Wednesday, March 10, 2010

Book Recommendation: THE BOOK THIEF by Markus Zusak

I was planning to write a beautiful, lyrical recommendation for THE BOOK THIEF today, almost as beautiful and lyrical as the book itself. But then Lady happened.

(That's what I call my eight-month-old daughter. Most of the time. Last night, not so much.)

Suffice it to say she had a very, VERY bad night last night. The worst night in the last half of her life. I managed to fall back into bed at the top of the hour for three hours in a row (I know, because those bright red numbers, same minutes, different hour, were the first sight that greeted me every time I stumbled back into my bedroom), but never fell asleep in between. If my life were a book, there'd be some sort of symbolism in that, I'm pretty sure. Last night, it just struck me as annoying.

So I'll leave the book recommendation to you, since I know a lot of you have read it. How did you first come across THE BOOK THIEF? And what did you love, or hate, about it?


Charity Bradford said...

I hope you liked it and sorry about the lack of sleep. Hope it gets better.

Here is the link to my review. It is short and sweet.

The Book Thief

Myrna Foster said...

I'm sorry you didn't get the sleep you needed last night. Linguini's been sick the last couple of weeks, and her sleeping has been awful, too.

It's been years since I read THE BOOK THIEF, but I remember picking it up because the title intrigued me. I loved Death, as the narrator; his voice wasn't what I expected. I also loved the boy who ran. You're making me wish I had time to pick it up again.

A.L. Sonnichsen said...

Ahh, Krista, I can relate to your middle-of-the-night struggle! I have't read this book, so I'm no help there, but I hope you get a chance to rest today ... or at least tonight. Or at least sometime in the next week!

Krista V. (the former Krista G.) said...

Yeah, Charity, your review was great. Everyone else, check it out.

Myrna, I, too, found Death's voice intriguing. His last line, "I am haunted by humans" (or something like that), was spot-on. Nice job, Mr. Zusak.

Amy, that's my hope, too:)

Kristi said...

I LOVED this book. We read it for my book club and we typically don't read young adult in there. His writing is so beautiful and I completely fell in love with this book -- it's one of my top 5 of all time!

Hope you get more sleep tonight. :)

Krista V. (the former Krista G.) said...

Kristi, thanks for your recommendation. And I hope I get more sleep tonight, too:)