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What agreat list. I will post my Readalong list next week and also post an introduction to the War through the Generations Challenge hosted by Anna and Selena. This year their challenge is all about WWI and my first 3 books are WWI, additionally I'm going to read another 2. War through the Generations also host a readalong of A Farewell to Arms.
I always wanted to read Jünger's book. I've read a lot of his other work but it's not available in English, even in German oop. Despite all this, I managed to pick 5 books that are not on your list. :) But I was guided by length...


There's 'A Diary Without Dates' (1917) by Enid Bagnold, who worked as a nurse during WWI.

Liz F

Of your list I have only read All Quiet on the Western Front and Testament of Youth and that was years and years ago. Probably should read them again as I'm sure I would have a different take on them now.
I am very tempted by the Italian book although I'm not sure how easy it will be to get hold of and I have the Enid Bagnold book mentioned by Ellen in comments, on order, mainly because I really enjoy her fiction.


Thirteen? I had trouble opening this post...

I've read a lot of WWII stuff recently, so I'm a bit off it for the moment - I'm looking for nice comfort reads for the festive season instead :)


The Enormous Room by e e cummings - a highly subjective account.


You are so good at these lists, Danielle! Loads of books I haven't even heard of here, and many look very enticing. I'm trying to think if I can add to the collection and feel sure I should know something French at least, but at the moment any title escapes me. If I have a brainwave, I'll be back!


Ted beat me to it! I was going to say you might want to consider The Enormous Room by e. e. cummings. It is an autobiographical novel about the time he spent in a French prison during WWI. It's slim but packed full of characters. I bet you'd find it really interesting.


I don't read enough books set around WWI. Thanks for the list!


Caroline--I'm very interested to see which books you choose and have been wondering when you were going to reveal them! :) I will have to check out Anna and Selena's readalong--maybe it would work out I could read Hemingway (and maybe some others) along with them, too. Thanks for the heads up. I thought the Junger sounded interesting--a different tone than the others maybe.

Ellen--Thanks so much--I've just requested this through ILL as one of the libraries in my university system owns a copy--serendipity! I've heard of her--and my library owns some of her books but we don't have that one.

Liz--You are two up on me. I feel like I should at least have read the Remarque, so I hopefully will rectify that next year. The Italian book appeals to me as well-though hopefully it is not a 'dry' account of war--I've never read anything about the Italian Front in WWI. I do hope to get my hands on a copy--it is out of print here, too, so I will see if I can get it from ILL.

Tony--Too many or too few (or just an all round odd number?). :) I go in phases and have probably been reading too many dark serious things as well, but I keep returning to this WWI era. I do like a steady stream of comfort reads on the side, however, so I can sympathize.

Ted--I have added it to my list. I read about it a while back but it had slipped my mind. It sounds a little harrowing, but it would fit perfectly with my list. And a quick check of my library's catalog tells me we have not one but two copies--thanks.

Litlove--Feel free to add away at any time! I think these lists are what get me in trouble with too many books started at once. I think I'll start with one of the shorter ones first. Anyway, I can't help myself--I love a good book list.

Stefanie--I remember when you read and wrote about it, though I had forgot it was about WWI and not WWII. I am adding it to my list since my library owns it--very convenient, don't you think?! This is just the sort of thing I am looking for, though.

Kailana--I read, or at least own, quite a few about this period. It was such a fascinating time--I like reading about the Edwardian era and WWI is just a natural offshoot. Always happy to share a list!


Here's a first-hand account of WWI: Mildred Aldrich's A Hilltop on the Marne. It's a collection of her letters to friends written from June-September 1914. She'd been a foreign correspondent so her views were unusually informed.


What a splendid list with several things I haven't yet read.
My reading about 'the first war' began with Siegfried's Journey by Siegfried Sassoon. (circa 1964!) I don't think it's currently widely available --a most quirky book which introduced me to Ottoline Morrell et al.
All Quiet, of course, never fails to stun in its simplicity.
All Quiet is a great favorite.
Whay a wonderfully bookish blog.
So glad I discovered it.


And while you're at it, you can watch the film A Midnight Clear - probably my favorite film set during World War I!


