Words for Nerds

So, here are some of my favorite dorky books if you are so inclined. I would lend them to you, but you might bend a page or something. All book reviews can be found here.

Russian History

From Splendor to Revolution: The Romanov Women, 1847-1928 – Julia P. Gelardi

King Kaiser Tsar

Nicholas and Alexandra – Robert K. Massie

The Romanovs: The Final Chapter – Robert K. Massie 

Tsar: The Lost World of Nicholas and Alexandra – Peter Kurth

The Court of the Last Tsar: Pomp, Power and Pageantry in the Reign of Nicholas II – Greg King

Royal Russia: The Private Albums of the Russian Imperial Family – Carol Townent

Nicholas and Alexandra – George Sergei Vilinbakhov

Jewels of the Romanovs: Family and Court – Stefano Papi

The Romanovs: Love, Power & Tragedy

25 Chapters of My Life: The Memoirs of Grand Duchess Olga Alexandrovna

The Russian Chronicles

Behind the Veil at Russian Court – P. Vasili

The Secret Plot to Save the Tsar – Shay McNeal

Ella: Princess, Saint & Martyr – Christopher Warwick

The Grand Duchesses: Daughters and Granddaughters of Russia’s Tsars

The Secret Letters of the Last Tsar: Being the Confidential Correspondence Between Nicholas II and His Mother – Edited by Edward J. Bling

The Last Empress – Greg King

The Lost Fortune of the Last Tsar: William Clarke

The Last Diary of Tsaritsa (hate that term) Alexandra – Robert K. Massie

The Romanovs 1818- 1959 – John van der Kiste

The Camera and the Tsars: Charlotte Zeepvat

Lost Splendor: The Amazing Memoris of the Man Who Killed Rasputin

Chronicle of the Russian Tsars: David Warnes

A Lifelong Passion: Nicholas and Alexandra Their Own Story

The Romanovs and Mr. Gibbes – Frances Welch

Olga Romanov: Russia’s Last Grand Duchess

The Life and Times of Gregorii Rasputin – Alex Dejonge

Rasputin’s Daughter – Robert Alexander

Under Three Tsars -  Elizabeth Narishkin Kurakin

Marie Fedorovna: Empress of Russia – E.E.P. Tisdall

The Resurrection of the Romanovs: Anastasia, Anna Anderson, and the World’s Greatest Royal Mystery – Greg King

The Russian Court at Sea

British History

The Lives of the Kings and Queens of England – Antonia Fraser

War of the Roses 


Elizabeth & Mary: Cousins, Rivals Queens – Jane Dunn

The Six Wives of Henry VIII – Alison Weir

After Elizabeth: The Rise of James of Scotland and the Struggle for the Throne of England – Leanda de Lisle

Elizabeth the Struggle for the Throne – David Starkey

Every thing ever written by Phillipa Gregory

Jane Boleyn – Julia Fox

The Life and Death of Anne Boleyn – E.W. Ives

The Life of Elizabeth I – Alison Weir

House of Hanover

The Duchess – Amanda Foremen (the book the Keira Knightly movie was made from)

Georgina: Duchess of Devonshire


Twilight of Splendor: The Court of Queen Victoria

The Evil Empire: 101 Ways that England Ruined the World

Born to Rule – Julia P. Gelardi

Victoria’s Daughters – Jerrold M. Packard

We Two: Victoria and Albert: Rulers, Partners, Rivals – Gillian Gill

Becoming Queen Victoria: The Tragic Death of Princess Charlotte and the Unexpected Rise of Britain’s Greatest Monarch.

