Sometimes I get a little passionate (maybe a little crazy) about a book.
I can’t help it! Life is short! Books are pieces of art made to be loved! So why not eat them up occasionally with excitable abandon?
Usually I get passionate about a book and then it fades and I move on to other excitable things. (There’s a ginormous mound of books out there waiting for someone to flail around them.) But, when it comes to The Book Thief, every. single. time I see pictures from the movie or read a quote…
I get excited all over again.
This book is genius, I tell you! GENIUS. My most fabulous friend (who likes to recommend books that make me cry) and I discussed The Book Thief together. But I’m not completely convinced you realise how much I adore this book. Do you? DO YOU?
So let’s fix that, shall we?
A Very Sensible (And Not Overly Dramatic At All) List On Why I Love THE BOOK THIEF A Lot
1) It’s narrated by Death
This sounds a little morbid, doesn’t it? BUT WAIT! Don’t call me strange yet!*
Death is actually polite and has a sense of humour and really makes the entire book totally amazing. He writes footnotes. They’re poignant and interesting and somehow just make the book 1000% better.
Death is entirely quotable and just a little bit dejected and I absolutely wish he’d quit his job because of reasons.
*The correct term for me is Friendly Affable Blinking Unabashed Lover Of Unique Stories…or you can just say I’m FABULOUS. Totally acceptable.
2) It’s thick but every page is glorious.
I never say that about books. Never. I’m secretly terrified of big books, which could be called megalophobia, which is the fear of large things. I’m megalaphobic about big books, okay?! But for The Book Thief, I didn’t even care it was so long. I absolutely dissolved into it.
3) It’s written by an Australian.
What?! I have to mention this! A lot of times Australians write books of Great Wonder and Glory and…nothing. No one’s heard of them. They never leave our sunburnt land. They just fade, basically, and it’s sad. For instance, have you heard of Preloved by Shirley Marr? No? I’m not surprised. No one has. And it’s literally a fantastic contemporary that includes The Princess Bride quotes with ghosts and high school. Awesome, right?!
It’s worth celebrating when an Australian writes a wonderful book and the WORLD recognises it.
If you only got one word to describe him, it’d have to be: nice. The world lacks nice incredibly and unashamedly people and I think Hans makes up for it all. He’s the best father Liesel ever had. And he plays accordian.
And he taught her to read and saved a Jew and stood up for other Jews and tried not to make waves and tried to be strong and…
He’s nice and he tried. Quietly.
5) Liesel herself (duh)
Anyone who loves books as much as air is a worthwhile human in my eyes. And Liesel didn’t just love books, she craved them. She STOLE them for crying out loud, out of the fire when Hitler made everyone burn books!
We like to stand on small boxes these days and yell, “YA literature neesd Strong Heroines!” but I wonder if we’ve made the word “strong” mean “able to kick butt and wield sword/axe/screwdriver. Doesn’t strong really mean “is able to live life being passionate about things”?* Leisel actually punches a few people, but more than that, she loves people and makes friends and sacrifices and stays passionate about her burning desire of books.
* I believe life is about reading books, making art, and eating delicious food. But it would be interesting to be able to wield an axe too.
6) It’s insanely quotable.
It’s not just funny or smart or inspirational. It’s just plain good to read.
“I have hated words and I have loved them, and I hope I have made them right.” (The Book Thief)
“So much good, so much evil. Just add water.” (The Book Thief)
7) Rudy Stiener
Rudy logic will never let you down.
But also here is a boy that’s insanely persistent. The kid basically saw Liesel and decided to be her best friend. And that he also wanted to kiss her. He didn’t even know why.
And I’m not just quoting the movie! This is all in the book. (Another reason I love the movie so much…it sticks so insanely close to the original! That in itself is cause to flail, right? Right.)
8) Name calling.
People underestimate this: but name calling is a sign of affection. * Everyone in this book basically called each other derogatory names 98% of the time. It’s love.
* When I greet Mime I say “Hey, freak” but what I really mean is “Greetings dear sister, has your day upon the amiable earth been pleasant and conducive to your needs?” But saying “hey freak” is faster and more efficient. I’m pretty sure she knows what I mean.
9) It’s freakishly sad.
Wait…why is that on this list? This is a bad thing. I nearly cried. I don’t cry. I’m like a cold hearted stone.*
* This is unfortunately very truthful and occasionally Mime and I have contests to see which of us is more Vulcan.
10) It’s the only book of EVER that I have legitimately felt like rereading…right after I finished.
I have a very tight schedule. I have things to do, places to be, more books to read. Hundreds of books, in fact, screech for my attention. But this one (and possibly Sinner by Maggie Stiefvater gave me similar feels, but honestly, they’re the only ones) legitimately made me want to reread it. RIGHT THEN AND THERE.
Because when I finished I felt altogether inspired.*
It’s a book about loving books and I love books. Of course we get along.
It’s an extraordinary book that I would very much like to hug and possibly hold onto forever.**
* I highly recommend you read this book, actually, and I feel like I need to say that outright because I’ve been vague about my love for The Book Thief haven’t I?
** Why are you still here? Go read it.
Cait is so totally off to make a pinterest board just for The Book Thief. This does show the depth of her fandoming, because she doesn’t flail about just anything on pinterest. (Mostly The Hunger Games, Supernatural, and Marvel. Lots and lots of Marvel.) She’s currently really tired of winter and jackets and rain. Bring her glorious summer and do it ASAP.