My Top 5 Favorite Military Books

Beautiful Fridayย (man, time flies! ๐Ÿ˜› ) morning to you! The genre of books I get to talk about today is my 5 Favorite Military Books. So here goes!I honestly haven’t read very many modern books like this (I would like to! Tame recommendations, anyone?), but I have read a number of historical fiction books that fit under the category. ๐Ÿ™‚ย 

See Rebekah’s post for links to the other bloggers’ kingdoms.ย They’ve been sharing lots of good books, so be sure to check out their posts!

Big thanks to the fun people who guessed what the genreย would be today! I enjoyed hearing all your votes, and your comments even gave me some ideas for bookish blog posts in the future! Behold– my Top 5 Favorite Military Books!

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Top 5 Military Books

stories that involve military personnel from any era

1. age recommendation: 16+

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Kate’s Innocence, by Sarah Holman

“What would you do if you were accused of a crime you didnโ€™t commit?

Kate watched as her campus was torn apart by bombs and now is being accused of perpetrating the crime. As the evidence quickly stacks up against her, she begins to lose hope that the truth will come to light. Even though the handsome FBI Agent, Patrick, has taken up her cause, will they be able to prove her innocence? Will God, who she neglected for so long, listen to her prayers for help?

Patrick is an agent with a very special team of agents. He wants to help Kate prove she is innocent, but as each new piece of evidence is revealed, that goal seems harder. He wonders why he feels so compelled to help her and so sure she is innocent despite the evidence. Will he be willing to put his job on the line to help her? Can he trust in God to make sure the truth will come out in the end?”

A captivating novel chock full of spy stuff, mystery, + plenty of human interest to keep it interesting for this girl. ๐Ÿ˜‰ I found the fact that Kate’s whole family, including herself, were military really interesting to her character, and I immediately felt for her as the author began to allude to something hard having happened (aaggh, still don’t know what it was!) while she was deployed. Also, FBI agent Patrick was a wonderful character. ๐Ÿ™‚

I need to know what happens in the rest of this series!


2. age recommendation: 10+

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Beautiful Blue World, by Suzanne LeFluer

“Sofarende is at war. For twelve-year-old Mathilde, it means food shortages, feuding neighbors, and bombings. Even so, as long as she and her best friend, Megs, are together, they’ll be all right.

But the army is recruiting children, and paying families well for their service. If Megs takes the test, Mathilde knows she will pass. Megs hopes the army is the way to save her family. Mathilde fears it might separate them forever.

A reimagining of war, where even kindness can be a weapon, and children have the power to see what adults cannot.”

I have fangirled about this bookย so much,ย y’all! It would probably be considered a fantasy, but I felt like it was set in World War Two… just in a fantasy world. So I decided it fits in the military genre. ๐Ÿ˜€

My sister scored this book at our library, fell in love, and told me I needed to read it.

I had NO idea what I was in for when I peeked into the first chapter! It looked like a cute, innocent little kidsโ€™ book. HA. HA. Cute, maybeโ€ฆ though thatโ€™s not the right word. Innocent? I donโ€™t call โ€œrip-your-heart-out, terribly-amazing, and life-changingโ€ at all anย innocentย kidsโ€™ book.ย ๐Ÿ˜›ย โค See my full book celebration (aka fangirl-y review) here!

And then go read this book. ๐Ÿ˜€


3. age recommendation: 10+

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The Star Under the City, by Maggie Joy

“When Ellen is suddenly orphaned and dropped alone into a strange city under tight Nazi control, she struggles to survive from day to day.

Her life takes an unexpected turn when she finds a mysterious, metal six-point star that is slightly different from the โ€˜Star of Davidโ€™ all Jews are forced to wear.

Not only does the star feel like a sign of hope, but it sets her on a mission to find out what it really means. As she begins to wonder if she’ll ever find answers, she meets Lenz, and her life is flung into a whirlwind of danger and hardship, new friends and new enemies, and opportunities to learn trust and true sacrifice.

As she attempts to find her place in the conflict, she discovers she is a part of something so much bigger than she could ever imagine.”

My friends, I have also fangirled about this book so terribly much. But just in case you haven’t seen any of my squealing/sobbing/screeching, here’s part of what I said when it was first released:ย 

I had the privilege of watching The Star Under the City travel from a dream to a real book, and it was a privilege that I wouldnโ€™t trade for anything!

Iโ€™ve seen it stuck in the writerโ€™s block stage; Iโ€™ve seen it make the author cry. During NaNoWriMo I received multiple panic and then victory emails from the author. I have fangirled and critiqued, given my opinion and not known how to use words when it was just TOO perfect. I wish I could hug Lenz so tight and bury my face in his coat.

This book is very special to me. Finally, everyone can read this story that has been tugging at her brain and heart and been the sole subject of conversation for over 8 months.ย Finally, we all get to love the precious characters, revel in the description, and cry with the MC. Now each of us gets to hold our breath through the anxious chapters, and giggle at carefree reckless Tytus.

