Thursday, May 26, 2016

Book Beginnings and Friday 56 May 2016 #2

Book Beginnings hosted by Rose City Reader  and Friday 56 is hosted by Freda's Voice


"share the first sentence (or so) of the book you are reading, along with your initial thoughts about the sentence, impressions of the book, or anything else the opener inspires. Please remember to include the title of the book and the author’s name". 


*Grab a book, any book. *Turn to page 56 or 56% in your eReader (If you have to improvise, that's ok.) *Find any sentence, (or few, just don't spoil it) *Post it. 

So I'm reading 2 books at the moment:  a fiction and a non fiction.  So which to choose?  I think I'll go with the non-fiction.


Prologue:

The day they sent the Romanovs away the Alexander Palace became forlorn and forgotten - a palace of ghosts.  

I've always been fascinated with this historical time in Russia and in particular with this family, the last of the Tsars of Russia.  That first sentence really does start the beginning of their tragic end.  Although this is a big book in non-fiction standards for me I'm hoping it's going to be worth the time and effort.  I've never really read about the sisters as most books focus of the Tsar, Tsarista, Rasputin, or of thier son and heir who had hemophilia.  Should be an interesting perspective.


And page 56:

"The attack of typhoid while serious was not ultimately life-threatening, but in all he was confined to bed for five weeks, suffering at times from agonizing pain in his back and legs and becoming very thin and weak.  Despite her pregnancy, Alexandra had from the first taken exclusive control of his nursing and proved a exceptionally capable sickbed nurse."








13 comments:

Breana M. said...

I do like nonfiction, and The Romanov Sisters seems like one I would enjoy. :-)

sherry fundin said...

I've heard and read about them. I hope you enjoy the story and have a great weekend.
sherry @ fundinmental Friday Memes

Laura Thomas said...

Probably not one I'd pick up. I've heard of the sisters, but not really familiar with their story.

My 56 from Sunborn Rising

Lisa Ks Book Reviews said...

I've heard stories of the Romanov sisters. Have a great weekend! I'd love for you and your readers to check out mine... http://tinyurl.com/LisaKsBookReviewsTUIB

Kathy Martin said...

This is a fascinating time period in Russian history. I hope you are enjoying the book. My 56 this week comes from The Dark Days Club by Alison Goodman. Happy reading!

Laurel-Rain Snow said...

This one sounds like a book I would enjoy, as I'm drawn to all things Russian, especially this era.

Here's mine: “THE BLUE BATH”

Katherine P said...

I read this at the beginning of the year and really enjoyed it. It's such a fascinating story. I hope you enjoy it as well!

Loreen Bessire said...

That book has been on my TBR for awhile. It looks so good.Will you review it after you're finished?

Here is a link to my Friday 56: https://coffeeandcatsblog.wordpress.com/2016/05/27/the-friday-56-2/

fredamans said...

I'd love to read this one. I have The Family Romanov to read still, but would still read this book too! Happy Memorial day long weekend!

Bev Bouwer said...

I love the cover. This is one of those books that I pick up every time I'm at our local bookstore. It looks like a great read. Enjoy. Thanks for sharing. Here's my Friday Book.

Gilion Dumas said...

I would read this book. I'm like you -- interested, but haven't read much about the subject.

Thanks for playing along on BBOF, even though I didn't have a Mr. Linky this week!

Lauren Stoolfire said...

I've been eyeing this - it sounds great!

Check out my Friday 56 (With Book Beginnings).

Maria said...

This sounds like a good book and it's a strange coincidence that I was actually thinking about the last Tsar and his family yesterday - will be adding this to my GR list - great choice. Here's my Friday meme