ww2 books by gina sekelsky studio I hope you'll bear with me for one more post about books.  I had so much fun drawing the graphic for last week's post that I couldn't wait to do it again.  As I mentioned then, F and I found a lot to discuss while reading Laura Hillenbrand's Unbroken (the young adult edition).  At times it was so intense that we could only read a few pages before taking a break, and I wouldn't recommend it for anyone younger than middle school.  Although the book spans some years following the war, we felt so drawn into the 1940's that we followed it up with Number the Stars, one of my favorite Lois Lowry books.  (My other favorite is The Willoughbys.) Have you ever read on a theme?  One year I read almost entirely books that were personally recommended to me.  One summer I read only young adult books.  I'd like to try a year of biography.  This year is shaping up to be mostly books about WWII. Scanning my bookshelves one night for something extra to bring along on vacation (all that non-fiction not included), I tucked Gone to Soldiers in my bag.  I remember loving it in my early 20's.  I've carried the same worn paperback copy through three moves, knowing I would read it again someday.  At over 700 pages, it follows the lives of a dozen or so people as they experience the war.  I remember the story arcs of two or three characters quite clearly, but I'd forgotten how boring I found the rest of the book!  I'm about mid-way through my second reading and I just might quit altogether.  Or read ahead for the characters I still cherish. I can't wait to read Kate Atkinson's newest book, A God in Ruins.  (When Will There Be Good News? is one of my all-time favorites.)  And lucky me!  I won a free copy from the publisher.  Only now I have to wait 4-6 weeks, how will I stand it? My pal Elizabeth loaned me both Paper Love and Unbroken, so I probably owe this reading jag to her.  She's a voracious reader, always reading something different every time I talk to her (which is at least once a week).  She described Paper Love as, "So good, SO SAD, you'll love it."  If you've taken part in the Summer Reading Program and received the collective book list, Elizabeth is the one who can't limit herself to only sharing five titles.  Lucky for us! And thank you Amelia, who offered to send me her copy of All the Light We Cannot See after reading that I didn't have it in my budget to buy a copy (and the hold list at the library gets longer every day).  While I'm waiting for this one and the Kate Atkinson, I'm reading A Fine Romance by Susan Branch--recommended by two of you (thank you!) and decidedly not about the war.  But it mostly takes place in Britain, so maybe it still counts.
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2 Responses to On my nightstand, part two.

  1. Jeanene says:

    I’ve read more WWII books (fiction and nonfiction) than I can count. I highly recommend adding The Nightingale by Kristin Hannah to your list.

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