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Nicholas and Alexandra
Nicholas and Alexandra: The Fall of the Romanov Dynasty | Robert K. Massie
From the Modern Library's new set of beautifully repackaged hardcover classics by Robert K. Massie--also available are Peter the Great and The Romanovs In this commanding book, Robert K. Massie, prize-winning author of Catherine the Great, sweeps readers back to the extraordinary world of Imperial Russia to tell the story of the Romanovs' lives: Nicholas's political navet, Alexandra's obsession with the corrupt mystic Rasputin, and little Alexis's brave struggle with hemophilia. Against a lavish backdrop of luxury and intrigue, Massie unfolds a powerful drama of passion and history--the story of a doomed empire and the death-marked royals who watched it crumble. The Modern Library of the World's Best Books Nicholas and Alexandra "A magnificent and intimate picture . . . Not only the main characters but a whole era become alive and comprehensible."--Harper's Peter the Great Winner of the Pulitzer Prize "Enthralling . . . as fascinating as any novel and more so than most."--The New York Times Book Review The Romanovs "Riveting . . . unfolds like a detective story."--Los Angeles Times Book Review
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LittleMummyMe
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I just read about the 'midnight sun' in St.Petersburg in summer...I can't imagine, the sun up for 22 hours a day.

RJHowe It is pretty crazy. We have it in northern Canada aw well. 13mo
LittleMummyMe @RJHowe I'd like to see it once. 13mo
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LittleMummyMe
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Kindle daily deal has a Romanov book.

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Suzze
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The tagged book has stayed with me. Loved it.
Celeste Ng, such excellent writing.
I loved Nightcap with Ali Wentworth. An inside look behind the scenes of a late night talk show. Very funny.
Nachos!

#ManicMonday #LetterN

JoScho 💜💛💜 14mo
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GypsyKat
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This has been on my TBR list for a few years now. Yay for #KindleSales 😁

Ingerella Daily deals get me every time! I need this one too! 1y
GypsyKat @Ingerella I can‘t resist them! 😂 1y
OrangeMooseReads Excellent book. Massie is well versed in the Russian Imperial family. 1y
GypsyKat @OrangeMooseReads I have a few of his books on the subject on my TBR list, but this is the first one I‘ve bought. I‘m looking forward to reading it. 👍 1y
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erinreads
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Spent the afternoon yesterday with @silentrequiem and my favorite part is when she just comes up to me with a book and when I say I haven‘t read it, she just slowly adds it to the pile of books I‘m already carrying. 😂 Also, I stop into the Friends of the Library bookstore fairly often, yet I can still walk out with 7 books! #bookhaul

BookishTrish We must have similar tastes: I‘ve read all of these except the middle two. 1y
sprainedbrain Oh, The Historian. 😍 Which one did @silentrequiem add? 1y
SledgeReader FOL Book Hauls are the best!!! 1y
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erinreads @sprainedbrain The Tale of Gwyn. I‘ve never even heard of it, but it sounds good, so we‘ll see! 1y
silentrequiem @erinreads @sprainedbrain It was originally published as Jackaroo and it is one of my favorite books. I've bought multiple copies because I kept wearing them out! 1y
sprainedbrain @silentrequiem well clearly I need to check that out! 1y
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readordierachel
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I really want to know why the previous owner of this book underlined "azalea." There must be a story there. ?

suvata Love a good mystery notation 2y
Billypar I always try to avoid buying used books with writing, but when I do get them I find it interesting to ponder some of the odder ones.. And then you have to think if you lend this book to someone else, will they attribute the comments to you...? 2y
LeeRHarry Name for a baby maybe? 😊 2y
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merelybookish Maybe they had to look it up? (Speaking as someone who just underlined 'gneiss' in a book.) 2y
readordierachel @Billypar I definitely won't buy one with massive underlining, but something like this bothers me less. It makes the book a little quirky instead of "ruined." Good point about passing it on! Makes me want to add a disclaimer or something "Any markings are the fault of a previous owner..." 2y
readordierachel @LeeRHarry Oh, good guess! That seems plausible 2y
readordierachel @merelybookish That's a possibility! Wait, was this your book? Do you know what an azalea is? 😉 2y
Cupofjo I love when I get a used book and find the underlining of others! 2y
saresmoore Could be one of those weird book serendipity occurrences. I find mulberry trees show up in my reading all the time. 2y
merelybookish @ReadOrDieRachel I am pretty clueless when it comes to plants. 😛 And rocks. 2y
readordierachel @Cupofjo It makes it interesting! 2y
readordierachel @saresmoore I like that theory! So weird how that happens. 2y
monalyisha In middle school, I wanted to start a band & call it “Azalea.” 😅🌸 2y
readordierachel @monalyisha Solid band name! I was one-half of "Salt N Pepa Jr." In middle school ?? 2y
monalyisha Omg like Clue or Scrabble Jr. 😅 Did you guys still “push it” or did you use some other juvenile-appropriate verb? 2y
readordierachel @monalyisha Haha! Exactly. Oh, we pushed it real good, with zero idea what that meant 😆 Ah youth 2y
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thecurlybookworm
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I've been MIA & so very behind on my #riotgrams--took the photos but never posted! Apologies in advance for my catch-up spam...

