An old favorite: The Book Thief

In honor of the recent cinematic take on an old favorite, let’s revisit the book that has captivated us since it was first published almost ten years ago - The Book Thief by Markus Zusak.

If you missed the hysteria back in 2005, The Book Thief tells the story of a young girl named Liesel in Nazi Germany, narrated by none other than Death himself – I think we can all agree that the choice of narrator was strange and pretty confusing (I had to reread the first twenty or so pages several times myself), but after the prologue it gets better. Sent away by her mother to live with foster parents, Liesel is exposed to tragedy early on as she witnesses the death of her little brother on the train en route to their new home.

Upon her arrival in a new town, she is at first apprehensive to get to know her foster parents Hans and Rosa. However, as time goes by she finds them to be loving parents, each in their own way.  She forms a special relationship with Hans as they teach and motivate each other to read. As the early stages of World War II unfold, a newcomer takes refuge in Hans and Rosa’s basement. Max, a Jewish fist-fighter, becomes one of Liesel’s closest friend and the inspiration for her first book.

Later, she meets Rudy, a boy from her neighborhood, and a somewhat one-sided childish love affair ensues.

The Book Thief is about a girl’s escalating love for words, her story benchmarked by her acquisition of new reads (sometimes through questionable means), as well as her love for a boy who never wanted anything but a kiss.

“I have hated the words and

I have loved them,

And I hope I have made them right.” (528) - The Book Thief

Sounds good? You can find a trailer to The Book Thief the movie here.

Here's a place you can go to read/reread The Book Thief

We just can't get enough of Rackham. The graduate school continues to provide a sweet reading sanctuary. So many lounges and alcoves to explore - so little time. Those antique sofas were made for good reads on cold fall days and buckle-down cram sessions alike, and someone's painstaking arrangement of all that beautiful furniture almost guilts you into being productive. Rackham is not for the time-killing kind - enter with an agenda. This bookworm give it four stars.

Paul Simon goes well with any read

With timeless classics like You Can Call Me Al, 50 Ways to Leave Your Lover, and Everything About It Is a Love Song, Simon's songbird voice and talent for songwriting never fails to please. The slower songs set the mood for a focused read, while the more upbeat ones pair well with your super boring biology homework. And what's not to love about that fashion sense? We dig the parka, Paul.