The Book Thief

Just in time for those wintry nights spent cooped up inside, E.B. Book Club is here to fill the void. I hope this will give you more reason to read, as well as actively engage in the text and broaden your literary horizons. Book Club picks will range from fiction to nonfiction and include classics, contemporary, YA, true crime and more. The selection offered will be as eclectic as possible to appeal to all tastes and open up new interests.

The Book Thief

How it will work: this is a bi-monthly book club, so you’ll have two months to actually read the book (we’re all busy adults, so I think the more time the better. This may change to a monthly format in the future.) You’ll want to join the official discussion group on Facebook to participate and become an official member. On the last day of the two month reading period there will be a discussion and I will announce the next book.

December + January: The Book Thief 

The Book Thief

For the first E.B. Book Club selection—I ran a Twitter poll to select it—we’re reading The Book Thief by Markus Zusak. Here is a brief synopsis:

It is 1939. Nazi Germany. The country is holding its breath. Death has never been busier, and will become busier still. Liesel Meminger is a foster girl living outside of Munich, who scratches out a meager existence for herself by stealing when she encounters something she can’t resist—books. With the help of her accordion-playing foster father, she learns to read and shares her stolen books with her neighbors during bombing raids as well as with the Jewish man hidden in her basement. 

You can purchase the book here, download a digital copy or visit your local book store or library. I’m not a big YA fan (don’t worry, I’ve stopped being snobby about it…) but I’ve heard good things about this book so I’m pretty stoked to dig in. We’ll reconvene on the Facebook group at the end of January. Currently we already have 47 members in our group and we’re still accepting more! Let me know in the comments below if you’ll be joining us. Happy reading!

If you post about this on social media, please use the hashtag #EBbookclub.

Rebecca Ritchey

Your resident book eater.

  1. I like the two month idea. My friends and I just started a small book club- and its HARD to get back into the habit of reading with being so “busy” all the time! We may have to steal that idea.

    1. Ain’t nobody got time for a book a month! I thought two months might be too much time at first, but I like to read a few books simultaneously and I think the likelihood of finishing on time will be higher this way. As long as you’re keeping everyone on track periodically I think it would work either way, but go for it!