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!

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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London Book Haul

On National Women’s day, me and my mum took a plane and flew over to London. This trip was my 18th birthday present, so I had been waiting for this since September last year (almost 6 months!). I was very excited and had written a list of books I wanted to buy and I managed to find 4/5 of those. And I bought a few other books!

IMG_0646Currently reading The Glittering Court, and I’m really enjoying it.IMG_0648Even though I still have Voyager and Drums of Autumn to read before I can read this one, I still decided to buy it because it was there!IMG_0651We were at the British Museum and when I saw this edition of Sherlock Holmes I decided I had to buy it.IMG_0653Last year I watched the movie based on this book. I initially watched it because Alicia Vikander played the Vera, and Hayley Attwell played in the movie too, but when it was done I was crying like a crazy person, and I looked online and saw it was about a real person. Then I saw she had written a book about it, and I had to get it. Unfortunately I didn’t get it for christmas, but I bought it now! You have to see the movie….IMG_0655IMG_0657 (1)The Princess Diaries series is just a guilty pleasure. I just love the movies, and when I read the books I just get more of the story I watched as a young girl (and now, to be honest). Plus, I read the first book and the second one in one day each, so they are very nice, easy reads!IMG_0658This si the fourth book in this series, and I just love it. When I found out that they weren’t going to make more movies based on these books, I just had to read them, and I have loved them. IMG_0660I have heard about this book before, but I hadnt planned on reading it, but then I saw it and read the plot description and had to get it!IMG_0662 (1)Defiantly not my favourite series, but it’s just a quick and easy read and I wanted to see how it ends, so I bought the last in the Girl Online series.IMG_0663IMG_0666

 

Bullet Journal

Two days ago I went and bought myself a notebook, without really knowing what I was going to use it for. (I’m addicted to buying notebooks) However, after I realized the notebook had an index and numbered pages I decided it was perfect for a bullet journal.

I have tried bullet journaling before but it didn’t really work for me, but I love the concept, so I have decided to give it another go.

All though, this time I won’t be using it as a daily planner (I hated drawing up the days everyday. It took to long) but rather as a notebook to organize every other thing I want to have written down: writing related, reading related, lists and whatever else I want to put in there.

I filmed myself making two of the pages and posted it on my youtube channel, so if you are interested in seeing that:

I’m planning on doing more of these videos, and when I have made more pages and used it for a while I’ll do a flip through!

Anyone interested in that?

november book haul

Hello everyone!

I ordered a few books a couple of weeks ago and was waiting to do my book haul (video and blog post) until they came in the mail. I finally received them yesterday evening, and filmed and took pictures today.

I have already read one of the books, but am super excited about the three others!

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Etiquette & Espionage by Gail Carriger, Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them by J.k. Rowling, The White Russian by Vanora Bennet and Maid of Wonder by Jennifer McGowan.dsc_0115

I have already read Fantastic Beast (blog post) and gave it a 4 stars on goodreads.

Maid of Wonder is the third book in the Maid of Honor series and I love the two first books. They are just a mix of everything I love; elizabethan England, spies and simple romance. It’s my guilty pleasure!

As far as I know, The White Russian is about an American girl who eventually ends up in Russia somehow, hahah.

E&E is about a fourteen year old girl, with a name I have never heard before, who enrolls in a spy school, which is just exciting, I suppose!

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I don’t know what’s happening to my hair… Well, well.. If you want to watch my book haul video, click below!

Have you read any of these books? If yes, what did you think about them?

November Wrap Up

IT’S DECEMBER!!!

I cannot tell you how excited I am about this! The only thing that could make it even better is snow! But I guess I’ll just have to wait…

Anyway, because I decided to stop sharing my youtube videos on here because I ended up only sharing and not writing any blog posts, I took some pictures of the books I read in the month of November too.

This month was a lot better for me when it came to reading. I have been in a sort of reading slump since the summer, and have only managed to read one or two books each month. But I finally feel like I’m out of it which is amazing. I read four books this month, which led to me reaching my goodreads reading challenge goal which was on 30 books. Which means I have read at least four more books this year compared to last year! I might even read more (I hope).

