Book Review: The Book Thief by Markus Zusak

The Book Thief by Markus Zusak is a historical fiction novel set during Nazi Germany and is narrated by Death.

I’ve had this book on my shelf for so long but never picked it up. For some reason I spent days looking at it and completely ignored my March TBR and picked this up first. I LOVED it. I can’t believe it took me so long to read this. What have I been doing?!

I thought the whole concept of having Death be the narrator was so different and surprising. I think it really made the story more powerful. I wasn’t even bothered by the spoilers in earlier chapters of what happens in the end for some characters. I just thought it was such a unique way to tell the story.

I loved the friendship between Liesel and Rudy. They kind of had a love/hate relationship but they were always there for each other when it counted and they loved each other in a way that they didn’t love another person. It was such a cute time whenever they were together. I even found myself laughing during some of their time together.

I enjoyed the relationship that developed between Hans and Liesel. He really stepped up as a father and was very supportive and patient with her. I even liked the relationship Liesel had with Rosa. Rosa could be harsh and sometimes cruel, but I think that in her own way she really did love her and did the best she could.

I also really liked Max. He added something special to the story. The Hubermann’s wouldn’t have been the same without him I don’t believe. I also think that he had a profound impact on Liesel and on the life that she would eventually have.

I liked all the historical facts and how they were used throughout the book. The whole thing seemed to be thoroughly researched and I really felt like I was there sometimes. The author did an amazing job at making me feel all the feels. I laughed and cried. I was happy and sad. I was surprised, shocked, horrified and heartbroken.

I think one of my favorite things about The Book Thief was all the book talk. I loved that books played such a big role in the book and in Liesels life. I loved the moments she shared with the mayor’s wife.

This book quickly became a favorite of mine and one that I can see myself rereading multiple times in the years to come. I highly recommend everyone to read it if you haven’t already. Definitely 5 stars for me.

Keep reading…Lola


March Subscription Boxes

These are the books I got in sub boxes in March. This month I received my last BookCase.Club box for a while. I need to get my TBR down so I’m taking a break from sub boxes for a little bit.

Book Of The Month:

Not That I Could Tell by Jessica Strawser. This is about the disappearance of a woman and all the secrets that are revealed while trying to solve the mystery of what happened.

My Thrill Club:

In The Valley Of The Sun by Andy Davidson. Travis does bad things to women. One night he meets a pale girl and wakes in the morning all blood and weakened, with no memory of what happened the night before.

The Girl With Ghost Eyes by M.H. Boroson. This takes place at the end of the nineteenth century. There’s Daoism, ghost hunters, spiritual visions. I’m not clear on what this book is about exactly but it seems interesting.

The Last Winter is the DVD from this month. It stars James Le Gros and Connie Britton. The movie follows a group of oil scouts in Alaska. Evil stalks the group and things turn deadly.


The One Thing by Marci Lyn Curtis. Maggie has been blind for six months and has turned rebellious, leading to her having a probation officer. One day, she can see again, but only 10 year old Ben, who might just show her that losing her sight doesn’t mean she’s lost everything she’s ever dreamed of.

Pawn by Aimee Carter. Kitty can be a III and live in misery or she can be a VII and join the most powerful family in the country. If she choses to be a VII, she will be surgically transformed into the Prime Minister’s niece, who died under mysterious circumstances. She’ll also have to stop the rebellion that Lila secretly promoted and died for, but it’s one that Kitty believes in. The cover is so pretty and the book underneath the dust jacket is so amazing. I love it.

I can’t wait to get into some of these books.

Keep reading…Lola

February Fairyloot Unboxing: Twisted Tales

I splurged and got the February Fairyloot box because the theme was Twisted Tales and I just had to have it. It’s pretty pricey so it definitely isn’t something that I’ll get all the time, but let’s get into what was in the box…

The Witch & The Ginger Bread House Socks. These are so cute and are inspired by Hansel and Gretel. I think these are so cute.

The Hinterland candle from Wick And Fable. The scent notes are Oakmoss and Tea Leaves. This candle is inspired by the Fairyloot book this month. The author helped create the candle saying the woodsy scent represents the Hinterland and the tea leaves represent the main character.

Poisonous Apple Luxury Bath Salts are by Little Heart and are inspired by Snow White. The artwork was done by Till & Dill and the bath salts are vegan.

