The Book Club: The Book Thief



My English teacher set this on a reading list for books that will make you a better person over the summer holidays last year, I only got around to reading it in December because my sister wanted me to read it before the film came out and I finished it on Tuesday. It is by far one of the most enchanting and hopeful books I have every read about WWII, but maybe that is due to it being more about Liesel (The Book Thief) than the war. When is came to the end of the book I can safely say I cried about 5 times, not just a couple of tears but full 5 minute sessions of sobbing over fictional characters that I only met 2 days before in the reading process.

"It's a small story about:
a girl
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an accordionist
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some fanatical Germans
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a Jewish fist fighter
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and quite a lot of thievery"


I can safely say some of my favourite bits in the book were the illustrations that were drawn by one of the characters Max, they are simple but oh so beautiful.With the story being narrated by death it prevented the situation from being morbid as you hear his perspective, and the fact that every soul he collects has a colour, based on the colour of the sky at the time of death. He also gives an honest but truthful note on humans:

"I am haunted by humans"


I like to think that something like this happened during the war as it would have made a place like Himmel Street near Munich a much better place to be than previously though. I hope you read this little gem of a book, and I appologise for being so awful at book reviews.

I read while listening to:

I can't be the only one who has a soundtrack to every book they read?
XO, Miriam

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4 comments:

  1. Miriam, I've never known anyone to listen to music whilst reading - what a wonderfully relaxing idea! I have tried to read this book on numerous occasions but haven't been able to get into it - such a shame as every one I know who has read it has really enjoyed it! You aren't awful at book reviews at all - they really are the hardest of things to write - I very much liked it!

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    1. Really, I always thought that people listened to music, but then again I listen to music all the time! I know there are some books that everyone says are amazing *cough* Wuthering Heights *cough* *cough* that I just can't read all the way through. Awwhh thank you!

      xo, Miriam

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  2. oh thanks for sharing! I was just looking for a new book to read :)

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    1. No problem, thank you for reading!
      xo, Miriam

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