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WW2 Recommendations

In my last post I recommended some of my favourite historical movies, and it ended up being much more popular than I thought that it would be. So this week, I decided that I would recommend some books, movies, and TV shows about my favourite time period to learn about- World War Two. This is an ongoing post, and I will be adding on to it later.

Atonement by Ian McEwan, movie directed by Joe Wright

I mentioned this movie in my historical movies post, but I love it so much I thought i would put it in here, too. Both the book and the movie are fabulous.

All the Light We Cannot See, by Anthony Doerr

I actually just finished this book, and it was perfect. The story follows a young blind girl living in France during occupation and a German boy who is good with radios. It is almost impossible to describe this book without making it sound like a quaint French movie starring Audrey Tautou. Hopeful, suspenseful, and rich in detail.

Annexed, by Sharon Dogar

Based off of Anne Franks diary, this novel follows Peter Van Pels, the son of the family that hid with the Frank family. I loved how this book showed us Anne from a different perspective, one that we wouldn’t normally see. Beautifully written, incredibly sad.

Black Dove, White Raven by Elizabeth Wein

This book offers a different view of WW2. It talks about what happened in Africa through the war, and Italy’s brutal invasion of Ethiopia in the late 1930s.

The Book Thief, by Markus Zusak

Okay, I know that pretty much everyone has read this book, even if they aren’t interested in history, but i love this story so much, I figured it deserved a spot.

Between Shades of Grey, by Ruta Sepetys

No, this is not part of the 50 Shades of Grey series… A stunningly sad story about a Polish girl who is sent to a Siberian work camp during the second world war.

Code Name Verity, by Elizabeth Wein

A story about friendship, survival, and hope. This is probably one of my favourite books, and I have read it many, many times- remember to carry tissues around with you when you read it…

Front Lines, by Michael Grant

A alternate history about girls fighting at the front lines during world war two.  I couldn’t put his book down, and I am thrilled that it is going to be a series! Hopefully I don’t have to wait too long for the next one…

The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society, by Mary Ann Shaffer and Annie Barrows

Not set during WW2, but right after when the world was emerging from the shadows. Told through letters and telegrams, the story tells of a group of friends who created a society to prevent the members from being arrested by Germans. It is apparently being turned into a movie, if you would rather watch a movie than read a book.

Home Fires, created by Simon Block

A BBC series about a group of women in a small community during WW2. This show is beautifully filmed with gorgeous music and fabulous costumes.

Rose Under Fire, by Elizabeth Wein

Another Elizabeth Wein book! A companion novel, in a way, to Code Name Verity. The story revolves around a female pilot who is captured by the Nazis. Definitely would recommend.

The Scent of Secrets, by Jane Thynne

Set during 1938 about an actress named Clara Vine who has a hidden background. Set in Germany, the story follows her bravery in the time right before the war.

Violins of Autumn, by Amy McAuley

In 1944, 17 year old Betty  Sweeney lies about her age and joins the Special Operations Executive and finds herself parachuting over Nazi-occupied France. I found this book completely by chance, and I absolutely loved it.

X Company, created by Mark Ellis and Stephanie Morgenstern

About Canada’s secret facility on the shores of Lake Ontario, the TV show follows five agents behind enemy lines. One of my favourite shows, and I will be writing a post about it after season two ends.

Since I am losing steam, here are the names of some other great books, movies and TV shows. Trust me, they are all amazing

The Imitation Game

Almost a Great Escape by Tyler Trafford

Schindlers List (both the book and the movie are amazing)

The Bletchley Girls (non-fiction, about a group of women who worked at Bletchley Park during the war)

A Train in Winter by Caroline Moorehead (another non-fiction book. About women in the French Resistance who were sent to Auschwitz)

Agent Carter (a Marvel TV show set right after WW2)

Foyles War

The Strange and Beautiful Sorrows of Ava Lavender, by Leslye Walton

Saving Private Ryan

Band of Brothers

Land Girls

Bomb Girls

Resistance (a French drama)

Captain Corelli’s Mandolin (yes, Nicholas Cage is in it, but the rest of the actors and movie is really good, I swear. The book is better)

The Bletchley Circle (BBC series about a group of women who worked at Bletchley during the war who get together in the early 50s to solve crimes)

The Kings Speech

The Boy in the Striped Pajamas by John Boyne (it is also a movie)

Sarah’s Key

The Book Thief (movie)

The Monuments Men

Unbroken

Suite Francais (book and movie- haven’t seen or read them, but they are apparently good)

i met Percy Jackson 4 years ago, it was february 2010 and i went to the movies with some friends, after talking for a while we decided to watch the Lighting Thief movie, since i had no previous information about the books i really enjoyed the movie, to the point where i saw the movie a few more times in the next 2 years, in may 2012 my tumblr dash kept going over and over this percy jackson, after using google i found out it was 2 sagas, 7 book were out already and there was another one coming out soon and for some reason i decided to give it a go, by that point in my life i was in my second year of med school and i was in a bad place, my anxiety was at it worst and i was so focused on my misery and my problems with school, it was a really bad place, I’m gonna be honest, it took me a while reading The Lightning thief, maybe around a week or so but by the time i ended it i was already hooked, kept reading book after book after book until i had read the seven books, Percy Jackson gave me a safe heaven when i needed the most, if i had insomnia or my anxiety was back i read and read Percy stuff until i was relaxed and sleep, Percy is the reason why i met the this wonderful and amazing people, people who i hope can have a long and amazing friendship, without this books i would have never met Hannah and the rest of the OT8, all my friends on this site, i can’t imagine not having you guys on my life, you guys have help me so much and i love you so much and this book series is the reason why is together.

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