I’ve been planning to make a post like this for awhile and now that Trump has been elected and we’re all about to be entering WWIII, why not now?
In all seriousness, I’ve always loved historical fiction and have always had a particular love for WWII historical fiction. Those stories have always showed how, in the darkest of times, there are still good people and there’s still hope. So I thought I’d highlight a few WWII books that I have read and really enjoyed.
Ruta Sepetys is one of my favorite authors and I’m convinced she can do no wrong. Salt to the Sea is her third novel and her second WWII novel. One of my favorite things about her is that she tends to focus her stories on little-known historical events. This one centers on the sinking of Wilhelm Gustloff. I really loved this book – you can check out my full review here.
I read this I think a couple of years ago and liked it quite a bit. It takes 4th place on this list, but only because I felt it was very character-driven and I’m someone who prefers plot-driven books. I know so many people who absolutely love this book though and it really is a good book, personal preferences aside. If you’re interested in seeing more of women in WWII, this is a great choice.
Am I cheating by putting two Sepetys novels on here? I can’t help it – I’ve already mentioned how much I love her books. This is the first one of hers I read (and I believe the first one she published) and is also one of my all-time favorite books. This focuses more on the Soviet atrocities of WWII which I had learned very little about prior to reading this. I could go on and on about why I love this book so much, but I’ll stop here. 🙂
This is maybe cheating a little bit since this is an alternate history book about what it might’ve been like if women were allowed in combat during WWII. But I think it still deserves a place on this list. One of the things I love about this book is that it offers a good amount of diversity and explores how race and religion (Judaism specifically) would have also affected women in combat during WWII. I loved, loved, loved this book and can’t for its sequel to come out in January. Here’s my review but I’m warning you now, this is one of my first reviews ever so it’s probably pretty terrible hahaha