I hadn't read this book for probably about 10 years. I remembered that it had always been one of my favorites when I was growing up. So, the other day...moreI hadn't read this book for probably about 10 years. I remembered that it had always been one of my favorites when I was growing up. So, the other day I thought that it was time to pick it up again. This is a really fast read. And if you haven't ever read it or you haven't read it in years, I strongly recommend it! It was like seeing an old friend again.
This book is about a young girl that was raised as a very free spirit. When her grandfather/guardian dies, she has to move to America to a very small, strictly religious community. She starts off on the wrong foot when she jumps into a river to retrieve a doll that a little girl has dropped. Didn’t you know that only witches can float? LOL No matter how hard she tries, she just seems to do all of the “wrong” things. This is a wonderfully written story with some great characters. There are even some cute romances throughout the book. Personally, I think this book is what started me down the road to being a hopeless romantic.
I just finished The Book Thief and I don’t know if I have the words to describe how this book has touched me! On a scale from 1 to 5, I would give it...moreI just finished The Book Thief and I don’t know if I have the words to describe how this book has touched me! On a scale from 1 to 5, I would give it a 10. I will admit that several times during the first few chapters, I almost put it down and started reading something else. I am EXTREMLY happy that I didn’t. This is a book that is well worth the read! The basic description of this book is that it’s about a young girl named Liesel Meminger as she grows up in Nazi Germany. As the description on here states, it’s a “coming of age story about faith, love, hope amidst tragedy.” I think that if I was to try giving a more in-depth description of what the book was about, I’d end up writing several pages and not do the story justice. I’ll just include a quote from the book itself, describing what the story is all about:
“It’s 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”
Markus Zusak is an incredible writer. The descriptions of things and events would just leave me gaping! He has a way of painting a picture that just brings everything to life. His narrative/story telling style was very distinctive and intriguing. The narrator of the story had such a unique viewpoint on the events, plus he would give you these glimpses of what was going to happen much later in the story. It was completely different from what I am used to, but I loved it. But saying all of that, I have to admit to something. All of those things that I just mentioned, I was really only able to recognize, appreciate, and enjoy them with a very small portion of my mind. The rest was so wrapped up in the story itself, that I had a hard time pulling myself away from it long enough to appreciate how the story was being told. This was such a powerful and yet heartbreaking story. If you only like books that are lighthearted, happy, and have a happily ever after, you will hate this book. If you can stand for your heart to be broken (and not just once) then this book is well worth the time to read it!
I will definitely be reading it again! I also have a number of quotes from the book that I will have to be posting on here! I hope that you love this book as much as I have!
I just finished re-reading one of the best books that I've read all year. It easily makes the top 5, possibly even the top spot. The book is called "T...moreI just finished re-reading one of the best books that I've read all year. It easily makes the top 5, possibly even the top spot. The book is called "The Hunger Games", and it's by Suzanne Collins. This is the first book of a Young Adult dystopia trilogy, but really it's a book that will appeal to readers of any age.
The book takes place in an alternate reality. Imagine our country in the future. There have been wars, famine, natural disasters, and a complete and total breakdown of our government and country. What is left is a country called Panem, which consists of the Capital and 12 districts throughout the nation. While the Capital is very wealthy, the districts are very pour. There's no welfare system. You are completely on your own. And the laws are brutal. If you break them, you'll either be subjected to a whipping or more likely be killed. This is not a fun country to grow up in. The main character is a 16-year old girl named Katniss. She is quite the survivor. At the age of 11, her father is killed in a mine explosion and she becomes the soul provider for her mother and little sister Prim. Every day, Katniss and her best friend Gale risk their lives by breaking the law, sneaking under the fence that surrounds their district and going into the woods to hunt, fish, and gather plants and berries. Anything that their family doesn't need for food gets traded on the black market for essentials. Although life is far from pleasant, Katniss and her family are surviving well enough.
But then comes Reaping Day when everything changes. Once a year, the Capital holds The Hunger Games. It's basically their way of showing the districts who is in charge, and who has all the control. 1 boy and 1 girl (called Tributes) from each of the districts has to compete in the ultimate game of survivor. Only one of the 24 will leave the arena alive. Katniss becomes one of the tributes and now she is literally in the fight of her life. She just has to hope that her brains, and nerve, and talent will be enough to keep her alive. She also has to decided who she can trust, or if she can trust anyone. What are people's ulterior motives for what they say and do?
This book has everything! Action, suspense, mystery, friendship, romance, humor in the most unlikely places, and a great psychological element! Once you start reading, you wont want to put the book down!
This was a book that was one of my very favorites growing up, but I haven't read it since probably junior high. While discussing a different book with...moreThis was a book that was one of my very favorites growing up, but I haven't read it since probably junior high. While discussing a different book with friends, this title came up. So, I decided to rumage through all of my boxes of old books, find this one and dust it off and give it a good read. It was just as fun as I remembered it!
This book is just a version of the widely known Beauty and the Beast fairy tale. It is a very simple, sweet and enchanting version. Beauty and the Beast has always been my favorite fairy tale, and this is probably my favorite version of it.
For adults that like to read YA fiction, don't expect anything deep or truly thought provoking in this. Just expect a fun couple of hours that reminds you of being a little kid that still believed in a perfect happily ever after.
If you know any 8-12 year old girls that enjoy reading, give them this book. They will love it, and it will probably start (or continue) them down the road to being a hopeless romantic.(less)
What a fun and cute book! I'm really not sure why I've never read it before. I grew up reading everything that I could get my hands on, had this entir...moreWhat a fun and cute book! I'm really not sure why I've never read it before. I grew up reading everything that I could get my hands on, had this entire series sitting on my bookshelf for years, and loved the movies. And yet, I never read this book!
I can easily see why this book is such a classic. It was just a great read! I understand that Anne's ramblings could bother some people, but for me, she just reminded me of myself when I was her age!
Loved it and can't wait to read the next one!!!(less)
This book was a favorite of mine when I was little, so I decided I wanted to go back and reread it. Since it's been years, I didn't really remember th...moreThis book was a favorite of mine when I was little, so I decided I wanted to go back and reread it. Since it's been years, I didn't really remember the story at all.
For a children's book, the intended audience, it is superb. It gives kids a small taste of what it would be like during WWII. As for reading it as an adult, I could see all of the good things about it, but I was left wishing that there was a lot more!
I think that I was expecting too much from the book. If you have kids in your life, have them read this! It's great. If you have a couple of hours that you just want to kill reading a cute, very quick read. Then read it. But if you are looking for something more indepth about the war, there are other books I'd recommend.(less)