From time to time, I pick up a book that is so addicting, it is practically impossible to put down. A few days ago, I started just such a book.
I had first heard about The Book Thief, by Markus Zusak, last summer. It sounded interesting, so I put it on my “to read” list. Not too long ago, I heard about it again, and I moved it up to the top spot on my list. Once I tracked down a copy, I couldn’t read it fast enough.
This is not a book that makes you laugh. It is not light-hearted. It does not give you warm fuzzies. In fact, it does just the opposite. It is heart wrenching. It is dark. It makes you cry.
It is also beautiful. And moving. It makes you think. It introduces you to people in such a way that you feel as though they are your friends. It makes you fall in love with them. And miss them when they are gone. And cry because you have lost them.
This is one of those books that you devour because you have to know what happens next, and yet it is so powerful that you don’t want it to end. You’ll find yourself thinking about it long after you have finished reading.
The Book Thief is referred to as a Young Adult book, but don’t let that stop you. Read it. Devour it. Let it steal your heart.