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Thursday, June 5, 2014

A Wee Postie about The Romanov Sisters (2014)

I'm fuming because our internet was down for several hours at a time earlier this evening, when I actually had the spare moments to write a decent post. Because dinner is overdue, I will postpone the longer post, though I will mention one long-awaited title that arrived at my post office today.

Published on my b.d., The Romanov Sisters :The Lost Lives of the Daughters of Nicholas and Alexamdra by Helen Rappaport (St. Martin's Press) arrived two days later (June 5). I know I'll be fascinated reading about the four sisters' lives during the years approaching World War I, during the war when the two oldest served as nurses, and the years after the Russian withdrawal from the war, and the time before the Romanov Family's executions (assassinations) during the Russian Revolution of 1917-1918.



The last time I read a book about the Romanov princesses, I was newly married. Yikes! That was about 27-28 years ago. So I've reasoned that because so much new material from the Russian/Soviet archives have come to light, it would be worthwhile to reinvestigate the young royals' lives, their incarceration, and deaths.

I have so many books available right now, all of which are demanding to be read immediately, that I must say I'm going a bit book-crazy. The intensive summer course I'm teaching insists that I spend most of my free time working. What a conflict! Just three more weeks. I need a personal Read-a-thon this weekend, BUT the weather is supposed to be spectacular. Just cannot resist great weather when I know horrid humidity and heat is going to be our summer fare in July and August.

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  1. Fascinating subject! Can't wait to see if you enjoy it.

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    1. I do so hope I can get to it before too long--I love curling up with this kind of "royals" book, and extraordinary royals they were--the granddaughters of Queen Victoria, isn't that right?

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  2. This sounds like another book for my ever-expanding list! A personal readathon sounds like a wonderful idea... I could certainly use one, too! Good luck with the rest of your class.

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    1. JoAnn,
      I imagine your summer weekends are just too busy with outdoor activities for a readathon. But! I have an idea. If a particularly horrendous rainy weekend appears on the horizon this summer, and if you're free, maybe we could do a little readathoning. And bring along anyone else.
      Thanks for wishing me luck with my class. So far my students have been wonderful to teach!
      Judith

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  3. Sounds like you need a read-a-thon, or as I call it to my friends, "a reading vacation." Or at least a sleep late-and-read day.

    On a nice day, I try to sit on my front stoop (in New York City) and watch the dogs go by, soak in the sun and read.

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    1. In summer, very rainy or extremely hot and humid days find me reading like a mad woman. What else is there to do in miserable weather? So stay posted--as soon as my class ends, I'll be reading in our traditional summer weather.
      Judith

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