Day 5: royalty

Did anyone else read/love the Royal Diaries series? For real royals, I'm quite fascinated by Nicholas II.

sunnyaltman I was obsessed with these books! Elizabeth I and Cleopatra were my favorite! 2y
thecurlybookworm @sunnyaltman I love the Cleopatra one! I don't think I've read Elizabeth I 😱 2y
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BeckyMerilatt
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And now back to reading this crazy beautiful book. Also pictured, my life beverage ☕️ that I‘m not sure I could live without because my 4 year old wakes up at 5:30 am every morning. Every. Morning. 💤 😴 💤

#riotgrams #bookandbeverage

scripturient I feel your pain. My 4 yo has decided that anytime between 4:30 and 5 AM is a perfectly reasonable time to wake up. 7 days a week. My only wish is to be able to sleep in once, just once. #mommysolidarity 2y
BeckyMerilatt @scripturient 😭 it‘s awful!! Got to be honest, I put him in front of the tv most mornings so I can go back to sleep. They grow out of this eventually, right? When they‘re teenagers we‘ll be complaining about the opposite problem. Now how to survive until then...🤔😴 2y
scripturient @BeckyMerilatt It is and I do hope it will get better. At least everyone says so. And I‘m actually looking forward to taking my sweet revenge when he‘s a teenager and wants to sleep in and I will decide that seven AM is a good time to vacuum his room. 😈🤣🤣🤣🤣 2y
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scripturient That‘s the only thought that keeps me going. 😂😂 2y
BeckyMerilatt @scripturient 😂 your comment made me genuinely chuckle like a villain. 2y
MicheleinPhilly @scripturient OMG! My mom used to do that to me when I was a teenager! 😩 2y
scripturient @MicheleinPhilly 😂😂😂🙈 2y
rubyslippersreads ❤️❤️❤️ this book (and coffee is vital to my existence as well! 😄☕️) 2y
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BeckyMerilatt
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Probably the sexiest book that I own. I‘ve had it for years and years and never got around to reading it. But after reading Victoria the Queen my mind was in just the right place for like, basically the sequel.

Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks Beautiful picture 🧡🧡🧡🧡 2y
Mdargusch This is one of my all time favorite books! Love your photo. ❤️ 2y
LeahBergen It‘s so good! 2y
BeckyMerilatt @Mdargusch @LeahBergen it‘s good to hear that you guys liked it! I‘m already loving it and I‘ve only just started it. 2y
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SarahMillerBooks
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Just barely in time for #LibraryShelfieDay — me and my veritable dragon‘s hoard of Romanov books.

LeahBergen Wow! That‘s impressive. 😍😍 2y
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OrangeMooseReads
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Well researched (as Massie‘s books are) and well written. He argues that it was Alix (Alexandra) who was the eventual cause of the Tsar falling. If she had not married Nicholas and had Alexis there would have been no Rasputin. He does not paint Alexandra in a favorable light that is for sure. As always where the Russian monarchy is the subject it was an interesting read.

BarbaraTheBibliophage This one‘s on my shelf! Thanks for the review. 2y
OrangeMooseReads @BarbaraTheBibliophage you‘re welcome. Hope you enjoy it. 2y
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OrangeMooseReads
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384 of 532 ... can‘t believe anyone would kill Rasputin shocking, just shocking!
Only 147 more pages to go. Wonder what happens to the Tsar and his family?