The mug is designed by Aunjuli Art and has images from different fairy tales including Rapunzel, Little Red Riding Hood, Hansel And Gretel and The Frog Prince.

Woodmark by Ink And Wonder inspired by Little Red Riding Hood. These bookmarks are printed on sustainably sourced wood.

Fairyloot book mark that matches the March spoiler card.

This is the other side of the mug.

The February Fairyloot book is The Hazel Wood Melissa Albert. It comes in a cute little black Fairyloot drawstring bag. The book is signed by the author. You also get a letter from the author herself which I think is so cool. This cover is also a Fairyloot exclusive.

The Hazel Wood by Melissa Albert is filled with dark fantasy. It’s described as an urban Grimm fairytale. The Hazel Wood follows a character named Alice, whose grandmother was the author of dark fairytales. Her grandmother dies and her mother is abducted and Alice has to travel to the Hinterland to find out what happened.

All items in this box are exclusive to Fairyloot and I’m so happy that I got the chance to get my hands on them. I am also so excited about the book because it’s one that I have wanted to read and I can’t wait.

Keep reading…Lola

March TBR

These are the books that I want to read in March. I only have 3 here because I have some coming in the mail that I’m hoping to get to as well.

The Broken Girls by Simone St. James. This was my February Book Of The Month pick and I can’t wait to read it. It follows a woman who, twenty years after her sisters death, starts to look into the all girls boarding school that she was attending at the time.

The Woman In The Window by A.J. Finn. This was my January BOTM pick. It follows a woman who is a recluse. She hasn’t left her apartment and she likes to look out her window. One night she sees something happen while looking in the window of the apartment across the street and she has to leave her house to get to the bottom of it, when it starts to look like nobody believes her.

The Hazel Wood by Melissa Albert. I can’t wait to read this one. It’s a dark fairy tale and it just sounds so great. I’ve heard nothing but good things about it and I’m so excited to pick it up.

Those are the books that I’m hoping to read in March.

Keep reading…Lola

February Wrap Up

These are the books that I read in February. It’s not as many as I read last month but I did read all the books that I wanted to and an extra one so I’m happy with that.

Meet Cute by Various Authors. I really enjoyed this anthology about the first time these couples meet. The only thing is, I want a full story for most of them. These are just first meetings so you don’t know anything that happens after and I want to know. I have a review of this posted if you want to know a little more. I gave this 5 stars.

P.S. I Like You by Kasie West. This was such a cute story. It was pretty predictable but I loved the romance and the journey they took to find each other. I also gave this 5 stars.

26 Kisses by Anna Michels. I liked this book a lot. There were things I enjoyed, like the friendships and the romance. There were also things that I didn’t enjoy, like how the main character acted sometimes and the things she did to fulfill this summer plan. Over all it was still good and I gave it 4 stars.

Alex, Appeoximately by Jenn Bennett. I absolutely loved this book. I didn’t think that I would like it as much as I did because you know by the synopsis who Alex is, but the story and how they came together was so cute and amazing that it didn’t even matter to me. There were so many sweet moments throughout the book and I just devoured it. I gave this one 5 stars.

The One Memory Of Flora Banks by Emily Barr. Unfortunately, this is a book that I just didn’t really care for at all. I loved the idea of the story. The fact that I’ve heard it described as a YA 50 First Dates is what made me want to read it in the firrst place. It started out slow and was really hard for me to get into and then I found myself at times skimming through the pages. This one just fell flast for me and I was really disappointed because I had such high hopes. I gave this 3 stars.

A Shroud Of Tattered Sails by Scott William Carter. This is the fifth book in the Garrison Gage series. These books keep getting better and better. This one follows Gage as he tries to uncover the mystery of a woman who washes ashore with no memory of who she is. This had so many twists and turns and just these little things that you don’t see coming. If you love mysteries you should definitely check this series out. I gave this 5 stars.

Those are the books I read this month. I’m so excited for my March reads as well. What are you hoping to read?

Keep reading…Lola

Book Habits Book Tag

Today I’m doing the book habits book tag. This tag was created by TheBookJazz on YouTube.

1. Do you have a certain place at home for reading? I like to read on my bed or the futon I have in my room. I like to be comfy when I read.

