A World War One Reading Challenge

For the first time ever, I’ve decided to participate in a reading challenge. War Through the Generations is hosting a 2012 challenge to read “fiction, nonfiction, graphic novels, etc. with WWI as the primary or secondary theme.

Books can take place before, during, or after the war, so long as the conflicts that led to the war or the war itself are important to the story.”

Challenge information and sign-up are here.

I signed up at the “wade” level, 4-10 books. Since I’m not very far into it, I’m going to count Sites of Memory, Sites of Mourning: The Great War in European Cultural History by Jay Winter as my first book, even though I began reading it at the end of 2011.

Because I set a novel (The Moonlight Mistress) during World War One, and have an upcoming Spice Brief also set in that period, my collection of research books is rather…large. Truthfully, I buy far more books than I actually need. I don’t always read the books from cover to cover, particularly during the process of writing, when I’m more likely to dip in, find what I need, and move on. So I have a wide selection to choose from for this challenge. The difficulty will be choosing which books to read and review.

Here are a few books that are at the top of my To Be Read list:

Good-Bye to All That: An Autobiography by Robert Graves
A Diary Without Dates by Enid Bagnold
1915: The Death of Innocence by Lyn Macdonald

Published by Victoria Janssen

Victoria Janssen’s writing showcases her voracious lifelong love of books. She reads over 120 new books each year, especially historical romance, fantasy, and space opera, and incorporates these genres into her erotic fiction. Her first erotic novel, The Duchess, Her Maid, The Groom and Their Lover (Harlequin Spice, December 2008), was translated into French and German. Her second Spice novel, The Moonlight Mistress (December 2009), was translated into Italian and nominated for a RT Reviews Reviewers’ Choice Award. Her third novel is The Duke & The Pirate Queen (December 2010). She has also published erotic short stories as Elspeth Potter. When not writing, Victoria conducts research in libraries and graveyards, lectures about writing and selling erotica, and speaks at literary conventions on topics such as paranormal romance, urban fantasy, erotic science fiction/fantasy, and the empowerment of women through unconventional means. Her daily writing blog features professional writing and marketing tips, genre discussion, book reviews, and author interviews. She also guest blogs for Heroes & Heartbreakers and The Criminal Element. She lives in Philadelphia.