Sunday, January 13, 2013

Sunday Sound-off: World War I Challenge Wrap-Up

Merriam Webster: 
 Sound off: to voice one's opinions freely with force;
Synonyms: pipe up, shoot, sound off, speak out, spout (off), talk up 
Related Words:  bawl, bay, bellow, call, cry, holler, roar, shout, sing (out), thunder, vociferate, yell; articulate, enunciate  Did they forget my favorite "Bloviate"?  

Welcome to Sunday Sound-Off, a regular weekly posting about my reading life, my other than reading life, and life in general in Maine. I also encourage you to drop a comment sounding off about your week, your gripes, your reading life, etc.

As many of you know, last year I participated in a very challenging read sponsored by the wonderful owners of the War Through the Generations blog, Anna Horner of Diary of an Eccentric and Serena of Savvy Verse and Wit : the World War I reading challenge.  I had just gotten started reading the Maisie Dobbs books by Jacqueline Winspear and those books had piqued my interest in the period, so I accepted the challenge and embarked on one of the most gratifying years of reading in my lifetime.  History has always interested me and having the incentive to delve into a period about which I knew all too little was too good to pass up.  I ended my challenge  last week when I finished Vera Brittain's glorious memoir Testament of Youth.

Here's the list of what I read (links are to my  previously posted reviews).  Items marked with an * also made by Best of the Year list.

*The Guns of August by Barbara Tuchman
*The Beauty and the Sorrow by Peter Englund
*To End All Wars by Adam Hochschild
World War I: History in an Hour by Rupert Colley
Singled Out: by Virginia Nicholson
George, Nicholas and Wilhelm by Miranda Carter
***Testament of Youth (finished in 2013)

 The Paris Wife by Paula McClain (in my mind not necessarily a WWI read, but good for period setting)
Messenger of Truth by Jacqueline Winspear               
Among the Mad by Jacqueline Winspear               
Mapping of Love and Death by Jacqueline Winspear               
Elegy for Eddie by Jacqueline Winspear               
Incomplete Revenge By Jacqueline Winspear               
A Lesson in Secrets by Jacqueline Winspear       
An Unmarked Grave by Charles Todd               
*Fall of Giants by Ken Follett
*Light Between Oceans by M. L. Stedman

I will be continuing my reading this year by looking at some books that cover the period between the two World Wars.  


  1. Thank you so much for joining us last year, and congrats on completing the challenge! We hope you'll consider joining us this year for the American Revolution challenge.

  2. Thanks for participating. I noticed that some of the books do not have links, does that mean you did not review them? Just want to make sure we link to all your reviews on the WWI reviews page.

    1. Serena. the only ones that don't link are in the Maisie Dobbs series. I didn't want to inundate my readers with too much Maisie when there were also other books to post. Suffice it to say I don't think one can ever get enough Maisie and loved all of them.


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