Reading, ‘riting, Romanovs and Rasputin…
I had that recharging weekend I craved. I finished (to date… at least one more book is due to be published next summer) the bibliophile cozies, read The Last Romanov, and started another cozy.
I’m still high on the bibliophile books. The characters are fun, the plots are always full of turns, and it’s fun to learn a little bit about book restoration and book collectors. I still think there’s a deeper connection between the two men in black in the books, so I’m hoping that before Ms. Carlisle calls the series done, she’ll tell us more about Derek and Gabriel and any shared past they might have.
I’d told gMarie I’d read Water for Elephants next, but for reasons I can’t really explain, I just couldn’t download it. It didn’t appeal to me at all, despite the rave review she gave it. I don’t like the circus for starters, but beyond that, I can only say that as in the past when someone has suggested that book, the synopsis I read just didn’t do anything for me.
So, I picked up my Nook and looked in “my library” and found The Last Romanov. I’m quite the history buff and generally, I stay stuck in US history, but for some reason, this era and the Romanovs in particular fascinate me.
I can actually take a stab at why I can’t get enough about the Romanovs and their sad tale. Local lore had it that Anastasia herself lived almost literally in my backyard, but DNA research proved otherwise. I believe I even met her, while responding to a rescue call for her then-husband…
I thoroughly enjoyed this historical fiction, and devoured it in a night, basically in one sitting. (Yes, it’s a 300+ pager. I’m a fast reader when I’m engrossed and I’m more than willing to sacrifice sleep for the conclusion.) While I’m fascinated by Rasputin as well, I liked the book all the more for not spending too much time on the mystic. The ending was a little trite, but I think many of you would enjoy the book, so I’ll leave it at that for now.
And yes, I love a conspiracy theory. If it happens to be laced with a bit of magic (or mysticism, if you prefer), all the better. I’m in danger of slipping into one of my rabbit holes, as what little I know about Orthodox Christianity comes from my role as a wedding coordinator of sorts in a friend’s Greek Orthodox ceremony. Strangely enough, my two classes in religion in college barely mentioned our Eastern Catholic “cousins”… Anyone have any great resources to suggest?
How was your weekend?