Monday, June 8, 2015

My Review On "The Book Thief"

If y'all can't tell, I'm in the mood for talking about books today! Reading has always been one of my favorite hobbies, and I've made an effort to start reading more books (something I haven't had much time to do since becoming a mother).

The Book Thief is a book I just finished reading this past week. It was recommended to me by a fellow blogger over at A Southern Celiac after I'd asked for a recommendation for a book with over 500 pages as part of a reading challenge I'd decided to partake in.

The Book Thief is set in the days of Nazi Germany. It is told by an interesting character, to say the least, and is perhaps why it took me a few chapters to really get into the book. I like to really play out the right sounds and voices in my mind while reading, so the character of the narrator had a voice that was a bit monotone, given the circumstances. That is NOT to say that this book was in any way boring, because it was not!

The book tells the story of a young girl's journey, and how she got caught up in the life and days of Nazi Germany. Tracking away from the girl, herself, I can say that one reason I enjoyed this book is because it shows a realistic picture of what life was REALLY like during those times. The book gives details that were never really taught in any History classes I'd ever taken in high school or college. It portrays the struggles that Germans who WEREN'T Jews had to endure; Hard times, rationing of food & work, trading/bartering just to get by and make ends meet, the terror of hiding in basements during air raids, etc. It was definitely an eye-opener for me!

Back to the girl and HER journey. The Book Thief is about a young girl who learns to read & write, and develops a love for books as a way to escape from the realities of the hard and dangerous times in Germany. The girl goes about stealing books at the most important times in her life. She carefully chooses her books for each life event that unfolds, and eventually uses those books in a way to help OTHERS cope with the times as well.

There are truly not enough words to accurately express just how good this book was to read, for there were so many REASONS why I enjoyed it. If you're looking for something new to add to your reading list, I very highly recommend this book!

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