Happy Friday everyone! I hope you have had a lovely week after the bank holiday on Monday (for some of us, anyway!)
I’m back again with my new regular fortnightly feature – First Lines Friday. If you want to sample something new without the bias of a front cover, then you have come to the right place!
Which book am I featuring today? Here are the first few lines from today’s featured book: –
First the colours.
Then the humans.
That’s usually how I see things.
Or at least, how I try.
Here is a small fact
You are going to die.
I am in all truthfulness attempting to be cheerful about this whole topic, though most people find themselves hindered in believing me, no matter my protestations. Please, trust me. I most definitely can be cheerful. I can be amiable. Agreeable. Affable. And that’s only the A’s. Just don’t ask me to be nice. Nice has nothing to do with me.
Reaction to the Aforementioned fact
Does this worry you?
I urge you – don’t be afraid.
I’m nothing if not fair.
Of course, an introduction.
Where are my manners?
This particular book has been on my reading list for a couple of years now. It’s one I see a good number of bloggers talk about too. I have only ever seen praise of it. It’s currently scoring 4.37 stars and has over 1.6 million ratings, so I’m confident this is one I am really going to enjoy getting around to!
Not only that, but the undercurrents of the WW2 setting definitely make this my kind of read!
Would you like to find out what it is?
The Book Thief – Markus Zusak
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.
What do you think of the introduction to The Book Thief? Have you read it? Added it to your TBR?
As always, I would love to hear from you!!