Monday, January 18, 2010

Arthur and the hungry bookworm...

I have read so much this weekend. Textbook chapters for class and fiction on my own. I feel sort of like Liesel in "The Book Thief"...hungry for words. Or stories. Or maybe I just love the way a book feels in my hands. I carry one with me at all times (with that huge bag I made, I could probably carry several). My reading sometimes irritates my grandma, who scolds me for always having my nose in a book.

It's been my addiction ever since I was little. Thank goodness my parents read to me when I was little. I loved the Arthur series of picture books, and they let me join the Arthur book club. Every week or two, a new book arrived. It was like having Christmas or a birthday several times a month. Then I loved it when they gave us those thin Scholastic catalogs. And book fairs? Those were the best. All of the other kids spent their lunch money on weird erasers and those little pencil grip things. The racks full of shiny new books were my favorites.

So I just finished reading "The Book Thief." I was so close to the end that I knew I had to finish it tonight. And, wow. This is one of those books that you can't forget...but "unforgettable" isn't the correct word. Maybe "haunting"? It was beautifully written (although I could have done without the profanity), with an interesting plot and fascinating characters. It made me cry because it was so heartbreaking, to think of what conditions other people have had to live through. This book is narrated by Death, and it focuses around a little girl living with her foster parents in Nazi Germany. Her father plays the accordian, her mother has a cardboard face, and they have a Jew hidden in the basement. And that's only part of the story.

I have another new novel on my shelf, also about World War II and the Holocaust. I don't think I can start that one right now. I need something light and frivolous. Like a few chapters of "Emma."

I have a few new books on the way in the mail right now. I'm excited. Sort of like the Arthur book club, only now I'm paying for my own books. =)

Until next time,
Kristin (missvintagegirl)


  1. What kind of books do you like? I like Christain Novel/Supernatural Thiller--type books. They're Christain and have amazing meanings that you never quiet get till the last chapter...AMAZING.
    If you like those kinda books you should check out Ted favorites...must reads are: Thr3e, Showdown, and Blink. Although Obsession was really good too, and about the holocoust. Sad, but good.
    They're very "chilling" even though I don't like the way that sounds. They grip you and make you think. And when the meaning comes out it makes your eyes pop open and you're heart flip....
    I deal with these by crying.

    LOLZ...anywho, if thats what you like you should check them out.

    I love you're blog BTW...keep it up. You make me smile.

  2. Oh...alright. I feel silly now. Yeah..the movie to three...HORRIBLE. the Book is amazing though.
    He's good.

  3. Another bibliophile! :) Aren't books simply sublime? When we built our home five years ago my dh (dear husband) knew I dreamed of a library. Sigh... And guess what? He built one for me. I don't have as much time to read as I used to but I have my beautiful library full of books, always available for me. My three children love to read as well so our library is well used.


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