Amanda’s Top Ten Tuesday – Will Make You Cry

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish. Each week we have a different topic that we write our top ten about. This weeks topic is top ten books that will make you cry. I think this is a really interesting topic. Here’s what I came up with.

1)Looking for Alaska by John Green– This is my absolute favorite book that I’ve ever read. Everytime I reread it I always cry even though I know how the story ends.

2)The Fault in Our Stars by John Green– Tfios is definitely in my list of top five favorite books. And its impossible to read this book without crying.

3)The Book Thief by Markus Zusak– I recently read this book, and cried over it. Lesiel’s story is just so strong.

4)The Beautiful Creatures Series by Kami Garcia and Margaret Stohl– As I read this series I got really attached to the characters and their lives. There are some big losses in this series.

5)Origin by Jennifer L. Armentrout– The Lux Series is a relatively new favorite of mine. There is just so much sadness and love in from these characters.

I’m not going to make it to ten on this tuesday, so five it is. These five books made me cry. Anyone else agree?
-Amanda.

The Book Thief – Markus Zusak

Summary:
By her brother’s graveside, Leisel Meminger’s life is changed when she picks up a single object, partially hidden in the snow. It is The Grave Digger’s Handbook, left there by accident, and it is her first act of book thievery. So begins a love affair with books and words, as Leisel, with the help of her accordion-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 Leisel’s family hides a
new in their basement, Leisel’s world is both opened up and closed down.
Insuperbly crafted writing that burns with intensity, award-winning author Markus Zusak had given us one of the most enduring stories of our time.

Review:
I just finished reading The Book Thief by Markus Zusak. I’ve put off reading this book for so freaking long. Every time I went to the bookstore I would pick up this book, read the description, then put it down. It’s always sounded interesting to me, but not enough for me to want to buy it. Thanks to my dad I had gift cards to buy more books and I figured why not read it before the movie comes out.
When I started The Book Thief I didn’t think I was going to like it. It took me a couple chapters to realize that the narrator of this book is Death. I was a bit confused but ended up absolutely loving it. This is such a unique point of view. I think Zusak did a fantastic job writing as Death, such a complex, difficult character. He portrayed Death as someone who has been watching over the human race for so long that he’s losing hope. Until he tells us the story of the book thief, Leisel. I definitely think Death let a part of him care about Leisel and I don’t blame him because I care about her too.
Leisel Meminger is an amazing character. She get’s adopted by Hans and Rosa Hubermann during World War II. She’s still coping with the death of her younger brother and the abandonment of her mother. With the help of Hans and Rosa she starts to get over her past and create a new life. The three become a family. Hans and Leisle spend most of their time together practicing reading and writing, a skill Leisel didn’t have before living with the Hubermann’s. Leisel later shares this connection with Max, a Jewish man that spends some time hiding in the Hubermann’s basement. The two become as close as brother and sister, bonding over mutual struggles and losses. Then there’s Rudy. The kid from next door that spends his time trying to gt Liesel to give him a kiss. Rudy is Leisel’s best friend. He’s spontaneous and outgoing, caring and genuine. He’s someone I’d love to be my best friend. Leisel forms so many relationships when she comes to live with Hans and Rosa. Regardless of everything she’s been through she’s such an open-hearted person. She’ll give anyone a chance and for the most part tries to do the right thing.
There’s a few things I’d like to mention about how this book was written. I’ve already said that Death is the narrator of this story, but the way he tells this was very interesting. The story jumps around a bit, but no so much that it becomes annoying. I generally don’t like books that are all over the place. The Book Thief tells more than just Leisel’s story. While her story is the main focus, we also get to hear about the lives of the other characters as well. I just feel like this story was so involved and detailed that it just sucked me in and spit me out when it was over.
Although this book didn’t have the normal happy ending, I’m very glad I finally bought this book and invested more emotions in characters that don’t actually exist. I’d definitely suggest this book to any reader that likes books with a historical aspect. To readers that like strong female lead. To readers that like to make sure they read the book before the movie comes out. Even if you don’t think you’ll like this book, I think you should give it a try.

Keep on reading lovelys, Amanda.

Amanda’s Top Ten Tuesday – Winter TBR

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish. Each week we have a different topic that we write our top ten about. This weeks topic is top ten books on my winter to be read list. I haven’t quite thought about what I need to read that I haven’t yet. So, this list might be all over the place. Here’s what I came up with.

1)Takedown Twenty by Janet Evanovich– I’m totally obsessed with this series. They don’t have to be read in any specific order, and they’re all freaking hilarious.

2)Delirium by Lauren Oliver– I’ve heard a lot of really good things about this series. Its been on my TBR list for a while, but I’ve been slacking on my library visits.

3)The Book Thief by Markus Zusak– This is another that’s been on my list for a while because there’s a movie of it coming out. Every time I go to the book store I always pick it up, read the back, then put it back down. So I’m thinking it’ll be another I get from the library.

4)The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins– I haven’t read this trilogy in too long. I’d really enjoy reading them again. So, maybe if I actually put it on a list I’ll get to it eventually.

5)The Monstrumologist by Rick Yancey– This book looks really interesting. I read another by Rick Yancey and loved it. So I figure this could also be a great book.

6)Where Things Come Back by John Corey Whaley– I found this book while looking through the list of Printz awards. It sounds like it has potential to be seriously good. Along with the fact that it won two awards, so there’s probably a reason for that.

7)Unstrung by Neal Shusterman– I need to have this. The first three were amazing. I know the fourth will be just as wonderful.

8)The Sum of All Kisses by Julia Quinn– This just came out, and I adore Julia Quinn’s books. So it’s a must.

9)The Infinite Moment of Us by Lauren Myracle– I just adore Lauren Myracle. This also sounds really cute.

10)Let it Snow by John Green, Maureen Johnson, &Lauren Myracle– I’ve heard nothing but good things about this book. Also, John Green.

These are the books that I’ll hopefully get to spend my winter reading. What’s on your list for this winter?