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12 Days of Holiday Gift Book Suggestions: Day 6

December 15, 2011

Day 6 of our 12 Days of Holiday Gift Book Suggestions comes to you from Bobbie. This book is perfect for adults or mature young adults. 

The Gift That Keeps on Giving: The Book Thief
2 million copies sold!

New York Times called it “the kind of book that can be LIFE CHANGING.” And it must be true. Why else would the excitement continue for this long? Since its publication in 2006, there’s been endless chatter surrounding its breathless story. Then the countless awards and accolades piled in. Shortly afterward, it sprouted up in classroom curriculums. It’s sat on the NY Times Children’s bestseller list for almost 200 weeks now and it’s even found its place in pop culture, mentioned during ABC’s comedy, “Modern Family,” as a book that changed the life of Phil Dunphy’s dental hygienist.

It’s the Book Thief. And it just reached its 2 millionth copy sold! Of the achievement, author, Markus Zusak says, “Two million copies? I was staggered when it reached a million, so this feels pretty outrageous. I’m more thankful to readers of The Book Thief than I could ever say. It’s a book that means everything to me, and the fact that it has meant something to two million other people is more than just a thrill—it’s an honor.”

To that I say, thank you, Mr. Zusak. What you should know if you haven’t read the Book Thief is, though he considers it an honor that so many have enjoyed the book, I consider it (as do others) a great honor to read it.

The Book Thief is set during World War II in Germany, where a foster girl named Liesel Meminger is sent to live with a set of foster parents outside of Munich, after the death of her little brother.  Here, she carves out a small existence for herself as she begins to, with the help of her accordion-playing foster father, learn to read and write. Meanwhile, she also begins to steal the very thing that she shouldn’t if she has any hopes for survival in Nazi ridden Germany—books. She loves books. She craves books. And she eventually becomes the story’s namesake.

As she becomes more educated and more empowered, Liesel shares her stolen books with neighbors during bombing raids, as well as the Jewish fist-fighter named Max, who’s been hiding in her basement. And here lies the heart of the story: what books offer these people during these tumultuous times. It’s an intricate plot, and entertaining page-turner. But more than anything it is a story about the power of words, and the ability for books to motivate and lavish the soul. Something we can all appreciate.

I highly recommend this book to anyone who enjoys reading because there’s something for everyone in this book. It’s for me, the gift that keeps on giving.

8 Comments leave one →
  1. December 15, 2011 8:55 am

    I’ve given it as a gift and read it. Thank you for saying it all over again. It’s a marvelous book and should not be forgotten!

  2. December 15, 2011 1:56 pm

    I love this book. I am currently trying to collect every hardcover that features a different cover image. I have Australia’s and England’s version. I am a nerd. Also, the audiobook is AMAZING!! Buy the physical book and the audio version! You won’t regret it.

  3. December 15, 2011 4:45 pm

    I agree! This is a great choice.

  4. December 15, 2011 10:43 pm

    I have this book on my shelf for 2012.

  5. December 18, 2011 9:18 am

    You never forget this one. Definitely one for sharing!

  6. December 20, 2011 9:59 am

    I’ve never read this, I’m embarrassed to say. Must get to it!


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