What I’m Reading Now: The Book Thief

At the moment, I’m deep into reading The Book Thief, by Markus Zusak. I’ve started it yesterday and cannot put it down. I’ve done myself a great disservice avoiding it just because it’s popular and because it’s about Nazi Germany at the height of the Holocaust. What book could possibly do what Diary of Anne Frank and the Schindler’s List didn’t already? thought I.

Fool, I am. Thank God for ebooks and libraries that loan them.

Overdrive — and all the public libraries that cooperate with the company — thank you.

As of this writing, I’m about one-third’s into the story. I’ve learned why the narrator, Death, calls the main character, Liesel, the book thief. It has to do with her little brother Werner’s death.