CoverToCoverGirl 🤔🙄🤣 2y
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OrangeMooseReads
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1. People not parking right (not in the lines or super close to one line, leaving half a car space between cars parked in a line so more cars can‘t fit 🤬) also the constant use of the word ‘like‘
2. What‘s vacation?
3. Probably will be the tagged book
4. I don‘t read holiday books
5. If you could “have a beer” with any author (alive or dead) who would it be?
#friYAYintro @jess.how

MidnightBookGirl I'd love to have drinks with Stephen King! 2y
youneverarrived Bukowski! 2y
Owlizabeth Jenny Lawson, just for the laughs 2y
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julesG Just one beer with just one author? Not fair! I'd like to have a beer with Gaiman, Laini Taylor, VE Schwab, Lewis Carroll, Shakespeare, ... 2y
brandymuses Megan Whalen Turner 2y
OrangeMooseReads @MidnightBookGirl he would be fun to chat with 2y
OrangeMooseReads @julesG yes this time just one lol 2y
OrangeMooseReads @brandymuses I don‘t know her. I‘ll have to look her up. 2y
GondorGirl @Owlizabeth Jenny Lawson would be a great choice! 2y
callielafleur Jennifer Egan, definitely. 2y
moranadatter Pat Rothfuss 2y
OrangeMooseReads @moranadatter I‘ll have to look them up. Name seems familiar though 2y
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OrangeMooseReads
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Tsar Nicholas had great facial hair

Lynnsoprano I read that years ago. Excellent! 2y
OrangeMooseReads @Lynnsoprano yes it is. I read Massie‘s biography of Catherine the Great a few years ago and it was really good. 2y
2BR02B Such fulsome moustachery. I wonder if he could tuck the ends in his ears? 2y
Suelizbeth It‘s quite Poirotish. 2y
readordierachel Indeed! 2y
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OrangeMooseReads
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277 of 532 ... those pesky Germans have declared war on Russia, who is only backing up Serbia. Next thing you know the whole world will be at war.

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OrangeMooseReads
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On this date 112 years ago ....

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OrangeMooseReads
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History!
Bed
Cocoa
Autumn (I loathe snow)
Depends on my mood. I love them both equally.
Hardback for looks, paperback for portability and easier reading
Paper
Notes 👍🏼
Depends on my mood. Love a good fairy tale but some times you need a superhero.
@slategreyskies #getingtoknowyou

Jerdencon I loathe snow too!!! 2y
Sace I love snow in the south. Just a dusting and I get to stay home. 😂 2y
OrangeMooseReads @RestlessFickleBookSlut it takes at least 6-8 inches here before they call off school or 2 inches of ice. 2y
DGRachel I detest snow, too. Two years in Boone cured me of my appreciation for the white stuff. 2y
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OrangeMooseReads
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This is what is left of my #TBR2017 list. How fitting 17 left. I‘m focusing on ONLY reading these books for the rest of the year. Hopefully I can get them read, a couple I can skim parts of because I read parts for class or a paper, but there are a couple that are real undertakings. 🤞🏽 I can do it. Several are my #litsyatoz picks

AlaMich Under the Banner of Heaven was super interesting! 2y
OrangeMooseReads @AlaMich it looks interesting 2y
Avanders Ooh I really loved 2y
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OrangeMooseReads @Avanders I heard and read really good things about it. 2y
AmandaL I listened to Under The Banner of Heaven, and it was fantastic. Krakaur reads his own books. 2y
OrangeMooseReads @AmandaL I‘ll have to check into the audio, thanks 2y
britt_brooke I agree with @AlaMich on the Krakauer. It‘s fascinating and horrifying. And A Confederacy of Dunces is one of my favorites! It‘s kind of a slow read (at least for me), but absolutely worth it. (edited) 2y
JaclynW Great books! I'm curious about The Obituary Writer. 2y
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OrangeMooseReads
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Up next ...

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msc1977
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A neighbour gave me this book yesterday, for no reason other than he new I was interested.
Some people rock!! #romanovs #tsar

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rubyslippersreads
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My latest #Folio acquisition is my pick for #backintheussr. #rockinmay #FolioFreaks

RealBooks4ever Lovely! 😍 3y
Jas16 Gorgeous picture 3y
Sace So pretty. 💙 3y
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LeahBergen 💗💗💗 3y
Cinfhen Everything about this post is gorgeous 💙💙💙 3y
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks Beautiful ❤️ 3y
elkeo_TheBookDragon Absolutely stunning! 💖 3y
Hobbinol 👍🏻 3y
Moray_Reads Beautiful picture 😍😍 3y
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gossamerchild
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Pickpick

I found my favorite sentence of the whole book 🤣. But all laughing aside, this book... Was troubling. Massie did a fantastic job of humanizing Nicholas and Alexandra; I pitied the man and woman, even if the monarchs left me cold. Also, the book was published in the late 1960s, so the anti-Soviet sentiment is quite apparent. Overall, I enjoyed the book. So freaking sad.

