Top Ten Tuesday: 10+ Highly Rated and Favorite WW1 and WW11 Reads

June 23, 2020

Top Ten Tuesday: 10+ Highly Rated and Favorite WW1 and WW11 Reads

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I read a lot of histfic and one of my favorite sub-genres is WW1 and WW11 histfic. Listed below are 10 of my highest-rated and favorite histfic reads that have also received high star ratings on Goodreads. In addition, I included some honorable mention because there are more than 10 reads that are memorable to me for various reasons. Not all titles are reviewed because I read them before publishing this blog (in which case I’ve provided the Amazon link). *This post contains Amazon affiliate links.

Listed in order of their Goodreads star rating (6/22/20).

The Nightingale

The Nightingale by Kristin Hannah

WW11

 Amazon Information Here

My Rating: 4 Stars

Goodreads Rating: 4.58 Stars



The Medallion by Cathy Gohlke (cover)

The Medallion by Cathy Gohlke

WW11

Full Review Here

My Rating: 4.5 Stars

Goodreads Rating: 4.54 Stars



The Things We Cannot Say by Kelly Rimmer (cover)

The Things We Cannot Say by Kelly Rimmer

WW11

Full Review Here

My Rating: 4.5 Stars

Goodreads Rating: 4.51 Stars



From Sand and Ash

From Sand and Ash by Amy Harmon

WW11

Full Review Here

My Rating: 5 Stars

Goodreads Rating: 4.38 Stars



we were the lucky ones

We Were the Lucky Ones by Georgia Hunter

WW11

 Full Review Here

My Rating: 5 Stars

Goodreads Rating: 4.40 Stars



Book Thief

The Book Thief by Markus Zusak

 WW11 (YA)

 Amazon Information Here

My Rating: 5 Stars

Goodreads Rating: 4.37 Stars



Salt to the Sea

Salt to the Sea by Ruta Sepetys

WW11 (YA)

 Brief Review Here (scroll down the page)

My Rating: 5 Stars

Goodreads Rating: 4.36 Stars



Paper Hearts by Meg Wiviott (cover)

Paper Hearts by Meg Wiviott

WW11 (YA)

Full Review Here

My Rating: 5 Stars

Goodreads Rating: 4.26 Stars



last christmas in paris

Last Christmas in Paris by Hazel Gaynor

WW1

Full Review Here

My Rating: 5 Stars

Goodreads Rating: 4.16 Stars



The Last Train to London by Meg Waite CLayton (cover)

The Last Train to London by Meg Waite Clayton

WW11

Full Review Here

My Rating: 5 Stars

Goodreads Rating: 4.13 Stars



Runners Up


(other favorites that might have been in my top 10 on a different day…in no particular order)

 

As Bright as Heaven by Susan Meissner (WW1 time period)

All The Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr

The Huntress and The Alice Network by Kate Quinn

Between Shades of Gray by Ruta Sepetys

Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society by Mary Ann Shaffer (post WW11 with flashbacks/memories of war)

The Chilbury Ladies’ Choir by Jennifer Ryan

Everyone Brave is Forgiven by Chris Cleave

The Soldier’s Wife by Margaret Leroy

Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet by Jamie Ford (WW11 time period)

The Baker’s Secret by Stephen P Kiernan

The Lovely War by (WW1)

Code Name Helene by Ariel Lawhon

Cilka’s Journey by Heather Morris

Beantown Girls by Jane Healey

The Lieutenant’s Nurse by Sarah Ackerman

The War That Saved My Life and The War I Finally Won by Kimberly Brubaker Bradley (MG)

Lilac Girls by Martha Hall Kelly

The Orphan’s Tale by Pam Jenoff



 Let’s Discuss!

What are your favorite WW1 or WW11 hisfic reads?

Have you read any of these titles? Which are your favorites?



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“Ah, how good it is to be among people who are reading.”
~Rainer Maria Rilke

“I love the world of words, where life and literature connect.”
~Denise J Hughes

“Reading good books ruins you for enjoying bad ones.”
~Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society

“I read because books are a form of transportation, of teaching, and of connection!
Books take us to places we’ve never been, they teach us about our world, and they help us to understand human experience.”
~Madeleine Riley, Top Shelf Text



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37 thoughts on “Top Ten Tuesday: 10+ Highly Rated and Favorite WW1 and WW11 Reads

    • Yes I have read it and enjoyed it. I’m not sure why I neglected to put it on….maybe because I think of it more as a thriller? Thanks for the reminder…I’ll hop on today and edit!

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  1. I actually do not like reading books set during war time, something about them that just screams sadness and tons of tragic stories that makes people cry but I do come across one or two sometimes. I love ‘The book thief’ which is really the only war book that I read that I like and that I remember is set during a war.

    Have a lovely day.

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    • I understand. Some of them are especially difficult reads….but some are lighter and inspirational too! I’m happy to hear we both loved Book Thief! 🙌

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  2. I love this topic since I’m drawn to historical fiction, especially the WWII period, as well. I”ve read a lot of the books you mentioned, with my favorites being THE NIGHTINGALE, THE BOOK THIEF, and SALT TO THE SEA. Most of the others are on my TBR list somewhere! There’s just something so fascinating about these time periods, isn’t there?

    Happy TTT!

    Susan
    http://www.blogginboutbooks.com

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    • Every time I think I’m done with the genre another great one is published. An amazing number of perspectives and angles! I’m glad to know we both love histfic! I’m hopping over to your link now….

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  4. I still need to read The Nightingale! And I’ve read so many of these, as well. The Soldier’s Wife is one I loved that deserves more attention. ❤ Great topic!

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