2017/11/18

BOOK REVIEW:
THE LOST WORDS BY ROBERT MACFARLANE

Title: The Lost Words
Author: Robert Macfarlane, Jackie Morris (Illustrator)
Published: 2017
Language: English
Pages: 112
Rating: 4/5


Summary:
This is a gorgeously illustrated book filled with poetry about words about nature disappearing from the vocabulary of children.


Review:
Wow, this book is a marvel!

This is easily one of the most beautiful books I've ever read. The illustrations are stunning; nature and animals are captured creatively and realistically. I don't even feel like I have the right words to explain how gorgeous it is, but I would easily have prints of all the pages in this on my walls.

The writing is simple, lyrical and lovely, and to an adult it brings back memories of spending time outside. To a child, I would imagine it would make one want to go outside and play in the wonderful world of nature.

It's a spellbinding work of art and belongs easily in any home with both children, elderly and everything in between.
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2017/11/17

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2017/11/15

BOOK REVIEW:
THE ROMANOVS BY ROBERT K. MASSIE

Title: The Romanovs: The Last Chapter
Author: Robert K. Massie
Published: 1995
Language: English
Pages: 352
Rating: 4/5



Summary:
This book explores one the greatest mysteries of the twentieth century; what exactly was the ultimate fate of the last tsar of Russia and his family.


Review:
This is the fourth (and final) book on the Romanov family by Massie that I've read and this one feels very much as a conclusion to the saga. It was as the others I've read before it; well written and fascinating.

The aftermath of the death of the Romanovs sparked great controversy and was a huge mystery in the twentieth century and this book takes a look at all of it; the truth of what happened to the family, the identification of their bones and the stories of the people who afterwards claimed to be survivors (most famously, someone who claimed to be the Grand Duchess Anastasia). I found all of that to be immensily fascinating; both the stories of the people and the facts of the DNA testing and such.

I will say that having read Nicholas and Alexandra before this one was of immense help, because it gives you a greater idea of who the Romanovs were, whereas this deals almost only with the aftermath. Nicholas and Alexandra gives face to the people ate the base of this story and I think that helps to really care about the bones mentioned in this one.

I would definitely recommend this book if you have an interest in Russian history and the story of the Romanovs, but like I mentioned, having some previous knowledge of the Romanov family will make it much more enjoyable.
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2017/11/14

BOOKSTAGRAM SPOTLIGHT:
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It's time to share some more of that bookstagram love! Today, I want to tell you about @farissadrawnbybooks who I discovered recently. She's from Indonesia and her book photography is on point!




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