final book of the year

Please excuse the language but, seriously, today was so freakin’ hot. I stayed inside all day in the comfort of good aircon. Probably the only good thing was that it was a good chance to get some reading done.

I’ve been reading “The Book Thief” (Markus Zusak) for a while, and I finally finished it today. I think that it’s taken a while mostly because I’ve been reading other books at the same time, but also because it’s the sort of book I wanted to read slowly and savour. It was one of those stories that I really wanted to find out the ending of, but also didn’t want to end.

Following from that, you can probably tell that I really enjoyed it. I really liked the writing style used. Yes, I like all sorts of writing styles but there was something about the way “The Book Thief” was written that just really drew me in. It’ll be interesting to see what the movie is like because the novel isn’t just a story that someone tells and that’s it. The way that it was narrated was what I found to be really captivating.

Despite my interest in modern history during high school, I don’t think I’ve read many novels about World War II. I’ll read practically any genre, but war stories aren’t really my thing. “The Book Thief”, however, isn’t really a war story, as such. Well, it’s focus is on the people left at home, not on the frontline. I suppose you could say it’s a novel about humans and the human experience, since it’s narrated by Death, who provides observations, commentary and insights.

It’s been a good year of reading for me, even though I haven’t really read that many books. “The Book Thief” is definitely one of my favourites from this year, alongside “Catch 22” (coincidentally another WWII novel) and “Life of Pi”. They’re the books I wish I could get everyone to read. “Life of Pi” was actually borrowed from a friend, and I did end up buying a copy of “Catch 22” and lending that to another friend, so at least I know I’m helping those two get circulated.

There’s a certain joy that can be derived from sharing good books with others, and I reckon that the discovery of this happiness probably qualifies as one of my highlights of 2013. (I’m still undecided about whether or not I can be bothered doing a 2013 recap/highlight post. We shall see…)

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4 thoughts on “final book of the year

  1. I just started reading The Book Thief a few days ago too! Mostly inspired by wanting to read the novel before watching the movie.

    I would love to read Catch 22 as well because of all the good things I’ve heard about it.

    Finally I’m slowly getting back into reading. I started reading the Hunger Games a week ago because I wanted to find out what happens in the end after watching the movie. Can’t say I liked the way it was written but the storyline is great. Have you read the series? (I’ve only read the third book.)

    • Yay for reading! ^_^ When I get my copy of ‘Catch 22’ back, I can lend it to you (if you haven’t gotten hold of a copy by then). I reckon you’d like it

      I’ve only read the first book of ‘Hunger Games’ and, yeah, I didn’t really like the way it was written either. Well, it wasn’t bad, but it could have been more …polished. I can lend you the first book if you want. I was actually going to try to give it away because I don’t think I’ll read it again…

  2. I know, it feels very good to start reading again. I think it also helps to strengthen my attention span…

    I agree about the Hunger Games feeling like it needs to be polished more, it just seems like something that anyone can write, not really very sophisticated? I wasn’t planning to read any of the other two books (which my sister has already bought) though coz I don’t think I can stand to read it.
    My sister keeps recommending Divergent which seems like another one of those teenage popular series turned movie books. Have you heard much of that?

    • Actually, I don’t think I’ve ever heard of ‘Divergent’ before… but I just did a quick Google search, and from what I can tell, it seems alright. It probably won’t go very high up on my “to read” list, though. Maybe if the movie’s really good, I’ll be more tempted to read the books

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