Top Ten Books Set in World War II


Top Ten Tuesday is hosted by the wonderful The Broke and The Bookish. For this week’s list I decided to pick the first ten books that came to mind when I thought of World War II historical fiction. I love historical fiction and World War II has always fascinated me. There are books that I love that aren’t on this list, but here are the ten that immediately came to mind…

In no particular order (book images go to Goodreads…)

The Book Thief- Markus Zusak

The Book Thief

I have so much love for this book. I know it divides a lot of readers, but I really do think it’s incredible. I think it’s a challenging read but an important one.

Sarah’s Key- Tatiana de Rosnay

Sarah's Key

I picked up this book totally by accident in a book store near my sister’s old house. I absolutely devoured this story. It broke my heart.

The Boy In The Striped Pyjamas- John Boyne

The Boy in the Striped Pajamas

Some might find this book to be overrated but I think it’s wonderful. Another heart-breaker that’s for sure.

The Bronze Horseman- Paullina Simons

The Bronze Horseman (The Bronze Horseman, #1)

This book is set in Russia in the 1940s. I love this trilogy and whilst it is quite a hefty read I think it’s totally worth it. There’s such a beautiful romance at the heart of it even if there’s a lot of er.. intimate moments within the story.

Prisoner of Night and Fog- Anne Blankman

Prisoner of Night and Fog (Prisoner of Night and Fog, #1)

This is another book that I came across quite randomly. I really enjoyed it and its sequel as well. I thought it was stand-out in a very populated genre.

The Wrong Boy-  Suzy Zail

The Wrong Boy

I absolutely adored this book which features a Jewish girl named Hanna being sent to Auschwitz with her familt. Hanna plays piano for the camp commander and falls in love with the wrong boy…

Code Name Verity- Elizabeth Wein

Code Name Verity (Code Name Verity, #1)

Another book I adored. I absolutely love when books in this genre are a little different and I found this book to be quite a powerful reminder of woman’s roles in the war.

Hotel On The Corner of Bitter and Sweet- Jamie Ford

Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet

I know that this book has got really mixed reviews, but I thoroughly enjoyed it. I thought it was a beautiful read. The plot does have a few flaws, but other than that I have nothing bad to say about it and I’d still highly recommend it.

Cross My Heart- Carmen Reid

Cross My Heart

I adored this book which, again, I didn’t expect to read or enjoy as much as I did. It’s centres around 15 year old Nicole as she watches Belgium be invaded by the Nazis. Nicole joins the Belgian resistance. Such a powerful book.

The Girl In The Blue Coat- Monica Hesse

The Girl in the Blue Coat

I read this book in August and immediately knew it would make a list like this. It’s a wonderful albeit sad story about a ordinary girl making courageous choices.

What did you do for your Top Ten list this week? Feel free to leave a link to your post and I’ll stop by!

Ten Books To Read If You Like The Book Thief

Top Ten Tuesday is hosted by the wonderful The Broke and The Bookish. This week’s list are the Top Ten Books To Read If You Like… a certain author/a super popular book. At first I struggled with this topic, but then I decided to go for a book that I loved, but don’t really mention much- The Book Thief.

As ever, click on the book image to get to Goodreads!

These books aren’t necessarily about the same thing as The Book Thief (although some are). They are just books I’d recommend for those that enjoyed The Book Thief.

Sarah’s Key- Tatiana de Rosnay

Sarah's Key

Sarah’s Key is a story set in Paris in 1942. It’s a super emotional read. The narrative jumps around in time, but it’s fantastic and so gripping.

The Boy In The Striped Pyjamas- John Boyne

 The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas

Another emotional, heart-wrenching read, this one set in Berlin in 1942. I’m pretty sure most of you know of this book!

The Wrong Boy- Suzy Zail

The Wrong Boy

This is a story about a Jewish girl who is sent to Auschwitz and falls in love with a German boy.

Prisoner of Night and Fog- Anne Blankman

Prisoner of Night and Fog (Prisoner of Night and Fog, #1)

A great story about ‘Uncle’ Dolf. This is a duology and the follow up is just as good!

Code Name Verity- Elizabeth Wein

Code Name Verity (Code Name Verity, #1)

A powerful, emotional read.

Cross My Heart (and hope to live)- Carmen Reid

Cross My Heart

I wasn’t expecting to like this book as much as I did. It’s set in Brussels in 1940. An incredible book.

Jasmine Nights- Julia Gregson

Jasmine Nights

This book is set in 1942. It’s a love story, beautifully written.

Songs of Willow Frost- Jamie Ford
Songs of Willow Frost

This is set during the Great Depression in the 1920s. Jamie Ford is a great writer.

The Help- Kathryn Stockett

The Help

This is one of my favourite books of all time. It deals with tough subjects in such a beautifully written way.

I Am The Messenger- Markus Zusak

I Am the Messenger

If you liked Markus Zusak’s The Book Thief, then why not try more of his work. I enjoyed this book, it’s confusing though!