2. Bookmark or random piece of paper? Bookmark. I have tons!

3. Can you just stop reading or do you have to stop after a chapter or certain amount of pages? I need to stop when I have finished a chapter. I hate when I have to stop in the middle of a chapter.

4. Do you eat or drink while reading? Depends on when I’m reading. I always have water by me though.

5. Multitasking: music or tv while reading? Neither. I find that it’s hard to concentrate with background noise.

6. One book at a time or several at once? I usually read a physical book and an e-book.

7. Reading at home or everywhere? I read mostly at home but I love to read at the library and I read on my commute to and from work.

8. Reading out loud or silently in your head? Silently in my head.

9. Do you read ahead or even skip pages? No. If I’m not into a book I will skim pages though to see if it picks up before I DNF it.

10. Breaking the spine or keeping it like new? I try to keep my books in good condition, but I do buy used books sometimes so some of them aren’t in the best shape.

11. Do you write in your books? No. If I want to take notes for a review I use post its.

12. Who do you tag? Everyone!

So that was the book habits book tag. It was a different kind of tag but it was fun.

Keep reading…Lola

February Subscription Boxes

These are the books that I received in book subscription boxes this month.

Book Of The Month:

The Broken Girls by Simone St. James. This follows a woman who, twenty years after her sisters death, revisits what happened the night she died and finds out that her death could be tied to the all girls boarding school she attended.

My Thrill Club:

The Hole by Hye-Young Pyun. This is described as a Korean version of Misery by Stephen King.

His Bloody Project by Graeme Macrae Burnet. This is a historical thriller that is set in 19th century Scotland and explores a triple murder in a remote Scottish farming community.

The DVD for this month was The Haunted Airman. It stars Robert Pattinson.


Jane Two by Sean Patrick Flanery. The synopsis doesn’t really give much, but by what I gather it’s a coming of age story that has drama and romance.irs also written by an actor and I’m always curious when an author releases a novel.

Magnus Chase And The Gods Of Asgard: The Sword Of Summer by Rick Riordan. This is a Walmart exclusive and contains a door hanger. This is obviously the first book in the Magnus Chase series. This is actually a book that I’m not really interested in reading. I know a lot of people love this series but it’s just not what I’m really into so I will be putting it up for a future giveaway.

Those are the books that I got and I’m most excited for The Broken Girls. I think that might be on my TBR next month.

Keep reading…Lola

The First Date Book Tag

Since Valentine’s Day is tomorrow I thought I would do the first date book tag. This is an original book tag from Katesbookdate on YouTube.

1. The awkward first date~ A book where something felt off. It wasn’t a bad book, but lacked that spark for you-

Second Star by Alyssa B. Sheinmel. This is a Peter Pan retelling and I was so excited for it but it just lacked something for me.

2. The cheap first date~ A book that turned out less than you expected-

Whitefern by V.C. Andrews. I loved My Sweet Audrina and was so excited for this second book. Sadly, V.C. Andrews died in 1986 so a ghost writer hired by her family continued on with the story and I did not like where he went with it at all.

3. Well-prepared first date~ A book that was better than you expected-

Miss Peregrine’s Home For Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs. I was not expecting to love this series as much as I did.

4. Hot but dumb~ Pretty book, not so hot on the inside-

Anna Karenina by Leo Tolstoy. The edition I read was so pretty but I just didn’t like this book at all.
5. Blind date~ A book that you picked up not knowing anything about it-

My Life Next Door by Huntley Fitzpatrick. I didn’t know what this book was about when I picked it up on Book Outlet but everyone was talking about it so I picked it up since it was so cheap.
6. Speed dating~ A book you read super fast-

The Love Interest by Cale Dietrich. I loved this book and read it super fast.
7. The rebound~ A book you read too soon after a book hangover and it kind of ruined the book for you-

If a book sticks with me, I’m not able to pick up another book until I give myself time to get it out of my head.
8. Overly enthusiastic date~ A book that felt like it was trying too hard-

Confessions Of A Shopaholic by Sophie Kinsella. I like this book series but it just feels like the further into the series I get the more I feel like the author is trying to hard with Becky.
9. The perfect first date~ A book that did everything for you-

The Notebook by Nicholas Sparks. This is my all time favorite book. It’s just so perfect.
10. Humiliating first date~ A book you’re embarrassed to admit you liked/embarrassed to be seen reading it in public for whatever reason-

Fifty Shades Of Grey by E.L. James. This is such a controversial book series and the topic is out there but I love the series. It’s a guilty pleasure read but I never admit it to someone and would never read it in public.

