moving blogs

Hi.

For those few who have been reading my blog, and for those who are following my blog, I want to let you know that I have moved blog:

THEASEDITION

I love this blog, but I don’t have much more storage for uploading photos, and because I am in no position to upgrade, I decided to make a new blog on a new platform! I would really appreciate it if you could go and give it a read :D

The new blog is a lifestyle blog, just as this one, but I’ll be focusing on doing what I want. I’ll talk about books, writing, do DIY, recipe and whatever else I want to do, to be honest!

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my latest video

Hello, and happy Friday!

Because I’m going to be home the next year with little to do, I decided that I wanted to focus on my youtube channel, and I have finally decided what I wanted to do on it: book related videos. You know, book tube!

I have done a few book videos in the past, but ended up putting them on private because I wasn’t happy with them. I also realized that books are the one thing I can constantly talk about and make videos about! Plus, I just love watching book tube.

I have also decided to make two videos a week: Tuesday and Friday! And because today is Friday, I uploaded earlier today and would love if you could go and check it out :D

 

Thank you! :)

books I have read so far

Warning!!! This is a long post!

I haven’t been writing a lot here on the blog, and I have been missing it. I just haven’t been sure what to write about. But today, I decided to grab all the books I have read so far this year, and stack them in a stack and take a photo. Because, why not, right?

So far I have read 24 books, 1 away from my Goodreads goal (you can find me here). All though, with that being said, my actual goal is 31. If I manage to read 31 books, that means I have read more than last year, which is my goal, I suppose. Though, I will be happy if I read more than 25 only!

I found Books and Lala on youtube last week and subscribed to her. She does book tube, and I just really loved her wrap up were she does the statistic so I decided I wanted to do a blog post with the statistic “half way” into the year. I’m a little late, but better late than never, right?

Anyway, I wanted to see the statistics of amount of pages, publication years, genre, my star rating and the gender of the authors!

Let’s start with ALL the books. Also, I do have three books that isn’t here because one was a library book (had to read for school..), one was a book of poems I borrowed from my sister and the last was the first audiobook I have finished!! Those three were Pan by Knut Hamsun, a collection of poems by Arnulf Øverland and the last, the audiobook, was Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe by Benjamin Alire Sáenz.

Oh, by the way, this photo was taken on my iPhone whilst the others were taken with my camera!

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note: if there is a * after a book, it means that it’s in Norwegian and doesn’t have an english translation (there isn’t many), but those that is norwegian without the * has an english translation!

NUMBER OF PAGES

So far, I have read 9407 pages according to Goodreads.

LESS THAN 300 (picture 1)

Here we have, mostly, my non fiction books and my three that aren’t:

300 – 400 (picture 2)

A mix of everything, really:

400 – 600 (picture 1)

I love big books and I cannot lie!

600 + (picture 2)

Bigger books!

So, from here, since I have already mentioned every single book, I’m not going to write the names on every single one. If you are interested in any of the books, look at the photo or at the names over :D

PUBLICATION DATE

I divided this into three because I wasn’t going to do every single year:

BEFORE 2000

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2000 – 2010

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2010 – NOW

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GENRE

Ok, so I have realized that I really don’t read varied in the genre department, so I only have four: fantasy, historical fiction, non fiction and others.

FANTASY

IMG_1394I don’t think The glittering court is fantasy, but I just added it here…

HISTORICAL FICTION

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NON – FICTION

IMG_1392They are all world war 2, and three of them are resistance related and the last one has to do with the king.. (which by the way, check out the trailer for one of my favourite movies thats “based” on the book: The King’s Choice!)

OTHERS

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AUTHOR’S GENDER

Not that it really matters, but I do want to read varied, AND I have now realized that I haven’t really when it comes to gender… And of course, I’m not assuming anyones genders, I’m just going by the name ;)

MALE

… because this is tiny

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FEMALE

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… and then, last but not least:

MY STAR RATING

I want to point out that I might have given some of these books 3,5, 4,5 and so on!

Let’s start from the bottom, shall we?

I don’t have any 1 stars, so:

2 STARS

IMG_1400I was contemplating wether or not I should show this, but hey, I didn’t particularly like it, so I’m telling you so.

