Reading progress update: I've read 183 out of 349 pages.

Secret Lives of the Tsars: Three Centuries of Autocracy, Debauchery, Betrayal, Murder, and Madness from Romanov Russia - Michael Farquhar

I'm really enjoying learning about Russian history and have finally managed to keep a few of these monarchs in line. Farquhar does a good job of detailing not only the "juicy bits" of history but the society and history surrounding them.

 

I have noticed a pattern though...most of these reigns were not terribly stable!