2017 Reading Challenge - A Novel set during War Time



Hello you lovely bookworms :)
Guess what here is the first book review of the 2017 Reading Challenge =D yay
...to be honst I feel a little bit pathetic after failing the reading challenge twice...but I will try it one more time

I am so excited for this new challenge and I am so motivated to finish this years challenge I cant even tell you how much I want to kick its ass ^^ hahaha
I don´t know tho if this category is perfect to start...well kicking ass and war books ;) hahaha
Don´t get me wrong I just wanted to read this book so much and it coincidentally fit this category.


The Book of Lost Things 
by John Connolly


pic source - see link below


Like last year I will get my reviews and small summaries from goodreads 
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High in his attic bedroom, twelve-year-old David mourns the death of his mother, with only the books on his shelf for company. But those books have begun to whisper to him in the darkness. Angry and alone, he takes refuge in his imagination and soon finds that reality and fantasy have begun to meld. While his family falls apart around him, David is violently propelled into a world that is a strange reflection of his own -- populated by heroes and monsters and ruled by a faded king who keeps his secrets in a mysterious book, The Book of Lost Things.

Taking readers on a vivid journey through the loss of innocence into adulthood and beyond, New York Times bestselling author John Connolly tells a dark and compelling tale that reminds us of the enduring power of stories in our lives.
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I´ll give it a 8 out of 10 - I enjoyed reading it a lot and I can only recommend it to everyone :)
I especially loved the take on the traditional fairytales ;) Besides them...or the originals by Brothers Grimm...being pretty cruel they always leave questions on how the story could continue ;) Well, if you ever wondered...this book gives you a pretty good and pessimistic idea ;)
Here is another lovely yet critical review just if you think about reading this and want to know more about it ^^
And an excerpt of the review I thought would be great in my little post here:

"Who is this book for? Generic boy hero, schematic adventure plot, heavy-handed explicatory narrative tone: all would try the patience of any reader no longer juvenile. Yet the material is as grim as Connolly's customary horrific fare. The torture chambers, martial dismemberments and surgical miscegenations, the continual nervous drift towards themes of sexual corruption: all firmly indicate adults only." - Colin Greenland



What do you think?
Have you read The Book of Lost Things yet? Did you like it?
Lets talk about it :)


If you need a little more inspiration for which book to choose for this challenge here are a few pics
I thought would be great to read and would make an amazing choice for this category:

The Book Thief by Markus Zusack 
- This is one of my favorite books ever!
For all the categories they yould ever think of ^^.
I laughed, I cringed, I bawled my eyes out. This book...I will probably read it over and over and over agin.  


For Whom the Bell Tolls by Ernest Hemingway 
The Spanish Civil War mesmerized a whole generation of artists, writers and activists, all of them recognised that what was being played out in Andalucía and on the streets of Barcelona, was a sign for what was coming all over the world. 
Ernest Hemingway was one of those writers - he reported upon the war for the North American Newspaper Alliance. For Whom The Bell Tolls tells the story of Robert Jordan being an American solider in the International Brigades. 
For Whom the Bell Tolls is a fascinating report of heroism, sacrifice and patriotism.

War and Peace by Leo Tolstoy 
- This is one of the greatest books ever, a classic and perfect for this category. Its about war and conflict and their impact upon all involved. Set during the invasion of Russia by Napoleon’s forces in 1812 it demonstrates a radical historical approach to writing and is acclaimed as incredibly authentic, which is not surprising at all given the fact that Tolstoy served in the Crimean War. 
Just...don’t expect to read it all in one or even seven sittings: 
when first published it ran to 1,225 pages ^^

All Quiet on the Western Front by Erich Maria Remarque 
- Written by Remarque, a veteran of the First World War, it recounts a real life experience of war...in many horrific and intriguing details. The book’s main character, called Paul Bäumer, is enthusiastic about his forthcoming adventure as a soldier. The reality is different though, as Remarque describes a generation ‘destroyed by war’. The definitive anti-war book.

Henry VI trilogy by William Shakespeare 
- The Three plays that make up the Henry VI trilogy are Harry the Sixth, The Houses of York and Lancaster and The True Tragedy of the Duke of York. Together they cover the period known as the War of the Roses. I personally would´ve never thought of Shakespeare in this category ;)

Birdsong - Sebastian Faulks 
- Sebastian Faulks’s 1993 novel – a moving and brutal depictions of life in the trenches – often compared to the writing of Erich Maria Remarque and Ernest Hemingway. 
The book tells the story of Stephen Wraysford before, during and after World War I.

The Naked and the Dead - Norman Mailer 
- Instead of focusing on the bloody battles that overall define a life in the trenches this story focuses on the friendships formed in such heightened circumstances.
The iconic The Naked and the Dead, published just three years after the end of World War II, tells a story of a platoon of young Americans fighting the Japanese. 

The Hunt for Red October - Tom Clancy 
- A metaphorical battle in which the combatants never met directly- the Cold War. Instead conflicts of propaganda and taking sides in other wars like Vietnam. 
This is the backdrop to Tom Clancy’s huge successful and the introduction to his enduring All-American Jack Ryan character. 


And so many others like
The Things They Carried by Tim O’Brien; Nineteen Eighty-Four by George Orwell; Slaughterhouse-Five by Kurt Vonnegut; Gone With The Wind by Margaret Mitchell;  Doctor Zhivago by Boris Pasternak; Empire of the Sun by J.G. Ballard; Suite Française by Irène Némirovsky; When The Wind Blows - Raymond Briggs (Graphic Novel)From Here to Eternity by James Jones; Night by Elie Wiesel; Chains by Laurie Halse Anderson; The Odyssey by Homer

Get even more inspiration herehere, here and here
There are so many books to choose from you could literally fill all year only with them ^^



Have you read any of these yet?
What was your choice for this category?


With lots of love
♥♥♥
Verena



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