3 STARS

For me, 3 stars are when the good books comes, so 3 stars doesn’t mean I didn’t like them, because I really enjoyed these books, but a few things “forced” me to not give it better.

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4 STARS
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5 BOOKS

IMG_1397I have read so many great books so far this year!

 

Ok, that was that, really. It’s interesting to see. I’m not sure what I’ll do with the information, but maybe I’ll try to read a little more diverse, and not just read fantasy and historical fiction? All though, I’m going to read what I want to read and not force myself to read anything just because I feel like I have to!

Have you read any of these books? What did you think of them? What books have you read so far this year and which were your favourites?

Thank you for reading! :D

books i’m bringing on holiday + video

I’m leaving for a holiday to Spain with my family in a few days, and one of the things I have preplanned days, even weeks, before we actually leave is the list of books I’m bringing with me.

We were in Spain in 2015 too and that time I only brought three books, which isn’t a small amount, but for me, it wasn’t enough. All I do on these holidays is spending half of my time in the pool and the rest in the shadow with a book. So I have a lot of time to read books.

Therefore, I have learned from my mistakes, and I’m bringing five books this time. Maybe six, I’m not actually hundred precent sure yet. I’ll show you five books now, because I don’t know if I’m bringing a sixth, and which one might be my sixth book.

A COURT OF THORNS AND ROSES by Sarah J. Maas

My sister bought this for me when she was on a summer trip to England a few weeks ago. I have wanted to read this one for a while, but have been a little hesitant, because this is (as far as my knowledge goes) a retelling of beauty and the beast, and I don’t think I’m a big fan of retellings. I might be though, but I don’t like the idea of it. I’m not sure why, though. But I’m willing to give it a shot. (I should warn you, I might be wrong.) Apparently this book is a little more mature then her Throne of Glass series, so I’m interested too see it.

EMPIRE OF STORMS by Sarah J. Maas

Can you tell I like Sarah J. Maas? Well, if not, I do. Every single time I read one of her books I have just fell in love with the story. I have only read the Throne of glass series, and this is the fifth one in the series. I won’t spoil the series obviously, so I’ll tell you what the first book is about: A female assassin is taken out of captivity and given an opportunity to fight in a tournament and be free. And it goes from there. Even though the books are just getting longer and longer, I fly through them. They are just so darn good!

ALL THE LIGHT WE CANNOT SEE by Anthony Doerr (mine is the norwegian version)

First off, can I just tell you one of my book pet peeves? When the effing stickers doesn’t go off!!! Anyways, this book is a historical fiction set during world war 2. It’s about a blind, french girl and an orphaned, german boy, and how their stories, somehow, intertwines. I have heard this book is amazing. And I have wanted to read this for so long and I have had the english edition for a while, but I wanted to read it in Norwegian, so now I’m excited to read this!

THE BOY WHO TRICKED GESTAPO by Harald Utter (Gutten som lurte Gestapo)

I would be surprised if this book actually exists in english, so I’m sorry about that. But this book is a non fiction book about a norwegian resistance man who was 16 years old when he started a resistance cell with his friends and a teacher. It sounds SO good, and I can’t wait to read this soon.

IMG_1239PARIS by Edward Rutherfurd

I just bought this book. It was on sale and it sounded very interesting. It follows seven families over the period of seven hundred years! Just that sounds so… I don’t know. All I know is that I couldn’t leave the store without this one, so it’s going with me to Spain! It’s a long one, so I’m hoping I’ll be able to read the entire thing!

My problem now is to chose which one I want to read first…..

Have you read any of these books? What books are you reading this summer?

Thank you for reading! xx

edit: I have missed filming book videos on youtube so I decided to film one yesterday, and I posted it today. I would love if you would go and watch it :D

read-a-thon

I participated in my first ever read-a-thon a few days ago. It was called duodecathon, and even though I have noe clue why it’s called that, I decided to participate because it was the first one to start.

