Why did I love this book?
The Book Thief remains to this day one of my favorite novels! When I first read the book ten years ago, I was immediately drawn to the unique way the story was told. The opening chapter introduces the reader to the narrator... Death. Surprisingly, Death is a sympathetic character who states that they have never needed a vacation more than during WW2. It took me a bit to get used to the narrator’s voice, but once I did, I was hooked. The prose is so beautifully written and poetic that the only way I can describe it is like reading a piece of art. The characters, an orphaned girl, a German couple, and the Jewish man they are hiding, became like family to me. I was so invested in their fates I couldn’t put the book down, and the ending moved me to tears. I suggest The Book Thief if for no other reason than it was so original and unlike any book I have read before. I still pick it up and flip through its pages just to reread certain passages and revisit characters that I have grown to miss.