Maggie has gifted us with the kind of novel we keep under our pillows, the kind of story that makes our hearts sore because we love it so much. โ€œThe Star Under the Cityโ€ is a book that leaves its readers without words, or a torrent of them. THIS BOOK. Basically, go read it. The End.ย ๐Ÿ˜€ย Read my entire book celebration (aka fangirl-y review) here!


4. age recommendation: 10+

311006Iron Scouts of the Confederacy, by Lee McGiffen

“Iron Scouts of the Confederacy” chronicles the true adventures of two teenage brothers who grew up during the War Between the States as orphans and as soldiers. These two young men were faced with the choice of fighting for their homeland against overwhelming odds or sitting out their teen years as poor and humble farmers.

The decision that they make causes both of them to learn a great deal about themselves, the faithfulness of God, and the horrible price that the sons of the South had to pay to support their belief in State’s rights.

This is a book dedicated to the task of educating Americans about the personal trials and challenges that faced young people in the United States during the bloody Civil War. It is a story that should stir the heart of every American – North or South.”

Okay, so I have no idea what’s up with that synopsis up there, but it’s the only one I could find. :/ Just know that I’ve borrowed a beat-up, well-loved paperback of this story from my brother-in-law many many times and adored it every single time!

It’s a thrilling tale mostly centered around a boy who becomes a stealthy spy/messenger for the south. From daring escapes behind enemy lines to fun adventures of two brothers hunting squirrels, it’s one book I shall never forget!


5. age recommendation: allย 

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Snow Treasure, byย Marie McSwigan

“In the bleak winter of 1940, Nazi troops parachuted into Peter Lundstrom’s tiny Norwegian village and held it captive. Nobody thought the Nazis could be defeated–until Uncle Victor told Peter how the children could fool the enemy.

It was a dangerous plan. They had to slip past Nazi guards with nine million dollars in gold hidden on their sleds. It meant risking their country’s treasure–and their lives.

This classic story of how a group of children outwitted the Nazis and sent the treasure to America has captivated generations of readers.

About the Author: The late Marie McSwigan wrote many novels for young readers, includingย All Aboard for Freedom.ย Originally published in 1942.”

This may have been my first introduction into World War II stories that I gobbled up when I was very little. And I still love it!!

It’s such an exciting story based off real happenings! Uncle Victor is the best ever, the setting is wintery-lovely, (yo and that one soldier, you guys *sobs my heart out*), the writing style was tasty, each of the children are cool spunky people, and the plot is just… mmm yeah! XD โค

Please be sure to enjoy this little book soon!

 


Happy fifth day of the Five Fall Favorites party, y’all! Hope you enjoyed hearing about myย Top 5 Military Books; I had fun talking about them! ๐Ÿ™‚ย 

Don’t forget there’s this amazing basket of reads (+ the cutest mug on the planet) just waiting for someone to win it!!! Make sure toย enter the giveaway here!
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What’s YOUR favorite military-themed book?

Are you getting some nice cold, cozy reading weather yet?ย It rained bucket loads earlier this week, and it was marvelous!! When it rains I love to snuggle up with blankets, especially the fall colored quilt I sewed a year ago, and peek into the pages of one of my favorite books.ย 

 

See you fellow book-lovers tomorrow 10/6/18, for the final day of Five Fall Favorites 2018!ย 

~Anna

 

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67 thoughts on “My Top 5 Favorite Military Books

  1. ๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿ˜ New books! Theyโ€™re all added to my tbr list that seems to be growing longer. ๐Ÿ˜›
    Beautiful Blue World sounds amazing!

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  2. This is the second time I’ve heard about The Star Under the City! I really want to read it. I haven’t read any of these, but also Beautiful Blue World looks amazing too – mainly because the cover is GORGEOUS!

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    1. Aw how cool! Yass, you must read it. ๐Ÿ˜€
      RIGHT??!! The cover is perfection!! And *when* ( ๐Ÿ˜‰ ) you read it, it means so much more and is mountains more beautiful than it already is!! โค

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      1. AHH, I CAN ONLY IMAGINE. Anna, the book reminds me of one I’ve read – The Chestry Oak. Have you read that? Because you really should, it’s SO AMAZING AAHHH.

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  3. Ahhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh! Iron Scouts! That is my number 1 favorite book ever! Finally a book that tells the truth about the Civil War, plus isn’t a romance! I’m from North Carolina;) I literally just did a review of this book on my blog last month! This book is what introduced me to novelized nonfiction! It also encouraged me while writing my Civil War series.
    These other books sound amazing! I’ll have to check them out!

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    1. So happy you’ve actually read and loved Iron Scouts, Ryana!!
      Wait, you wrote a Civil War series??!! That’s super! I love the time period (and half-hate it… it’s heartbreaking). ๐Ÿ™‚
      Hope you enjoy looking into/reading these other recommendations! ๐Ÿ˜€

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    1. You definitely need to read the Kate series. ๐Ÿ˜‰ The first one is actually free on Kindle right now!!!
      Aw, can’t wait for winter and snowy, cozy reads! โค
      Thanks for commenting, Kaitlyn!

