Book of the Month: January Edition

“It kills me sometimes, how people die.”

This is a new series I wanted to introduce on my blog where I will be choosing what I’ve loved reading each month. I read a fair few books as you will see if you follow me on Instagram or Goodreads so I really wanted to start this series as a way of highlighting some of the best books I’ve been reading instead of waiting until the end of the year.

So without further ado, January’s book is… The Book Thief!

1939. Nazi Germany. The country is holding its breath. Death has never been busier.
Liesel, a nine-year-old girl, is living with a foster family on Himmel Street. Her parents have been taken away to a concentration camp. Liesel steals books. This is her story and the story of the inhabitants of her street when the bombs begin to fall.

Wow this book was incredible. It’s not new at all but I had never read it before and a book group that I’m part of on Facebook recommended it and I’m so glad I read it because it is a fantastic book. I loved the fact that it’s narrated by Death – it gave a completely fresh perspective on the life on Liesl and I just thought it was heart-breaking and heart-warming in equal amounts.

There are so many beautiful anecdotes and stories, some funny and some which had me sobbing. It was extra poignant for me because it shows how humans can still create something beautiful even in the midst of a world war. As soon as I finished the book, I went straight onto YouTube and watched the trailer and it looks brilliant so I will be watching that soon too, let’s hope the film does the characters justice!

Have you ever read The Book Thief? What did you think?

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