the book thief by markus zusak was released in 2005. and i'm wondering why i only read it this year! as a lover of books, i understood leisel (the main character) when she sought comfort in the words of the books that she steals. to me (and to many other bookworms, writers, literature lovers), words have the power to inspire, encourage and even allow people to escape their sad realities, if only for a while.
the story is told from an unexpected point of view, which i thought was brilliant. you'll feel real sympathy for the characters and you will find yourself welling up with tears towards the end. oh, and it's being made into a movie, which i'm looking forward to watching. i hope they don't stray from the original story.
the book is 500+ pages long, and it will start out slow, but if you keep at it, you'll slowly get pulled into the story. so if you have spare time before the year ends, please read the book, it's really good!