january reads

This month I’ve enjoyed 4 books, 2 of which I highly recommend.

Ticket to RideTicket to Ride is one of those books you need to take your time with. At least I found that. It’s also the sort of book I plan to reread to fully appreciate it. I wrote a short review for our Feb update at All Things Girl. If you like your reads clean, structured and with a happy ending, then skip this. If, however, you like to be a little challenged and prefer a story that leaves you with more questions than answers, then this is for you.

The Book ThiefThe Book Thief by Markus Zusak. I finished this today and bawled. This is a heart-breaking story, but also one that shows the real beauty of humans, along with their brutality. Death narrates the story of Liesel, a 9 year old girl sent to live with foster parents. It’s 1939, Germany. No doubt, you can imagine this is not an entirely happy story. It is however, one about the power of words – for good and for bad, about friendships that endure through the harshest of barriers, and death. Zusak gives you a new perspective on the Holocaust. One that paints it, as it should be, as a grey time. Things are never black and white. The writing itself is…beautiful. Zusak cleverly describes things in a way that makes you stop, reread the description and really absorb it. I highly recommend this book, although be equipped with a box of Kleenex. Granted, I am the type who cries at commercials, so perhaps I’m just a wuss.

1 Comment

  • Paul
    February 4, 2009 at 12:52 am  - Reply

    Hi Lorissa,

    Thanks for the suggestions – I will certainly read The Book Thief…. hope you’re doing fine.

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