This is the fourth year in a row that Anna and Serena host the War Through the Generations Challenge. Since this year is dedicated to WWI I chose to join them. I have quite a few books on my piles that I would like to read. I’m not sure how many I will read but I aim for 5.
Here are the rules
Books can take place before, during, or after the war, so long as the conflicts that led to the war or the war itself are important to the story. Books from other challenges count so long as they meet the above criteria.
Dip: Read 1-3 books in any genre with WWI as a primary or secondary theme.
Wade: Read 4-10 books in any genre with WWI as a primary or secondary theme.
Swim: Read 11 or more books in any genre with WWI as a primary or secondary theme.
5 books means I sign up for Wade. I may or may not read more but I’m pretty sure I’ll stay on this level.
Zennor In Darkness by Helen Dunmore
A Long Long Way by Sebastian Barry
To the Slaughterhouse by Jean Giono
The other books that I will read for the challenge only are
Private Peaceful by Michael Morpurgo. It’s a children’s book and I’m very interested to see how someone writes about war for children.
Fly Away Peter by David Malouf. This is a suggestion from Kevin (The War Movie Buff). It’s a very short novel by an Australian author which seems interesting. I’ve watched a lot of Australian WWI movies, it’s about time to read an Australian WWI book.
Here are a few additional suggestions as my favourite war novels are all WWI novels:
Remarque’s All Quiet on the Western Fornt. Probably the most famous one.
Jane Urquhart’s The Stone Carvers
Sebastian Faulk’s Birdsong
If you would like to sign up, more details on the challenge can be found here.