The Book Thief Review

Hello loves!

We have another book review today, and it’s for The Book Thief by Marcus Zusak which I read for a read along by the wonderful @pagesofachillles over on instagram and here on wordpress. She’s super lovely and posts gorgeous pictures so go give her a follow!

Without further ado let’s get into this review and all he feelings that I had while reading this.


It is 1939. Nazi Germany. The country is holding its breath. Death has never been busier, and will be busier still.

By her brother’s graveside, Liesel’s life is changed when she picks up a single object, partially hidden in the snow. It is The Gravediggers Handbook, left behind there by accident, and it is her first act of book thievery. So begins a love affair with books and words, as Liesel, with the help of her accordion-playing foster father, learns to read. Soon she is stealing books form Nazi book-burnings, the mayor’s wife library, wherever there are books to be found.

But these are dangerous times. When Liesel’s foster family hides a Jew in their basement, Liesel’s world is both opened up, and closed down.




I have lots of feeling about the ending of this book so if you’ve read it please drop me a message on instagram or twitter and I will gladly nerd out about it with you.

So, Marcus Zusak has crafted such wonderful characters in thee form of Rudy, Liesel, Hans, Rosa, max e.t.c and I just fell completely in love with all of them. The endings to all of their stories destroyed me utterly and most of them definitely deserved better!

The descriptions of the characters were beautiful and the fact that they came from the voice of Death who narrated the story just adds an extra dimension to them and my enjoyment of the story.

Death’s narration helps bring the equally heart warming and devastating story to life, especially because Death is omnipresent and omnipotent. The fact that he focuses on Liesl’s story through the devastation of Nazi Germany makes it all the more special and when he shows the relationships that Liesel has with all of the other characters they feel very human and genuine especially her relationship with her next door neighbour Rudy.

Marcus Zusak’s writing is stunning and the ending had me in actual tears in a grand total of about 10 pages. I was just heart broken by the ending, because the story was so well written and made me truly care about all of the characters.

I just want to gush about the book for years and years so please message me so I can get all of my feelings out!

You can get your hands at any of the links below (the blackwells link is affiliate)

Blackwells / Waterstones / Amazon


Because I was reading with other people I made notes of my favourite quotes and I wanted to share some of them with you.

“The sound of the accordion was, in actual fact, also the announcement of safety”

“The only thing worse than a boy who hates you, a boy who loves you”

“One opportunity leads directly to another, just as risk leads to more risk, life to more life, and death to more death”

“The Fuhrer decided that he would rule the worlds with words”

Without words the Fuhrer was nothing” 

So, stay safe, stay healthy and keep learning !



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10 thoughts on “The Book Thief Review

  1. I’m so pleased you enjoyed this! It’s one of my favourite books and I love the final chapter. Haven’t read this in years so think I might need to reread it at some point…!

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  2. This book was an amazing read. The wordplay Markus Zusak did made it so much better. I am glad you enjoyed it too!


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