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War. Huh. What Is It Good For?

December 5, 2011

So, after I managed to complete my one little teensy R.I.P. Challenge, this past fall, I decided that I should try, just try, one more. I didn’t want to jump right into something I wasn’t going to get into so I’ve taken a while but I think, I’ve finally settled on something that will keep my interest. War Through the Generation Challenge

All of the books need to be centered around the first World War, which is something I know only facts about but have never really read much on, in terms of fiction. The guidelines are below:


This year you have options when reading your fiction, nonfiction, graphic novels, etc. with the WWI as the primary or secondary theme.

Books can take place before, during, or after the war, so long as the conflicts that led to the war or the war itself are important to the story. Books from other challenges count so long as they meet the above criteria.

Dip: Read 1-3 books in any genre with WWI as a primary or secondary theme.

Wade: Read 4-10 books in any genre with WWI as a primary or secondary theme.

Swim: Read 11 or more books in any genre with WWI as a primary or secondary theme.

 I will, most likely, end up somewhere along the lines of “Wade” but if I end up swimming, so be it. I’m pretty confident that I’ll manage well with this as it’s a year long and it’s a subject that generally (war) interests me but one (WWI) I haven’t done very specific reading on, yet. Oh, and the reading group pick of the challenge is the fabulous Farewell to Arms which, oh right, I have read. If you count Hemingway (which I obviously do) I’ve actually really read quite a bit of Word War I fiction. Hey, this might be easier than I thought…

As the year winds down (and starts back up) what have you found in terms of challenges? Anything good I can try out? I’m not going to go nuts on the challenged but, hey, if I find a good one, I won’t run screaming (like I have, ahem, in the past).


4 Comments leave one →
  1. December 6, 2011 9:21 am

    I am tempted, even though I swore off challenges this year. I love Anna and Serena though, and they run an excellent challenge. While WWII is my favorite (?) war, I’d take the Great War next. Maybe I will wade too!

  2. December 6, 2011 12:29 pm

    This sounds like a very interesting challenge, and one that i might also explore. I have been a little bit burned out by all the WWII novels, and would be interested to read more about WWI, so the challenge seems to be tailor made for me! I am going to have to see if I can reshuffle anything to make it work. Thanks for sharing this with us!

  3. December 6, 2011 1:40 pm

    I’m doing this challenge along with the Western genre challenge, the Original TBR challenge and maybe one more.

  4. December 6, 2011 10:22 pm

    I’ve signed up for this challenge too, and I am looking forward to discovering some great reads!

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