Travel Reads [The Book Thief]

I hope everyone has had a wonderful holiday season. It will be wrapping up in a few days and I'm sure many friends are still traveling or catching up on some much needed downtime. The Christmas/New Years holidays at the Gunter household included A LOT of laziness, giving me ample time to read a good book. I recently purchased "The Book Thief" by Markus Zusak, from the glowing ratings and seeing that they were making a movie from the book. I love reading books before they come out as a movie. I don't know why I do this because the movies usually turn out to be a disappointment....maybe its just the hope that the movie will capture the book's spirit. Movies just don't capture the whole backstory of the characters and it leaves you feeling like there is so much missing.

"The Book Thief" was such a great read. I believe it is actually listed in the Young Adult category, but we all know that those can be the best books sometimes!! (i.e. Harry Potter, The Hunger Games) The book is set in 1930's Germany. I have a serious obsession with learning about the horrors of Jewish persecution during Nazi Germany. I think I am in just complete disbelief about how the holocaust came to be. How did so many people in this world allow for 6 million Jews to be murdered?! It just baffles me every time I think about it. Hopefully a trip to Poland is in our near future and I will be able to pay my respects to the lives that were lost in such a horrific way.

So anyway, back to the book. The book is told from the perspective of Death which I think is perfect for the time period of the book. It sounds a little depressing to think of Death of the narrator, but he actually has a heart. And does not walk around in a black robe with a scythe :) It enables the reader to really become attached to each character individually. The characters really captured my heart and I knew I would probably be in for an emotional ride through this story.

"The Book Thief" is a book that will stay with you days after you finish the last page. It is a very moving book and helps us to imagine life in small town Germany during the Nazi reign. Don't be intimidated by the 550+ pages, you will not be able to put it down. I would most definitely recommend this book, especially if you are travelling!

Now, I have read the reviews on the movie. It still has yet to be released in the UK and the reviews are not the greatest. Most of them complain that the director sugar coats the horrors of the time period which I think is sad. I think its important to remember what happened and not to downplay it to future generations. But, the final verdict will have to wait until I see it myself!

Here is a little list of books-to-movies that I have read. MOST of the books were better than the movie, but there are a select few where I think the movie DID do the book justice (I have bolded them).

  • The Hunger Games
  • Water for Elephants
  • Eat, Pray, Love
  • The Notebook
  • The Help
  • Charlotte's Web
  • Harry Potter (read about my HP studio tour here)
  • Matilda
  • The Witches
  • James and the Giant Peach
  • The Davinci Code
  • Angels and Demons
  • The Client
  • My Sister's Keeper
  • Bridget Jones Diary
  • The Lovely Bones
  • The Great Gatsby
  • Angela's Ashes

Do you have any favorite books that were brought to life in the movies?



  1. I am really excited about this movie! But yeah, I'm sure the book will still be better. I have a slight obsession with the Holocaust as well, but it's an internal struggle that began after visiting Sachsenhausen outside of Berlin. I still can't bring myself to write a blog about it, but I think it's because my words won't come anywhere close to expressing the experience. As much pain as it may bring, I believe everyone should visit a camp at some point in their life, preferably earlier life.

    1. I think I would be the same way...not being able to blog about it. I don't why or where my obsession comes from, I think my friends in high school thought I was a little strange because of it. It's just so unfathomable to me and I just can't imagine the horror felt by the victims. Have you read this book? I just loved it....and I balled my eyes out.

  2. The Book Thief is one of the best books I've ever read! I even made my husband and daughter read it when I was done because I loved it so much! I'm not sure if I'll see the movie though. I try to steer clear of movies made from my favorite books because I'm worried they'll change my opinions of the characters, etc.