24 Books I Read This Year


I work a lot of red eyes which means I have to figure out a way to stay awake. This means I read, quite a lot! Sometimes magazines, sometimes trashy romance and sometimes really good books I didn’t read as much as I wanted to, but I was able to read 24 books this year.

My current favorite genre is historical fiction, but I went through a huge non-fiction phase last year and I am a proud YA reader. The most interesting book I read this year was Salt to Sea, which is a story about the biggest WWII Naval tragedy that was never known very well. The other book was The Taster which is a story about a woman who becomes the taster for Adolf Hitler.

This is my list of the 24 Books I Read this year:

  1. Carnegie’s Maid by Marie Benedict
  2. Salt to the Sea by Ruta Sepetys
  3. Born a Crime by Trevor Noah
  4. The Secrets of Flight by Maggie Leffler
  5. When It’s Real by Erin Watt
  6. Ike and Kay by James MacManus
  7. My Oxford Year by Julia Whelan
  8. The Taster by V.S. Alexander
  9. The Other Einstein by Marie Benedict
  10. The Vatican Princess by C.W. Gortner
  11. Maps of Fates by Maggie Hall
  12. The Romanov Empress by C.w. Gortner
  13. The Accidental Empress by Allison Pataki
  14. The Long Game by Jennifer Lynn Barnes
  15. See How They Run by Ally Carter
  16. Take the Key and Lock Her Up by Ally Carter
  17. Not if I Save You First by Ally Carter
  18. Bachelor Girl by Kim van Alkemade
  19. America’s First Daughter by Stephanie Dray
  20. The Prince with Amnesia by Emily Evans
  21. Still Me by JoJo Meyers
  22. The Wedding Date by Jasmine Guillory
  23. The Royal Nanny by Karen Harper
  24. The Heart Between Us by Lindsey Harrel

What is your favorite book you’ve read this year? Any good book recommendations for next year? Let me know in the comments below!

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Book Review: The Romanov Empress

I spend a lot of time flying red-eye flights. These are flights that depart after 9pm and arrives around 5am-6am in the morning. I fly red-eyes because I’m not a morning person and this allows me to spend the day doing errands and chores and then work in the evening. I read a lot during these flights and spend a lot of time recommending different books to friends and family.

I recently have become really fascinated with Russian history as I’ve been spending more time in the state of Alaska. Sitka, Alaska used to be the Capital of Russia America and I discovered this on my last layover in Sitka. Consequently I became fascinated with Russian history and I started researching different books and stumbled upon this book.

The Romanav Empress by C.W. Gortner is a historical fiction about the Tsarina Maria Feodorovna. She was the mother of Tsar Nicholas and the grandmother of Anastasia. This tells the story of her journey as a young woman in Denmark to her rise as the Tsarina of Russia and the difficulties she faced as violence and change loomed over Russia.

I found this book to be extremely engaging and a very fascinating read. As someone who didn’t know much about Russian history, this book was a exciting read. While this is a work of historical fiction, all the political events are true.

Told from the focus of Tsarina Maria, we see life from the opulent lifestyle of the Tsars and the Romanov’s who had ruled Russia for over four hundred years. The story shows how the extravagant lifestyle of the Tsars definitely frustrated the Russians, but you can’t help but feel sympathetic to Maria as this is her story.

This book is filled with lavish historic events and is captivating from page 1. I enjoyed how well written and simple it was to read. It’s a fast paced story that will make you want to read it all in one sitting.

5 Star (5/5)


Welcome to my blog!

Hi there,

Thanks for reading my blog. I’m really excited to finally launch it after months of thinking if I should or not. This blog is going to be a melting pot of travel tips, my random thoughts, book and movie reviews and my life as flight attendant. I love talking about traveling, books and movies so I thought, why not wrap it all in one?

A little about myself –

I’m a flight attendant for Alaska Airlines and I’m based in Seattle, WA. I’ve lived in Los Angeles, St. Paul and Seattle. I have a degree in Political Science and I used to be a legal assistant and I did a term with AmeriCorps. I’ve been a flight attendant for almost two years and I’m loving the job more and more as each month passes.

Being a flight attendant is definitely hard and different from your normal desk job. We work crazy hours, are constantly in different time zones and have to pack for all sorts of weather.

Thanks for reading my first blog post and can’t wait to bring you along this crazy ride I call my life.

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