War Through the Generations – WWII challenge completed!


Rules: Commit to reading at least 5 books throughout the year. WWII should be the primary or secondary theme, and it doesn’t matter whether the book takes place during the war or after the war.

Timeframe: 1 January – 31 December 2009

My goal: 5 books

A huge thank you to Anna and Serena for hosting this wonderful challenge. With it’s own dedicated website and plenty of support from Anna, this was a joy to participate in. There were so many books to choose from and even if I’d spent the whole year just reading for this challenge, I’m sure there would have still been plenty left on my TBR list.

Books read:

1. Austerlitz – W.G. Sebald 4.5/5
2. Resistance – Anita Shreve 5/5
3. Charlotte Gray – Sebastian Faulkes 4.5/5
4. The Garden of the Finzi-Continis – Giorgio Bassani
5. The Piano Teacher – Janice Y.K. Lee
6. Alone in Berlin – Hans Fallada
7. He Was My Chief – Christa Schroeder
8. Eastern Approaches – Fitzroy Maclean
9. Nancy Wake – The inspiring story of one of the war’s greatest heroine’s – Peter Fitzsimmons
10. The Eye of the Needle – Ken Follett

10 responses to “War Through the Generations – WWII challenge completed!

  1. Thanks for signing up for our challenge! I’ve added you to the participants page. I thought Resistance was a great book! I look forward to seeing what you choose to read.


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  5. If you like Charlotte Gray, may I suggest NIGHT OF FLAMES, also a story about the courage of common people who formed the resistance within the occupied countries of Poland and Belgium. I think you’ll enjoy it.
    Douglas W. jacobson
    Winner of the “outstanding achievement award” from the Wisconsin Library association

    • Douglas – thank you for stopping by and for your recommendation. I have read about your book on the WWII reading challenge – it sounds very interesting. I would definitely like to read more about the resistance and will keep an eye out for this.

  6. Hi

    Just discovered your blog and am thoroughly enjoying reading your back catalogue of posts!

    I love the idea of this challenge – I spend lots of time reading WWII literature! One I’d suggest is Suite Francaise by Irene Nerimovsky. The story itself is wonderfully crafted but then when you read about the author it really packs a punch.

    Kat from The Book It List

  7. Thanks Kat. I’m loving this challenge as well and have discovered some great books for my TBR list.

    I actually have Suite Francaise hiding in my bookshelf so after your recommendation, I really should read it!

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