The Best WWII Books

There's nothing better than a good World War II historical fiction, especially if the protagonist is a powerhouse female ready to do her part. While I read other historical fiction books, I'm never far from a WWII novel; I read at least 2-3 per month! Most WWII novels I read are newer releases, but I still read backlist books to catch up on any I missed. So, this means you can count on me for recommendations for both new and old WWII books. I've broken down my list of the best WWII books into themes to help you find your next great WWII read. Be sure to bookmark this page because I'll update it when I have great new books to add.

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The Best WWII Books

Home Front Stories

With all the men fighting, women were left to pick up the pieces back home and keep things moving forward. For the first time, women were encouraged to work outside the home and take on jobs typically reserved for men. Not only were they doing things they'd never done before, but these women also faced dangers miles away from the frontline. Get lost in the stories of homefront warfare in these great WWII novels.

One Woman's War

one woman's war

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The Little Wartime Library

The Little Wartime Library | March 2023 Reading Wrap-up

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The Kew Garden Girls at War

the kew garden girls at war

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Mother Daughter Traitor Spy

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Frontline Stories

While most WWII novels focus on behind-the-scenes warfare, some put you in the line of fire. Here are a few terrific WWII books that make you feel like you're part of the action. Get lost in the trenches with these brave characters!

The Diamond Eye

the diamond eye

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Good Night, Irene

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Resistance Stories

By far my favorite type of World War II books, stories of resistance work are captivating and fast-paced. War is messy, and being part of the resistance often creates rifts in otherwise strong relationships. These great WWII resistance novels feature complicated characters, tense fighting, and unparalleled bravery.

Code Name Helene

code name helene

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To Die Beautiful

to die beautiful

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The Alice Network

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The Paris Deception

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Holocaust Stories

The heart of the WWII story is the Jewish people, persecuted for simply existing. Holocaust stories are fraught with fear, grief, and a myriad of other emotions. Step into the lives of the men, women, and children who were hunted, captured, and tortured in these great WWII Holocaust novels.

Daughters of the Occupation

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The Forest of Vanishing Stars

The Forest of Vanishing Stars

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Code Name Sapphire

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The Tattooist of Auschwitz

the tattooist of auschwitz

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Sister Stories

The bond of sisters is strong, but never more so than in the darkest times. These WWII novels stand out for the unbreakable sister bond between the main characters. Although they contain other themes mentioned in this post, they stand out because of the emotional ties between families.

The Nightingale

The Nightingale

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Angels of the Resistance

Angels of the Resistance

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Post-WWII Stories

World War II touched millions of lives, leaving a lasting impact on many. Men and women alike were left to pick up the pieces of their shattered lives, forced to move forward with life despite the immeasurable loss. Post-WWII books are a personal favorite of mine, mostly because of the emotional intensity and complexity. Here are my picks for the best post-war novels.

The Huntress

The Huntress by Kate Quinn

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The Paris Agent

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The Ghosts of Paris

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The Good Left Undone

The Good Left Undone

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The Three Lives of Alix St Pierre

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Women in Service Stories

Women played a huge role in WWII, helping to keep factories running, soldiers armed, and so much more. While some were active in resistance fighting, others took on roles that helped support troops' victory or helped fellow citizens maintain some semblance of normality. Here are the best WWII books featuring women in service.

The Rose Code

the rose code

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Radar Girls

radar girls

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The Call of the Wrens

the call of the wrens

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The Flight Girls

The Flight Girls Book Review

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Dystopian Stories

What if WWII ended differently? That's precisely what these dystopian novels explore. Get lost in the bizarre upside-down world of a reimagined post-war Europe.

Widowland

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Child's POV Stories

Books written from the POV of children impacted by WWII are emotional reads, but they offer a glimpse into the lives of the most vulnerable victims of the war. Each of these stories shines a light on the resilience of children during WWII.

The Secret Book of Flora Lea

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All the Light We Cannot See

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Beyond That, The Sea

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The Winter Orphans

The Winter Orphans

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WWII/Cold War

These stories tie two very different wars uniquely, drawing readers into a strange time in history. No longer fought on the front lines, the Cold War expanded on sabotage and subterfuge, which became important during WWII.

The Trouble with You

2024 historical fiction books

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A Shadow in Moscow

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