WWII Reading Challenge


Because of the Holocaust phase I seem to be going through this year I managed to get a head start in the War Through the Generations WWII Reading Challenge, without setting out to accomplish it.

Thanks to Anna, who commented on one of my reviews to let me know about the challenge.

The War Through the Generations WWII Reading Challenge runs from January 1, 2009, to December 31, 2009.

Here are the challenge rules:

To participate in the WWII Reading Challenge, you must commit to reading at least five books throughout the year.  We plan to read more than that, and feel free to do the same!  The books can be fiction or non-fiction, and they can be about any aspect of WWII.  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.   Children’s literature is acceptable!  (Please visit the WWII Reading List page for some recommendations.)  You can count books you are reading for other challenges, so long as they meet the aforementioned criteria.

You can decide which books you’d like to read right away, or you can choose them during the course of the challenge.  However, when you sign up, we ask that you set a reading goal for the challenge.  At the end of the challenge, those who met or exceeded their reading goals will be entered in a drawing (prizes to be announced later).

warthrugen_button1b1Before I learned about this challenge, I had four down for this year already:

1) The Reader by Bernhard Schlink

2) Number the Stars by Lois Lowry

3) Milkweed by Jerry Spinelli

4) Night by Elie Wiesel

I was thinking of counting A Song for Summer and The Morning Gift by Eva Ibbotson, but they’re not prominently war-themed, although they’re set along the fringes.

Having read four, I think I’ll read at least two more this year —  I have Sarah’s Key by Tatiana de Rosnay (thank you, NBS!) and Stones in the Water by Donna Jo Napoli in my TBR. I think there may possibly be some more in there, but I’m pegging the count at six to be safe.

I  have never experienced war firsthand, and reading about it in literature makes me realize just how fortunate I am. I hope that by reading these books I honor the memory of all those who lost so much, and I join the rest of the WWII Reading Challenge-takers in taking a stand against war and all its atrocities.

None of us is in a position to eliminate war, but it is our obligation to denounce it and expose it in all its hideousness. War leaves no victors, only victims.”  – Elie Wiesel

*Photo credits: War Through the Generations

14 thoughts on “WWII Reading Challenge”

  1. YEA! So glad you’re joining us for the challenge. I’ve added you to the participants page, and I’ll get your reviews on the site soon. Can’t wait to hear what you think about Stones in Water, as I just finished that one.

  2. darn…I wish I joined this one earlier :( I didn’t know about this and it’s a little too tight for me as it’s late August. I probably could do it but would have joined if it ended later..oh well! perhaps next time (I have a lot of challenges as it is anyway) great books though! I love reading anything about world war II

  3. Hi Karoline! Four more months and the minimum requirement is five books, I think you can still do it. If not, there’s always next year! :)

  4. Hi! Please email me ASAP with your email address. You were nominated in BBAW’s Best General Review Blog category and we need to send you an email. Thank you!

  5. Good luck! :) But I know you’re going to finish the challenge anyway so you don’t actually need it. Hehehe
    I think I’ll pass up on this one. I only have one of the books on the list and already too late in the year to start it what with all the readings I have to do for school. Hehe

    Gratz on the BBAW nomination! You deserve it. ‘Atta gurl! ^_^

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