The Great War Reading Challenge (June 2010 - June 2011)
This is a personal reading challenge, though you're more than welcome to join in! ;-)
Ever since high school (and an excellent teacher!), I have loved history. As I moved on to university (guess what my major was ;-), my fascination with it grew and developed. I took courses in a variety of subjects - medieval, women's, African, British, Canadian - until in my last year I took a World War One course. Ever since then, I have continued to read any non-fiction war book I can get my hands on.
Since beginning this blog in the not so distant past, I decided to formalize my interest in World War One by a personal reading challenge: The Great War Reading Challenge.
My plan is to read books (either fiction or non-fiction, from any age level) that deal with World War One (1914-1918), its origins, events, and lingering effects, before reviewing them. I'll have a mainly Canadian focus, but will not limit myself entirely: I have never read anything about the Australian experience, and I want to re-read (and re-watch the original film version) Erich Remarque's All quiet on the western front.
At the moment I don't have a set number of books that I'm aiming for - I just can't decide! I read a lot of non-fiction; it probably accounts for about half of my reading material (and the other half is usually romance and fantasy!) (Yes, I'm a geek - usually the first place I head to in the local bookstore is the non-fiction section...)
I don't have a set reading list (especially since I can't decide on an ultimate number, either...), but the following couple titles will be, at some time or another, read and reviewed:
Tim Cook: At the sharp end: Canadians fighting the Great War, 1914-1916 (vol. 1)
Tim Cook: Shock troops: Canadians fighting the Great War, 1917-1918 (vol. 2) *
A. B. Godefroy: For Freedom and honour?: the story of the 25 Canadian volunteers executed in the First World War
Erich Remarque: All quiet on the western front
* this book won the 2009 Charles Taylor prize for literary non-fiction