It’s pretty obvious that I love to read. I guess it’s also pretty obvious that I like to watch movies as well, BUT this post will be all about my love for books and a book that showed me how books can change lives.
Basically a rule of thumb for this blog is this: if I write about a book, then it’s one of my favorite books. I’ve only done three posts so far and I’ve already mentioned quite a lot of books. So it’s plain to see that I love to read. I’ll admit that it’s hard to pick a favorite book, so I just have to have many favorite books. All my favorite books vary greatly though. For example, in my very first post I said that Warm Bodies by Isaac Marion is one of my favorite books. That book is a post-apocalyptic book and has a lot of comedy in it. I mentioned The Westing Game in my last post which is a mystery story. Mystery and the apocalypse don’t really go hand in hand if you ask me.
The Book Thief is a truly unforgettable story written by Markus Zusak. It’s about a young girl living in Germany in World War II. She gets adopted by a family and gets into the habit of stealing books. The Nazi’s try to burn all the books in the town, but Liesel steals any she can get her hands on. Her new father then teaches her how to read in secret, so they can read the books together. She seeks to share all her stories by writing them down, and defying the Nazi’s.
It seem’s like a long book at first glance, but every page just gets you attached to the characters more and more. After I finished reading it, I just didn’t know what to do with myself. I had become so invested in the story, and now that the story was over I had no idea what to do. That’s how it goes with every book though. You don’t want it to end because you feel like you’ve been living in that story for however long you were reading it. My life had revolved around this book for over 500 pages. This quote from the book accurately describes what I felt after finishing The Book Thief:
“Sometimes you read a book so special that you want to carry it around with you for months after you’ve finished just to stay near it.”
I’ve read this book a countless amount of times and I still can’t get over the pull that the characters and the ending have on me.
Not to mention, it has one of the most unique and different narrators telling us Liesel’s story. When we’re hearing a story from the perspective of Death, you have to read on. We find out that…
“Even death has a heart.”
One of my favorite things about this book are the illustrations. Yes you heard me correctly, this book does in fact have pictures and the pictures make the story even more amazing.
I still think that I’m so lucky to have found this book, and consider it one of my greatest finds at a book store. I wasn’t 100% sold on it when I bought it because I enjoy action and comedy. It received great reviews, and ended up being on The New York Times Best Seller list for over 230 weeks.
The Book Thief movie was also released in 2013. Not only was this book amazing, but the movie was stunning as well. They did an amazing job in transforming the book into a movie. I’m no movie critic so I don’t usually delve into small details. I’m only a college freshman who just likes to watch and enjoy a movie. Once again, you should always read the book before watching the movie. If there’s anything I want you to take away from this blog it’s to always read the book and then watch the movie!
Even though I enjoyed the movie, I would have to say that the book had more of an affect on me (that may also be because I had read the book before). There’s just something about reading a book within a book. Books do have a special power over people. They are able to make someone feel something special and grab hold of their souls and emotions.