The Romanovs 1613-1918 by Simon Sebag Montefiore

Posted by on Oct 13, 2017 in 2017, 4.5 stars, Book Review | 0 comments

The Romanovs: 1613-1918 by Simon Sebag MontefioreThe Romanovs 1613-1918 by Simon Sebag Montefiore

Genre: Nonfiction, History
Format: Hardcover
Publisher: Knopf
Publication Date: 2016
Pages: 744
Source: Purchased

The Book:
From the publisher:

The Romanovs were the most successful dynasty of modern times, ruling a sixth of the world’s surface for three centuries. How did one family turn a war-ruined principality into the world’s greatest empire? And how did they lose it all?

This is the intimate story of twenty tsars and tsarinas, some touched by genius, some by madness, but all inspired by holy autocracy and imperial ambition. Simon Sebag Montefiore’s gripping chronicle reveals their secret world of unlimited power and ruthless empire-building, overshadowed by palace conspiracy, family rivalries, sexual decadence and wild extravagance, with a global cast of adventurers, courtesans, revolutionaries and poets, from Ivan the Terrible to Tolstoy and Pushkin, to Bismarck, Lincoln, Queen Victoria and Lenin.

My Thoughts:
I have been fascinated with the Romanov Dynasty ever since I read Robert K. Massie’s Nicholas and Alexandra when I was in High School. Since then I’ve read his Peter the Great and I have his Catherine the Great on my shelf. Along with those I’ve read many other books about the more famous Romanov Tsars and their families.

The reason I bought this one was because it wasn’t just about the famous three. It was about all of the Romanov Tsars including the Greats and the not so greats.

This is a dense book. There is a lot of information and multiple generations of similar names so keep track of. Montefiore has broken the book up as if it were a screenplay with each reign ‘scene’ having it’s cast of characters listed at the beginning of the chapter. That was extremely helpful.

I was glad I read this in both print and ebook format. Much of the time I was reading I had the ebook open on my phone so I could easily switch between the main text I was reading and the footnotes on my phone. Then periodically I’d pick up the hardcover to look at the photos.

4.5 stars Rating 4.5/5

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It’s Monday What Are You Reading #89

Posted by on Oct 9, 2017 in Blogging/Reading, What Are You Reading? | 12 comments

Monday What Are You Reading #89

It’s Monday What Are You Reading? is a weekly reading roundup is hosted by Kathryn at The Book Date.

This is technically a weekly meme but I don’t read fast enough to make that worthwhile so I post it every two or three weeks.

Finished in Print

The Romanovs: 1613-1918 by Simon Sebag Montefiore

The Romanovs 1613-1918 by Simon Sebag Montefiore

I’ve long been fascinated with the Romanov Dynasty. This look at all the Romanov rulers is very interesting.

 

Started in Print

The Body in the Library by Agatha Christie

The Body in the Library by Agatha Christie

It’s been a while since I read a Miss Marple book.

 

Finished on Audio

The Western Star by Craig Johnson narrated by George Guidall

The Western Star by Craig Johnson narrated by George Guidall

This series is one of my all time favorite audio mystery series. I enjoyed this one because part of it was set in the past when Walt Longmire was just starting work as a deputy sheriff.

 

Started on Audio

Divided in Death by J.D. Robb narrated by Susan Ericksen

Divided in Death by J.D. Robb narrated by Susan Ericksen

 

Reviews since my last update:
The Painted Queen by Elizabeth Peters and Joan Hess narrated by Barbara Rosenblat

The One Hundred Nights of Hero by Isabel Greenberg

The Western Star by Craig Johnson narrated by Geroge Guidall

 

What are you reading?

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Weekend Update – October 7, 2017

Posted by on Oct 7, 2017 in Weekend Update | 2 comments

Weekend Update

Currently //

Time // 9:45 ish pm Saturday evening

Place // My recliner in the family room

Eating // Nothing now but I had way too much at the football watching gathering earlier today

Drinking // Chardonnay

Reading // I’m determined to finish The Romanovs 1613-1918 tomorrow. It’s good but life has limited my reading time lately and I’d like to finish more books this month

Listening // My current audiobook is Divided in Death by J.D. Robb. I enjoy this series and even more so now that I’ve switched to the audio editions

Watching // Football. The Oregon Ducks lost earlier today but due to injuries they’re down to the third string quarterback as well as playing without several starters it wasn’t a big surprise.

Promoting // It’s never too early to make plans for the next Bout of Books. January 8th through 14th. Mark your calendars.

Blogging // Not much lately, I need to fix that.

Making // I’m working on a couple of baby afghans.

Anticipating // The new recipe I’m trying for dinner Sunday.

What are you reading? What are you listening to? What are you doing?

Hope you’re having a great weekend!

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Weekend Update- September 2017 Reading Wrap-up

Posted by on Oct 1, 2017 in Blogging/Reading, Monthly Reading Wrap Up, Weekend Update | 7 comments

Weekend Update
September 2017 Reading Wrap-Up

September2017 Reading Wrap-Up

Well, this will be short because I apparently sucked at reading in September. I’m not sure why other than just life and work getting in the way over and over again. Blergh. I think I need to make a commitment to myself to set a week each month to read as if the Bout of Books was going on.

I only finished two audiobooks and one graphic novel in September. In print I’m reading and enjoying The Romanovs 1613-1918 by Simon Sebag Montefiore but just not getting enough time so spend with it. I’m going to see if I can turn off distractions better this week and get back to my long lost reading routine.

Here’s what I read in September

Graphic Novels and Comics

The One Hundred Nights of Hero by Isabel Greenberg

 

Audiobooks

The Painted Queen by Elizabeth Peters and Joan Hess narrated by Barbara Rosenblat

The Western Star by Craig Johnson narrated by George Guidall

 

Hope you had a great reading month in September. What was the best book you read last month?

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