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gossamerchild
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I keep thinking, maybe THIS time they'll be saved... I'm pretty sure that's not the way history works 🤔🙄

I'm very conflicted about this story. I feel pity, but then feel guilty about feeling pity. I need to read more Russian history that isn't specifically about the monarchy.

Tnovo If you want a good thorough read about Russia try this one. It reads like a story and less like a boring historical text. I loved this book. 3y
gossamerchild @Tnovo thank you! That's exactly what I need. I'm really enjoying Nicholas and Alexandra, but would like something a little more inclusive. 3y
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gossamerchild
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My current read was originally #publishedinthe1960s. #huxleythecat accurately sums up my opinion of the last Tsar of Russia. #aprilbookshowers @RealLifeReading

Meg11726 What an adorable reading buddy!! 3y
gossamerchild @Meg11726 he's pretty sweet 😸😻 3y
KarenUK 😻😻😻 3y
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SharonGoforth 😻😻 3y
BarbaraTheBibliophage This one is my shelf too - but I forgot to include it! 👏🏻👏🏻 3y
gossamerchild @BarbaraTheBibliophage it's fascinating. Dated, slightly problematic, but fascinating. 3y
Bookzombie 💕🐱 3y
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gossamerchild
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I find this sentence troubling. What, it's not enough that her extremely sheltered son who had HEMOPHILIA was away from home (and her eyesight) for the first time ever, so she needs to be accused of not being able to stay away from the menfolk? Ugh. I know the book was published in the 1960s, but is that an excuse?

#amreading

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gossamerchild
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Here's my #currentlyreading #recentnonfictionread. Originally published in the 1960s, this book is a bit dated, but still fascinating. Massie tells a good story.

#marchintoreading @RealLifeReading

Reviewsbylola Wow, I had no idea it was published that long ago! 3y
gossamerchild @Reviewsbylola yeah, I would guess the research on hemophilia is a wee out of date 🙄 3y
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JacintaMCarter
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I love anything dealing with the Romanovs. In high school, I wrote a paper about Rasputin and I read all 800 pages of this book just for the 200 pages that talked about him. #NonfictionLove #17BookLove

Well-ReadNeck Is it just me or does Nicholas resemble Leonardo deCaprio? 3y
Reviewsbylola I had a period where I was obsessed with reading about the Romanovs. This was one of my favorites. 3y
Reviewsbylola I can totally see that. @Well-ReadNeck 3y
Wannabe_Quijote Loved this book! I read it in prep for my trip to Russia last month. 3y
OrangeMooseReads This is on my TBR for this year. I love all things Romanov. 3y
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gossamerchild
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Uhhh... Who does this make me think of? 🤔😢 #amreading

SuperPunkNinja 😅😅😅 3y
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gossamerchild
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For me, I don't really have a #favoritevillain in fiction. I'm not good at loving to hate characters. So after thinking about this for a while, Rasputin is the closest I could get. He's a fascinating historical figure and truly villainous to many people. I like how ambiguous his reputation is, though. I can't read enough about him. #riotgrams.

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Suzze
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Probably my all-time favorite book about Royals. I went into this knowing nothing about them. And was fascinated. I was in my twenties when I read this. Seems so long ago. 👑👑 #readjanuary #royals

rubyslippersreads ❤❤❤ this book! 3y
Graciouswarriorprincess I read this when I was 12 and have reread it several times since then. I agree, one of my favorites.👍🏻💕 3y
Mdargusch I have read this two or three times also. And shared it with many others. Definitely my favorite book about the Romanovs. 3y
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MaureenMc I have had this book on my shelf for years. Really need to get to this one. 3y
LeahBergen Loved this one. 👍🏼 3y
Reviewsbylola I loved this one too. 3y
ValerieAndBooks I find the Romanovs fascinating but I don't think I've read this particular bio 🤔. I'll have to look! (Not home until later tonight) 3y
kspenmoll Loved this as well; read in late teens.😍 3y
Hobbinol I've already stacked this, but you're making me want to stack it again! 3y
lynneamch If you haven't read this one yet, there is an incredible amount of research in 3y
Suzze @lynneamch Thanks! I'll look into that one. (edited) 3y
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bookishdawg
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Pickpick

