Bout of Books 30


Bout of Books 30

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Like for Bout of Books 29, I’m setting my goal at 525 pages, that is, 75 pages per day. 

Here are the books I plan to read from. Some I’m currently reading.

  1. The Romanov Sisters: The Lost Lives of the Daughters of Nicholas and Alexandra (The Romanov Sisters #2), by Helen Rappaport
  2. Les Grands Cerfs, by Claudie Hunzinger
  3. Psalm 118: Commentary by Theophan the Recluse
  4.  Audiobook: The Book of Psalms (Bible)
  5. Audiobook: C’est arrivé la nuit, by Marc Levy


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16 thoughts on “Bout of Books 30

  1. Helen Rappaport’s book is a good one. I have read a couple of her other books, “Race to save the Romanovs” and “Caught in the Revolution”. I really enjoyed Caught in the Revolution. Emma, have your read any of Helen Azar’s books? The are good too, especially the Diaries of Olga, Tatiana and Maria. I am waiting for Anastasia’s to be published.


    • wow, thanks Denise, I didn’t know their diaries had been translated and published! At the beginning, I was thinking I was going to read the 2 other volumes, and more. But the more I go, the sadder I feel, because I know how it all ended – as Christian Orthodox, we actually consider the whole family as saints, martyrs for their faith. We have an icon of the whole family in our small Orthodox church.

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      • Helen Azar has a Youtube channel too, In the Footsteps of the Romanovs (from the title of her Book and also Facebook blog, and has been posting videos about the family. The video of the children playing with their toddler brother on the deck of the Standart is so captivating. Their end was sad, but you have to take comfort in the fact, that they had a very special, happy family relationship. I bet no other royal family, actually most families don’t have so much love and togetherness. George Hawkins collaborates with Helen and does books on his own too. Some books are just slim volumes, because diaries and letters were destroyed and no longer exist. It’s astounding, how much has actually survived and is found in archives and libraries in Russia, the US and elsewhere in the world. Helen Azar has also translated what survives of the diary of Mathilde Kschessinska.


        • Do you follow Paul Gilbert too on Facebook? He has done a lot of work on the Imperial family too. Natalia Alexandrovna Loginova is on Facebook, based in St. Petersburg and Vilius Filatovas has a private group Bсемирная история. История Европы. История Государства Российского. Willie lives outside Paris and is related to several Noble houses.


          • Caught in the Revolution is about different people Russian and foreign, royal, diplomats, merchants, reporters, etc. who were in Russia during that time and what they experienced.


          • Paul Gilbert: now I do, thanks! I’m curious, how do you know all these connections with the Romanovs? You are neither Orthodox nor Russian, are you? Do you read Russian. You can send me an email if you prefer a more private answer


        • Thanks so much, I was actually wondering where to find some of the surviving videos. In The Romanov Sisters, I like the passage on page 132 where the author explains how Nicholas was great as a husband and father, but not made to be a tsar, and more interested, like his wife and children, and their loving life together. Yes, definitely happy and loving family life.

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          • Another one you should follow is Romanov News FORUM. It’s also a private group and the administrator is Paul Edward Kulikovsky, the great-grandson of GD Olga Alexandrovna and
            Nikolai Kulikovsky. He was born in Ottawa and now lives in Russia.


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