Friday, January 2, 2009

War Through the Generations Challenge -- World War II

Aargh! I'm falling for another challenge! Actually, though, I'm really impressed with how Anna and Serena have set this challenge up and I decided to join after going to see the film The Reader today and realizing it was based on a book I wanted to read. (Which is a miracle in and of itself, because I usually don't read books after seeing movies, but I wanted to explore this story some more after the movie.) Then I realized I had several WWII books in my stacks and this challenge should be do-able. I'm committing to the minimum of five, because I really want to complete the challenge. So here's my list!

Night of Flames by Douglas W. Jacobson
The Reader by Bernhard Schlink
Sarah's Key by Tatiana de Rosnay
Slaughterhouse-Five by Kurt Vonnegut
The Rape of Nanking by Iris Chang

You should definitely check out the awesome challenge blog and subscribe even if you're not participating because it looks like it will full of great information.



Deborah said...

the rape of nanking is very sad. did you know the author committed suicide because of all the stress and trauma she went through while researching the book?

Literary Feline said...

I didn't realize The Reader was in theaters already! I really want to see that one. I am glad you are joining this challenge too. There are so many books I want to read that would fall under this category, but I'm aiming for five. Sarah's Key is also on my list. :-)

Anonymous said...

Thanks for this link Amy. I think this will fulfill my plans to stretch my reading for 2009.

Anonymous said...

I've joined this one, too! The "reading list" on the challenge blog is a wonderful resource.

I want to read *The Reader* (and will probably not see the movie until it's on Netflix). *Night of Flames* is on my list as well ...

darbyscloset said...

You are going to love the book "The Reader" of my favorite books....leaves an impression! I didn't know it was a movie!
darbyscloset at yahoo dot com

Jena said...

I read most of The Rape of Nanking a few years ago and found it utterly disturbing, more so because of the horribly graphic pictures. (I stopped at some point and didn't go back to it.) I didn't know that the author had committed suicide...

here's a Wikipedia link to book info: and there's a link to author info within the article.

There are so many great WWII books to choose from!

Amy said...

Deborah..I did read that!

Wendy..I know I almost missed it! I will probably end up reading more than the five, but it's best to start with small expectations. :)

Rhonda..I hope you enjoy it!'s a small book, (The Reader) so great for this challenge! :) is! with Kate Winslet

Jena...there really is. Wars really do generate a lot of stories!

Michele said...

I've got Douglas Jacobson's book sitting here on my nightstand....can't wait to read it. He also frequents the Book Blogs site, too, so you can ask him questions if you'd like. :)

Anna said...

Thanks for signing up for our challenge. So glad to have you on board! I've added you to the participants page! Happy reading! I'll be reading Sarah's Key, too. And thanks for you kind words about the challenge blog.

Diary of an Eccentric

Serena said...

Thanks for joining the challenge. Welcome aboard! Fantastic list of books.

Anna said...

FYI; For all 2009 WWII Reading Participants, the giveaways are up and ready for entrants.

go here:

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