Wait, my memory was a little faulty, that seems to be a World War II film (hm, I was sure it was WWI). I guess I should have looked it up first.


All Quiet on the Western Front is well worth the read. The Graves has been in my TBR pile for years and years. Two thoughts -- Barbara Tuchman wrote a wonderful history of the Western world in the 20 years before the war -- called The Proud Tower. Excellent read. And a collected edition of the poetry of World War I might be a nice addition to the list...there's some remarkable stuff in there.


Junie--Thank you! It sounds great. My library actually owns it, but on microfilm, so I will see if I can find a paper copy somewhere. I love novels/nonfiction books of letters.

Elizabethwix--What luck--my library has a number of Sassoon's books including this one you mention. I will be grabbing it off the shelf on Monday morning! I really should read some poetry as AJ mentions below. I know quite a lot of good poetry came out of the war and Sassoon is always that comes to my mind when thinking about it. And I really should have read the Remarque by now--but I will fix that in the coming year! Thanks for the kind words--they are much appreciated.

Ted--Is that the movie (book first?) about the German and French troops who did a cease fire at Christmas? If so, I was also thinking it was about WWI--so both our memories are faulty! Still, thanks for the reminder--I will have to look it up and add it to my Netflix queue.

AJ--I know I should read some WWI poetry--I'm not a great poetry reader, but this would still be a good way to read a little of it. I have never read Barbara Tuchman but I know she has written quite a few books and I am sure my library has most of them. I'll check out Proud Tower--actually the years in the run up to the war are just as fascinating for me as the actual war, too. I'm not sure which books I'll read (probably not likely all of them), but it will be fun to dip into the list next year!


What a wonderful list, Dani. Testament is one of my favourite books & I'm sure you'll enjoy it. If you become fascinated by Vera as I was, there are lots of letters, journals & biographies to go on to. Forbidden Zone, Not So Quiet & Goodbye to all That are also wonderful. Do you plan to read any poetry? As well as the great, well-known names - Owen, Sassoon, Rosenberg - there's a wonderful Virago anthology of women's WWI poetry, Scars Upon My Heart (the title's from a poem Vera Brittain wrote to her brother, Edward) edited by Catherine Reilly. Very accessible & a focus on the home front as opposed to the trenches.

Karen K.

Great list! I've read a few of them. I really liked William an Englishman, and I was surprised at how much I enjoyed A Farewell to Arms -- I'm not a huge Hemingway fan but I think it's the one I liked best.

I still want to read Testament of Youth but I do find the length intimidating!


Lyn--I've wanted to read it for ages, but the size has put me off a little bit. I have a feeling, though, that is it a book that once you get started on it, you don't want to put down (at least I hope so). My library has a number of her books, and I think I might have one or two of her novels as well. I also have a lovely hardcover biography of her that I bought cheaply at a library sale that I hope to read eventually. I plan on starting The Forbidden Zone as it is shorter and seems like a good place to start. I am not much of a poetry reader, but I think I should try and read some as there were so many famous poets who wrote about the war. I hadn't heard of the women's poetry--it would be fun/interesting to read both (men's/women's) together to see how the war was experienced there and at home. Thanks for the suggestions.

Karen--I've not read much Hemingway, but I would like very much to read A Farewell to Arms. I'm very excited about the list--I think it will be fun--if I can get to as many of the books as possible. It'll be a long term project--one I can dip into now and again. I am also a little intimidated by A Testament of Youth, but I'd really like to read it. Will wait until I get some of my longer reads out of the way first.

Liz F

I'm out of luck with The Sardinian Brigade as the library don't have it and it is really expensive online but your commentees have reminded me that my late dad had a copy of Siegfried Sassoon's memoirs which he was very fond of and it must be in a box somewhere in the attic. If a I get a chance I will go up and have a search - might even find the boxes of Christmas decorations which have gone missing!


Liz--I wonder if I will have any luck with The Sardinian Brigade. I haven't yet looked it up for ILL as I have too many checked out at the moment and had no better request more until I read what I have. (Now there's a thought!). My library does have the Sassoon memoir, but I was too busy today at work to go in search of it. I think you have a treasure trove of books in your attic. It could be dangerous to go and look through those boxes!

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