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I am always a bit hesitant to start a book that everyone gushes over. And The Book Thief by Markus Zusak certainly falls into this category. The blog world certainly loves it:
"Overall, what can I say. WOW and again WOW. I don't keep many books - I pass them along for others to read. This is going to be one of the few that I put my name in because I want my daughter to read it when she's old enough." Books, Memes, and Musings
"But what I found so fitting in this novel, so perfect, was that it is about words. The power of words and what we are with them—and without them." Trish's Reading Nook
"Markus Zusak makes the words right. His novel will resonate with book lovers. It is a story larger than life; one that touches the reader's heart and never lets go." Caribousmom
And that is just a smidgen of all the wonderful reviews I have read in the past year. So, it was almost with relief that I started reading it a few days ago, and found that I absolutely love it. If it weren't for the fact that the Oscars are on tonight, I would probably stay up after Maya is asleep to finish the book. I had 150 pages to go this morning; now it's closer to 100, but I probably won't have the chance to read that much more today.
Book Acquisitions: Today was also a day of book acquisitions. Long-time readers of my blog will be familiar with my trips to The Book Thing, a non-profit organization that gives books away to city school libraries, senior centers, homeless shelters - anywhere that needs a book. On the weekend, they open their doors for the general public to browse and take as many books as you want for free. So we took a family trip today to donate a few books, and pick up a few for our home library.
Here is what I came away with:
A bunch of Agatha Christie's:
- What Mrs McGillicuddy Saw!;
- Murder in Mesopotamia;
- Ten Little Indians;
- The Witness for the Prosecution, and other stories
- A Heartbreaking Work of Staggering Genius by Dave Eggers
- Brick Lane by Monica Ali
- Delta Wedding by Eudora Welty
- When We Were Orphans by Kazuo Ishiguro
- The Road to Wellville by T.C. Boyle
- The Fixer by Bernard Malamud (not pictured)
- Absalom, Absalom by William Faulkner (not pictured)
Happy Sunday, folks!