March 2012



Book Review: The Book Thief by Markus Zusak

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First off, have you ever heard of Goodreads?  If not, and if you’re a big book reader, I highly recommend you check it out.  If you go down on the right side of my page at the very end there is a link to Goodreads and a little window showing all the books I’ve recently finished.  It is basically Facebook but just for books.  You have friends and you can see what books they’ve read, are currently reading, or want to read in the future.  You can also see ratings and read reviews similar to Amazon.  Add me as a friend so I can see what you’re reading!

So onto my book review.  I read a LOT of books, so I’m going to try and post my reviews on here from now on-nothing too in-depth, just a quick few thoughts on how I felt about the book.  We’ll see how that goes.

A few days ago I just finished the book The Book Thief by Markus Zusak.  The narrator in the book is Death and the main character is Liesel Meminger, a young girl living with her lower class foster family in Nazi Germany before and during the height of WWII.

I liked the book because you got to see a side of Nazi Germany that you don’t often hear about-the struggles the German people faced during that time and stories of those who didn’t agree with the Nazi movement and how they defied the regime.  The book was very well written and I felt very connected to the story and the characters at the end.  This wasn’t, however, a light, easy read.  Now don’t get me wrong, I enjoy a heavy read every now an then but I really felt like I was going to be quizzed by my high school English teacher on the symbolism and hidden meanings when I finished reading each chapter.  It was a great story but maybe just a little too much for me-on a scale of 1-5 I give it a 3.5.

Next on my reading list is The Descendants by Kaui Hart Hemmings.  When books are made into movies I always like to read the book before I see the movie.  This book is pretty thin, so it should be a pretty quick read.  I’ll let you know my thoughts when I’m done!

Have a great weekend!!


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