Monday Book Club: The Book Thief

Happy Monday!

I know I said I would be reading and reviewing the second book in the Night trilogy by Elie Wiesel, but I decided to take a break. Maybe it’s the pregnancy hormones, or I just need to get away from narrative non-fiction for a bit and read some fiction. Either way, I decided to review The Book Thief, one of my favorite books EVER! It works this week because of the setting (which is the fiction version of the events Wiesel writes about.)

The Book Thief is set in Germany during WWII. A girl after my own heart, Liesel Meminger is a 10 year old girl who is given up to a foster family by her mother after her father disappears and brother passes away. During the course of the book, Liesel (the book thief) steals books from anywhere she can. This includes a bonfire, snow, and a mansion where she is ultimately discovered and encouraged to steal books from.

The book also had plenty of morbidity with the war in the background and is balanced with some wonderful and unsuspecting friendships.

Narrated by Death (who incidentally needs a vacation but cannot take one) The Book Thief is also a story where love is a central theme and represents several meanings. The use of love gives the reader hope.

If you are interested in the author (who has written several books) his name is Markus Zusak, and you can visit his website here. One of my favorite things about Zusak is his ability to draw you a picture of his characters and make them feel real!

I also want to say there is a movie version of The Book Thief and I have not seen it. Why? Because usually the movie ruins the book for me and since I love the book so much, I don’t want to ruin it for myself, I just skipped the movie. The book overall gets 5 out of 5 stars. It is well written, factual, moving, and made me cry, while still giving me hope for young readers!

So tell us, what are you reading? Have you read The Book Thief? Have you seen the movie?

Speaking of books, Grandma (my mom) sent a package to Talia today. There was all types of toys and things…..she ONLY cared about her new book! I love this kid!


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