Hey y’all, it’s March! Which means it’s time for my birthday another FYA Reading Challenge!

This month, we’re suggesting a bit of time travel by way of books set in the 1930s and 1940s. You can click on those links for ideas, and I’ve highlighted some of my personal faves below.

Reading Challenge Recs

I Capture the Castle

Dodie Smith’s I Capture the Castle is a YA classic, and its protagonist, Cassandra Mortmain, belongs in the esteemed ranks of Elizabeth Bennett, Mary Lennox, and Jo March.

Midnight at the Electric

While Midnight at the Electric by Jodi Lynn Anderson also features scenes from 2065, it’s the Dust Bowl storyline that I find most compelling.

Moon Over Manifest

Featuring a bootlegger-turned-preacher and a girl who grew up riding the rails, Clare Vanderpool’s Moon Over Manifest is an overlooked gem of a read.

Traitor: A Novel of World War II

Set in Poland, Amanda McCrina’s Traitor examines an unfamiliar side of WWII and weaves it into an intriguing story.

The Strange and Beautiful Sorrows of Ava Lavender

The Strange and Beautiful Sorrows of Ava Lavender by Leslye Walton spans several decades, but it begins in 1944 when a girl is born… with wings.

The Killing Code

Following a group of female codebreakers trying to find a murderer, Ellie Marney’s The Killing Code ain’t your typical WWII novel.

Which book(s) are you planning to read for this prompt? Let us know in the comments!

Sarah lives in Austin, and believes there is no such thing as a guilty pleasure, which is part of why she started FYA in 2009. Growing up, she thought she was a Mary Anne, but she's finally starting to accept the fact that she's actually a Kristy.