I am being so productive this year! Hello 2013. I am getting stuff done y’all! Over the weekend I finished reading my golden January book: The Book Thief.
Let me tell you how this book came into my life. Years ago my dear friend and birthday twin, Tiffany, read this book and told me that I had to read it.
Since then I’ve had The Book Thief on my to-read list, and I’ve been waiting for the right time to read it. When I was looking for a book to read this month, this book was at the top of my list. The day after I posted the book on my Golden profile for January, my boss gave me a gift.
Can you believe that he gave me a copy of The Book Thief?!? He told me that the book had moved him in a way that he hadn’t been moved in a while, and that he wanted to share that with me.
and wow, what a moving book it is.
This book is a must read. On the way back from Tahoe on Sunday I literally read over 300 pages in the car. I couldn’t stop. I was so moved and touched that I had to keep reading.
You know how you start reading something that feels like truth? Something that challenges you and makes you rethink the way you see the world? This is one of those books.
It made me feel both grateful and sad to be human, to be here, to be a part of the struggle that we all face to be real and connected and alive.
The book is stirring and beautifully written.
You should read it. When I finished the book I thought, I hope I always remember the way this book made me feel.
Without giving too much away, I’ll tell you that “Death” is the narrator of the book. The book is set in Germany during World War II. Here’s one of the paragraphs that keeps lingering with me (this is Death speaking):
“It’s probably fair to say that in all the years of Hitler’s reign, no person was able to serve the Fuhrer as loyally as me. A human doesn’t have a heart like mine. The human heart is a line, whereas my own is a circle, and I have the endless ability to be in the right place at the right time. The consequence of this is that I’m always finding humans at their best and worst. I see their ugly and their beauty, and I wonder how the same thing can be both. Still, they have one thing I envy. Humans, if nothing else, have the good sense to die.”
If you haven’t read this book, I strongly recommend it.