Duodecathon is a read a then that happens 12 times a year, once a month. It’s usually in the end of the month. It also has 12 challenges so you can do one each month. However, I personally didn’t try to do one of the challenges, as I just wanted a time and date to follow. I did consider trying to reach for the 1200 pages, but decided against it.

The read a thon started on June 24th and ended on June 30th. So, 7 days!

Even though I didn’t choose one of the premade challenges, I did have a challenge. My challenge was to finish as many as possible of my started books. So books I have stopped reading after reading 50 or more pages (or less, but none of mine were less than 50).

I was also sick the first few days of the read-a-thon, so all I did was to read, and read, and read more. Which was great!

day 1 – 24 of June

I decided to start “Etiquette and Espionage” by Gail Carriger. I had already read 106 pages off it, and seeing that it wasn’t the thickest book, I easily finished it by the end of the day. The reason I had stopped reading this book a few months ago when I startet it, was for a few reason. 1, being because exams were coming up and I couldn’t focus on what I was reading, and 2 being because it just wasn’t an interesting enough book in my opinion. By the end of the day, when I only had about fifty pages left, I really wanted to give up on the book, but I knew that if I didn’t finish it before I went to bed, I would not want to start the next day because I would feel obligated to finish this book. But I did. I gave this book 2 stars. I think one of the reasons why I didn’t like it was because it felt so young. Yes, the character was 15, but the way it was written.

Total pages read: 201

Books read: 1

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day 2 – 25 of June

I wasn’t sure what book I wanted to pick up this day, but after looking at my bookshelf for ten minutes, I finally decided for “The girl on the train” by Paula Hawkins. I got this book for christmas and had read 53 pages of it a couple of months before my exams. Though, I didn’t stop reading this because of exams, but because I recived a book in the post that I really wanted to read. But those 53 pages were really interesting, and I was excited to dive back into it.  I rarely read crime (this is crime, right?), but this book was amazing. A little creepy and made me believe love isn’t real for a second, but amazing. Even though this book had more pages than the last one, this one took me less time, and I finished it at 21.40 (or 9.40) in the evening. I gave it 5 stars!

Total pages read: 480

Books read: 2

day 3 – 26 of June

This was the day I started to feel a lot better, so I didn’t read as much because I had other things I wanted to do too. I picked up “The lost symbol” by Dan Brown which I started sometime late last year, or early this year. I really like the “Robert Langdon” series, and am planning on reading the next (and the next?). I had read 179 pages when I started it, and I managed to read 103 pages, which isn’t bad!

Total pages read: 583

Books read: 2

IMG_1227(I read The Girl on the Train and The Lost Symbol in Norwegian. Piken på toget and Det tapte symbol)

day 4- 27 of June

This was my worst day, I think. I only read 3 pages. But that’s ok. This was the first day I felt good enough to be with friends, so me and two friends went to the mall and played cards pretty much the entire day.

Total pages read: 585

Books read: 2

day 5 – 28 of June

I went outside and read. I even wore shorts which is a first for me this year. I managed to read 101 pages – my goals was 100 – so I was pretty happy with the progress.

Total pages read: 686

Books read: 2

day 6 + 7 – 29 + 30 of June

Ok, so day 6 and 7 was sort of a blur. I didn’t write down what I read on day 6, though I read a little, and on day 7 I was away from 11 in the morning till nine in the evening. When I came home I read a little just as a last try to read more. I still didn’t finish the book.

Total pages read: 736

Books read: 2

 

wrap up

Total pages were (as written already) 736 pages and I managed to finish 2 (and a half) books, which is more than I thought I would manage, so I am pretty pleased with what I did. I really enjoyed my first read-a-thon, and I’ll defiantly do more in the future.

the books:

Etiquette and Espionage by Gail Carriger.

  • Started: 24th of June. Page 106.
  • Finished: 24th of June.
  • Rating: 2 / 5

The Girl on the Train by Paula Hawkins.

  • Started: 25th of June. Page 53.
  • Finished: 25th of June.
  • Rating: 5 / 5

The Lost Symbol by Dan Brown.