That was the first date book tag. I tag whoever wants to do it.

Keep reading…Lola

Book Review: Meet Cute by Various Authors

Meet Cute is an anthology of short stories written by various YA authors. All of the stories are about the first initial meetings of the two characters.

This book is different from any others that u have reviewed because there are many short stories. For this review I’m going to give a short synopsis, the title and author and my rating for the story. I’ll end the review with a few of my thoughts.

1. Siege Etiquette by Katie Cotugno. While hiding from the police during a house party, Hailey and Wolf end up in the bathroom together. 3 stars

2. Print Shop by Nina Lacour. Evie is working part time at a print ship. On her first day she sets up a Twitter account for the shop and receives a negative tweet from a current customer, who she goes out of her way to help. 4 stars

3. Hourglass by Ibi Zoboi. Cherish, a plus size teenager goes in search of a last minute prom dress when she meets Mamadou. 4 stars

4. Click by Katharine McGee. Alexa and Raden meet for a date after “clicking” on an app. 5 stars

5. The Intern by Sara Shepard. Clara meets a touring musician named Phineaus. 5 stars

6. Somewhere That’s Green by Meredith Russo. Nia, is a transgendered girl trying to get access to the girls bathrooms and locker room, but Lexie may be working against her. 5 stars

7. The Way We Love Here by Dhonielle Clayton. Viola and Sebastien are from the island of Meridien, where everyone who hasn’t found love, have rings on their fingers and when they only have one left, they find their love. 5 stars

8. Oomph by Emery Lord. Cassidy and Johanna meet at the airport while they are catching different flights. 5 stars

9. The Dictionary Of You And Me by Jennifer L. Armentrout. Moss works at the library and meets H. Smith over the phone while trying to get him to return a dictionary to the library. 5 stars

10. The Unlikely Likelihood Of Falling In Love by Jocelyn Davies. Sam uses a class project to prove that math has alot to do with finding love. 5 stars

11. 259 Million Miles by Kass Morgan. Philip and Blythe meet while they are each competing for a spot on a shuttle to Mars. 3.5 stars

12. Something Real by Julie Murphy. June goes on a reality show in order to win a date with a Dylan, a young and famous musician. 4 stars

13. Say Everything by Huntley Fitzpatrick. Emma meets Sean while she’s waiting tables at the diner. 5 stars

14. The Department Of Dead Love by Nicola Yoon. Thomas and Samantha broke up ten months ago and he isn’t able to get over it, so he goes to The Department Of Dead Love to get a relationship autopsy by a HeartWorker to see what went wrong and to get a Do Over. 5 stars

I really enjoyed these short stories. Each one was so different but they all fit together perfectly. My least favorite story was Siege Etiquette by Katie Cotugno. I’m not sure if she is the author for me. I can’t choose my favorite story but I really liked Click by Katharine McGee, The Dictionary Of You And Me by Jennifer L. Armentrout and Say Everything by Huntley Fitzpatrick. (Of course!)

Overall 5 star read for me and I definitely recommend it.

Keep reading…Lola

February TBR

These are the books that I’m hoping to get to in February.

The One Memory Of Flora Banks by Emily Barr. This is about a teenage girl who has no short term memory. One day she kisses her best friends boyfriend before he leaves town, and she remembers it.

P.S. I Like You by Kasie West. This is about a girl who writes lyrics on her desk one day in class and the next day finds that someone has completed those lyrics and they start a kind of pen pal relationship.

26 Kisses by Anna Michels. After her boyfriend breaks up with her, Veda decides to spend the summer kissing a different boy, one for every letter of the alphabet.

Meet Cute. This is an anthology of short stories about two people meeting for the first time. Authors include Katie Cotugno, Nina Lacour, Huntley Fitzpatrick, Sara Shepard and Nicola Yoon, among others.

Alex, Approximately by Jenn Bennett. This is a You’ve Got Mail retelling of sorts.

I can’t wait to jump into these this month and hopefully read some cute romances since it’s Valentine’s month.

Keep reading…Lola