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?