  • Started: 26th of June. Page 179.
  • Finished: 2nd of July, so after the read-a-thon ended.
  • Rating; 5 / 5

Total pages read: 736

Books read: 2 (and a half)

 

So, as I said, I am pretty pleased with how much I managed to read. I managed to finish 2, almost 3 (finished with that one now), but the most important thing that I got out of this read-a-thon was me getting out of the damn reading slump I have been in for a while now. And I am so happy!

Thank you so much for reading, I hope you enjoyed it. Feel free to leave your read-a-thon accomplishments in the comments if you participated in this one, or another one. I would love to read. If you have any tips when it comes to read-a-thons, please let me know!

Have you read any of these books?

book haul

I’m finally feeling a lot better after being sick for a few days, and I am back to blogging. Me being sick had it’s positives though; I managed to read 2,5 books (still working on the third). I’m currently participating in a readathon. This is my first one, and I’m very happy with my progress so far. I will be doing a blog post about it when I’m done! (Saturday/Sunday)

I have been trying to not buy too many books lately because I already have a long tbr (to be read) list, but lately I have been wanting to read more books in Norwegian (as I have been reading mostly English the last few years), so I have had to buy some more.

IMG_0965A Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah J. Maas. I just said that I bought some more books because I wanted books in Norwegian, but here I am, with an English book. But I actually got this from my sister from when she was in England for a trip with her friends. I really enjoy the Throne of Glass series by the same author, and have heard great things about this series too, so I have wanted to give this a go for a long time.

As far as I know this is a retelling of Beauty and the Beast. I’m usually not a big fan of retelling (though, I have to be honest: I haven’t read many) so I’m excited to see what I think about this book. IMG_0967This book is in Norwegian, though not originally. This is All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr. I actually already have this in English, but as I said I wanted more books in Norwegian, and I have wanted to read this book so much, but every time I sat down to read it, I just couldn’t. I hope I’ll manage to read it in Norwegian! Plus, it was on sale, so I couldn’t go without it!

All the light we cannot see is a world war two fiction about a blind girl and another boy, and their stories links up somehow. I can’t wait to read it. Apparently it’s beautiful. It even won some sort of price!IMG_0964The last book is only in Norwegian. You might have noticed if you read my blog that I’m interested in World War 2. I love reading fiction and non fiction about the war. All though it’s very sad, and I tend to cry a lot. This book is a non fiction book about a 16 year old Norwegian boy who started his own resistance cell with some friends and his teacher. It just sounded very interesting, and I’m actually in the “process” of writing my own story set in world war 2. (I would like to say book, but it’s far from being an actual book.) So reading world war 2 books is both research and fun!

Oh, this book is called Gutten som lurte Gestapo, or translated with the help of google translate: The boy who tricked Gestapo. (I actually had to add this book into goodreads myself because it wasn’t there!)

I’m going to Spain with my family soon, and I’m bringing these three books with me. Last time I went to Spain (same place) I only brought three books and finished them quickly so because I learned from my mistake, I’m bringing five, maybe six, this time!

Thank you for reading. Have you read any of these books? Do you have any other suggestions for books I could read? :)

my 3 favourite world war 2 books

*No spoilers!

I literally wrote this blog post three weeks ago, but since then I have read another one (that is actually set in world war 2) and I decided that I had to redo it. The last two months I have been in the mood to read anything world war two related, and I have actually read almost three books. Two of them are non-fiction, but they are amazing.

But in this post I will show you my three favourite fictional books set during the war:

1. The Nightingale by Kristin Hannah

“Despite their differences, sisters Vianne and Isabelle have always been close. Younger, bolder Isabelle lives in Paris while Vianne is content with life in the French countryside with her husband Antoine and their daughter. But when the Second World War strikes, Antoine is sent off to fight and Vianne finds herself isolated so Isabelle is sent by their father to help her. 

As the war progresses, the sisters’ relationship and strength are tested. With life changing in unbelievably horrific ways, Vianne and Isabelle will find themselves facing frightening situations and responding in ways they never thought possible as bravery and resistance take different forms in each of their actions.”

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I absolutely love this book. It’s so well written and is heartbreaking. It is character driven but it was amazing. I loved seeing the relationship between the sisters during the hard few years. It was interesting and in the end of the book I felt like my heart was ripped apart.

