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Reading Across the Country

Reading books one travel week at a time...
The Book Thief - Markus Zusak I bought this book a few years ago and it had made three moves with me before I decided to finally read it this month. I'm going through a sort of "spring cleaning" with all the books I own but haven't read and "The Book Thief" was first on my list. To be honest I'm not entirely sure why I bought it to begin with. I think it was a combination of "I like books about books" and "I find the Holocaust interesting" and the fact that it was on a buy 2 get 1 free table at Borders.

Things I liked:
- Reading about the Holocaust from a German perspective (2 stars for that)
- Liesel

Things I didn't like:
- The narrator - Death
- The author's writing style (boring)
- The fact that despite the length of the book, the story ended before WWII did
- The "newsflash" asides

Over all this book didn't keep my attention at all. It was simply written (it is a young adult book, after all), but I labored through it. I had to force myself to finish it, I was ready to abandon it many times. It just wasn't for me - I wouldn't reccommend it to anyone - off to the Book Thing it goes!