What books have you suggested this week? Feel free to leave me a link to your Top Ten lists and I’ll stop by!

Top Ten Inspiring Quotes From Books


Top Ten Tuesday is hosted by the wonderful The Broke and The Bookish. This week’s list are our Top Ten Inspiring Quotes From Books. These can be quotes that make us think, inspire us etc. I have many of these, but I’ve narrowed it down to ten of my favourites, all from some amazing books. Some really make me stop and think and I love having that connection with an author’s writing!

“Sometimes in life, we need a few bad days in order to keep the good ones in perspective.” – Colleen Hoover, Maybe Someday

“You have brains in your head. You have feet in your shoes. You can steer yourself any direction you choose. You’re on your own. And you know what you know. And YOU are the one who’ll decide where to go…” – Dr Seuss, Oh The Places You Will Go.

“The hardest choices in life aren’t between what’s right and what’s wrong but between what’s right and what’s best.” -Jamie Ford, Hotel On The Corner of Bitter and Sweet

“And here in this room, I re-experience the memories again and again it is how wisdom comes and how we shape our future.” Lois Lowry, The Giver

“We accept the love we think we deserve.” Stephen Chbosky, The Perks of Being A Wallflower

“It is our choices, Harry, that show what we truly are, far more than our abilities.”J.K Rowling- Harry Potter

“Love is like the wind, you can’t see it but you can feel it.” Nicholas Sparks- A Walk To Remember

“Sometimes people are beautiful. Not in looks. Not in what they say. Just in what they are.” Markus Zusak, I Am The Messenger

“You don’t love someone because they’re perfect, you love them in spite of the fact that they’re not.” Jodi Picoult, My Sister’s Keeper

“You never really understand a person until you consider things from his point of view… Until you climb inside of his skin and walk around in it.” Harper Lee, To Kill A Mockingbird

What are your favourite inspirational quotes from books? Feel free to leave a link to your post and I’ll stop by!

Top Ten Books I’d Recommend To My Sister


Top Ten Tuesday is hosted by the wonderful The Broke and The Bookish. Each week they come up with a list for us bloggers to complete. I’m really excited about this week’s list, which is the top ten books we’d recommend to a certain person. I decided to recommend books to my sister.

My sister is one of my favourite people in the world. We’re incredibly similar. I thank her for my love of books. I can’t remember how many times she used to read to me when I was younger. Even now, our favourite thing to do together is to read. She’s got me to read certain books and vice versa. I know her TBR list is HUGE but here are ten books that she should BUMP up her TBR list.

(By the way, you can visit my sister’s book blog here: BIBLIOBETH)

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16036975UndoneCat Clarke– I’ve made Beth read Entangled and Torn by Cat Clarke before. Undone was my favourite out of her books so far, so I want her to read this as soon as possible!


Dangerous GirlsAbigail Haas– I still can’t work out whether this book had a genius ending or just plain annoying, so I really need to discuss it with Beth!

17232261Songs of Willow FrostJamie Ford–  I always recommend Jamie Ford’s books where I can and this book certainly needs to be read soon!

cover37723-mediumStay Where You Are And Then LeaveJohn Boyne– I like to recommend John Boyne where I can as well, and this book is a brilliant read.

1656001The HostStephenie Meyer– I actually preferred The Host to the Twilight saga. I think Beth would enjoy it!

9741685Shadows On The MoonZoe Marriott– I think Beth would really enjoy this book. It’s beautifully written.

15812794The Time Between- Karen White– I thoroughly enjoyed reading this book. I think Beth would like Karen White’s writing style.


Heart-Shaped BruiseTanya Byrne- Another one I need to discuss with Beth. A protagonist that does awful things, but you can’t help but like…

11722503My Sister Lives On The MantelpieceAnnabel Pitcher– I know Beth has this book, as I read it before she did. I can’t help but love this book though, so she should definitely bump it up her list.

16275049Cruel SummerJames Dawson– I loved this book. I was a fan of Point Horror when I was younger, and so was Beth. In fact, I think it was her that got me into them. James Dawson’s Cruel Summer reminds me of a Point Horror classic, so I think she’d love it!

Have you read any of my choices for Beth? Are you intrigued by any of them? Please feel free to link me to your Top Ten lists. I have a feeling I’ll be adding many books to my TBR pile this week…

Songs of Willow Frost


How did I get it?:
NetGalley- thanks to Ballatine Books


Twelve-year-old William Eng, a Chinese-American boy, has lived at Seattle’s Sacred Heart Orphanage ever since his mother’s listless body was carried away from their small apartment five years ago. On his birthday—or rather, the day the nuns designate as his birthday—William and the other orphans are taken to the historical Moore Theatre, where William glimpses an actress on the silver screen who goes by the name of Willow Frost. Struck by her features, William is convinced that the movie star is his mother, Liu Song.

Determined to find Willow, and prove his mother is still alive, William escapes from Sacred Heart with his friend Charlotte. The pair navigates the streets of Seattle, where they must not only survive, but confront the mysteries of William’s past and his connection to the exotic film star. The story of Willow Frost, however, is far more complicated than the Hollywood fantasy William sees onscreen.

