I want to put this out there, first before I write anything else about this book:
World War II is my favorite period of history to read about (the nextI want to put this out there, first before I write anything else about this book:
World War II is my favorite period of history to read about (the next being anything dealing with Henry VIII). It's a little morbid but I really like to read about that point in history. I know I'm not the only person in the world out there that enjoys it either.
That being said, I have never read a book quiet like this one. Most of the books I have read within the WWII time period focus on the Holocaust itself, but the Book Thief deals with the German people who lived during the these times. Clearly they did not suffer as the capture Jewish prisoners did during WWII, but the didn't have it too easy either.
Liesel is such a compelling character, you find yourself feeling sorry for her, rooting for her and adoring her by the end. She's strong and steady in a time when it must have been hard to be such. Not to mention the other colorful characters, Mama, Papa, Max and Rudy (to name a few). The character's bring you to this time period and they don't let get until the very last page.
Also, the book opens with this quote blaring at you in bold on the first page:
* * * HERE IS A SMALL FACT * * * You are going to die.
And you know it's going to be a chilling experience from that page until the very last. Maybe it's because the book is narrated by death, or maybe it's because of the time period it deals with, but it is a chilling experience, as well as a thoughtful one. One that I, despite being scared for the characters, enjoyed.
I will warn you, there are points in the book where you will want to put the book down, you might want to cry or scream. I cried, a lot. But you will be forced to think about a lot. Injustice and sadness, love and death. Things you can't avoid when reading this book.
I honestly recommend anyone read this book, because it is one of the best I have read in recent memory.
I won't lie to you and tell you I haven't tried reading Jodi Picoult before without any success. I don't know why, but I had a lot of trouble with Ha I won't lie to you and tell you I haven't tried reading Jodi Picoult before without any success. I don't know why, but I had a lot of trouble with Harvesting The Heart. I'm not sure why, it just didn't keep my interest (although my friend Carrie frequently tells me that it gets better and is worth the read, so I may try it again...) but I enjoyed My Sister's Keeper.
I listened to the audio book, which may have helped me get into the book, because each character is done by a different voice actor or actress and the emotions are really well done by each. Although there were points when it was hard to tell if the character was thinking or speaking.
Anyway, if you like crying then you should read this books, trust me. It's one of those books that will make you cry, not matter how stone cold you think your heart is.
The conflicting sides, the unsureness of who you want to agree with, the troubled brother, the side story between Cambell and Julia and the troubled family with a sick child who may die at any moment will keep you reading until the very end.
Also, if you've seen the movie don't be so quick to put the book down, because I hear the movie ends differently than the book (I haven't seen the movie, but the afformentioned Carrie informend me that the movie is a lot different, as is the case with most books that become movies) so I would encourange you to give it a read to find out how Picoult ends her story about Anna.
I found the character's to be enjoyable, you know that they're torn in their fight to keep Kate alive as well as treating Anna how she longs to be treated. This book is a good read, and it will really make you think about family and how much you value your own.
I recently finished The Time Traveler's Wife by Audrey Niffenegger. If you like science fiction and/or romance I think you would enjoy this book. TherI recently finished The Time Traveler's Wife by Audrey Niffenegger. If you like science fiction and/or romance I think you would enjoy this book. There are so many elements of both genres that are really rich within the book.
The time traveler, Henry, is forced to Time Travel without knowing when it will happen or where he will go. He and Claire are intertwined by this time traveling, and their story is very sweet and heartbreaking at the same time.
I found there to be few slow spots, and I was always on edge about what was going to happen next. Because Henry can time travel the reader gets a glimps of the future before it is fully explained. It left me on edge the whole second half of the book, wanting to know exactly what, and how events would happen.
Anyway, I really enjoyed this book. I hate to give anymore away, but I think that anyone who enjoys a good romance will enjoy this book. It gives the reader a lot to think about in terms of time and how knowing our own future may change the outcome of our lives.