The Book Thief
Why this book?
A WWII/Holocaust book narrated by Death itself—now that’s getting real about totalitarianism and hate. This courageous novel is about even more than that too. It’s about the capacity of words to open up worlds and minds. It’s about the power of stories to forge relationships, build hope, and create change. In this way, The Book Thief manages to be life-affirming in the face of tragedy, something we could all use a dose of these days. It also offers a suspenseful, masterfully told plot that kept me turning the pages long after bedtime.