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Reading a Thousand Lives

I'm a goodreads refugee. I read horror, classics, literary, science fiction, YA, weird, regency romances, historical fiction, history, science, fantasy and random bits and pieces of every genre, it seems like. I don't do as much reading and reviewing as I used to, but I'm trying to get back into the swing of things.

Currently reading

Stone Mattress: Nine Tales
Margaret Atwood
A Dance with Dragons
George R.R. Martin
Deep Blue
Jennifer Donnelly
Crystal Fire
Jordan Dane
Trisha Wolfe
Mistress to the Crown
Isolde Martyn
The Children of Henry VIII
John Guy
The Illicit Love of a Courtesan
Jane Lark
Lost in a Royal Kiss
Vanessa Kelly
The Future of the Mind: The Scientific Quest to Understand, Enhance, and Empower the Mind
Michio Kaku
The Winter Palace: A Novel Of Catherine The Great - Eva Stachniak This is a beautiful book about Catherine the Great, told in the point of view of Barbara, the daughter of a Polish bookbinder who came to Russia for work. Her father wins the favor of Princess Elizabeth, who is entrusted with the life of Barbara. She's accepted into the palace as a seamstress, which she's not much good at, then recruited by the palace's spymaster as a tongue for the Empress.It's a unique novel for me, reading about royalty from the point of view of their nobility while the book is still primarily about the royalty. It really offered a wider view into the secret lives of the nobility of Russia, the secrets and intrigue which shaped history.Stachniak wrote her characters beautifully. When Barbara felt betrayed, I did too. She has an uncanny ability to capture emotion and portray it into words.