The challenge is to blog every day for a month. While this blog is about the books, not the writer I think the idea will help make it more relevant, if there are more books on it to tempt the reader. So I’ll start today and highlight the top 31 book in the library in no particular order and why I think so. Starting with two today because it is the second!
The Book Thief by Markus Zusak For ages 14+
It’s just a small story really, about among other things: a girl, some words, an accordionist, some fanatical Germans, a Jewish fist-fighter, and quite a lot of thievery. . . . Set during World War II in Germany, Markus Zusak’s groundbreaking new novel is the story of Liesel Meminger, a foster girl living outside of Munich. Liesel scratches out a meager existence for herself by stealing when she encounters something she can’t resist–books. With the help of her accordion-playing foster father, she learns to read and shares her stolen books with her neighbors during bombing raids as well as with the Jewish man hidden in her basement before he is marched to Dachau. This is an unforgettable story about the ability of books to feed the soul.
From Mrs Salter- I loved this book and it rarely fails to please my customers. I have a much better understanding about how it must be to live in a country where you do not agree with your government but to stay alive you must appear to. The hero’s in this book are people who protect others at risk of their own death and those who try to give children a childhood in a time of death and destruction. I always wondered how life could go on for you if you are living in a war zone, in this book they are and they do it bravely and ordinarily, with no fanfare.
This is a rare, compassionate book with the unusual twist of being narrated by death’s agent the grim reaper who amazingly is portrayed with a conscience and thoughtful, even commenting on being overworked during war.