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the_thirteenth_tale_a_novelI love books.  I love books so much that I can go to Barnes & Noble and spend hours looking at, touching, and of course reading the books.  A book store is what I imagine heaven to be for me.  In the past few years I would go through periods of my life where I would read every single day and then stop51cwqnrm3l_sl500_ for months.  In 2008 I decided to try and read every day and by the list below I think I accomplished that goal.  The books listed below are not in a ranked order but the last few books are my least favorite.  I’ve also highlighted my recommendations.  I do have one novel, Prep that I would not recommend.  I found it depressing, disconnected, and overall wanting to slap the main character.  year-of-fog

2009 has already begun with my starting on reading The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao.  Look for a future review.  To start off 2009 reading check out Barnes and Noble for their After Holiday sale.  There’s thousands of books 50% – 75% off.00000522_eat-pray-love

 

 

  1. The Book Thief, Markus Zusak
  2. Twilight Series (All 4 books), Stephanie Meyers
  3. Dry, Augusten Burroughs
  4. Magical Thinking, Augusten Burroughs
  5. Running With Scissors, Augusten Burroughs
  6. Possible Side Effects, Augusten Burroughs
  7. A Wolf at a Table, Augusten Burroughs
  8. How To Be a Canadian, Will Ferguson & Ian Ferguson
  9. Masquerade, Melissa De La Cruz
  10. The Year of Fog, Michelle Richmond
  11. Belong To Me, Marissa De Los Santos
  12. The Devil in the White City, Erik Larson
  13. I Love You, Beth Cooper, Larry Doyle
  14. The Thirteenth Tale, Diane Setterfield
  15. Heartbreaking Work of Staggering Genius, Dave Eggers
  16. At Work, Annie Leibovitz
  17. The Tales of Beedle the Bard, J.K. Rowling
  18. Special Topics in Calamity Physics, Marisha Peel
  19. T is for Trespass, Sue Grafton
  20. The Memory of Water, Karen White
  21. The Other Boleyn Girl, Philippa Gregory
  22. Boleyn Inheritance, Philippa Gregory
  23. The Constant Princess, Philippa Gregory
  24. The Virgin’s Lover, Philippa Gregory
  25. The Queen’s Fool, Philippa Gregory
  26. Minaret, Leila Aboulella
  27. Flight, Sherman Alexie
  28. The Last Templar, Raymond Khoury
  29. The Book of Fate, Brad Meltzer
  30. A Great and Terrible Beauty, Libba Bray
  31. Boy Meets Girl, Meg Cabot
  32. Bitter is the New Black, Jen Lancaster
  33. Eat Pray Love, Elizabeth Gilbert
  34. Love in the Time of Cholera, Gabriel Garcia Marquez
  35. The Pillars of the Earth, Ken Follett
  36. World without End, Ken Follett
  37. Einstein’s Dreams, Alan Lightman
  38. Nefertiti; The Book of the Dead, Nick Drake
  39. Charleston, John Jakes
  40. Bel Canto, Ann Patchett
  41. Remember Me?, Sophia Kinsella
  42. Prep, Curtis Sittenfeld

-Koop

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Last week I read the book, The Book Thief by Markus Zusak.  To be honest I really didn’t feel like reading this book by a friend, who happens to have good taste in literature, recommended it so I figured it would probably be good.  Oh was I wrong; it was great!  

The Book Thief is set in Germany, during and post – World War II. The story is told from the point of view of Death, a reluctant collector of souls, who does not enjoy the job appointed to him. One of the few pleasures he has is in the story of the book thief, Liesel Meminger, whom he encounters three times. Liesel’s story begins when she and her brother are sent away by their mother to the Hubermanns, a foster family. However, on the way to the small town outside Munich where the Hubermanns live, Liesel’s six-year-old brother dies after developing a cough. As the gravediggers are burying her brother, Werner, Liesel steals the gravedigger’s handbook, despite her inability to read.  – wikipedia

Stealing the first book sets Liesel into a pattern of stealing books and is how the story unfolds.  Each section of the story is told around another instance in which Liesel steals a book or is given a book.  In the end, the giving of books even saves her life.  

Having Death, who is not portrayed as scary or dark, tell the story of a girl’s journey during the Holocaust puts a new perspective on history.  Death loathes the war and the unnecessary work it gives him and by the end of the story even Death is deeply tortured by Humans and our ability to survive and endure.  I highly recommend The Book Thief and do not be deterred by it’s length.  It’s like reading a Harry Potter book, the pages fly by and before you want to reach it, you’ve come to the story’s conclusion.

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