We always call these “Lazy Sunday #TBR list Roundups” but today is even more lazy than usual. It’s just me, Becky, here and my TBR List adds are all from one webpage that has done me in. And I quote…
If you love reading novels set during World War II, we’ve compiled the ultimate list for your to-read pile.
Could this list be any more perfect for me??? Thank you, BookBub!
Obviously, I have other things I want and should read before delving into this entire 20+ title collection. However, I’ve prioritized, and the following have intrigued me most.
Sarah’s Key by Tatiana de Rosnay made the top five because it reminds me of The Dressmaker’s Dowry by Meredith Jaeger that I read recently. There is something exciting about the idea of finding deep rooted family secrets and being able to unravel long-forgotten mysteries, however tragic they may be.
The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society by Annie Barrows and Mary Ann Shaffer simply sounds delightful. A group of literary loving rule-breakers living on an island? Gives me a feeling of Agatha Christie’s And Then There Were None with notes of Hogan’s Heroes.
The Light in the Ruins by Chris Bohjalian makes my shortlist because it plays with the heartstrings. Admittedly, I can be caught up in good romances and when those are set during the 1940s, in an Italian villa, with pseudo royalty and forbidden couples…how can I say no?
The Japanese Lover by Isabel Allende enticed me with mention of San Francisco – a known favorite setting of mine – and content heavy in character development. Enduring love and enduring pain seem woven together for pages of intrigue.
Lilac Girls by Martha Hall Kelly comes recommended for those who enjoyed The Nightingale and Sarah’s Key which reverberates as high praise in my mind. While far from a feminist, I do appreciate a good story of strong women and this work has three of such women. Secondarily, I am always on the lookout for engaging audiobooks and I believe I’ve seen this audiobook in my library system…seems perfect!
Honorable mention has to go to The Nightingale by Kristin Hannah because it is EVERYWHERE and Janna did a great review on it. Also, All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr has been on just about all the lists of “must reads” I’ve seen. Joli posted her thoughts on it after reading it for a book club. Finally, The Book Thief has gone motion picture and has been getting rave reviews for years, but Mel had some mixed thoughts.
Do you agree with my choices? Have you read any of these?
I’ve read all of these except The Light in the Ruins, which I will have to check out! These are all amazing books, except I did not like The Japanese Lover. I really wanted to love it because it sounds so great, but it’s disappointingly shallow. Lilac Girls is so good though, and Sarah’s Key is one of my all-time favorites. So many great books here! Looking forward to any reviews that may appear ;).