Friday, June 26, 2015

Book and Review: The Book Thief by Markus Zusak


The Book Thief is a novel that centers around the life of Liesel Meminger, a nine-year-old girl living in Germany during World War II. Liesel's experiences are narrated by Death, who details both the beauty and destruction that life in this era brought.
After her brother's death, Liesel arrives in a distraught state at the home of her new foster parents, Hans and Rosa Hubermann. During her time there, she is exposed to the horror of the Nazi regime and struggles to find a way to preserve the innocence of her childhood in the midst of her destructive surroundings. As the political situation in Germany deteriorates, her foster parents hide a Jewish man named Max, throwing the family into a state of danger. Hans, who has developed a close relationship with Liesel, teaches her to read in secret. Recognizing the power of writing and sharing the written word, Liesel begins to not only steal the books that the Nazi party is looking to destroy, but to also write her own stories and share the power of language with Max, the Jewish refugee. As Liesel copes with the trauma of her past and the violent horrors of the war-torn world around her, she embarks on a journey of self-discovery, the formation of a new family, and mostly, her life as "the book thief"

5 stars
The thing that really intrigue me with this book is how it was narrated. The book is being narrated by death, which is something new to me. Also, It is beautifully written in a way that is almost seems like poetry. I also like the fact that it shows how the Germans also suffered during WWII, that the children were greatly affected by the event, and that not all Germans like Hans Hubermann were supporters of the Nazi Movement.

Furthermore, repression is also present in this book. It is seen in Liesel Meminger in a way that she has to keep Max and their friendship as a secret, which she could not understand. And through Max Vandenburg in a way that he is a jew therefore he has no freedom and he has to hide from the Nazi just because he is jewish. The family dynamics featured in this books is very interesting in a way that Liesel is an adopted daughter but Hans and Rosa Humbermann loves and cares for like she is their own. Even though they both show it in a different way where in Hans is very close with Liesel. He teaches her how to read and write, while Rosa is very strict with Liesel but shows that she cares for her especially in the part where Liesel is in school and Rosa informs her that Max is awake. 

We also see the development of the characters, especially Liesel. She became more open to Rosa and Hans and she began mature in a way that as the book progress she understood the condition that was happening during her time. I also think that the death of Rosa, Hans, and Rudy is very significant and has to happen because it signifies her loss of innocence because those three were her "security blanket". 

In a feministic view, we see how the women and men treat one another indifferently. Rosa Humbermann is seen as superior to her husband Hans. And Liesel plays with boys and she also punched Franz Deutscher when he made fun of her. There is also a reverse in gender traits where in Rudy is seen as a hopeless romantic where as Liesel is seen as refusing Rudy's advances. 

To assert, I really recommend this book for those who likes historical fiction and coming to age novels. This is a really sad read so prepare your tissues cause you will cry like a baby. 

Getting into it: You get suck in after a few pages. 
New Words: You'll get to learn german words.
Funny: first half of the book then it becomes sad towards the end. 
Moving: Yes! you will cry I guarantee it.
Boring Parts: Almost Never:

Thanks for reading my review on the book thief by markus zusak. If you have other books you want me to review comment them down below. 

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Book Signing: Leigh Bardugo

I love that she wrote a Harshaw Quote because
he is my favorite charater. He
is just funny and unique from the other characters in the books. 

June 21, 2015 I went to Leigh Bardugo’s book signing event in National Bookstore, Glorietta 1. I was so excited for this event because I love the Grisha Trilogy. The politics in books were amazing. It shows inferiority and superiority between the characters, and it shows how power is being used. The darkling was a very interesting character because in the book he is seen as this superior person but at the same time he was also inferior. And with that resulted his wanting to overthrow the current monarch. We are also presented with character that you will love, like harshaw, zoya, mal, etc… And even though they are different from one another they connect and create a perfect harmony between one another. Plus, it has a little bit action, romance and comedy that is not overbearing and will keep the reader entertained. The world building was exceptionally great. I love the Russian vibe to it.

Furthermore, meeting the author of one of my favorite books was such an honor. She is just an inspiring writer and she gives great advice to writers as well. I love that she is very active in social media and that she really talks to her readers.

I also met her lit agent, Joanne Volpe who is so nice. And I also want her job hahaha. 


Overall, the experience was so great. I can’t wait for Leigh Bardugo to be back and to read her next book six of crows. 

Thank you National Bookstore for this event. And to Leigh Bardugo and Joanne Volpe for the wonderful experience. 

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Wednesday, June 24, 2015


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Sunday, June 21, 2015

June Book Haul

I bought this at the beginning of June as a reward for completing my May TBR challenge. I bought my books from National Bookstore, FullyBooked and PowerBooks.

1. Stardust by Neil Gaiman

I've watched the movie when it came out in theatre a couple of 
years ago and I fell in love with the story. I've been meaning to read 
the book version but I never had the chance to get a copy.  
I have already read this in the beginning of June so I'll but my 
review in my June Wrap Up. 

2. Outlander by Diana Gabaldon

I already bought a copy of this book last april but it was the bigger one 
so I decided to buy the mass paperback edition so it's easier to bring when I travel. 

3. More Than This by Patrick Ness
I haven't read a book by Patrick Ness but everyone keeps raving about him 
that I decided to try to read some of his books. 

