Standalone Sunday is a weekly feature created by Megan at Bookslayer Reads which aims to showcase standalone books which you loved or would recommend.
The Book Thief by Markus Zusak
HERE IS A SMALL FACT:
YOU ARE GOING TO DIE.
1939. Nazi Germany. The country is holding its breath. Death has never been busier.
Liesel, a nine-year-old girl, is living with her foster family on Himmel Street. Her parents have been taken away to a concentration camp. Liesel steals books. This is her story and the story of the inhabitants of her street when the bombs begin to fall.
SOME MORE IMPORTANT INFORMATION:
THIS NOVEL IS NARRATED BY DEATH.
It’s a small story, about:
some fanatical Germans
a Jewish fist fighter
and quite a lot of thievery.
ANOTHER THING YOU SHOULD KNOW:
DEATH WILL VISIT THE BOOK THIEF THREE TIMES.
I don’t read a lot of historical fiction, at least not compared to the fantasy and YA contemporary books I pick up, but every historical fiction story I’ve read has received a five-star rating from me. The Book Thief, in my opinion, is the best of the best. It was the first historical fiction book I picked up and to this day it remains my favourite.
This was on my to-read list for a while, and the only reason I got around to reading it when I did was because the movie was being released. I figured if I was going to see the movie then I really needed to read the book first. This ended up being an emotional, beautiful and unforgettable read for me, it was a book I couldn’t put down and a story I never wanted to end.
“A SMALL PIECE OF TRUTH
I do not carry a sickle or scythe.
I only wear a hooded black robe when it’s cold.
And I don’t have those skull-like facial features you seem to enjoy pinning on me from a distance.
You want to know what I truly look like?
I’ll help you out. Find yourself a mirror while I continue.”
What did you think of The Book Thief? Have you read it yet or is it still on your to-read list? Let me know in the comments and let me know if you took part in this week’s Standalone Sunday as well.