First, I want to share a picture of my dog looking angry! haha

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Nr 1 – Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs

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This is not my favourite book, but it’s defiantly good. It was an easy and fun read, I suppose.

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Nr 2 – Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them by J.k Rowling

I read the cursed child one a few months ago and didn’t like it, so I was a little nervous about this, because I hate not liking anything Harry Potter hehe, but I actually enjoyed this one. I think it’s because I saw the movie before I read it so I knew how things looked, like the creatures and the characters, so I felt like I got attached to the characters more.

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Nr 3 – The Rose Society by Marie Lu.

This is the second book in the series /trilogy, and I read the first one a year and a half ago. I gave the first one four stars but I have this half as little. I didn’t like it what so ever. I thought the characters were made to do things without any logical reason. That it was just to get the story going where Marie Lu wanted it to go. I also didn’t like the character development. It just confused me. It’s great if you liked this book, but Im defiantly not going to read the next one.

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Nr 4 – Queen of Shadows by Sarah J. Maas

I really like this book. I generally really like this entire series. This is the fourth book and there is one more out and then the next and last will be out next year. (As far as I know) I love the writing, the characters and the story it self. I’m just really invested in these books.

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Sometimes it’s hard to see if its my dog or if it’s the carpet. Especially when it’s darker!SAMSUNG CSCSAMSUNG CSC

Thank you for reading. I also wanted to tell you that if you want, you can watch my youtube video about these books. Click here. (I’m going to start sharing the videos like this instead. In a post)

Also, please let me know if you have read any of these books, and what you thought about them!

4 easy to read books

Hi! I hope you are having a wonderful day!

I just had my first exam yesterday, and I’m so excited to be done with it. I still have three more to go, and two of those are oral so I can’t say I’m looking forward to that, and then I have christmas holiday from the 14th or 15ht. I have another exam on Friday, then I have a couple of weeks off, and then the last ones….

Anyway, I wanted to write a blog post because I have been trying hard, and failing, to post a couple of times a week. My brain have been empty of everything because of all the stress related to exams. But I’ll try my best when they are all over!

Whenever I read long books I always like to read a smaller and easier book before I go over to another long book. Just to have a break, I suppose. Therefore, I wanted to share a few of those books with you!

The Princess Diaries by Meg Cabot

I haven’t read the entire series, only two of them, but I love them. They are so simple and easy to read. I finished each of these books in a day! I just love them so much. If you don’t know what these books are about; Mia finds out she is a princess. Easy as that. Hehe

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The Thief by Megan Whalen Turner

I ordered this off of book outlet just because it was cheap, and I ended up enjoying it. This book is about a man named Gen who says he can steal everything. There are more books in the series but I haven’t found them yet..

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Maid of Secrets by Jennifer McGowan

This is honestly one of my favourite books/series/trilogy of all time.It’s just a mix of everything I love; Elizabethan era, spies and romance. Just amazing. Each of the books follows different perspective, but I surprisingly didn’t mind it! (Only read two, but third one is on its way) Meg steals from the wrong person and is brought to the castle and forced to work as a spy for the queen.

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Tomorrow, when the war began by John Marsden

After I watched the movie and heard that there wouldn’t be a second movie I was really sad. That was until I found out that the movie was based on a book! I bought the book right away and I loved it. It was just very easy to read and exciting. Personally I found it very unique. Their town is invaded and a group of teenagers are forced to hide and fight for their country and families.

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(BLURRRYYYYYY….. ARGH!)

Thank you for reading!!! Let me know if you have read any of these books, or if you are planning on reading them! And do you have any suggestions for me?

My 3 Favourite Fantasy Series (VIDEO)

Hi!

I uploaded a new video today. I tried to get it up yesterday but my computer was acting up so I gave up, so I decided to upload it today!

Also, I’m going to try to get some more actual blog posts, and not just shared videos, up soon. I would like to try in the beginning of december, but I might start in the middle of the december after all my exams are over. We’ll see!