I gave this a 5/5 stars on goodreads!

2. Between Shades of Gray by Ruta Sepetys

“Lina is just like any other fifteen-year-old Lithuanian girl in 1941. She paints, she draws, she gets crushes on boys. Until one night when Soviet officers barge into her home, tearing her family from the comfortable life they’ve known. Separated from her father, forced onto a crowded and dirty train car, Lina, her mother, and her young brother slowly make their way north, crossing the Arctic Circle, to a work camp in the coldest reaches of Siberia. Here they are forced, under Stalin’s orders, to dig for beets and fight for their lives under the cruelest of conditions.

Lina finds solace in her art, meticulously–and at great risk–documenting events by drawing, hoping these messages will make their way to her father’s prison camp to let him know they are still alive. It is a long and harrowing journey, spanning years and covering 6,500 miles, but it is through incredible strength, love, and hope that Lina ultimately survives.”

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I don’t even know where to start with this book… It was interesting to read about this part of the war, because I had no prior knowledge about this. The characters were very, very well written, so was the story itself. This book made me cry so much, and so many times. I literally cried within the first fifty pages. Not necessarily just because of what was happening but also because it made me think. What if that had happened to me and my family, and other loved ones?

I also gave this 5/5 stars!

3. Sarah’s Key by Tatiana de Rosney

“Paris, July 1942: Sarah, a ten year-old girl, is brutally arrested with her family by the French police in the Vel’ d’Hiv’ roundup, but not before she locks her younger brother in a cupboard in the family’s apartment, thinking that she will be back within a few hours.

Paris, May 2002: On Vel’ d’Hiv’s 60th anniversary, journalist Julia Jarmond is asked to write an article about this black day in France’s past. Through her contemporary investigation, she stumbles onto a trail of long-hidden family secrets that connect her to Sarah. Julia finds herself compelled to retrace the girl’s ordeal, from that terrible term in the Vel d’Hiv’, to the camps, and beyond. As she probes into Sarah’s past, she begins to question her own place in France, and to reevaluate her marriage and her life.”

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My aunt recommended this book to me sometime before Christmas (2016, obviously) and  I immidetly asked for it for Christmas, and I got it. I started reading this just after that, but I wasn’t in the right mood so I only read about thirty pages. Then, when the world war two mood came (sounds weird) I decided to give it another go, and god, it was a very good decision.

I loved seeing how the different families in different times eventually connected together in the story. It was heartbreaking and I was always on the edge of my seat, wondering what was going to happen next!

No surprise: 5/5 stars!

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Have you read any of these books? What did you think?

Please let me know if you have any suggestions for books, spesifically world war 2 fiction!

wednesday

Happy Wednesday! I hop you are having a great week so far!

Today was the second day of regular “work” days. (Monday was 2nd easter day, or whatever it is called) I feel very productive so far, and my stress level is surprisingly low. My exams starts in a few weeks, and even though I am very nervous, I’m ok with having them. I feel like I have surpassed the level of being stressed – I’m just calm all the time after years of stress!

Just kidding. I’m stilling stressing a little, but I’m serious when I say I’m surprised about my stress level.

I think one of the things that makes me ok with the fact that my exams are soon, is that I’m just excited for a few things I’m doing when they are over!

You see, whenever I have exams I have decided to award myself something. The last few times it’s been books, but this year it’s something else too! (I’m still planning on rewarding myself with some books, though! Don’t you worry!) I mentioned a museum I wanted to go to in the last blog post (which got the highest likes I have ever gotten – so thanks!) and I have decided that I’m going to go to that museum after I have finished my last exam!

My parents laughed a little at me when I told them my plan. hehehe But who cares? I’m a history geek, so why wouldn’t I reward myself with a museum trip when that’s something I want?

Anyway, that’s really all I wanted to say. There is nothing exciting happening right now. I was at a birthday party yesterday to my cousin and my cousin’s child. Other than that nothing really exciting is happening!

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Thank you for reading!

What have you done this week?

3 world war two books you should read

Hi!

NB! No spoilers!