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  4. I’m going to go grab up the free ebook of “Kate’s Innocence” on Amazon! ๐Ÿ˜› Can’t pass by free books, you know!
    I don’t think I have a favourite military book.. but I did like “A Place Called Lonesome” by Jesseca Wheaton!!!

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  5. I have been wanting to read Star Under the City for SOOO long now — Now I *need* to! And Beautiful Blue World — that’s one I added when I first saw your review of it. It sounds amazing!
    Have you ever read the Questions of War series by Jesseca Wheaton? They are *so* good, and some of my favourite in the military genre ๐Ÿ˜€ Only the first two are out yet, but I’m rather impatiently awaiting the third one…..=P

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    1. EEEEHHH!! Read it! Be gone! It’s marvelous! โค โค โค
      Aw, Beautiful Blue World IS amazing. You must read that one right after reading Star. ๐Ÿ˜‰ ๐Ÿ˜›
      I've heard a lot about those books, but have yet to bury my nose in the first book. What time period are they set in? Really looking forward to trying them out soon! ๐Ÿ˜€

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  6. Yes, Snow Treasure was SO good. I actually just wrote a review for it, even though I read it years ago. ๐Ÿ˜€ I’ve always thought The Star Under the City looked good. I still want to read it. ๐Ÿ˜‰
    CutePolarBear

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    1. So fun you recently reviewed Snow Treasure!! ๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿ‘Do you have a favorite character in it? ๐Ÿ˜‰
      For sure get Maggie’s book soon, I think you’d enjoy it!

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      1. (Oh, no, how could I never see your reply?? I blame it on all the other Five Fall Favorites posts :D)

        My favorite characters are Peter, Uncle Victor, and Jan. I’m not sure I could choose between them. Peter was so brave, Uncle Victor was a great role model, and Jan … well, he was just precious. โค

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    1. Hooray for another Snow Treasure fan!!! ๐Ÿ˜€ ๐Ÿ‘<3
      Can't wait for you to read "Kate" so we can gush about it together. ๐Ÿ˜‰
      Thanks for your comment, Rebekah!

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    1. Sounds like I’ve got to read A Question of Honor asap!!
      Stones in Water is an intriguing title… I’ll have to look it up. ๐Ÿ™‚ (sadness for sequels like that)
      Fun comment, Angela!

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  7. These sound great! And I must recommend (if you haven’t read it) Unbroken by Laura Hillenbrand. True story. So incredible. It’s a tough book to read (I read the young adult version, too), but all the same, it’s amazing. Seriously, you need to check it out. ๐Ÿ™‚

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    1. Oooh I’ve read and heard all about Louis Zamperini’s story, but am a little wary of reading a novelized version of it because it’s so tough! Did you read an edited copy? I would maybe read one of those. ๐Ÿ˜‰

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        1. Ah that sounds nice! ๐Ÿ‘ Mom basically did that for me to a copy of The Book Thief with a bottle of white-out. ๐Ÿ˜‰
          Aw since it was that inspiring to you I bet it was oh sooo worth it! โคโค I love a very few special books that did that to me too. ๐Ÿ˜ญ๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿ˜‰โค๐Ÿ“š

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  8. What? Is it really Wednesday? ๐Ÿ˜‰
    Oh, I love “Iron Scouts”! I’ve read and reread it multiple times! And “Snow Treasure”! Yep, wonderful books to read. *borrows a blanket so I can settle down and reread them right now*
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    *blinks* Sorry, didn’t mean to completely disappear. “Kate’s Innocence” is delightful. Did you see she has the rest of the series on sale? ๐Ÿ˜€ *squeals*

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    1. LOL *hides* I have no idea why I thought it was Wednesday when I mentally knew it was the second-to-last day of the party… XD

      Aaah I’m so happy to be finding so many other “Iron Scouts lovers!! Yeess, talking about my favorite books makes me want to re-read them all over again this very moment! ๐Ÿ˜‰ โค

      Oh oh I DID see!!! I wants to read each of the yummy new books!! ๐Ÿ˜€

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    1. It is very good. ๐Ÿ˜‰ And the mystery/case totally had me stumped!! I’m looking forward to getting the rest of the series soon. ๐Ÿ™‚ Can’t wait for you to read it, Brooklyne!

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  9. I want to read Snow Treasure, Beautiful Blue World, And The Star Under the City! Because I definitely need THREE more books to add to my TBR list. ALSO Because I obviously don’t have anything better to do ๐Ÿ˜‰

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    1. AAWWW!!! Actually, you DO need three more books on your TBR list because you MUST read those three precious books!! Like, quick!! Right now!! lol

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  10. I haven’t read those first two, but I super love the others!! ‘Specially Snow Treasure. โค โค โค
    I think it's definitely time to borrow Iron Scouts of the Confederacy from said brother-in-law again!

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      1. Haha, of course! ๐Ÿ˜€ I don’t mind if it’s a landslide! ๐Ÿ˜‰ ๐Ÿ˜›
        I have read Snow Treasure! ๐Ÿ™‚

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