Posted February 23, 2016 by Ely in Entries From The Secret Annex, Events / 2 Comments


I’ve read more than my fair share of WWII books in the past, but despite that there is an ever-growing list of ones that I need to get to ASAP. I meant to do this post in the lead up to our event, but I never got around to it so I’m sharing it today instead. These are only eight from a long, long list.


Alone in Berlin by Hans Fallada
I bought this one ages ago for $5 because it was $5 and it was WWII. I actually have no idea what it’s about, but I have heard that it’s incredible so I’m looking for to it.

Code Name Verity by Elizabeth Wein
That noise? Oh, that’s just the sound of my heart breaking all over again at the memory of Rose Under Fire. I’m not sure I’ll ever be ready for the pain of Code Name Verity.

Few Eggs and No Oranges by Vere Hodgson
This a war diary like Anne Frank’s, but without the hiding. Vere Hodgson lived in London and Birmingham during the War, and this is just about her life. This is a Persephone book as well, so I have high hopes for it.

The Boy in the Striped Pajamas by John Boyne
No, I haven’t read this or seen the movie. I know this one is going to be especially heartbreaking so I’ve been holding off on it. Soon though!


Margot by Jillian Cantor
Margot tells the story of Anne Frank’s older sister had she survived. Honestly, I’ll add any book to my TBR that has anything to do with the Frank family. I’ve read the author’s YA book, Searching for Sky, which I really liked, but all of her adult historical novels sound incredible.

All That I Am by Anna Funder
I studied Stasiland by Anna Funder in high school, and absolutely loved it so I’ve owned this one since then. I keep meaning to get to it but I just never have.

Schindler’s List by Thomas Keneally
This is pretty much a classic of the genre, but I haven’t read it. I haven’t seen the movie either. I’m just really, really behind on this one.

Elli: Coming of Age in the Holocaust by Livia E. Bitton Jackson
I won’t lie, I originally picked this up because it had a different spelling of Ellie in it, and as a Ely—I had to have it. If I remember correctly, Elli was a girl who survived a concentration camp and returned home. I don’t know that I’ve ever read anything like that, so I’m interested.

Those are some of my WWII TBR books! What books do you have on your list? And, are you enjoying our event so far?


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2 responses to “WWII TBR

  1. I did not know Margot was about Anne Frank’s sister I NEED IT. NEED. If I remember correctly, that’s fiction, right? I will look it up now. And the rest of these to my TBR because why not.