So last night I finished my last book for the War Through the Generations 2012 WWI reading challenge.
I read seven books in all, which is the most I’ve read for this challenge since I started doing it. I signed up for the “wade” level of 4 – 10 books, so I accomplished that quite comfortably. And I still have more WWI books I want to read. Even so, I plan to sign up for the 2013 challenge: The American Revolution.
It’s perfect timing since this spring, Kyra’s class does a huge unit on the American Revolution and we plan to do the reading challenge together.
To sum up 2012, here’s a quick overview (with links to some reviews) of the books I read:
To End All Wars by Adam Hochschild (review here)
Moon Over Manifest by Clare Vanderpool
Fantastic middle grade novel that should appeal to adults as well. One of my favorite constructs–the story within a story. This one is on audio as well and would make a good summer road trip book.
The Return of the Soldier by Rebecca West
I discovered this one thanks to a Facebook post. Yes! Facebook! Good for something.
A Duty to the Dead by Charles Todd
WWI mystery. If you like the Maisie Dobbs series, this is a good choice for historical/WWI mysteries.
Lady Almina and the Real Downton Abbey: The Lost Legacy of Highclere Castle by The Countess of Carnarvon (review here)
Not really connected to Downton Abbey, but still interesting.
World War One: History in an Hour by Rupert Colley (review here)
This book is exactly what it claims to be: a concise overview of World War I that you can read in an hour or so.
Not So Quiet … Stepdaughters of War by Helen Zenna Smith
Interesting if ultimately tragic (what else could it be) story about female ambulance drivers on the Western Front in WWI. Helen Zenna Smith is a pseudonym for Evadne Price, who had an interesting and varied writing career. Read more about her on here on Wikipedia.