Read "Nicholas and Alexandra" years ago and am now enjoying "Catherine the Great"... Robert K. Massie can WRITE. ?? #FunFridayPhoto

bookishdawg On my TBR! Thanks for the rec 👍🏼@shawnmooney (edited) 3y
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Wannabe_Quijote
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Pickpick

Royal intrigue, hemophilia, Rasputin, war... I learned so much!

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Wannabe_Quijote
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First class upgrade means coffee in ceramic rather than styrofoam! 👍

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Wannabe_Quijote
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Malbec, pizza, and Russian history pair super well!

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Wannabe_Quijote
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A pre-dinner read in the hotel's rooftop jacuzzi? Sure!

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Wannabe_Quijote
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The view from my reading perch in #argentina that I'll miss. #litsyaroundtheworld

TrishB Gorgeous 😀 3y
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Wannabe_Quijote
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I'm going to miss summer in December.

Blueberry I always miss summer :) 3y
Wannabe_Quijote @Blueberry You make a great point! 3y
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Wannabe_Quijote
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I'm only 5% in but really enjoying it. There's nothing like a well-written history!

MrBook MMMMMmmm 😋!!! 3y
Wannabe_Quijote @MrBook Pretty soon I'll be home and have to cook my own food again 😩 3y
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Wannabe_Quijote
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More prep reading for Russia!

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mllemay
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Pickpick

Fascinating and thorough look at the reign of the last Russian tsar and the demise of the Romanov dynasty. I especially appreciated learning more about the domestic life of Nicholas and Alexandra (including Alexei's hemophilia) and Rasputin's influence over them - what a sinister character. Also liked the look at WWI from the eastern front perspective, as that's not often discussed in our history classes.

Laura317 Did it mention anything about the one daughter possibly escaping? Anastasia, I think? 3y
mllemay @Laura317 yes, he disproves those theories and from the primary sources he uses, it seems pretty much impossible. I think he adresses that issue even more in depth in one of his most recent books that's only about the last days of the family. I'll be interested in reading that one too! 3y
Suzze That was such a touching book. It has stayed with me for many years. 3y
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mllemay
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First snowfall 😍 (although nothing will stay on the ground). Meanwhile I'm warm and cozy under my blanket making my way through this monster. Over halfway through now - totally reads like a novel. Sometimes truth is crazier than fiction!

KVanRead You are making me homesick! 3y
mllemay @KVanRead I'm the first to complain about winter in the middle of January, but there's something about the first few snowfalls that is definitely magical! I def understand that you miss it! 3y
Reviewsbylola Fantastic book! 3y
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mllemay @Reviewsbylola yes! It's so fascinating! 3y
KVanRead @mllemay Exactly! 3y
oonaghmoon @mllemay I wish it was snowing here. Perfect for cosying up with books 3y
mllemay @oonaghmoon yes, reading in the warmth when it's cold and snowy/rainy outside is especially cosy ☺️ 3y
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thegirlwiththelibrarybag
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This cover 👌

DebinHawaii Gorgeous! 📚❤️ 3y
LeahBergen Such a good book, too. 3y
rubyslippersreads Beautiful cover on one of my favorite books. ❤️📚 3y
Graciouswarriorprincess Love this book and story!🎉 3y
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rubyslippersreads
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One of my favorite nonfiction books, which started my interest in this fascinating, tragic family. #nonfictionlove #septphotochallenge #somethingforsept #day14

LeahBergen Me, too! 3y
ValerieAndBooks I find them fascinating, too! 3y
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Vblancsbooks
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This is why I read...I learn something new every time! #knowledge #reading #kindleread #robertmassie

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MichellisLife
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Friday reads. Both of these are buddy read wth two wonderful ladies. #fridayreads

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MichellisLife
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Today's read. I had to stop A Little Life. It was an emotional roller coaster and I felt like Yanagihara was emotionally manipulating me.

I started this book earlier in the year. I've always been interested in learning more about the Romanovs. Massive write non fiction in a beautifully fictional way.