So for anyone who knows me, they will know that my favourite book that I’ve ever read is
And I honestly can’t stop raving about it, so it only seemed fitting that it became my first recommendation.
I read it last summer, and it put me in a 6 month reading slump afterwards, which yes I know sounds like a bad thing, but only because it was just SO GOOD, and the book I tried to read after just didn’t measure up to it.
Synopsis: It’s just a small story really, about among other things: a girl, some words, an accordionist, some fanatical Germans, a Jewish fist-fighter, and quite a lot of thievery. . . .
Set during World War II in Germany, Markus Zusak’s groundbreaking new novel is the story of Liesel Meminger, a foster girl living outside of Munich. Liesel scratches out a meager existence for herself by stealing when she encounters something she can’t resist–books. With the help of her accordion-playing foster father, she learns to read and shares her stolen books with her neighbors during bombing raids as well as with the Jewish man hidden in her basement before he is marched to Dachau.
This is an unforgettable story about the ability of books to feed the soul.
I don’t want to give too much away, because there is so much to be discovered with it for yourself, but it left me reeling for so long afterwards, and for the last part of the book I just cried because it’s an absolute heartbreaker, so clearly it was successful.
I warn you know, the ending is sad, but unexpected. For the journey beforehand, it’s so worth it.
So honestly, just READ IT. If it isn’t on your TBR already, make sure you put it on for this month, you won’t regret it, I promise.
Who else has read this book? What did you think? ❤️