4. The Murder Complex by Lindsey Cummings

I also read this month because I've been searching for a copy of this book 
for so long and I finally got one and I immediately started reading it non-stop. And 
now I need to get the second book ASAP. 

5. Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs   

This is another book where in everybody was crazy about but not me.
I keep seeing this in bookstore but I have never pick it up because 
it did not appeal to me. Now I think that I might like it after seeing some 
reviews and peer pressure from my friend who adored the book. 

6. Magonia by Maria Headley

After reading the except, I was so intrigue that I had to 
buy it. And it is something that I have not read before
so I am really stoked to start reading it. Plus the cover is just beautiful. 

7. Ruin and Rising by Leigh Bardugo
which is signed!!!! 
I'll make a blog post about my book signing experience and
my review of the whole trilogy. 

8. Crown of Midnight By Sarah J. Maas. 
9. Heir of Fire By Sarah J. Maas. 

I loved the first book that I had to 
get the second and third book. The character's were just 
that likeable. 

So those where all the books that I purchase for the month of June. I am now officially book banned, which means that I cannot buy any more books till I finished my TBR pile or till September. I am controlling myself to abstain from buying books.

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Thursday, June 18, 2015

June TBR

 This month I will start new series since I read mostly stand alone novels in the past few months and series that I am currently reading are coming to an end, like the I am number four series. And there are a few series that I would love to start.

1. The Lost Hero - Rick Riordan 

2. Throne of Glass by Sarah J. Maas

3. The Darkest Minds by Alexandra Bracken

4. Clockwork Angel by Cassandra Clare

5. Eon by Alison Goodman 

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Saturday, June 6, 2015

May Wrap Up

The first book I read in the month of
may is at the top of the
stack. While the last book
I read is at the bottom.
I have read a total of 22 books, which is the most book I've read in a month. And as compared to my April Wrap I'd say I did a pretty good job. I am also proud to have accomplished my May TBR challenge.

1. The Dark Divine - Bree Despain
2 stars 

I like the concept of the plot but I did not like how it was delivered by the author. And the characterization was not appealing to me. 

2. The Hardy Boys Graphic Novel #4: Malled
2 stars 

It was not really exciting or as intriguing like to other Hardy Boys book I have read. 

3. Trese #3: Mass Murder – Kajo Baldisimo
4 stars 

I love how it tells us the origins of Alexandra Trese and how she become what see is right now. 

4. Ready Player One – Ernest Cline
5 stars

click the link for my full review

5. Harry Potter and The Chamber of Secrets – J.K Rowling

I decided to re-read the Harry Potter series again because I bought a new copy.

6. The Heir – Kiera Cass
3.5 stars 
click the link for my full review

7. Shadow and Bone – Leigh Bardugo
3 stars
I'll be making a review of the whole trilogy as soon as read the last book. So stay tuned for that one. 

8. Unravel Me – Tahereh Mafi
3 stars 

The beginning was a bit slow for me and Juliette was irritating in some parts of the novel. 

9. The Book Thief – Markus Zusak
5 stars 

This was just an emotional rollercoaster ride. I love the concept of how it was narrated and how it was written. 

10. Harry Potter and The Philosopher’s stone – J.K Rowling

11. Me, Earl and The Dying Girl – Jesse Andrews
4 stars 

I like the Humour of this book and the characters were funny, likeable and relatable. 
It's a quick read and it has a fast pace. 

12. Harry Potter and The Prisoner of Azkaban– J.K Rowling

This is my favorite book of the series. 

13. Ignite Me - Tahereh Mafi
4.5 stars

It's funny, thrilling and romantic. What can you ask for in a book? Plus, The development of each character of the book was incredible, especially Juliette. I just wished there was more to the ending. The ending was so abrupt that you can't help asking what happens next. 

14. Fan girl – Rainbow Rowell
3 stars 

I love the development the character goes through but I was just keep looking for something more and something that would make this book different with other contemporary books. 

15. Rebel Belle – Rachel Hawkins
3 stars 

The main character was just too whiny and unrelatable. I keep comparing this book with Being Jamie Baker by Kelly Oram, which I think is better. 

16. Miss Mayhem – Rachel Hawkins 
3.5 stars 

The main character (Harper Price) is better now. She is a little bit relatable and likable now.

17. The Probability of Miracles – Wendy Wunder
2 stars.

The characters were unrelatable. You did not see the relationship between the characters and the development of the characters and their relationship with one another. Nevertheless, It redeemed itself in the ending.

18. Broken Juliet – Leisa Rayven
2.5 stars 

The main characters were just too annoying for my taste.

19. The Wrong Side of Right - Jenn Marie Thorne
4 stars 

I love development of the characters in this story and how the problem was tackled throughout the book.

20. Siege and Storm – Leigh Bardugo
4 stars 

21. All I Ever Need Is You – Bella Andre
2.5 stars 

Typical Bella Andre book. Same kind of story with different characters. 

22. Red Queen – Victoria Averyard
4 stars 

I love the concept of this book and how it was delivered by the author. I also like the characters and the flow of the book, which is not draggy. It really captures and captivates the reader from the start till the end of the book. And I cannot wait to read the sequel. 

So that is all what I read in for the month of May. I know I read a lot of book this month it's because it summer and I had a lot of catching up to do because I didn't get the chance to read as much as I would like when I was in school. 

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