Friday, November 13, 2015

World at War Reading Challenge (Sign Up)

World At War Reading Challenge
Host: Becky's Book Reviews
Duration: December 2015 - December 2016
Goal: Get at least one bingo! (more are welcome, of course!)
Sign up in the comments!

The categories:
  • Any book published 1914-1918
  • Any book published 1918-1924
  • Any book published 1925-1930
  • Any book published 1931-1938
  • Any book published 1939-1945
  • A nonfiction book about World War I
  • A nonfiction book about 1910s and 20s
  • A nonfiction book about 1920s and 30s
  • A nonfiction book about 1930s
  • A nonfiction book about World War II
  • A fiction book set during World War I
  • A fiction book set 1918-1924
  • A fiction book set in the 1920s
  • A fiction book set in the 1930s
  • A fiction book set during World War II
  • A book set in the United States or Canada
  • A book set in England, Ireland, or Scotland
  • A book set in Europe
  • A book set in Asia or Middle East
  • A book set elsewhere (a country/continent not already read for the challenge)
  • A book focused on "the war"
  • A book focused on "the homefront"
  • Watch any movie released in 1940s
  • Watch any movie released in the 1930s
  • Watch any movie about either war 
The rules:
  • Books, audio-books, e-books--all qualify
  • Books for any age group qualify--children's books/middle grade, young adult, adult
  • Rereads are allowed
  • Reviews are not required but if you do get the chance to review, please leave a link! 
  • You can create a reading list if you want, but it's not a requirement
  • If you do make a list, consider adding a list of five books you'd recommend to others
  • "Nonfiction" includes biography, autobiography, memoirs, diaries, letters, etc. Also "general" nonfiction--focus on a subject instead of one individual. For the 1920s and 1930s, you might for example read about the Depression, FDR, the Dust Bowl, Prohibition, jazz, harlem renaissance, early film-making, organized crime, Scopes Trial, Hindenburg, 1936 Olympics, etc. Any subject will do essentially.
  • Fiction can be "general" fiction, or, from a genre. For example, the "any book published..." could be fiction or nonfiction for any age group and from any genre. And fiction set during the specified times could be historical fiction, historical romance, historical mystery, historical fantasy, historical science fiction. For example, Connie Willis has two books where characters from the future time-travel back to World War II. These would qualify. 
For your convenience:

World War I

Most Popular Books Published in 1914
Most Popular Books Published in 1915
Most Popular Books Published in 1916
Most Popular Books Published in 1917
Most Popular Books Published in 1918

Between World Wars

Most Popular Books Published in 1919
Most Popular Books Published in 1920
Most Popular Books Published in 1921
Most Popular Books Published in  1922
Most Popular Books Published in 1923
Most Popular Books Published in  1924
Most Popular Books Published in 1925
Most Popular Books Published in 1926
Most Popular Books Published in  1927
Most Popular Books Published in 1928
Most Popular Books Published in  1929
Most Popular Books Published in 1930
Most Popular Books Published in  1931
Most Popular Books Published in 1932
Most Popular Books Published in  1933
Most Popular Books Published in   1934
Most Popular Books Published in  1935
Most Popular Books Published in   1936
Most Popular Books Published in  1937
Most Popular Books Published in 1938

World War II

Most Popular Books Published in  1939
Most Popular Books Published in  1940
Most Popular Books Published in 1941
Most Popular Books Published in  1942
Most Popular Books Published in  1943
Most Popular Books Published in  1944
Most Popular Books Published in 1945

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15 comments:

Alex 12:30 PM  

Coount me in - this is a challenge that is right up my alley.

Cathy S 6:29 AM  

I am signing up for this challenge! my link to my list which I haven'y decided on is http://pensivemarbles.blogspot.ca/2015/12/world-at-war-reading-challenge.html
I am really looking forward to this challenge it sounds great!

martingale 12:25 AM  

I'll sign up too. I'll blog about it on Book Charmers - I post as book tiger there: Book Charmers Blog

Alex 10:30 AM  

Hi Becky, thanks for hosting the Wolrd at War challenge. Here's my post about my plan for the year's reading.

http://thechildrenswar.blogspot.com/2015/12/reading-challenges.html

Melanie 2:06 PM  

What a fun idea! I'm looking forward to this, it's my favorite time period to read about.

Melanie 3:05 PM  

I am keeping a record of all of my posts for the reading challenges I'm doing this year with links to them here: http://melanie.boudwin.net/2016-reading-challenges/ I've found some books I'm excited about that I probably wouldn't be reading without this challenge, so thank you!

Serena 10:21 AM  

Wow, what a great idea. Perhaps I could direct the war reading challenge blog readers here this year!

Serena 5:42 AM  

Thanks for doing this: http://savvyverseandwit.com/2016/01/2016-war-reading-challenge.html

Mave Serafi 3:22 PM  

Thanks for hosting! My post http://libriamicimiei.blogspot.it/2016/03/bingo-challenge-2016-french-world-at.html

Susan 4:12 PM  

Link to my book list:
http://avidseriesreader.blogspot.com/2015/12/2016-world-at-war.html
My first book read for the challenge:
(fiction set in 1918 - 1924) The Return of Captain John Emmett
Link to my review:
https://www.goodreads.com/review/show/415828043

Susan 5:20 PM  

My second book read for the challenge:
(fiction set during WWII) Black Out by John Lawton
Link to my review: https://www.goodreads.com/review/show/815717158

Susan 10:20 PM  

My third book read for the challenge:
(fiction set in the 1920s) Newport by Jill Morrow
Link to my review: https://www.goodreads.com/review/show/1331023269

Susan 9:31 PM  

My fourth book read for the challenge:
(fiction set during WWI) The Care and Management of Lies by Jacqueline Winspear
link to my review: https://www.goodreads.com/review/show/1734219318

My fifth book read for the challenge:
(fiction set during WWII) At the Water's Edge by Sara Gruen
link to my review: https://www.goodreads.com/review/show/1733328120

Susan 10:24 AM  

Bingo! center column (N) complete
My sixth book read for the challenge:
(fiction set in the 1930s) Royal Flush by Rhys Bowen
link to my review: https://www.goodreads.com/review/show/1733287596

Susan 2:40 PM  

My seventh book read for the challenge:
(fiction set during WWII) The Race for Paris by Meg Waite Clayton
link to my review: https://www.goodreads.com/review/show/1740719645

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I read a few poetry books, a few short story collections, a few graphic novels, a few nonfiction books.

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  • Regency romances (including Austen prequels/sequels)
  • Historical fiction set in the Tudor dynasty
  • Historical fiction and nonfiction set during World War II
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  • fantasy
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