A,  Fiction,  Nonfiction

Eva Reads About WWI, Installment #3

Welcome to post number three about World War One Books Eva Has Read!!!!!!! We’ll do three today, two adult fiction and one non-fiction.

(For installment #1, go here, and for #2, go here.)

Note on my star rating system:

5 stars=Amazing, have read more than once or definitely will read again, highly recommend.

4 stars=Excellent, may not ever re-read but the quality was superb and highly recommend.

3 stars=Good, a solid read.

2 stars= Just okay, not that impressed, but also not horrible, and probably I will forget all about it soon.

1 star=The only reason I finished reading this was so I could rant/snark/complain about it 100% fairly


(Anna Hope) ★★

This dealt more with the post-war period (the emotional distress of a mother who lost a son, a soldier with shell-shock, etc) than the war itself, and I didn’t hate it, but I also didn’t love it. It was just middling.









The Return of the Soldier

(Rebecca West) ★★★ 

I understand that this was the first book on WWI to be published (in 1918). Like Wake, it deals more with the effects of war than the war itself – in this case, a soldier with shell shock manifesting as amnesia. I loved the writing style, but I found the ending a little rushed and confusing.









The Zimmermann Telegram

(Barbara W Tuchman) ★★★★

I went into this one just over a year ago not knowing what exactly the Zimmermann Telegram was. (Boy, have I come a long way since then.) I really enjoyed it, though. World War One really gets glossed over in history books (at least in my experience!) My mom was a big WWII buff, and I definitely remember learning more about WWII in school than WWI.


Eva was born in Jacksonville, Florida. She left that humidity pit at the age of three and spent the next twenty-one years in California, Idaho, Kentucky, and Washington before ending up in Oregon, where she now lives on a homestead in the western foothills with her husband and five children, two of whom are human.

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