Recent Reads

Catherine the Great: Portrait of a Woman, by Robert K. Massie, was probably the most riveting non-fiction that I’ve ever read. Massie crafted a bio that reads like a novel, full of palace intrigue, insight into the large cast of characters, romance, and more, from the life of an extremely intelligent and interesting ruler. Massie avoids the pitfalls of non-fiction by keeping things moving quickly and not bogging the story down in too much detail. Even though it’s a doorstop at 500-something pages, I can honestly call this a page turner and I highly recommend it!
Cristina Alger’s The Darlings was a perfect book to read after Catherine the Great, because it’s a complete 180. From 18th century Russia we move to modern day NYC, in the midst of the 2008 financial crisis. It was interesting to delve into this story and see the “crash” from the perspective of a Wall Street family who one would typically see as-not villanous, persay, but not exactly sympathetic. This was a page turner as well, in a different way, and it was fun to read something so timely.


  1. Rebecca says: April 18, 2012

    I'm reading the Game of Thrones series and Killing Lincoln right now, but I'll put these on my list!

  2. Alexa says: April 18, 2012

    Really want to check out The Darlings. Looks so good!

  3. Leslie says: April 18, 2012

    Both books sound great! I will have to check them out soon. 🙂

  4. Holly says: April 18, 2012

    Oh, what a good recommendation! Can't wait to get my hands on Catherine the Great!

  5. hannah says: April 19, 2012

    I am dying to read Catherine the Great! I am going through a real royal history book (odd, as I am not a Monarchist). Just finished 'Becoming Queen', about Victoria's path to power. I think this is next!

  6. Dorothy says: April 19, 2012

    Love your book reviews, I get so many good ideas. Off to order!!

  7. Erika [small shop] says: April 24, 2012

    Ooh both look so interesting. I am always up for a good historical novel, especially about significant women.

  8. Nina says: April 26, 2012

    I've been looking for some great reads. Thanks for the recommendation! x

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