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Memorable Mondays: The Book Thief

“People observe the colors of a day only at its beginnings and ends, but to me it’s quite clear that a day merges through a multitude of shades and intonations, with each passing moment. A single hour can consist of thousands of different colors. Waxy yellows, cloud-spat blues. Murky darknesses. In my line of work, I make it a point to notice them.”

The Book Thief by Markus Zusak

Genre: YA Historical Fiction, YA Fantasy

Rating: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

I’ve been putting off reading The Book Thief by Markus Zusak for years, because honestly, aren’t we all a little tired of WWII historical fiction? This year however, I decided to do the Words & Whimsy 3 Degrees of Difficulty Challenge, and one of the prompts is to read a WWII historical fiction. So, I figured it was as good a time as any to finally read The Book Thief, and I’m so happy I did!

If you don’t already know, the novel is narrated by Death, as he recounts his memories of a young German girl, Liesel Meminger. While many of the stories throughout the novel are technically ordinary, they are told in such a meaningful way. By the end of the novel I felt like I knew Liesel personally. I should also mention that I listened to the majority of the book on Libby, so the narrator, Allan Corduner, is also very talented in my opinion.

Obviously I don’t want to spoil the book if anyone else has put off reading it like I had, but I will warn you that I cried. I take that back… I sobbed, while reading the end of this book. Overall The Book Thief was so much more than another WWII historical fiction novel. I was truly taken by surprise by how much I cared about the characters by the end of the book. Markus Zusak is certainly a creative genius for conceptualizng and executing such a wonderful novel!

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