Wednesday, October 27, 2010

Best of October: The Book Thief

Every Wednesday, YA Highway asks their readership a simple question to answer on your blog. Once you answer, you link your blog in the comments for other readers to hop on board. This is Road Trip Wednesday.

Today's question: What's the best book you've read this month?

The growing trend is that reading isn't happening lately. I don't know if it's the change of seasons, the start of shiny new television, or a severe case of "too many words." Whatever the reason may be, I've succeeded in reading one book with a second one to be done by month's end.

The book I managed to read was The Book Thief.

In case you haven't read it, here's the blurb from Barnes and Noble:
"It s just 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. Set during World War II in Germany, this groundbreaking novel is the story of Liesel Meminger, a foster girl living outside of Munich. Liesel scratches out a meager existence for herself by stealing when she encounters something she can t resist books. This is an unforgettable story about the ability of books to feed the soul."

What I'm going to say isn't going to make a lot of people happy.

I didn't like The Book Thief.

There. I said it.

I read to be entertained,* not to be reminded of the horrors of WW2 or how people are bastards, but some really redeem the human race... Etc, etc. This book felt like required reading for 12th grade English. I could go days without reading it and not care. I never wondered "Christ, is Max going to be discovered?" or "Hmm... Who is telling the story**?" I finished reading it on Sunday and I haven't thought about it since***.

Markus Zusak deserves the praise he received for writing this and I understand why it got tons of awards. The writing was haunting and the story heartbreaking. One of the blurbs on the book calls The Book Thief the type of book that could be life changing and for the right person, but I'm not that person.

Be sure to stop by YA Highway and see what others are saying.

What's the best book you've read this month?

* The exception is when reading craft books or anything for research.
** Which I guess was a big surprise to some. Me, I figured it out after the prologue.
*** But I've thought about the most recent Vampire Diaries book at least 6 times since I finished chapter whatever last night.
______ hit of the day:   World of Shame by Ego Likeness


  1. I will not disagree with your review.
    It's not that i didn't like the book, but I was underwhelmed.

  2. Wow, I appreciate your boldness. I never read it, but it never appealed to me, either. I'm sure the writing is lovely, though.

  3. I'm sorry you didn't like it. I loved it and while I wouldn't say it changed my life, I thought was a very well written.

  4. I haven't read this yet. I appreciate your honest opinion, too--I've often found myself in the position of not-liking a wildly popular book.

  5. Haven't read this yet but I definitely know where you're coming from! (Um, see my post today. Sometimes I just want more PLOT.) I haven't read any of his books yet but I'm sure I'll get there eventually. Now I'm curious how I will feel?


  6. I personally loved this book, but I can definitely see how it might not sing to others the way it did to me. It is a tough book, and while I was entertained and couldn't put it down, it isn't an entertaining book. That's what so great about books: there's a ton of them, so I can LOVE one book and you can NOT, and it's all good. :)

    Also, I can't believe the narrator was a surprise for some. I thought it was pretty transparent - I never felt like it was supposed to be a secret.

  7. My cousin said the same thing about this book. To be honest, it hasn't made it to my TBR list. It's just not my kind of book.

    Thanks for the honesty!

  8. Oh, yes, I liked THE BOOK THIEF. The best book I've read this month? How about...LIKE MANDARIN by Kirsten Hubbard.

  9. Oooh... I like when a review goes totally against all the praise. It actually encourages me to read it even more! When everyone says a book is fabulous, I start getting wary...

  10. you know, I feel different about books that take on tragedy & catastrophic events -- I actually seek them out, especially if they're critically acclaimed. I did enjoy The Book Thief and thought it very beautiful; however, like you mentioned, its blurb promised it'd change my life, and I think I was hoping for that a little too much to judge it objectively.

    btw, what a nice surprise to stumble across Elana's comment!! :)


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