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 😀


Top Ten Tuesday: On A Whim

Hey guys! I apologize for missing last week’s TTT. At least I’m doing it this week! Top Ten Tuesday is an amazing meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish. You definitely should check them out if you haven’t already 🙂 This week’s topic is:

Ten Books I Picked Up On A Whim (however you decide to interpret that (bought or read or something else) — I know most people read based on recommendation but we want to know those books you picked up without really hearing about or knowing much about!)

I’ll be doing Ten Books I Read On a Whim.

Top Ten Tuesdays

Ten Books I Read On a Whim:

  1. Openly Straight by Bill Konigsberg

As of right now, I haven’t started reading this. I haven’t heard about it and only have read the summary on the inside flap. I’m sure it’ll be good!

2. Dumplin’ by Julie Murphy

This was an amazing book that I had heard little about. If you haven’t read it yet, I definitely recommend you give it a try.

3. Hour of  The Bees by Lindsay Eager

This was another amazing book that I came across. It’s about a girl who has to help her family move her grandpa. Her grandpa has dementia so he sometimes randomly acts out and does strange things. I did a  review on it here if you’re interested.

4. Divergent by Veronica Roth

This is and was when I read it, such a popular book. Some how, I managed not to hear too much about it. I am glad it wasn’t spoiled for me.

5. Insurgent by Veronica Roth

Just like Divergent, I hadn’t heard much about it. I definitely recommend reading books 1 and 2 in this series.

6. Dead End in Norvelt by Jack Gantos

This was a brilliant book.

7. Wonder by R.J. Palacio

8. Return to Sender by Julia Alvarez

This was on a reading list at school. I didn’t know much about it and definitely enjoyed it. You should read it!

9. Survivors The Empty City by Erin Hunter

I know I rave about this series a lot but it’s absolutely amazing! I recommend it to younger readers who love fantasy, adventure, and animals. You have to be able to stand some violence though.

10. Everything, Everything by Nicola Yoon

This is probably cheating a bit. This book has been recommended to me. I’m reading it right now and I love it so much. I definitely recommend reading it.

That’s a wrap! Have you read any of these books? If you have, what did you think about them? As always, don’t spoil anything. 

Thanks for reading and stay tuned for next week’s Top Ten Tuesday!

~Makayla the Bookworm 😀

Book Review: Harry Potter and The Chamber of Secrets

Hello everyone! It’s Tuesday and time for the review I’ve been promising for quite sometime. It’s my book review for Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets by J.K. Rowling.


The Dursley’s were of course mean to Harry during the summer. All he wanted was to get back to the Hogwarts School for Witchcraft and Wizardry. Just as Harry is packing his bags, he receives a warning from a strange creature named Dobby who says that if Harry returns to Hogwarts, disaster will strike. Disaster does strike. In Harry’s second year of Hogwarts, new torments and horror arises, including a stuck up new professor named Gilderoy Lockhart, a spirit named Moaning Myrtle who haunts the girl’s bathroom, and the unwanted attention of Ron Weasley’s younger sister Ginny. Each of these annoyances seem minor when the real trouble begins. Someone or something is turning Hogwarts students to stone. Could it be Draco Malfoy, a rich and stuck up rival? Could it possibly be Hagrid whose mysterious past is being uncovered? Or could it be the person that most people accuse.. Harry Potter himself?!


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Goodreads Rating:

4.5/5 stars

Amazon Rating:

4.7/5 stars

My Thoughts:

This book was amazing and I absolutely recommend this series to anyone who hasn’t read it yet. It is a page turner and has so much action and plot twists.

Thanks for reading and Stay tuned for more book reviews!

~Makayla the Bookworm 😀