2018 War Reading Challenge


Where on earth did 2017 go? I hope you read some fantastic WWII books last year. There’s still time to link your reviews here.

Feel free to tweet @wargenerations on Twitter when you have a review up or reach out on Facebook through our Facebook page.

This year, we’re leaving the challenge wide open. We’d love for you to link up any fiction, nonfiction, poetry, middle-grade, children’s, or graphic novels you may be reading about war. WWII, Vietnam War, WWI, Korean War, French and Indiana War, War of 1812, the American Revolution, Gulf wars, and more.

Link up your reviews in the linky below:

Let us know in the comments what your personal reading goal is for the war challenge — one book, 10 books, 50 books. It’s up to you.

Have a great 2018!

Thank Our Veterans


Honoring Our Veterans, Today and Every Day

Memorial Day 2015







Memorial Day is a federal day of remembrance. It began as a way to remember those who died during the U.S. Civil War, but now it is a day to remember all who have served in the military, including our current troops.

Many people take the time to visit the graves of their loved ones who were veterans of war, while some have just placed flags on graves for those who served, even without knowing those soldiers personally. This is a day of remembrance for those who lost their lives in war.

While I agree that these men and women should be remembered, I also urge you to remember those who currently serve (and yes, they are celebrated in November). But I think the sacrifices these troops make, and in some cases, the legacy that they continue, is just as important as those who have passed before us.

I’m lucky to know many current members of the military who have bravely fought, served, and returned home in one piece, but there are so many who are still emotionally, psychologically, and physically scarred. These men deserve our care and consideration on this day. Rather than have a cookout or place a flag on a grave — though you can still do those things, too — why not volunteer in a VA for an hour or take some hard-earned cash and donate it to a veterans organization, like the Wounded Warrior Project.

Enjoy the time you have off with veterans and family. Make the most of it before it’s gone.

Thank You, Veterans!

Day of Remembrance — Memorial Day 2014

American Revolution Reading Challenge Wrap Up

Happy New Year, and thanks to everyone who participated in the American Revolution Reading Challenge in 2013.  Here are the last of the participant reviews.  If we’ve missed any reviews throughout the year, please feel free to link to them in the comments.

Before we shift to the reviews, we want to invite you all to participate in the 2014 challenge, which we’re doing a bit differently this year.  For all the details and to sign up, click here.

Under The Boardwalka8349-theturncoat reviewed The Turncoat by Donna Thorland:

A suspenseful thrill ride that takes place during the winter of 1777. A wonderful debut I couldn’t put down. I look forward to the next book in the Renegades of the Revolution series.

felicityThe Children’s War reviewed the movie Felicity, An American Girl:

There are lots of historical elements in Felicity besides being an engaging coming of age story.  The two sides, patriot and loyalist, are explained clearly in the context of the story so that young viewers will have no trouble understanding the events that led to the American Revolution.  And in keeping with the themes of freedom, independence, and responsibility, the practice of apprenticeship is also clearly presented.

friends of libertyThe Children’s War also reviewed Friends of Liberty by Bernice Gormley:

As a historical novel, there is lots of information about the political unrest in Boston, though I think it presupposes some knowledge of the time period.  I believe that Friends of Liberty would, however, be a good companion book to read while studying the events leading up the the American Revolution.

3d5fd-aprilmorningScrappy Cat reviewed April Morning by Howard Fast:

When a horseman comes through to let the town know that the British are on the march, Adam signs the muster book and joins the battle.  He must grow up literally overnight.  The book is very well written and I rate it 4 out of 5.

johnny tremainBooks and Movies reviewed Johnny Tremain by Esther Forbes:

I remember reading this as a kid, and when I assigned it to Jonathan for literature this year, I knew I would read it, too. I wanted to revisit it, as well as show Jonathan that I didn’t just assign him books that I wouldn’t enjoy reading myself. Also, it fit into the War Through the Generations Challenge. Anyway, I enjoyed it, but didn’t love it as much as I remembered as a kid.

pox partyScrappy Cat also reviewed The Astonishing Life of Octavian Nothing by M.T. Anderson:

I never knew before reading this book that slaves fought in the Revolutionary War in lieu of their masters; this was quite shocking to me.  I thought the book was well written and I rate it 4 out of 5.

chains Diary of an Eccentric reviewed Chains by Laurie Halse Anderson:

Anderson’s novel is geared toward middle-grade readers, but there is much for adults to admire as well.  The passages from relevant historical documents at the beginning of every chapter were informative and paved the way for further research.  Anderson doesn’t sugar-coat the cruelties of slavery and war, but she doesn’t go overboard with graphic descriptions either.

the declaration of independenceImpressions In Ink “reviewed” The Declaration of Independence & The Constitution of the United States:

To review the Declaration of Independence and the Constitution of the United States seems redundant; instead, this post will be on how I feel about an amendment that is often in the news. … People who dislike reading would be attracted to this tiny book. I make this assessment because browsing the book store or shopping on Amazon, a reader would be inclined to find a lengthier book on the subject of important American documents.We may not “agree” with what people say, but thank goodness for the founding fathers, important American documents (which include our “freedom of speech.”)

masqueradeAnnie’s Book Reviews reviewed Masquerade: The Life & Times of Deborah Sampson, Continental Soldier by Alfred F. Young:

Honestly, I was dreading reading this book. Not because of the premise, it sounded like a great story, but because there is a general perception that such non-fiction historical works can be rather dryly written, uninspiring and quite boring to read. I was very much surprised to find the complete opposite. This is a fantastically enjoyable book, Youngs enthusiasm for his subject and the details of the period are infectious, entertaining and inspiring.

winter of red snowJayne’s Books reviewed The Winter of Red Snow by Kristiana Gregory:

I like how the author put enough facts into the book to make the reader intrigued to further research, if they are interested in such a thing, but also put enough fiction so that the reader can actually enjoy the story.  It also is fairly clean enough, with the exception of a few scenes in which there are some amputations, etc, but nothing too graphic, to parents not worry about the content of this particular series.

revolutionary mothersBookworm’s Dinner reviewed Revolutionary Mothers: Women in the Struggle for American Independence by Carol Berkin:

Whether the women were involved in actually fighting, which they were or travelling along side their spouse, women of all races had numerous roles to satisfy.  Chapters detail the various roles women played in Colonial Society and during and after the war. There were those who were left home, others who followed, some were General’s wives, or loyalists in exile, Indian Women, African American Women and many women became spies or couriers.

forgotten patriotsBookworm’s Dinner also reviewed Forgotten Patriots: An Untold Story of American Prisoners During the Revolutionary War by Edwin G. Burrows:

This is a part of American History that missed the textbooks in school. It was a surprise to me. Perhaps if you live in the area of New York and New Jersey, you are aware of this unspeakable part of history.  Truly, it really has been forgotten. It took over one hundred years to dedicate a monument to these patriots.

Thanks to all the readers who made this challenge a success!



Celebrate Veterans Today.


Review: NEW YORK by Edward Rutherfurd

new yorkCanadian Bookworm recently read and reviewed New York by Edward Rutherfurd for the American Revolution Reading Challenge 2013.  Here’s an excerpt:

The time covered here is 1664 to 2009 and characters include natives, Dutch, English, slaves, freemen, Irish, Italians, and Puerto Ricans. There are Quakers, Catholics, Anglicans, other Protestants, and Jews.

In the Revolutionary War period, we have a father and son on opposite sides of the struggle, and detail on the tax and representation issues that led to the war.

Read the full review.

**Attention participants: Remember to email us a link to your reviews, and we’ll post them here so we can see what everyone is reading!**

Review: THE CROSSING by Jim Murphy

the crossingBook Snob recently read and reviewed The Crossing by Jim Murphy for the American Revolution Reading Challenge 2013.  Here’s an excerpt:

The Crossing is an excellent historical retelling of the beginning of the American Revolution.  It is full of maps, pictures, and even gives a description of the famous painting on the cover by Emmanuel Gottlieb Leutze.

If you want to know the true story of the beginning of the American Revolution told in eloquent, simplified text you need to check out The Crossing.

Read the full review.

**Attention participants: Remember to email us a link to your reviews, and we’ll post them here so we can see what everyone is reading!**

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