The 5 Best Books meme is hosted by Cassandra at Indie Reader Houston.
This week’s 5 Best is the 5 best books that take place during a war. I am bizarrely fascinated with anything set in World War II so this one is an easy one for me, though I am focusing only on novels:
Hitler’s Canary by Sandi Toksvig. A wonderful story about how the war affected the citizens of Denmark (link is to my review)
The Boy in the Striped Pajamas by John Boyne. I mention this in almost every “best of” list I’ve made. Just read it.
City of Thieves by David Benioff. If one could describe a WWII novel as “comic”, this one would be it, but still the horrors of the war in the Soviet Union are not ignored.
Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet by Jamie Ford. The war is not a direct part of the plot in this novel, but its effects on Japanese-American citizens (and other Asian-Americans) is prevalent.
A Thousand Splendid Suns by Khaled Hosseini. This is not set in WWII, but partially in the Soviet/Afghan war of the 1980s. A wonderful wonderful novel.
What do you think are the best books that take place during a war?