I've also got a thing for Russian history, especially the last Czar and his family...this is just one of many great books about them.
I originally read The Three Musketeers, The Count of Monté Cristo, and this one in French, and giggled all the way through. If you watch the movie, get the old Richard Chamberlain one, it's vastly superior!
I need this book!!! Bird by Bird: Some Instructions on Writing and Life: Anne Lamott: Englische Büche
Helter Skelter: The True Story of the Manson Murders
Scariest book I have ever read! Couldn't read it if I was in the house alone, even during daylight.....