Tuesday, October 18, 2011

Dusty Reads (4)

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Dusty Reads is a weekly meme, hosted here, featuring a book that has been sitting unread on our home shelf for some time. To participate, add your link at the bottom. 
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My pick this week:

The Book Thief
Markus Zusak
Published March 2006

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. . . .

Narrated by Death, Markus Zusak’s groundbreaking new novel is the story of Liesel Meminger, a young foster girl living outside of Munich in Nazi Germany. Liesel scratches out a meager existence for herself by stealing when she discovers something she can’t resist- books. Soon she is stealing books from Nazi book-burnings, the mayor’s wife’s library, wherever they are to be found.

With the help of her accordion-playing foster father, Liesel learns to read and shares her stolen books with her neighbors during bombing raids, as well as with the Jewish man hidden in her basement.

The Book Thief was recommended to me by numerous Goodreads friends. It has an incredible amount of great reviews written for it, and it has won plenty of awards including the Printz Honor award. So, why has it been sitting on my shelf for, oh… about 8 months? To be honest. I’m kind of scared of it. War stories can be a hit or miss with me, but Death being the narrator of this one really intrigues me and by the reviews it sounds incredibly interesting. 

What did you think of The Book Thief?

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7 Responses to “Dusty Reads (4)”

  1. Nicole

    I loved the Book Thief! I read it in high school when I was taking World History and it really struck a chord when we were studying World War II and the Holocaust. It’s not a happy novel, but it’s really good if you’re looking for a book to ground yourself for a little while.

  2. Bonnie

    I love this meme, I don’t have any dusty reads to start into today but you have me inspired for next week! 🙂
    The Book Thief is one of those books for me – I have no idea why I haven’t read it yet but I want to soon!
    Bonnie @ HandsAndHome

  3. Lexie

    Oh my G-d. Read it. Just . . . read it. This book is my favorite stand-alone novel. It’s is beautiful and stunning and it will blow your heart to pieces in that way only amazing books can. Read it.

  4. brittanydhoward

    Oooo! I love this Meme!

    I’ll tell you that I did the exact same thing with the Book Thief. One of my best friends recommended it. I bought it. I read a couple pages, and then put it down because I was super busy. Then I didn’t pick it up until nearly a year later, and I can safely say that it was a HUGE MISTAKE to wait so long. I LOVED this book. In fact, it bumped out a long time favorite to take one of the slots in my top five favorite books.

    P.S. I’m a new follower!


  5. Maria Behar

    Hi, Giselle!

    How interesting! I have this same type of meme on my blog, titled “On My Bookshelves”, which I started on Sept. 17th. I did try to add a Linky tool to it, but haven’t gotten anyone to link up to it yet. Would you be willing to participate in it? I could link up my meme to yours here, and vice versa. How about it, girl?

    BTW, this is another of those books that I bought some time agon, and have never read. And I really want to! It’s just that old lack of time…But I have heard that this one’s worth its weight in gold! So I’ll certainly have to be getting to it, sometime in the future…

    Have a nice week!! : )