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2010 TBR Challenge: ‘The Book Thief’ by Markus Zusak

In direct contrast with some of my more recent reads (see Scarlett Thomas’ PopCo) this book commanded interest and undivided attention from the very second it was picked up – and faithfully followed through to the very end.

How could it not, when it read something like this:

“I could introduce myself properly, but it’s not really necessary. You will know me well enough and soon enough, depending on a diverse range of variables. It suffices to say that at some point in time, I will be standing over you, as genially as possible. Your soul will be in my arms. A color will be perched on my shoulder. I will carry you gently away.” / “A SMALL PIECE OF TRUTH: I do not carry a sickle or scythe. I only wear a hooded black robe when it’s cold. And I don’t have those skull-like facial features you seem to enjoy pinning on me from a distance. You want to know what I truly look like? I’ll help you out. Find yourself a mirror while I continue.”

Narrated by Death himself, “The Book Thief” proved to be a highly original, easy-flowing read that made me think, feel and cry…

I rarely give books a 5 star review but Mr. Zusak and his wonderfully crafted, touching story more than deserve it. They’ve earned their spot on my “absolute favourites” shelf and will -of course- be most highly recommended!!

Simply unmissable!!


  1. I loved this book too! So glad you did =) A friend gave it to me and while it took awhile for me to like it at first, I just couldn’t put it down. So glad you enjoyed it as well!

  2. Glad to read the recommendation as this book is on my TO-READ list, hopefully later this summer.

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