Words for Nerds

These are books I enjoyed and recommend. To see everything (like the things I really hate), then be my friend on Goodreads! All book reviews can be found under the Book Reviews category.

American History

Bunker Hill: A City, a Siege, a Revolution
The Devil in the White City: Murder, Magic, and Madness at the Fair that Changed America
Unbroken: A World War II Story of Survival, Resilience, and Redemption
The River of Doubt: Theodore Roosevelt’s Darkest Journey
Empty Mansions: The Mysterious Life of Huguette Clark and the Spending of a Great American Fortune
The Bully Pulpit: Theodore Roosevelt, William Howard Taft, and the Golden Age of Journalism
A Place of Greater Safety
In the Heart of the Sea: The Tragedy of the Whaleship Essex
My Life in France

Russian History

Potemkin: Catherine the Great’s Imperial Partner
Nicholas and Alexandra
Little Mother of Russia: A Biography of the Empress Marie Feodorovna (1847-1928) The Russian Court at Sea: The Voyage of HMS Marlborough
Ella: Princess, Saint and Martyr
Once a Grand Duchess: Xenia, Sister of Nicholas II
The Court of the Last Tsar: Pomp, Power and Pageantry in the Reign of Nicholas II
A Lifelong Passion: Nicholas and Alexandra: Their Own Story
Tsar: The Lost World of Nicholas and Alexandra
Nicholas and Alexandra
Alexandra: The Last Tsarina
Michael and Natasha: The Life and Love of Michael II, the Last of the Romanov Tsars
The Romanovs: The Final Chapter
The Last Empress: The Life and Times of Alexandra Feodorovna, Tsarina of Russia
From Splendor to Revolution: The Romanov Women, 1847–1928
Olga Romanov: Russia’s Last Grand Duchess
Revolutionary Russia, 1891-1991: A History
Under Three Tsars: The memoirs of the lady-in-waiting, Elizabeth Narishkin-Kurakin

British History

French History

Marie Antoinette: The Journey
Madame de Pompadour

German History

Kaiser Wilhelm II: A Life in Power
Schindler’s List
The Diary of a Young Girl
Night (The Night Trilogy, #1)
Alice, The Enigma – A Biography of Queen Victoria’s Daughter
Mein Kampf

European History

King, Kaiser, Tsar: Three Royal Cousins Who Led the World to War
Victoria’s Daughters
Born to Rule: Five Reigning Consorts, Granddaughters of Queen Victoria
In Triumph’s Wake: Royal Mothers, Tragic Daughters, and the Price They Paid for Glory
The Sleepwalkers: How Europe Went to War in 1914

Other History

Guns, Germs and Steel: The Fates of Human Societies
The Burning Tigris: The Armenian Genocide and America’s Response
Atrocities: The 100 Deadliest Episodes in Human History


Favorite Fiction

East of Eden
All the Light We Cannot See

The Grapes of Wrath
Skeletons at the Feast
I am Charlotte Simmons
The Harry Potter series
The Book Thief
Crazy Rich Asians
Life After Life
This Is How You Lose Her

Fiction I Enjoyed 
Suite Française

Memoirs of a GeishaSarah’s Key
A Discovery of Witches (All Souls Trilogy, #1)
Prep A Song of Ice and Fire Series
Gone Girl
Eleanor & Park
Night Film
Station Eleven

The White Queen (The Cousins’ War, #1)
The Red Queen (The Cousins’ War, #2)
The Lady of the Rivers (The Cousins’ War, #3)
The King’s Curse (The Cousins’ War, #6)

5 thoughts on “Words for Nerds

  1. Bahahaha I just discovered all of your extra commentary on Philippa Gregory’s book at the bottom and laughed SO hard.

    Also, thank you for that. Some of her books I love, some I’ve hated, she’s so unpredictable!

    • I read the first book, but never really got into it. I also started the series and forgot about it. I need to give it another shot.

      • Ah! I’m currently reading the first book and I don’t truly enjoy it… I was going through your list browsing for suggestions for my next book! I didn’t watch the series.

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