Book Review: The Book Thief

by MirandaMowbray on December 28, 2012

Okay, so to start this off… I’m really upset that I completely spaced out on the link-up party for the Back to Her Roots book club┬ábeing yesterday. I read this book fully intending to post about it, but forgot to check my calendar for when I had to have the post up by. This sucks :(

So I just decided to do a quick post about it today, along with my regular Shopping List Friday post and hope that it kind of counts. I’ll definitely be in for next month! I can’t wait to read Terra.





I loved this book. It was so heart-wrenching, and I actually cried at the ending of the book. It’s very rare that I cry when reading a book, so that meant something to me. The story was just so beautiful and powerful, I couldn’t put it down. I loved how the narration was done through the perspective of death — that style choice was very original and it made the book very interesting and intriguing to me.

I also thought it was stylistically different how the narrator gave away a lot of the important plot points of the book to the reader. I’m not sure whether or not that made the book better for me, but I thought it was a cool and different choice and I appreciated it.

There were a lot, but this is one of my favorite quotes from the book:

“Of course, I’m being rude. I’m spoiling the ending, not only of the entire book, but of this particular piece of it. I have given you two events in advance, because I don’t have much interest in building mystery. Mystery bores me. It chores me. I know what happens and so do you. It’s the machinations that wheel us there that aggravate, perplex, interest, and astound me” (243).

The whole book was just filled with this incredible kind of word choice and beautiful language. I very much wish to be able to write like this someday. I was just completely caught up in the language of it.


Have you read this book? What did you think?

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Amy @Macncheesenpeas December 28, 2012 at 4:46 pm

Hey, I read this book! I loved it, too. It was very interesting how it was told in Death’s perspective. I really liked the ending, can’t remember if I cried or not. :)
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debbie December 28, 2012 at 6:42 pm

so I randomly just found your blog today and have been reading past entries and I just have to say I find your story incredibly compelling. Also, I like that you’re a fellow writer :) I was actually looking for a new book to read (just finished Sophie’s Choice, which if you haven’t read — although you might have, since it’s really old — you might want to check out!), so thanks for the recommendation!


MirandaMowbray December 29, 2012 at 12:23 pm

Thank you so much for commenting! I’m not sure if I’d call myself a “writer” yet… but I hope to be one day! Hmmm, I can’t remember if I’ve read the book, but I’ve seen the movie. I’ll have to check it out, thanks!


AstraLibris December 30, 2012 at 1:08 am

I just discovered your blog (after agreeing with everything you wrote in your comment on Gina’s recent post :-) and I am SO enjoying your posts!! Delicious healthy foods and good reads is a great combo in my world!! :-)


MirandaMowbray December 30, 2012 at 5:38 am

Awww, thanks! I agree, haha :) Thanks for commenting!


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