She's Gone Bookish #1: The Book Thief


The Book Thief and I have a bit of a long history. The first time I ever heard of it was when the movie came out, nearly two years ago. Back then, I didn't even know that the movie was based on a book, otherwise I would have read the book before I watched the movie.

When I first saw the movie, I completely fell in love with it. It wasn't until later that I found The Book Thief was a book and I added it to my TBR list.
Now, two years later, I finally got around to reading it, and I'm here to share with you what I thought of it.


"It's just a small story really, about among other things: a girl, some words, an accordionist, some fanatical Germans, a Jewish fist-fighter, and quite a lot of thievery...

Set during World War II in Germany, Marcus Zusak's groundbreaking new novel is the story of Liesel Meminger, a foster girl living outside of Munich. Liesel scratches out a meager existence for herself by stealing when she encounters something she can't resister-books. With the help of her accordion-playing foster father, she learns to read and shares her stolen book with her neighbors during bombing raids as well as with the Jewish man hidden in her basement before he is marched to Dachau.
This is an unforgettable story about the ability of books to feed the soul."

My Thoughts:

I have only positive things to say about The Book Thief.
The first thing any review will say about this book is that it is narrated by Death. So I may as well get it out of the way. Yes, Death, The Hooded One, The Angel of the Night, narrates. He is very busy during the war years, as you might expect.

One of the many things I loved about this book was the unique writing style and the narrative story telling. The fact that the entire book is narrated by Death was something I had never heard of before and gave the book a somber mood at times.

Most books these days do not have the same eloquent writing style as old classics from back in the day do. I loved that this book had both a captivating plot and an expressive and fluent narrative.
The author did not tone down anything about the difficulties of war time and described everything realistically.

Liesel Meminger was a strong, sarcastic, and yet kind character who fit well into the plot. Many times, she risks her life to "borrow" books from libraries and rescue books from burnings. She has received them as gifts and a few people have even written them for her.

But the fact that she finally decides to put her knowledge of words to good use and write her own story saves her life. Books and words not only play an enormous part in this book, they are characters.

This book made me cry and laugh and kept me on the edge of my seat all the while. I would highly recommend it to anyone who is looking for something that will make your heart swell with joy and sadness. It is truly one of the greatest novels I have read.


  1. *screams* Oh my word. The Book Thief. That book killed me in the best way possible. That is all.

  2. Great review! The book thief has been on my reading list for ages, everyone seems to love it! :)
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    1. Thank you. You must read it, it's one of the best I've ever read. <3

  3. Amazing review! I have heard about a billion people tell me about this book, and I STILL haven't read it! I promise, its now straight to the top of my TBR! <3


    1. Oh, thank you! Yes, this book was on my TBR list for over 2 years before I finally read it! Totally worth it. :)


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