Saturday, January 3, 2009

War Through the Generations Reading Challenge

Anna and Serena are hosting a series of very interesting challenges directed at reading books about wars and their impact. The first is a World War II challenge. Participants are asked to commit to reading at least 5 books by the end of 2009. I've always been interested in reading books about World War II and the Holocaust, so I'm hard pressed to resist signing up for this challenge. Given my track record with challenges and the fact that I've already gone overboard joining them, I'll be shooting for the minimum 5 books.

Here's a tentative list...

I Have Lived a Thousand Years by Livia Bitton-Jackson
Resistance by Agnes Humbert
Guernica by Dave Boling
Pied Piper by Nevil Shute
Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet by Jamie Ford

I'm quite excited about this challenge, but, I should mention, even if you're not the challenge joining sort or have already overburdened yourself with challenges for this new year, you should still check out their great WWII Reading List which is a pretty great resource if you happen to be interested in reading some great books from this important time period. Being a total list hound, this may be what drew me in the first place....


  1. It was the reading list on the challenge website that convinced me to join. :-) And now, everywhere I turn I am finding books that fit into this challenge. I've always had a special interest in the WWII era.

    Good luck with the challenge! I really want to read Boling's book too, although I don't know if I'll get a chance to this year.

  2. Oh man, I really didn't need another challenge, but that's going to be hard to say "no" to! At the very least, I'll be checking out the reading list. I don't think I've heard of a single book on your list, so I'll be eagerly awaiting your reviews!

  3. LF - If I had the time, I could read about a hundred books for this challenge. I know there are at least half that many lurking on my shelves gathering dust waiting for me to get around to them. And with that list, soon there's sure to be more! And again - good luck to you as well! =D

    Debi - I sure didn't need another challenge either, but from the moment I saw this one, I knew I was a goner. And then I saw the list, and it was done. These challenges, they're merciless. They just wait around until you're feeling weak and then they reel you right in! =D

  4. Thanks so much for signing up for our challenge! I'm glad everyone is drawn to the reading list. We've been working hard on that one, and we know there's countless other books we could add! Hope you enjoy the books you've listed.

    Diary of an Eccentric

  5. Thanks for signing up for my challenge Megan! :)

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