One of my favourite genres to read in is historical fiction, and the last few years I have found world war 2 as a theme very interesting.

As heartbreaking and disgusting it is to read about these things – even though they are fictional – they are also fascinating because they are inspired by true events…

Therefore, I wanted to share three books about that. All though the last one isn’t actually set in world war two, but it does have a connection.

1. Between Shades of Gray by Ruta Sepetys

“Lina is just like any other fifteen-year-old Lithuanian girl in 1941. She paints, she draws, she gets crushes on boys. Until one night when Soviet officers barge into her home, tearing her family from the comfortable life they’ve known. Separated from her father, forced onto a crowded and dirty train car, Lina, her mother, and her young brother slowly make their way north, crossing the Arctic Circle, to a work camp in the coldest reaches of Siberia. Here they are forced, under Stalin’s orders, to dig for beets and fight for their lives under the cruelest of conditions.

Lina finds solace in her art, meticulously–and at great risk–documenting events by drawing, hoping these messages will make their way to her father’s prison camp to let him know they are still alive. It is a long and harrowing journey, spanning years and covering 6,500 miles, but it is through incredible strength, love, and hope that Lina ultimately survives.”

This, as the other two on this list, is on my top 10 favourite books of all time. (Series like Harry Potter is counted as one!) I read this sometime last year and I still think about it! Between Shades of Gray was so interesting to read because the story was set somewhere I hadn’t, and still haven’t, read much about. The writing was wonderful, and I feel like the characters were amazingly written. I also liked how there were flashbacks so you could see the contrast between her new and old life.

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2. The Nightingale by Kristin Hannah

“Despite their differences, sisters Vianne and Isabelle have always been close. Younger, bolder Isabelle lives in Paris while Vianne is content with life in the French countryside with her husband Antoine and their daughter. But when the Second World War strikes, Antoine is sent off to fight and Vianne finds herself isolated so Isabelle is sent by their father to help her. 

As the war progresses, the sisters’ relationship and strength are tested. With life changing in unbelievably horrific ways, Vianne and Isabelle will find themselves facing frightening situations and responding in ways they never thought possible as bravery and resistance take different forms in each of their actions.”

I read this one in the beginning of March this year. I wasn’t really sure what to except but I figured I would give it a try. And I was not disappointed. Same as the first book, I thought the writing and the progress of the story and the characters were amazing. It just makes me think about how well I have it. I have no idea how I would have handled a war, and I have NO wish to find out either.

Amazing book!

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3. Wolf By Wolf by Ryan Graudin

“The year is 1956, and the Axis powers of the Third Reich and Imperial Japan rule. To commemorate their Great Victory, Hitler and Emperor Hirohito host the Axis Tour: an annual motorcycle race across their conjoined continents. The victor is awarded an audience with the highly reclusive Adolf Hitler at the Victor’s Ball in Tokyo.

Yael, a former death camp prisoner, has witnessed too much suffering, and the five wolves tattooed on her arm are a constant reminder of the loved ones she lost. The resistance has given Yael one goal: Win the race and kill Hitler. A survivor of painful human experimentation, Yael has the power to skinshift and must complete her mission by impersonating last year’s only female racer, Adele Wolfe. This deception becomes more difficult when Felix, Adele twin’s brother, and Luka, her former love interest, enter the race and watch Yael’s every move.

But as Yael grows closer to the other competitors, can she bring herself to be as ruthless as she needs to be to avoid discovery and complete her mission?”

As I wrote in the beginning of the post; one of the books aren’t actually set during the second world war, BUT I decided to add it onto this list because I think it deserves a spot.

When I first started reading this I wasn’t really loving it, but I forced myself to continue and I am so happy I did. The story was so interesting and fun. And it made me very happy about how the war ended…! Anyway, the characters were interesting to figure out and I liked the writing.

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Have you read any of these books? What did you think? And do you have any other world war two books you think I should read?

I am planning on reading The Bookthief and All The Light We Cannot See!

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If you for some reason want to pin this post, then go ahead and pin the picture beneath :))

 

Edit: this list could be updated. I just read a new world war two book. And this would have a different book than Wolf By Wolf if it was written today. 

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