World war 2 Historical Fiction book recommendations

By Subhashree Hari

October 16, 2018

Historical fiction novels are my favorite genre when it comes to reading. I love getting lost in the time zone and historical setting while reading them. It is one of those surreal experiences wherein while I’m reading the book I totally forget about what is going on around me. These gripping stories of endurance get to me all the time and make my heart heavy with empathy.

Fear is strange. It settles on chests and seeps through the skin, through layers of tissue, muscle, and bone and collects in a soul-sized black hole, sucking the joy out of life, the pleasure, the beauty. But not the hope. Somehow, the hope is the only thing resistant to the fear, and it is that hope that makes the next breath possible, the next step, the next tiny act of rebellion, even if that rebellion is simply staying alive.”
– Amy Harmon, From Sand and Ash

Books Beyond History and Time: 

I’ve seen and heard a lot of people refer to these novels as sad and depressing. I know the war, in general, is not a period that anyone wishes to go back to and I agree that it is indeed heart wrenching to read such stories. There have been times where after finishing a novel I’d think about the characters for weeks together or be really upset (even shed a tear) due to the death of a character but this emotional connection is the best part of such stories. To be able to evoke emotion for a fictional character that you’ve known and made up inside your head is fascinating. It is something that I miss in the other genres (Romance, Thriller). Also, I must add no two books in this genre feel similar, they may be set in the same era but each story is unique.

Wounds heal. Love lasts.
We remain.”
Excerpt from
The Nightingale
Hannah, Kristin

I believe that the strongest and most determined people are the ones that get through the toughest of times. We may not be facing war right now but there are a lot of other stressors in everyone’s life and I often find myself drawing inspiration and strength from these powerful characters.

My personal favorites (Recommendations) I’ve given a mini description for each book check out Goodreads first further details :

The book thief by Markus Zusak (Liesel Meminger, a foster girl finds her love for reading and writing amidst war.)

The Nightingale by Kristin Hannah (Story of two sisters Isabelle and Vienna, their experiences in War.) (My all time fav Historical fiction novel)

The boy in striped pyjamas by John Boyne (Story of an innocent little boy Bruno the son of a German officer who is intrigued by the fence of a concentration camp and his new friend on the other side.)

Between shades of grey by Ruta Sepetys (A 15-year-old Lithuanian girl, Lina and her survival in a Siberian work camp under the most difficult of circumstances.)

From sand and ash by Amy Harmon (Historical romance – Eva and Angelo face the most challenging circumstances as their love persists amidst war and religion.)

The girl from the train by Irma Joubert (Story of Gretl an orphaned German Jew and Jakob a member of the Polish resistance. Jakob cares for Gretl and then sends her to South Africa for a brighter future and the story of their journey continues.)

All the light we cannot see by Anthony Doerr (Story of Marie-Laure a blind French girl and Werner a German boy whose paths collide in occupied France and how they survive the devastating war.)

Codename verity by Elizebeth Wein (Gripping story of a secret agent captured in enemy territory, Julia and Maddie are true friendship goals.)

Do let me know in the comments below what are some of your favorite historical fiction novels and if you found these recommendations helpful:)

 

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About Subhashree Hari

A medical student who enjoys reading and recommending books to other readers:) Studying MBBS at Karpagam Faculty of Medical Sciences and Research.

4 thoughts on “World war 2 Historical Fiction book recommendations

  1. A wonderful list of historical fictions. I have always admired your way with words when you talk about books,one of the many things we both love😊. I haven’t read all the books in the list though,but I will, since they are your recommendation

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