Nonfiction November: My Year 2016 in Nonfiction

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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

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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: How to Talk About Places You’ve Never Been – I love France 184

How to Talk About Places
You’ve Never Been:
On the Importance of
Armchair Travel

 

 

How To Talk About Places You've Never Been

Author: Pierre Bayard
Translator: Michele Hutchison
Publisher: Bloomsbury
Release date: 1/26/2016
“Comment parler des lieux où l’on n’a pas été ?”
was first released in French in 2012
Pages: 185
ISBN: 9781620401378
available also as ebook
Genre:
Nonfiction/Literary Criticism/
Travel

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MY THOUGHTS ABOUT THIS BOOK

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This book is a riot! If you are complaining not having enough money to travel, go read this book and you will realize how lucky you actually are, because your experience of traveling through books will be more rewarding than if you were going physically to that country of your vacation dreams! How to Talk About Places You’ve Never Been is super funny and serious literary criticism at the same time. Plus, it is full of great tips for writing!
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