When I was in my teens, I read my first World War II historical fiction novel—The Winds of War by Herman Wouk. I liked it so much that I read the second book in the series, War and Remembrance. I enjoyed them both and I think that was when my interest in reading historical fiction began. Many years have gone by since then, and I still love historical fiction. I like nonfiction also, but historical fiction is usually easier for me to read and I enjoy the stories that go along with the history. My favorite thing about reading this type of novel is that not only do I get to read an interesting story that I can get lost in, but I frequently learn some history that I did not know before.
Lately there seems to have been an explosion of World War II novels—many more than when I was a teenager. I have read many of them. I haven’t liked them all, but I have enjoyed a lot of them. Following is a list of some of the ones I have really liked.