At The Observer (at The Guardian site ...) Robert McCrum now offers: The 100 best nonfiction books of all time: the full list -- according to him.
Aside from the fact that it's just a McCrummy list -- i.e. personal -- it's a bit misleadingly titled and presented:
- It's more of a not-fictional (i.e. anything-but-fiction) list than a non-fictional, as it includes poetry, a play, and the ultimate work of fiction, the Bible
- It's limited -- sort of -- to works written in English. Which really should be highlighted more. Like in the title and everywhere else ..... (The two exceptions are Beckett's Waiting for Godot (which he did translate into English himself ...), and the King James Bible (a(n English) language-defining work).)
- 35. The Open Society and Its Enemies by Karl Popper
- 61. On Liberty by John Stuart Mill
- 98. The Anatomy of Melancholy by Robert Burton
(While I haven't reviewed many, I'm surprised by how many on this list I've read, or use (Roget's Thesaurus, etc.) -- probably close to a quarter.)
Milking this to the fullest, The Observer (at The Guardiansite ...) also has McCrum explain How I chose my list of the 100 best nonfiction books of all time (again, avoiding the whole limited-to-English issue in the lead-in ... come on, folks, no one ever wrote 'non'-fiction in other languages ?), and Hannah Jane Parkinson offer A response to the 100 best nonfiction books list: 'Some I agree with, some I'd add, and some I'd hoof right off the field' -- where she observes that: "I'm not sure I envy Robert's task of whittling down the nonfiction titles of the circa 130m books that exist in the world today" while also managing to ignore/evade the possibility that, hey, some of those books were originally written in .,.. other languages !
Babylon Berlin is reportedly the most expensive German TV series ever produced, and it will be shown in the US on Netflix starting in a few weeks; see also the official show site.
The series is based on a book series by Volker Kutscher -- which was amazingly first picked up in English by Scottish publisher Sandstone Press (see their publicity page) -- with Picador now bringing out a US edition (see their publicity page) to coïncide with the US-airing of the show; get your copy at Amazon.com or Amazon.co.uk.
At Deutsche Welle Siobhán Dowling now reports on How a Highlands publisher has hit the big time with 'Babylon Berlin'. Noteworthy also the necessary reliance on translation grants, including from the Goethe Institut, after being featuredin New Books in German (and, yes, it probably helped -- a lot -- that they did not stick to the original title ('The Wet Fish' !).)
(See also previous coverage in, for example, The Herald, where Karin Goodwin wrote From Deutschland to Dingwall: how a small Scottish publisher is riding high with Babylon Berlin last month.)
- Tony's Reading List has: Your Favourite Posts of 2017, as well as The 2017 Tony's Reading List Awards
- ANZ LitLovers LitBlog has: 2017: ANZ LitLovers stats, as well as 2017 ANZLitLovers Australian and New Zealand Best Books of the Year
- Lizzy's Literary Life has: December 2017 and Year End Wrapup (with with some '2017 Reading Statistics'), as well as 2017 Books of the Year
- Boston Bibliophile has a 2017 Statistical Roundup
- The Modern Novel has a more general End of the year review 2017
- Eiger, Mönch & Jungfrau's 2017 Year in Reading
- The Book Binder's Daughter's Slightly Exhausted at the End: My Favorite Books of 2017
- Waggish's David Auerbach's Books of the Year 2017
- Pechorin's Journal's My best books read in 2017
- The Millions have had a ton of folks report on their year in reading, in A Year in Reading: 2017
- Most Anticipated: The Great 2018 Book Preview at The Millions. Their annual (first-half-of-the-year) overview, with lots -- "(almost 100!)" -- of titles.
- 2018 in books: a literary calendar at The Guardian. UK publication dates (and annoying big images), but extensive list of titles and events.
- Interesting New Books — 2018 at Conversational Reading. Continues to be updated throughout the year, so always worth re-checking. Independent/smaller publisher focus.
- Most Anticipated Small Press Books of 2018 ! at Big Other. Good, extensive list.
- Most Anticipated New Books for 2018 at Time's Flow Stemmed. Just the titles, compact list -- but a good starter list.