I recieved this book as part of the first-reads giveaway. This is the first novel by this author.
I enjoyed it. Historical romances aren't always my faI recieved this book as part of the first-reads giveaway. This is the first novel by this author.
I enjoyed it. Historical romances aren't always my favorite books. They tend to have too many of the exact same plot lines, just told with different characters. But this novel didn't follow that trend, thankfully! I did enjoy it. Many of the twists and turns were things that I didn't expect. I enjoy a book that keeps me guessing. While I liked the betrayl aspect of the story, I had a very hard time understanding the motivation behind it. I really wish that had been more fully explored or changed.
The best thing about this book was the fact that even though it's a romance, there was a really great story. Too many authors, especially first time authors, tend to have the romance be too much a part of the story. It seems like they will just add in other scenes but not really give them any thought except to fill the pages between love scenes. While there was a great love story, there was also a fantastic adventure surrounding it.
If you are looking for a guilty pleasure read, I would recommend this. ...more
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 itI 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 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 dayI 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.