The Broke and The Bookish.
This week's topic is a freebie so I decided to make a list of my Top Ten Favorite Books About Russia. As I am sure you noticed I am fascinated by all things Russian (I even have a master's degree in Russian Studies). Some of these books are fiction and some are non-fiction but they are all excellent and very readable (I didn't include any scholarly works on the list).
1.) Kolyma Tales by Varlaam Shalamov-This is a book of short stories about life in the Gulag. It is heart-breaking and eye-opening.
2.) War and Peace by Lev Tolstoy-This is Russian Literature at it's best. Do not be intimidated by the length; the story is fantastic!
3.) The Romanovs by W. Bruce Lincoln -This book tells the story of the Romanov family from it's very beginnings in 1613 to the end in 1917. It is a big book but it reads like fiction.
4.) Natasha's Dance by Orlando Figes-This is a cultural history of Russia.
5.) Crime and Punishment by Fyodor Dostoevsky-My all-time favorite work by Dostoevsky!
6.) Journey into the Whirlwind by Yevgenia Ginzburg-A memoir of life in the gulag that provides a woman's perspective on the camp system.
7.) Nicholas and Alexandra by Robert K. Massie
8.) Gulag by Anne Applebaum - Everything you ever wanted to know (and didn't want to know) about the gulag (Russian concentration camps).
9.) The Unquiet Ghost by Adam Hoschild-This book is an interesting look at Stalin's legacy in modern day Russia.
10.) Kremlin Rising by Peter Baker and Sarah Glasser-A look at Russia under Putin.