top ten tuesday: books set during world war II
Top Ten Books Set during World War II
I read a lot of historical fiction, and when I’m not reading Regency romances a la Julia Quinn, I’m usually reading World War II fiction. I’m not very picky about where it’s set during WWII — I tend to prefer novels set in England during the Blitz, but of course there’s so much out there set in Germany, Poland, France … the war touched so many places and so many lives. Here are ten that I’ve read and enjoyed, with notes about a few of them.
Code Name Verity, Elizabeth Wein (review)
This book is still, hands-down, one of the best books I have ever read, let alone one of the best WWII books. Just the way the story is told is enough to keep me thinking about Verity as often as possible. It’s epic in its time period setting, really, and no WWII list would be complete without it.
Rose Under Fire, Elizabeth Wein
Wein followed up Verity with Rose Under Fire, and I managed a copy at BEA this year. It took me a while to read it — admittedly I was scared to, because once I did, it’d be over. This one is set differently than Verity — concentration camp versus, well, other things. It’s not as good, but it was still engrossing.
The Book Thief, Marcus Zusak
Blackout, Connie Willis (review)
Time travel, science-fiction, the London Blitz, danger, romance — really, all of that is enough to make you need to read both Blackout and its continuation, All Clear. I think one of the (many) things I liked so much about these two books is that they do deal with time travel, so they tell the story of outsiders looking in on such an important event in world history.
All Clear, Connie Willis (review)
The Hiding Place, Corrie Ten Boom
So thankful that Becky gave me this book one year for my birthday. This isn’t a novel, but a memoir, of a Christian woman who hides Jews then ends up in Ravensbruck, the all-female concentration camp. Her faith keeps her going, one day at a time. I can’t imagine that happening in my lifetime, and Corrie’s story is inspiring.
With Every Letter, Sarah Sundin
This is the first Sundin novel I’ve read, and she has quite a few set during WWII that I’m going to be picking up. It’s Christian / inspirational fiction, and I really enjoyed it. It took me a while to get into, but the You’ve Got Mail / Shop Around the Corner plotline was lovely. I’m looking forward to reading more from her, since as Christian fiction they do take a differing angle in storytelling and characterization than others.
Sarah’s Key, Tatiana de Rosney
Mare’s War, Tanita S. Davis
Dream When You’re Feeling Blue, Elizabeth Berg
If you read historical fiction, especially World War II fiction, please, please, please leave me your recommendations. I’m always looking for ones I haven’t read yet.