Usually I don’t like when The Broke and The Bookish give us topics about genres or settings but this week we have Top Ten Books With X Setting and I managed to think of a good one for a change. I have decided on books set during war or conflict. I have read quite a few books set during real conflicts around the world particularly the Second World War so there was enough to pick out 9 of the best. (I couldn’t decide between the other ones which I would put 10th and I wanted to stick with ones turned to fiction so didn’t include Diary of a Young Girl by Anne Frank)
Germany – Nazi – Hitler
Annexed by Sharon Doger
Code Name Verity by Elizabeth Wein
The Book Thief by Markus Zusak
Goodnight Mister Tom by Michelle Magorian
When Hitler Stole Pink Rabbit by Judith Kerr
Lithuania – Soviets – Stalin
Between Shades of Grey by Ruta Sepetys
Private Peaceful by Michael Morpurgo
The Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini – Set during conflict in Afghanistan
Over A Thousand Hills I walk With You by Hannah Jansen – Set During the conflict in Rwanda
What Are Your Favourite Books Set During War/Conflict?
The Broke and The Bookish having given us the topic this week of Top Ten Fourite Covers Of Books I’ve Read. Seen as I did this one last year I’m just going to pick my favourites from the books I have read so far this year. A lot of my reading this year has been re-read so there may be a few the same but there is plenty of new ones too.
Girl, Defective by Simmone Howell
The Wonderful Wizard of Oz by L. Frank Baum
Dead Time by Anne Cassidy
Alice in Zombieland by Gena Showalter
The House of Silk by Anthony Horowitz
Matched by Ally Condie
Crossed by Ally Condie
Reached by Ally Condie
How Girl Guides Won The War by Janie Hampton
Will Grayson, Will Grayson by John Green and David Levithan
A completely original history of one of the most extraordinary movements in the world — the Girl Guides — and how they helped win the war.
Being part of the Guides is something I have always enjoyed and been proud of but after reading this I am even more so. This book isn’t a story or just a collection of entries from various girls but a well put together account of how Guides all over the world coped with the war. There were plenty of moments throughout the book that provoked a lot of emotion, both good and bad. The strength and bravery of Girls in Poland particularly effected me and the loyalty all the girls in the book had towards the movement made me a little sad that at the moment we don’t seem to have that. I was surprised to find out that Guides continued in all circumstances, undercover in countries where it had been band and even in prisoner camps. Guides risked their lives helping peoples in camps and even doing tasks for the military. Guiders did a wonderful job continuing to open up units for evacuated and refugee children as well as opening and running various centers to look after children and sick. In the East Guiders also took on the role of parent when a whole school of British children was moved to a prisoner camp and Guides and Brownies allowed them to continue to learn and deal with the worsening conditions around them.
If you are involved in Guiding or ever have been I thoroughly recommend this book. In it you will see things that have survived since the start of Guiding but also just how important the movement was to not only the girls involved but also whole populations. It shows how the skills they learnt helped them to do this and that even in the hardest of times going away camping is always a fun experience.