I am trying something new with my next few books: a book flight. The idea, which I got from Anne Bogel, is to read a set of books on a similar topic or theme to get a fuller, more comprehensive understanding. I came up with my own a bit accidentally – I started my first book (below) set during World War II and wanted to read more about the War. So I made my own flight of World War II books which includes fiction and nonfiction, literary and young adult genres, and covers the War from numerous perspectives and fronts: London during the Blitz, occupied France, a Japanese prisoner-of-war camp, and a German concentration camp. There are any number of WWII books to choose from, but I read:
- Everyone Brave is Forgiven by Chris Cleave
- Code Name Verity by Elizabeth Wein
- Unbroken by Laura Hillenbrand
- Night by Elie Wiesel
Everyone Brave is Forgiven is a World War II story set in the early 1940s. I didn’t know much more than that when I picked up this book and was glad to have not read the blurb beforehand because I think it gives too much away (a tip if you’re interested in reading this). The story follows several characters during the Blitz in London and the Siege of Malta, carefully weaving their lives together in a time when the future is fragile and bleak. It is a story of bravery and duty in the face of great trial, as well as the scars, visible and invisible, such difficulties leave. Cleave is an excellent storyteller, and my favorite part of this novel was his exploration of how broken people come together to carry each other forward. It’s a beautiful encouragement for damaged souls – we are all damaged in our own way, but it does not exclude us from love, service, or grace.