Once upon a time, several years ago, we all had TBRs that were filled with books that we hoped to read. Or were handed to read. Or had started to read, and then life happened, and we said would come back to them because they started so well.
You know the books I’m talking about? Yes, those. Those forgotten gems that got brushed aside for the more beautiful new releases that starting popping up on shelves. For the purposes of my #TBTs, the books must be at least five years old.
And this week… we’re going 11 years back to 2006!
The Book Thief by Markus Zusak
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 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.
I chose this book mostly because I have been seeing a lot of WWII documentaries lately. And yet it is usually the smaller stories from within WWII that really capture me, and I’m sure others, attention. Liesel’s story may be fictional, but it so wholeheartedly makes you feel every emotion. If you haven’t read it, whether you are drawn to WWII fiction or not, I highly recommend it. I wish this book was taught in more schools.
‘I have hated the words and I have loved them, and I hope I have made them right’ – Liesel
Looking for other WWII YA picks? Try:
Salt to the Sea by Ruta Sepetys
Code Name Verity by Elizabeth Wein
The Boy in the Striped Pajamas by John Boyne
Between Shades of Gray by Ruta Sepetys
Wait for Me by Caroline Leech
What would you add to this list, or another throwback favorite?