Wednesday, March 5, 2014

What I'm Reading Wednesday - Book Thief

I started reading The Book Thief by Markus Zusak at the first of the year. I'd heard good things about it and I wanted to read it before the movie came out. Almost 2 months later, I finished it last night. It took me as long to figure out what I didn't like about it as it did to finish it.

Early on, I asked Facebook if I should press on. Does it get better? Is it this way the whole book? I got mixed reviews, so I pressed on. After all, who wants to be a quitter?

The book isn't a difficult read. In fact, I like his writing style. Although dealing with a difficult subject, it isn't hard to read. The pages seemed to fly by. When I could sit down and make myself read. And I'm not the kind who has to be forced to read.

Last night, I decided to read other people's less-than-favorable reviews. I found someone else pin down what had escaped me for 550 pages.  "Nothing happens then {spoiler}." In other words, this book lacked plot.


While I liked the characters, I wasn't passionate about finding out what happened to them. Because as I read, nothing was happening. I kept reading, believing once the back-story was set up, the action would begin. But it never did.

Enough people liked the book for it to be made into a movie, so I won't tell you not to read it. But its definitely one of those love-it-or-hate-it kinda books. If you get 100 pages in and find yourself struggling. Give it up. Then email me and I'll tell you what you missed in 100 words or less.


  1. I've been thinking I should read this, but it sounds like I should just see the movie!

  2. Lol! I read this book last year. I had a friend who LOVED it. Me? Eh.....

  3. Ha ha! How 'bout I just don't give it a try?! I heard all about it when my baby girl was reading it, and I don't think it's for me! Good job sticking with it!