World War II Book Tag (Original)

I was sick all last week with a horrible stomach flu, so I was supposed to do another post today, but this is the one you’re getting because I wasn’t up for creating my other idea. Last Saturday (when I put on the original video for this tag on my Youtube Channel) I found out it was V-E Day. On May 8, 1945, Great Britain and England celebrated Victory in Europe and the defeat of the Nazis (keep in mind that the war did still continue for America against Japan even after the Nazi surrender).

So, in celebrating this exceptional day and all the people who sacrificed their lives to defeat Nazi Germany, I thought it fitting I do a World War II Book Tag. The only problem I had was that, even after some research, I could not find any book tag centering around World War II. So I decided to create my own!

Without further ado, let’s get into the book tag!

A Second Great War

Your favorite book which centers around war

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Probably the most famous war in fantasy fiction is the war between Mordor and Middle Earth. While this series is technically about Frodo’s quest to destroy the ring, he has to do this because of the rise of power of Sauron. Like Hitler, Sauron’s goal is to enslave and kill all the free worlds. It is also fitting that I picked this book, because Tolkien fought in WWI.

Adolf Hitler

Your most hated leader in fiction

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This might be a bit of an obvious choice, but I pick Dolores Umbridge from the fifth Harry Potter book. Most villains, while they are horrible, are also rather intriguing. However, Umbridge is just horrible. She’s petty and cruel with no good qualities. In this book, she starts as a professor and later takes over Hogwarts from Dumbledore. I’m curious to see if anyone actually likes her.

Winston Churchill

A really great leader in fiction

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The Scarlet Pimpernel himself, Sir Percy Blakeney, is an amazing leader! He leads a group which seeks to smuggle people out of France during the Reign of Terror where thousands were headed to the guillotine. In general, he is just kind of awesome with his brilliant plans and ingenious disguises, but he’s also a moral and fiercely loyal individual.

Nazis

A horrible, evil group/organization in a book

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I mean, what is more evil than burning books? Which is also something that the Nazis did during WWII, so it seems fitting to choose the Firemen in this book, whose job are to find and burn all books.

Anne Frank

A moving fictional character with a tragic death

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I have to pick Éponine from Les Misérables. Although she has horrible parents and grew up as a street urchin and a thief, her love for Marius leads her to sacrifice herself to save him, even knowing he is in love with someone else. She’s such a tragic character and one who could have lived a happy life had her circumstances been different. I enjoyed her in the musical and I loved her even more in the book. Also, like Anne Frank, she died far too young.

Allies

Your favorite best friend / ally in a book

Eragon (The Inheritance Cycle, #1)

I mean, you can’t beat a dragon as an ally, right? Saphira is not only Eragon’s best friend, but she’s also one of the last living dragons in existence. And I loved her so much!

Concentration Camp

A horrible world in a book you would not want to live in

The Maze Runner (The Maze Runner, #1)

I’m pretty sure there is a worse world outside of the Glade, but the Glade and surrounding maze itself is terrifying! Like, only teenagers there and massive monsters outside. I can’t imagine being stuck in that world!

World War II

Your Favorite Book About World War II

Man's Search for Meaning

There are so many options to choose when it comes to this question, but this one is perhaps the most meaningful book I read about WWII, specifically about the concentration camps. Frankl was a Jewish psychologist who was sent to several concentration camps. He survived and later wrote this book, examining the psychological implications of those within the camps, both the inmates and the guards. It’s an exceptional book and I highly recommend it!

As always, I won’t be tagging anyone, but I would love to read your answers if you end up doing this tag. Have you read any of these books? What are some of your favorite WWII books? Let me know your thoughts down in the comments, thank you so much for reading, follow my blog for more musings and, as always,

Best wishes in your life full of adventure,

Anne

6 thoughts on “World War II Book Tag (Original)

  1. Great tag, and great book choices. So many great WW2 novels seem to be fading from collective memory now except perhaps for Catch-22; novels such as The Naked and the Dead by Norman Mailer, The Young Lions by Irwin Shaw, King Rat by James Clavell, Run Silent Run Deep by Ed Beach etc. My recommendations would be The Cruel Sea by Nicholas Monsarrat, which is about the battle against the U-boats in the Atlantic set aboard a small Royal Navy corvette – an absolute masterpiece but not for the faint-hearted! – and The Winds of War and the sequel War & Remembrance by Herman Wouk, both massive books btw LOL!, which follow the fortunes of one American military family in Europe and in the Pacific and also take in the horrors of the concentration camps. Both Nicholas Monsarrat and Herman Wouk were veterans of WW2.

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    1. Wow, so many good book recommendations! Thank you! And there are a lot of current historical fiction books centering around WWII releasing each year, which makes me hope that the war isn’t being forgotten, but I agree that so few young people seem to know anything about the war anymore.

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  2. I also don’t like Umbridge

    I am have to confess- before I fell in love with Les Mis, I really thought character death would be unmemorable (especially towards a favorite character) and wouldn’t happen during song. That musical really proved me wrong.

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