War Through The Generations challenge: The Great War

I didn’t really anticipate signing up to any book challenges next year, it’s something I’ve never participated in previously and I hate committing myself to things I can’t finish.

But as I started to read more and more into this challenge something sparked my interest and with the added incentive of spicing up my reading habits I decided to get involved and give the challenge ago.

Here’s a brief idea of what the challenge consists off;

“In 2012, Anna and I could not pass up the opportunity to delve into WWI, often considered The Great War, which occurred roughly between 1914 to 1918 and started roughly with the assassination of Archduke Franz Ferdinand of Austria, the heir to the throne of Austria-Hungary.

The WWI Reading Challenge will be held between Jan. 1, 2012, through Dec. 31, 2012.

Books must have WWI as a primary or secondary theme and occur before, during, or after the war.

Here are the reading levels:

  • Dip: Read 1-3 books in any genre with WWI as a primary or secondary theme.
  • Wade: Read 4-10 books in any genre with WWI as a primary or secondary theme.
  • Swim: Read 11 or more books in any genre with WWI as a primary or secondary theme”

I’m going to place myself in the wade category because I believe four books is manageable for me but I really don’t want to say I’ll read more than 11…not just yet anyway.

The hosts of this challenge have kindly provided a suggested reading list which has already given me some great idea’s. I’ve read the first two books in the Pat Barker Regeneration Trilogy but still need to read The Ghost Road. I’ve also professed that I would read Birdsong at some point and yet I’ve never got round to it. Well I now have no more excuses. So these book will form the beginning of my list.

After that I don’t have any solid plans. I don’t want to make my list now and then kick myself later when another great idea’s pop into my head. Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated though.

So who else is taking part in the challenge? If so what books are you thinking of reading? And finally thanks to the creators of this challenge for inspiring me to mix up my reading habits in 2012, I can’t wait.