Well I’m really enjoying my participation in the 2015 challenges I signed up to do. I’m slightly ahead in both of them — 2/12 for the Eclectic Reader and 12/100 for Goodreads — but I don’t want to be complacent about it. Especially since I still have a rather tall stack of books on the floor here that I’m anxious to tackle and I’m trying to downsize in preparation for selling my house and moving which will take a huge chunk of my time away from reading.
I used to think I wouldn’t like reading on my ipad, but since I started reading for BookLookBloggers I’ve found it so much simpler and quicker to download an ebook and get it read and reviewed so I can move on to the next one. It takes a long time (especially over the Christmas holidays) to receive a hard copy book. Now I’m finding the format available is influencing what I decide to read.
The Eclectic Reader challenge has already taken me out of my usual comfort zone — I’ve read my very first modern space sci-fi book, The Shadow People: The Finding by Jo Robinson. I found that I really liked it. (I did read Time Machine some years ago, but never one about outer space.) Not only that, but my review was reblogged on 3 other sites (a first for me) and I picked up some new followers. (Welcome aboard, folks!)
I’m reading a book now that I’m quite enjoying called Rasputin: the Man Behind the Myth. It’s written by his daughter (60 years after his death) and a writer named Patte Barham. It was published in 1977 and I picked it up from a hospital used book sale. I first became interested in anything to do with Czar Nicholas II and his family and Russian history when I saw the movie, Nicholas and Alexandra in the early 70s. Then I read the book it was based on, followed by a book about her, then the revolution, saw the movie, Dr. Zhivago, etc. You know how it goes — 6 degrees of separation. Anyway, one of the neat things about this book is that whoever owned it before left two newspaper clippings in it from the Toronto Star written in 1993. Maria Rasputin died in 1978 and the one article talked about her life after her father’s death. (She actually worked for awhile as a lion tamer with an English circus.) Maria had kept recipes from the palace and shared them with Barham who later published a book called Peasant to Palace, in which the stories behind the recipes are what make the book so delicious, apparently. The other article is about the discovery of Rasputin’s diary which reportedly gave additional, first-hand knowledge about life at the court of the Czar. It says that the diary would be published so I’ll have to look into whether it was or not and if I can still get a copy. It should make for interesting reading and I need a “foodie” book for one of my challenges.
Anyway, I hope to be finished the Rasputin book in a few days and will share a review about it. So far, I’ve found it very interesting and it has rekindled my interest in that time period.
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