Shifting between the Great Depression and the 1920s, Songs of Willow Frost takes readers on an emotional journey of discovery. Jamie Ford’s sweeping book will resonate with anyone who has ever longed for the comforts of family and a place to call home.


I haven’t been shy about expressing my love for Jamie Ford’s debut novel Hotel On The Corner of Bitter and Sweet. I read it in my pre-blogging days, and absolutely adored it. It’s frequented my blog on a few Top Ten lists because I just couldn’t believe it was his debut. So when I heard about Songs of Willow Frost, I just had to request it because it was Jamie Ford. Sometimes a second book can be a let down but this certainly isn’t the case with this book. In fact, Jamie has earned a place on my auto-buy author list.

Songs of Willow Frost is at times a very bleak read but at other times very uplifting. It is based in the middle of the Great Depression in a poverty-stricken neighbourhood in Seattle. One of our protagonists, William Eng is growing up in the Sacred Heart Orphanage. During a visit to the movies William finds a resemblance between the movie star Willow Frost and his own mother, who he remembers. William and his friend Charlotte decide to try and escape from the orphanage and find Willow Frost to see if they can uncover the truth about William’s life before the orphanage. In the 1920s, Liu Song is left without a mother, her stepfather is abusive towards her. She decides to break out on her own, but the world doesn’t treat a young unmarried Chinese woman very well.

Songs of Willow Frost is full of interesting, well developed characters. It was hard to put down. Jamie Ford really gets to the heart of the characters and portrays their emotions beautifully. His storytelling is simple, but so effective. Some parts were so heart-breaking to read.

The narrative switches between the two stories combining seamlessly together. I preferred William as a narrator, even though he was young, his life experiences gave him a mature outlook on life. Songs of Willow Frost is a fantastic story about the choices some people have to make to protect the ones they love.

Jamie Ford is certainly becoming one of my favourite authors. I’ve been blown away by his first two books and thoroughly recommend both Hotel On The Corner of Bitter and Sweet and this book. Is it too soon to ask for another book from Jamie?!

Would I recommend it?:
Of course!

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WWW Wednesday #35

WWW Wednesdays is hosted by MizB at Should Be Reading. Click on the image to get to her blog!

WWW Wednesdays is hosted by MizB at Should Be Reading. Click on the image to get to her blog!

Welcome to another WWW Wednesday post!

To join in with WWW Wednesday you need to answer 3 questions..

•What are you currently reading?
•What did you recently finish reading?
•What do you think you’ll read next?

Click on the book images to find out more about the book!

What are you currently reading?

7893725I’m really enjoying this book so far. I’m nearly halfway through and it’s so easy to read. It’s a bit disturbing, given the subject matter.

What did you recently finish reading?

17232261I recently finished Songs of Willow Frost which I really enjoyed. My review of this book will be published tomorrow. Jamie Ford’s writing is as beautiful as ever!

What do you think you’ll read next?

11988046I am so excited to start Pivot Point. I’ve heard some brilliant things.

What have you been reading this week? Feel free to leave your links or answers in the comment section and I’ll come and check out your posts!

Top Ten Books I Would Love To See As A Movie/TV Show


Top Ten Tuesday is hosted by the wonderful The Broke and The Bookish. This week we’re imagining it’s a perfect world and TV and movies don’t butcher our favourite books. Here are my Top Ten Books I Would Love To See As A Movie/TV show. (Click on the image to take you to Goodreads!)

In no particular order…


Hotel On The Corner of Bitter and Sweet- Jamie Ford– I was swept away by this book. It was a beautiful debut. Great writing and a heart-warming story. I’d love to see this as a movie.


Cross My Heart Carmen Reid– I know, I know I keep adding this book to my Top Ten lists, but I can’t recommend it enough. I think it’s such a touching and poignant read. If transferred carefully to the big screen (not changing anything because it’s perfect!) then it could be an amazing movie.


CuckooJulia Crouch– Sometimes I like to watch darker things, and this would be perfect. It was incredibly gripping but very disturbing.


UndoneCat Clarke– I’ve really enjoyed Cat Clarke’s book, and Undone is a particular favourite of mine. An incredible ending!


Gone GirlGillian Flynn– This fulfils my need for a darker story. I loved Gone Girl.


Me Before YouJojo Moyes– This book was a perfect read for me. I think it could be an incredible, emotional movie.


My Best Friend’s Girl- Dorothy Koomson– I was really touched by this book.


Johnny Be GoodPaige Toon- I can’t resist a good chick-lit/flick and this would be perfect!


The Book Of TomorrowCecelia Ahern– Cecelia Ahern is one of my favourite authors. Her writing is always magical and I think this could be a beautiful movie.


The Boy With The Cuckoo Clock HeartMathias Malzieu- This would be a quirky film for sure!

Please feel free to leave the link to your Top Ten list so I can see what you’ve listed!