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.
Jillianne Hamilton is the author of Molly Miranda: Thief for Hire, its two action/comedy sequels, and The Lazy Historian's Guide to the Wives of Henry VIII. She is also a graphic designer, a hoarder of podcasts and a history enthusiast. Learn more.