I love a good war book. I love WWII, especially, but I love reading the stories of all soldiers: the people who risk their lives and must choose to be brave in the face of horror.
So this is…
6 Books That Feature Characters Who Are Soldiers
1. The Bronze Horseman by Paullina Simons
2. Fallen Angels by Walter Dean Myers
Richard Perry joins the Army during the chaos of the Vietnam war after his plans for college fall through. He leaves behind his gentle younger brother and alcoholic single mother in Harlem, NY.
So many feelings with this book, you guys.
3. Making Faces by Amy Harmon
Ambrose Young ships out to Afghanistan shortly after 9/11. Fast forward a few months: He’s suffering from a wicked case of survivor’s guilt and plenty of PTSD. This is such a moving contemporary novel. I need to read more like this.
4. Daughter of Smoke and Bone by Laini Taylor
Akiva is an angel. Literally an angel. He was born and raised to be one thing: a soldier. His world and beliefs are turned upside down when he meets Karou, a girl who is a part of the world he’s been taught to hate.
5. Grand Central: Original Stories of Postwar Love and Reunion by Jenna Blum & others
This anthology was, hands down, one of my favorites I’ve ever read. It focuses on the lives of people after WWII, centered around Grand Central Station in New York City.
6. These Is My Words: The Diary of Sarah Agnes Prine, 1881-1901 by Nancy E. Turner
Please never send me back in time to the Arizona territories of 1881-1901. These people had to be tough. Captain Jack Eliot is one of those tough people. I really liked this one.
What other books should be on this list? I’m always looking for recommendations!
Linked to Top Ten Tuesday on The Broke and the Bookish.