July’s Novel Pick

The Book Thief

GoodReads Synopsis

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

By her brother’s graveside, Liesel’s life is changed when she picks up a single object, partially hidden in the snow. It is The Gravedigger’s Handbook, left behind there by accident, and it is her first act of book thievery. So begins a love affair with books and words, as Liesel, with the help of her accordian-playing foster father, learns to read. Soon she is stealing books from Nazi book-burnings, the mayor’s wife’s library, wherever there are books to be found.

But these are dangerous times. When Liesel’s foster family hides a Jew in their basement, Liesel’s world is both opened up, and closed down.

In superbly crafted writing that burns with intensity, award-winning author Markus Zusak has given us one of the most enduring stories of our time.


I’m trying to go through all the classic and most popular novels during lockdown, so I’m sorry if you’ve already read the books I chose. But, if you haven’t read The Book Thief yet, I hope you enjoy it! I’ve heard so many great things about it and my sister has recommended it to me for years, so it’s about time I started reading it. Although the size of it is a bit daunting…

Bye x