Saturday, July 6, 2013

When I Read This Book Review: The Book Thief by Markus Zusak

“His soul sat up. It met me. Those kinds of souls always do - the best ones. The ones who rise up and say 'I know who you are and I am ready. Not that I want to go, of course, but I will come.' Those souls are always light because more of them have been put out. More of them have already found their way to other places.” 
-Markus Zusak - The Book Thief

I read this about a month ago and never got around to reviewing it. This surprises me because The Book Theif even brought me to tears. It's eloquently written from the perspective of Death. It was interesting as a reader to personify the character of Death in my mind. To me he was a skinny, sickly looking skeletal man in black tattered robes floating above human sight lines until he was called upon to do his job.

I know, I know. It sounds dark, but I will tell you this, it's worth the read. I'm not saying this book was life-changing, but it really made me think about the world in a very different light. It also evokes strong emotions for the people that endured WWII and risked their lives to keep others safe. 

I won't go into great detail as to what the book is about because you could easily search Google for a better plot summary than I could give, but following Liesel and her friend Rudy as they fight their own war is an inspiring and thought provoking experience. I highly recommend this to anyone, but especially to those who enjoy historical fiction with a tad bit of adventure and a smidge of romance.

What have you been reading? Have you ever read The Book Thief? What were your thoughts?


  1. I have heard so many great things about The Book Thief, but I haven't read it yet. It's definitely on my list, though. :)

    I'm reading "The Light Between Oceans" right now by M.L. Stedman. A great read so far; about a childless couple who discover a baby and keep it as their own and is about their guilt vs happiness, etc.

    Anyway, thanks for sharing!

    1. That sounds like a good read. I might just have to go pick it up when I've finished my current list!


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