I watched The Book Thief last night and absolutely adored it. I’ve always had a weakness for WWII period dramas and this is easily one of my favourites to date. We meet young Liesel who is adopted by a couple who live just outside Munich. Her new father, played by the amazing Geoffrey Rush (I swear, he’s so good in everything. I can’t even.), teaches her to read and her love for the written word develops as she builds strong bonds with her new family and friendships.

I don’t want to ruin anything so I won’t go into detail. Just go watch it, especially if you love books and can understand why a young girl from an unfortunate background could so easily get lost in them.

Fun fact: the lovely actress who plays Liesel, Sophie Nélisse, is Canadian! She received a boat load of critical acclaim for her performance in the film.

If you prefer, you can check out the 2005 novel by Markus Zusak instead, which I have not. But from what I understand, it’s excellent.

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Jillianne Hamilton is an author, crafter, hobby addict, history enthusiast and graphic designer in Charlottetown, PEI on Canada's beautiful east coast. Her debut novel, Molly Miranda: Thief for Hire, was shortlisted for the Prince Edward Island Book Award in 2016. Her fourth book, The Lazy Historian's Guide to the Wives of Henry VIII, will be published in 2018.

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Jessica March 31, 2014 at 1:24 am

I finished the book this morning and watched the movie tonight – I loved it. As in most (all?) adaptations, the book is rounded out quite a bit more, but I didn’t find the movie suffered from it… The characters looked different in my mind, but the basement they portrayed was wonderful. And I still cried at the end of both.

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