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
Crowning Glory: American Wives Of Princes And Dukes
New Spirits: Americans in the Gilded Age, 1865-1905
Highbrow/Lowbrow: The Emergence of Cultural Hierarchy in America
America’s Queen: The Life of Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis
My Life in France

Russian History

Catherine the Great: Portrait of a Woman
Chronicle of the Russian Tsars: The Reign-By-Reign Record of the Rulers of Imperial Russia
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
Behind the Veil at the Russian Court
The Grand Duchesses: Daughters & Granddaughters of Russia’s Tsars
Under Three Tsars: The memoirs of the lady-in-waiting, Elizabeth Narishkin-Kurakin
The Romanovs, 1818–1959: Alexander II of Russia and His Family
The Russian Chronicles: A Thousand Years That Changed the World
Romanovs: Europe’s Most Obsessive Dynasty

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
Sex with the Queen: 900 Years of Vile Kings, Virile Lovers, and Passionate Politics
The Royal Mob

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
Queens’ Jewels


Favorite Fiction

East of Eden
All the Light We Cannot See
Gone with the Wind
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 Kingmaker’s Daughter (The Cousins’ War #4)  (HATE)
The White Princess (The Cousins’ War, #5)  (BORING)
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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