Book Review: The Book Thief

Hey everyone! It’s Friday and time for another book review.  Today I am finally doing a review of The Book Thief by Mark Zusak. Let’s get started!

Title: The Book Thief

Author: Markus Zusak


Genre: Historical Fiction

# of pages: 592

My Rating: 5/5 stars

Goodreads Rating: 4.4/5 stars

Amazon Rating: 4.6/5 stars

Amazon Summary:

It is 1939. Nazi Germany. The country is holding its breath. Death has never been busier, and will become busier still.

Liesel Meminger is a foster girl living outside of Munich, who scratches out a meager existence for herself by stealing when she encounters something she can’t resist–books. With the help of her accordion-playing foster father, she learns to read and shares her stolen books with her neighbors during bombing raids as well as with the Jewish man hidden in her basement.

Editorial Reviews (Credit Given):

“An extraordinary narrative.”
School Library Journal, Starred

“Exquisitely written and memorably populated, Zusak’s poignant tribute to words, survival, and their curiously inevitable entwinement is a tour de force to be not just read but inhabited.”
The Horn Book Magazine, Starred

“This hefty volume is an achievement…a challenging book in both length
and subject…”
Publisher’s Weekly, Starred

My Thoughts:

The perspective of this book is so unique! A book told my Death. The writing had me from  the beginning. Liesel Meminger is such a great character. I loved seeing how she grew and what she encountered. Though I didn’t shed many tears, make sure to have tissues ready at the end. It’s absolutely heart breaking. This is one of the books that I wouldn’t hesitate to give a five star. I recommend it to anyone who loves a unique, historical fiction, action filled book.

That’s a wrap! I extremely recommend The Book Thief if you haven’t read it already. If you have read it, what are your thoughts on it? *NO SPOILERS* Let me know in the comments 🙂

Thanks for reading and stay tuned for more book reviews!

~Makayla the Bookworm 😀


WWW Wednesday (#26)

Hey everyone! It’s Wednesday and that means it’s time for another WWW Wednesday. This weekly meme is currently hosted by the amazing Sam. You definitely need to check out her bookish writing blog if you haven’t already. To participate in this meme, all you have to do is answer three questions:

What did you recently read?

What are you currently reading?

What are you going to read?

Let’s get started!

Recently Read:

This was a great book! I have books 2,4 and 5 available to pick up at the library. Then I can continue reading this great series

Currently Reading:

Anne of the Island (Anne of Green Gables, #3)

(Not the edition I have)

This is another book of L.M. Montgomery’s. It’s part of what seems to be a two book series. I love reading it so much. Just like the Anne Shirley series, it has a lot happening.

Going To Read:

I have a ton of books to read!

Anne of Avonlea (Anne of Green Gables, #2)

Anne of Windy Poplars (Anne of Green Gables, #4)

Anne's House of Dreams (Anne of Green Gables, #5)

Mistress Pat (Pat, #2)

The Book Thief

Ethan, Suspended

As Brave As You

I have 7 books to read!!

That’s a wrap! What have you read this week? Let me know or link your own WWW in the comments.

Thanks for reading and stay tuned for next week’s WWW Wednesday!

~Makayla the Bookworm 😀

Book Traveling Thursday (#17) BFF

Hey everyone! Tomorrow’s Friday and that means it’s almost the weekend. It also means it’s time for another Book Traveling Thursday! This amazing meme is hosted by Catia @ The Girl Who Read Too Much and Danielle @ Danielle’s Book Blog! You should definitely check out their blogs and give them a follow. To find out more about this meme, future themes and more, go to the Goodreads group. This week’s theme is:

Because friendship matters choose your favorite bookish BFF.

This is a pretty tough one since some books I’ve done fit perfectly into this. Never the less, I have decided to do Eleanor and Park by Rainbow Rowell. I just finished reading this book last night and it was absolutely amazing. The review will be up ASAP. I can really relate to Eleanor in that we are both unique and have red hair.

Original/ Cover From My Country (US):

Eleanor & Park

Favorite Cover(s):

Eleanor & ParkEnglish

Eleanor & Park. Per una voltaItalian

Eleanor og ParkDanish

Eleanor & ParkDutch

My favorites are probably the Dutch and Danish ones. They are both so unique and colorful!

Least Favorite(s):

Eleonora un PārksLatvian

Δυο λέξεις μόνοGreek (Modern)

ელინორი & პარკიGeorgian (This is a new language to me)

Елеанор і ПаркUkrainian

Eleanor & ParkIndonesian (Sorry for the terrible quality)

My least favorite is probably the Indonesian one. It looks nothing like Eleanor and Park!

That’s all! There were definitely some good and bad covers this time. What were your favorite and least favorite covers? Let me know!

Thanks for reading and stay tuned for more Book Traveling Thursdays!

~Makayla the  Bookworm 😀

Totally Should’ve Book Tag!!

Hello everyone!! It’s finally Friday!! In honor of it being Friday, I decided to do a book tag. Nobody officially tagged me to do this. I actually found it by looking at the “book tag” tag in the Reader. This tag seems to be answering “totally should’ve” questions with a  book that fits it best. Without further ado, let’s begin!

Totally Should've

1) Totally Should’ve Gotten A Sequel.

Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell needs a sequel!! Many can argue that Carry On is the sequel. In some ways it is, in others it isn’t. Fangirl needs a sequel that’s about Levi and Cath. I honestly need more of their adorable relationship. The Fanfic was interesting and pretty adorable but I only enjoyed it shaped around the romance of Levi and Cath. Not by it self.

2) Totally Should’ve Had a Spin-Off Series.

This question is way too hard! There are so many series’ that need a spin-off.

3)An Author Who Should Totally Write More Books.

There are so many authors that fit this!! I’m going to say J.K. Rowling. Her writing is absolutely amazing. Look at the popularity of Harry Potter! Nothing could ever be better than Harry Potter but she should still write more!

4) A Character Who Totally Should’ve Ended Up With Someone Else.

I definitely love Harry and Ginny but I feel like Harry and Chu could’ve been pretty adorable too. Just my opinion.

5) Totally Should’ve Ended Differently.

The Hunger Games series. Mockingjay just ended so abruptly. It definitely needed more of a gradual ending than a “And then they lived happily ever after”

6)Totally Should’ve Had a Movie Franchise.

All the books that I can think of already have their own movies.

7)Totally Should’ve Had a TV Show.

I feel like the Hunger Games or Harry Potter would make pretty good TV shows. There would definitely be lots of cliffhangers/suspense.

8)Totally Should’ve Had Only One POV

I don’t know… I absolutely love reading different views.

9) Totally Should’ve Had a Cover Change.

This isn’t the Paper Towns book I can buy but this is absolutely terrible. It definitely needs a cover change.

10)Totally Should’ve Kept the Original Cover.

The Paper Towns cover above is one of them. Why would someone put that as a cover of a pretty good book?!

11) Totally Should’ve Stopped At Book One

I haven’t finished the Divergent series but have heard how the last book really messed the series up. Maybe the Divergent series should’ve stopped at book 1 or 2 so the series wasn’t ruined. Just a thought…

Since this tag hasn’t been done by very many people, I’m actually going to tag some bloggers.

@Aubrey’s Book Nook

@Drizzle and Hurricane Books

@The Writing Hufflepuff

@J Bookish

@Josies Book Corner

@My Tiny Obsessions

@Analee @ Book Snacks

@CK’s Reading Corner

@Paige @ Page by Paige

@The Girl Who Read Too Much

And.. Anyone else who wants to participate!!

Thanks for reading and stay tuned for more great book tags!

~Makayla the Bookworm 😀


Book Review: The Swap by Megan Shull

Name: The Swap


Author: Megan Shull

# of pages: 382

My Rating: 5/5 stars

Goodreads Rating: 4.3/5 stars

Amazon Rating: 4.6/5 stars

Goodreads Summary:


ELLIE spent the summer before seventh grade getting dropped by her best friend since forever. JACK spent it training in “The Cage” with his tough-as-nails brothers and hard-to-please dad. By the time middle school starts, they’re both ready for a change. And just as Jack’s thinking girls have it so easy, Ellie’s wishing she could be anyone but herself.

Then, BAM! They swap lives—and bodies!

Now Jack’s fending off mean girls at sleepover parties while Ellie’s reigning as the Prince of Thatcher Middle School. As their crazy weekend races on—and their feelings for each other grow—Ellie and Jack begin to realize that maybe the best way to learn how to be yourself is to spend a little time being someone else.

My thoughts:

This is an amazing book that has lots of great characterization and adventure. It is directed at people 10 and up. Whether you’re 10 or 75,  you can read this book and hopefully enjoy it. You really get to know the characters and you start to feel like you’re actually there. Megan Shull is an outstanding author and I can’t wait to see what she will write next!

Let me know what you think of the new set up. I realize that this is similar to many other book bloggers. Please let me know if you have a problem or suggestion about this set up. I personally love it ❤

Thanks for reading and Stay tuned for another book review towards the end of the week.

~Makayla the Bookworm 😀



Book Review: Harry Potter and the Socerer’s Stone!

It’s time for quite an exciting book review. Yesterday, I finished the first Harru Potter book and loved the heck out of it. Now it’s time for me to give some serious and legit thoughts about the book.

Book Title: Harry Potter and the Socerer’s Stone


Author: J.K. Rowling (Amazing Lady :D)

# of Pages: 309

My Rating: 10/10 or 5/5 stars

Book # in the series: 1/7


“Harry Potter has never played a sport while flying on a broomstick. He’s never worn a cloak of invisibility, befriended a giant or helped hatch a dragon.” All Harry knows is a miserable life with his horrible aunt and uncle as well as their spoiled son Dudley. They are known as the Dursley’s. Harry’s room is a very small closet at the bottom of the stairs. He hasn’t had a birthday in 11 years. All of that is about to change when a mysterious letter arrives by owl: A letter with an invitation to a wonderful place he never dreamed existed. There he finds not only friends, flying sports and magic around every corner, but a great destiny that’s been patiently waiting for him. But only if he can survive.

A few thoughts about the book:

“Holly Cow!”

“Why did I wait so long to read this?!”

“Oh my gosh!”

“What did they just do??”

“I love this book!!”

“My friend is amazing!”

“Noooo! Not the last chapter.”

“I’m definitely reading the next book.”

That’s my book review on Harry Potter and the Socerer’s Stone.

Thanks for reading and Stay tuned for more book reviews!

~Makayla the Bookworm 🙂