Wednesday, June 19, 2013

If I had a uniform, this would be it*








Skinnies were thrifted

 
So, I've been meaning to do a "Rebecca Reads" post for a while.  During my short stint in graduate school, I read.  A.  Lot.  This is probably obvious to most people, if you knew that my major was literature.  If you didn't know, well, there it is.  I was a literature major in a program titled Multicultural and Transnational Literature.  Basically, it had to do with literature from other cultures that was written either within the country that "houses" that particular culture or written by an individual who is displaced from their home country, for whatever reason.

So, yeah, lots of interesting stuff was read by yours truly.  I was actually surprised to enjoy most of the literature that was assigned.  Because, let's be honest, reading is much more fun when you're doing it for yourself and not for school.  The blog post kept getting put on the back burner, and I think I should just jump in and start it now.  Slowly, I write about the books I enjoyed in graduate school and then continue the "Rebecca Reads" series with the books I've been reading since then.

First up!

The Book Thief by Markus Zusak

This was a book I read in a class titled "World Literature in English" class.  The narrator of this book is Death.  Death narrates his perspective of World War II as he follows a girl named Liesel after she is essentially adopted by a family who presumably saves her life during the Nazi regime's control over Germany.  When she arrives at their house, she can not read.  Her adoptive father slowly teaches her how to, and in the mean time she develops a propensity for stealing books.  The story follows Death and Liesl throughout World War II and afterward. 

It's the kind of moving and painful story that stays with you.  My favorite books are the ones that stay with me, whether it's in a good way or a bad way.  The way that Zusak weaves in and out of Death's narrative and Liesl's story is beautiful.  I would recommend this to anyone who enjoys historical fiction or young adult coming of age books.  It's not really a page-turner, but you still want to keep reading.  Had I been able to read it at a leisurely pace and in small doses, I would have done so.  I will definitely read this again in the future, which is a huge compliment coming from me since I don't enjoy re-reading books.

What have you been reading lately?  I am excited to start this series here on my blog and would love to hear what other people have been enjoying!

Today, I'm linking up with The Pleated Poppy for What I Wore Wednesday and Shanna for Random Wednesday.

*no, but really.  I wear this outfit all the time.

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