Saturday, 21 November 2020

Nonfiction November - Week 3


Week 3: (November 16-20) – Rennie@What's Nonfiction is asking you to Be The Expert/Ask the Expert/Become the Expert: Three ways to join in this week! You can either share 3 or more books on a single topic that you have read and can recommend (be the expert), you can put the call out for good nonfiction on a specific topic that you have been dying to read (ask the expert), or you can create your own list of books on a topic that you’d like to read (become the expert). 

I have decided that I want to become an expert on 17th and 18th-century history. Mostly European, but the world opens up so much during these centuries that I will definitely read up on other areas. If you have any books to recommend, I am interested. 

I can't really say I am an expert on a specific subject. Possibly, the Brontës of which I have read a lot. I was also a member of the Brussels Brontë Group which was very interesting and educating. So many experts there. A big advantage being in Brussels was that you could follow in the footsteps of Charlotte and Emily who spent two and one years respectively there. 

In the meantime, I am reading a book about Delft and Vermeer. Hopefully, I will have read one of the two books on evolution, anticipated at the beginning of the month. 


  1. this is a huge theme. The latest nonfiction I read that applies is this one, on Marie-Antoinette:

    1. I was thinking of buying this book, but was a little bit reluctant, thinking that it might go too much into her sexual life and oversee the whole picture. I read some reviews which indicated so much. But, I might be mistaken. What did you think?

  2. I doubt they'd want us to be experts as in "yeah, I've studied that subject for a decade and now I know everything about it".

    I have always been very interested in The Tudors and therefore read a lot about them so have chosen that as my "area of expertise". LOL.

    Peter Ackroyd, whom I mention in my list, has also written about other times in the UK, Civil War might be the right book for your time-frame.

    Anyway, I hope you'll be successful in finding a lot to read about the history you're interested in.

    1. I am sure you are right, but I am always reluctant to call myself an expert.
      I have read a lot about The Tudors as well. There is somehow a never ending source of material about the time. Interesting as well. I like the books I have read by Peter Ackroyd so might try this one. Thank you for the tip.

    2. As I said, I wouldn't call myself an "expert" but for this challenge, I chose to pretend that I am one. 😉

      Anyway, if you read other books by Peter Ackroyd, you will like this. I intend to read his whole series about the History of England once he has written them. I've read Thames. Sacred River by him but have seen that he also wrote books about London, Shakespeare, and Venice. I guess they might be next on my wishlist.