There are many things I write about on this blog, most pertaining to my own novels. But I also love sharing how I feel about the books I have and am currently reading. Which is why when a good friend of mine, Rayleigh Gray (a fellow Lumerit student), asked if I wanted to join the Literature Approved reviewing team a few months ago, I jumped at the opportunity! So, I’m excited to announce that I’m now officially a Contributor Reviewer on Literature Approved–and my first book review is up on the site today!
My first review with Literature Approved is of one of my favorite novels: The Book Thief. You can start reading it here…
I read this book for my own personal pleasure and was not required to write a review. Therefore, all comments and opinions are entirely my own.
The Book Thief by Markus Zusak starts with a nine-year-old orphan, Liesel Meminger, in Nazi Germany. The novel follows Liesel’s childhood as she grows up with Mr. and Mrs. Hubermann as foster parents, Rudy Steiner as a best friend and Max Vandenburg as the Jew hiding in their basement. Liesel’s reputation as the Book Thief begins early on. The first book Liesel steals is The Grave Digger’s Handbook, hardly a typical read for ten-year-olds. But her love of and thirst for words, learning and books only grows as the novel continues—as so does her library. The town of Molching, where Liesel makes both friends and enemies, becomes a place of fond memories as she and the other children try to find their place in a world filled with darkness. In a world where carefully chosen words from a Book Thief can make all the difference.
What if something usually perceived as good was suddenly perceived as evil? What if the very idea of good and evil were suddenly not as black and white anymore?
It was about three years ago when I first read this book, but just thinking about it still warms my heart all this time later. And not many books have that affect on me.
…but to read the rest, you’ll have to check it out on the Literature Approved site! Can’t wait to hear what you all think!