Toward the endless day

BOOK COVER

Sleeping giants

DO YOU HAVE SOME FAVORITES
IN COMMON WITH MINE?

MORE FUN RECAP TOMORROW!

HAPPY NEW YEAR OF READING TO YOU!

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Nonfiction November: My Year 2016 in Nonfiction

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#NonficNov

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Doing Dewey is organizing a fun month around nonfiction! I plan to participate a bit. 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):

France/French authors:

  1. La cache, by Christophe Boltanski – ebook
  2. How to Talk About Places You’ve Never Been: On the Importance of Armchair Travel, by Pierre Bayard
  3. Thirsty Dragon: China’s Lust for Bordeaux and the Threat to the World’s Best Wines, by Suzanne Mustacich – audiobook
  4. Marcel Proust’s Search for Lost Time: A Reader’s Guide to The Remembrance of Things Past, by Patrick Alexander
  5. Pancakes in Paris, by Craig Carlson – ebook, for review. Review coming soon

Orthodoxy:

  1. Toward the Endless Day: The Life of Elisabeth Behr-Sigel, by Olga Lossky
  2. Orthodox Spirituality, by Dumitru Staniloae
  3. Patristic Theology, by John Romanides
  4. Saint Innocent, Apostle to America, by Paul D. Garrett
  5. The Blessed Surgeon: The Life of Saint Luke Archbishop of Simferopol

Other:

  1. In Other Words, by Jhumpa Lahiri
  2. The Complete Review Guide to Contemporary World Fiction, by M.A. Orthofer – ebook, for review. I ended up buying a print copy
  3. James Joyce: Portrait of a Dubliner, by Alfonso Zapico
  4. Agatha: The Real Life of Agatha Christie, by Anne Martinetti

NB: I should be able to finish one more, it will also be a book on Orthodoxy

What was your favorite nonfiction read of the year?

Complete Review Guide

Click on the cover to read my detailed review

What nonfiction book have you recommended the most?

    Complete Review Guide  pancakes-in-paris

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

As usual, current issues!
Next year, I also plan to go systematically through all the nonfiction on my TBR

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?

Book review: The Complete Review Guide to Contemporary World Fiction

The Complete Review Guide
to Contemporary World Fiction

 

Complete Review Guide

Author:
M. A. Orthofer
Publisher:
Columbia University Press

Release date:
April 2016
Pages:
483
ISBN:
9780231146753
available also as ebook
Genre:

European Literature – Fiction and Literature – Reference – Literary Theory and Criticism – Middle East Studies: Literature and Culture – Literary Studies – World Literature – Asian Literature – U.S. Literature

Goodreads

MY THOUGHTS ABOUT THIS BOOK

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You visit this blog, it means you are serious at reading. Then you definitely have to go and get The Complete Review Guide to Contemporary World Fiction, an absolutely necessary reference book for all fiction lovers. I had been following Orthofer’s website for a while, the famous Complete Review, and its Literary Saloon. So when another blogger said the author had put together a book based on his thousands of reviews, and that it was available on Netgalley, I rushed there. After reading a few pages, I actually bought the book on print. Click to continue reading