Add this to your reading list right now! Even if you aren’t into historical fiction novels, I strongly recommend this. The narrator, lovable main character and plot development will keep you turning the pages all night!
Since I’m not the best at summarizing a book, here is the Goodreads blurb:
It is 1939. Nazi Germany. The country is holding its breath. Death has never been busier, and will be busier still.
By her brother’s graveside, Liesel’s life is changed when she picks up a single object, partially hidden in the snow. It is The Gravedigger’s Handbook, left behind there by accident, and it is her first act of book thievery.
So begins a love affair with books and words, as Liesel, with the help of her accordian-playing foster father, learns to read. Soon she is stealing books from Nazi book-burnings, the mayor’s wife’s library, wherever there are books to be found.
But these are dangerous times. When Liesel’s foster family hides a Jewish fist-fighter in their basement, Liesel’s world is both opened up, and closed down.
Two of my favorite things about this book are as follows:
1) The narrator is death himself. He speaks about bodies he picks up and lives he carries away from their loved ones. He explains back stories, hints at future deaths, and is just an extremely interesting perspective when describing a scene.
2) Liesel’s love of book stealing made me fall in love with her instantly. Such a young little girl with an itch only a book can scratch. Her desire to read everything she can get her hands on, not matter if she is stealing the book at a grave site or out of a book burning ceremony in Germany.
Here are some great discussion questions to read through and reflect on, or even to bring to your book club!
Anyone else read this book? Did you love it as much as I did?