The Book Thief (2005) by Markus Zusak

★★★★★ 5/5

Processed with VSCO with hb1 presetIt is 1939. Nazi Germany. The country is holding its breath. Death has never been busier, and will become busier still. By her brother’s graveside, Liesel’s life is changed when she picks up an object, partially hidden in the snow. It is ‘The Gravedigger’s Handbook,’ and it is her first act of book thievery. So begins a love affair with books and words, as Liesel learns to read. Soon she is stealing books from Nazi book-burnings, the mayor’s wife’s library, wherever there are books to be found. But these are dangerous times. When Liesel’s foster family hides a Jewish fist-fighter in their basement, Liesel’s world is both opened up, and closed down. – Goodreads

Historical Fiction / WWII / Classics / >500 pages / Takes time, but an easy read 

The author has 3 ways to win you over, introducing the narrator as death interests you from the start, the unique and fun writing style keeps the read interesting, and then once the story unfolds you are bound to fall in love with the characters and the story consumes you.

I have seen praises for this book all over social media, and then my cousin recommended it to me so it was on my TBR list for a while. I found someone selling it for 5 DOLLARS so I just had to

LOVE historical fiction, and I am fascinated with world war II. However, you don’t need to be a history fanatic to follow this story. Of course, Hitler’s influence at this time in Germany is important to the setting, but the story itself can be followed and loved just with that general knowledge and any extra historical information the author may provide. If you are not a fan of history, you can definitely still enjoy this book.

My favorite aspect of this book is the point of view in history. Often when reading about WWII whether it be fiction or  non-fiction, it is from the point of view of the Jewish victims, or the Allied powers. There is not usually stories told from a German perspective, especially not German civilians. This story is important for showing the perspective of the people who lived in Germany at this time in history, and reminding everyone that there were still good people.

For me, this book reminding me to have faith in humanity, because even in the worst of times, there are still good people.

"You don't always get what you wish for. Especially in Nazi Germany."

Ratings Reference

In order for comparison and reference to other ratings and blogs I have decided to go with the usual stars ratings.

★★★★★ 5/5 An exceptional read, will be keeping this one for my bookshelf. A book I would reread and buy for someone without hesitation because I believe everyone and anyone would enjoy this.

★★★★☆ 4/5 There were some flaws, but overall I really enjoyed this read and would make room on my bookshelf.

★★★☆☆ 3/5 Glad I read it, glad it is over. A good read, however I became more interested in finishing it than I was interested in the story itself.

★★☆☆☆ 2/5 Had to force myself to finish it, probably skimmed through most of it, not a book for me.

★☆☆☆☆ 1/5 Didn’t finish it, maybe I barely even started it. This doesn’t necessarily mean the book is boring or badly put together, it may just not be my personal preference.