Suite Francaise – Irene Nemirovsky

The Lost King of France – Deborah Cadbury

Marie Antoinette: The Journey – Antonia Frasier

Queen of Fashion: What Marie Antoniette Wore to the Revolution – Caroline Weber

Paris: The Biography of a City – Colin Jones

European History

In Triumph’s Wake – Julia P. Gelardi

Sex with Kings – Eleanor Herman

A Treasury of Royal Scandals – Michael Farquhar

Sex with the Queen – Eleanor Herman

American History

Devil in the White City: Murder, Magic, and Madness at the Fair that Changed America – Erik Larson ( you must read this if you are going to/or have been to Chicago)

Jackie After Jack – Christopher Andersen

America’s Queen – The Life of Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis

A Season of Splendor: The Court of Mrs. Astor in Gilded Age New York

Gilded: How Newport Became America’s Richest Resort

Consuelo and Alva Vanderbilt: The Story of a Daughter and a Mother in the Gilded Age


Other Stuff

The Book Thief


Sarah’s Key

The Scent of Rain and Lightning

The Bronze Horseman

Those Who Save Us


Secrets of Eden


The Double Bind

Night Strangers

Skeletons at the Feast

Gone Girl

I am Charlotte Simmons


13 Responses to Words for Nerds

  1. I highly recommend “The Paris Wife.” It’s a great novel that seems almost biographical of Ernest Hemingway’s first wife and their life in Paris.


  2. I loved your blog from the minute I started reading it now I love it even more! I love history and I am definitely going to be buying or checking these out of the library now!

  3. erin

    You read far far too many quality books and I am stuck too far in YA trash but we should be friends on goodreads anyway because you are the type of reader I should strive to be lol!

  4. Jill

    A friend linked this on facebook and I thought it was incredible-thought you might appreciate it! Photos taken in Russia translated into color from early 1900s: http://www.boston.com/bigpicture/2010/08/russia_in_color_a_century_ago.html

    • Reese's Runner

      Those pictures are incredible!! They are so well restored I wouldn’t even know that they are 100 years old. I hope they find more! Thank you for so much for sharing that!!

  5. Kari

    Wow, I think I have a new crush and daily blog read. I have almost all of the exact same books. I’m missing some of the French History ones but I have an enormous collection of Russian and British Royal history books. Downtown Abby watching too? Let me swoon now.

    Did I mention I am training for my first half marathon? Gee, we could be long lost twin-like 2nd cousins once removed. Okay, maybe you got the faster genes but I could be on to something here. I’ll be back daily to gobble up more of your wit and inspiration. Don’t be frightened, I don’t mean it literally. Usually.

  6. This site keeps getting better.

    The pics all made me chortle.

    Bill was the icing on the cake.

    He looks toasted. Nicely toasted.

  7. Kat

    The Bookseller of Kabul is a good read, as are Philip Pullman’s dark materials trilogy (if you’re a HP fan).
    Tuesday’s with Morrie is one of my faves. Based on a true story and sentimental as fu*k!
    Good luck in India. Take some uber strong repellant with high levels of DEET for the mozzies (careful it melts plastic but not your skin?!). Enjoy the chai and NEVER eat meat!! Their cadburys chocolate has a weird anti-melt agent (I’m from the UK and our choccy does melt) I’m not sure if they add this stuff in Texas as its boiling most of the time?

  8. Susan

    Regarding “Devil in the White City” and visiting Chicago, I highly recommend the Chicago River Architectural Boat Tour. You will see and learn so many interesting things connected to the book.

  9. You are only missing the Plantaganets! You know they found Richard III in a car park in Leceister this year? I so want to head to England soon!

  10. AndreaClaire

    Have you read Wolf Hall by Hilary Mantel? It’s the start of a trilogy about the life of Thomas Cromwell (who you should know from all your Tudor reading). It’s fiction but she spent five years just research before ever putting pen to paper. It’s very good.

  11. Hi Cely,

    I’m reaching out because I’d love to send you a copy of my audiobook, Happiness as a Second Language, to review on Running Off The Reese’s. No, it’s not about diet or fitness, and is not historical fiction, but what better to accompany a great run than an audiobook about Happiness (with short, uplifting chapters)?

    You’re just so funny, and I think you would like this book, so I’m pretty sure I would like whatever you have to say about it.

    It will be available on Amazon soon, so I’d love to give you an advanced review copy.

    Let me know and I’ll send you an Audible.com download code.

    Warmest wishes,

    Valerie Alexander

  12. I just finished Me Before You — highly recommend it. Good story and good cry all in one!

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