Friday, January 16, 2009

War Through the Generations: Reading Challenge

War Through The Generations is sponsoring a reading challenge running from January 1, 2009 through December 31, 2009, for readers to read five books relating to World War II. This project seems like such a great means of ensuring continuing dialogue about our history, as well as an impetus to continue reading great literature which so often comes out of the strife , struggles and horrors of war.

This seems like a very timely blog-challenge for me. I just checked out From Here To Eternity from the library, and have The Naked and the Dead on my short list for reading this year. That leaves only three more books to complete this challenge. Too bad I so recently read Catch-22 and Slaughterhouse Five ! I think in addition to Jones and Mailer, I will try to read Thirty Seconds Over Tokyo (which I don't think I have read, but I am not entirely sure...), having previously read a book about Doolittle's Raiders which I really loved. I don't know about the last two. I think Atonement would be suitable, and it is also on my short list, so maybe that for my fourth. And possibly Gravity's Rainbow for my fifth, as I have long meant to read some Pynchon.

Any suggestions? Any Russian novels about WWII? Anyone want to join in?


  1. Thanks for signing up for our challenge! You've listed some great books, and I'm looking forward to your reviews. Feel free to email us links at warthroughgenerations AT gmail DOT com, and we'll create a post with a snippet and a link back to the full review. I've added you to the participants page on the challenge blog. (Psst...we're going to do Vietnam next year...) :)

    Diary of an Eccentric

  2. Shannon, not sure how often you still are in OBOB, but you MUST see this thread:

    *hugs happily*

  3. oh, and as to the reading challenge: Try "War without friends". They actually just made it in a movie, though I was too ill when we were in Belgium to go and watch it.

  4. FYI; For all 2009 WWII Reading Participants, the giveaways are up and ready for entrants.

    go here: