I’ve owned a copy of The Book Thief by Markus Zusak for years but haven’t managed to read it yet. It’s not because of a lack of interest, though. I just feel like I need to find the right time to experience what I’m sure will be an emotional book. The fact that the movie version has been released might just be what spurs me into action.
Based on the beloved bestselling book, THE BOOK THIEF tells the inspirational story of a spirited and courageous young girl who transforms the lives of everyone around her when she is sent to live with a new family in World War II Germany. Starring Geoffrey Rush, Emily Watson, and Sophie Nélisse. Directed by Brian Percival.
You must experience the trailer for what is sure to be an outstanding movie:
THE BOOK THIEF online
Thanks to Twentieth Century Fox, I have a wonderful prize pack to give away. One lucky reader will receive:
- $25 Visa gift card to see THE BOOK THIEF in theaters!
- Movie tie-in novel: THE BOOK THIEF by Markus Zusak
To enter to win this terrific prize pack, simply fill out the entry form. Contest is open to those with a US address only– one entry per person, please. I will use random.org to determine the winner. Contest ends at midnight EST Tuesday, December 3, 2013. Comments are welcome (and appreciated) but will not get you an entry in the contest.
Welcome to Mailbox Monday, a meme started by Marcia of To Be Continued. November’s host is Crystal of I totally paused! This fun meme needs a new home – if you’re interested, please contact Marcia. It’s been another busy, but fun, week around here. Carl and I got to go to Asheville for a little getaway and will be heading home today. Here are the books that showed up in my mailbox last week:
- The Good Luck of Right Now by Matthew Quick came from Harper Collins
- Byrd by Kim Church came from Caitlin Hamilton Marketing & Publicity
- Thirty Girls by Susan Minot came from Random House
- Dept. of Speculation by Jenn Offill came from Random House
Did you find any goodies in your mailbox last week?
Over a year ago, I purchased a Little Free Library to place in the park in our neighborhood. Carl was to put it up for me but since the store opened, he just hasn’t had time. I finally thought to approach a kind neighbor and he agreed to install it last weekend. He did a wonderful job and the library looks terrific! (On the other side of those bushes is this statue of a girl reading.) I can’t wait for everyone to start using the library!
Saturday Snapshot was started by Alyce of At Homes With Books and is hosted by Melinda of West Metro Mommy. It’s easy to participate – just post a picture that was taken by you, a friend, or a family member and add your link on Melinda’s site.
Greg Heffley’s best friend, Rowley, has found a girlfriend so he doesn’t have much time for Greg right now. Without Rowley as his sidekick, things aren’t going great for Greg. His mom tries to help but Greg thinks her advice is lame. When he finds an old, discarded “Magic 8 Ball,” Greg thinks it can help solve all of his problems.
Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Hard Luck, by Jeff Kinney, is the eighth book in the Diary of a Wimpy Kid series and it just might be the best yet. Greg thinks highly of himself and ends up in awkward situations through his own volition and the results are generally hilarious! This time around, he struggles to find his place in middle school without Rowley. He thinks Rowley’s girlfriend is using him and doesn’t seem to realize that he does the same thing. Hopefully young readers will.
Greg is always looking for the easy way out and, somehow, his twisted logic makes sense when he comes up with his plans but they almost always backfire on him and hilarity ensues. I’m not going to lie – I’m WAY past the target age for these books but I just love them. Even though I was nothing like Greg, I can relate to him and I find his antics laugh out loud funny! I’m already looking forward to the next book in the series.
I will link this up to Booking Mama’s Saturday feature, Kid Konnection. If you’d like to participate in Kid Konnection and share a post about anything related to children’s books (picture, middle grade, or young adult) from the past week, leave a comment as well as a link on her site tomorrow.
I am an Indiebound Affiliate.
Joseph Gordon-Levitt, wirrow, and hitRECord are back with The Tiny Book of Tiny Stories: Volume 3 and I think it just might be the best Tiny Book yet! Just as its title suggests, at 4.25 inches by 6.25 inches, this is a small book, perfect for the car or your purse. Each two page spread is a complete, illustrated story that is only a sentence or two long. Don’t let that fool you, though. With gorgeous illustrations and thought provoking stories, this is a book to linger over and savor. Over 35,000 artists submitted work and the work of 82 of them have been published in this gem of a book. The proceeds are divided between hitRECord and the artists whose work was selected.
When this book arrived, I immediately sat down to read it and I just loved it. I lingered over the illustrations and thought about the meanings of the stories. I’ve flipped though it two or three times since then because it’s the kind of book that begs to be picked up over and over again. It would make a terrific gift or stocking stuffer.
Review copy provided by Harper Collins. I am an Indiebound Affiliate.
Wondrous Words Wednesday is a weekly meme where you can share new words that you’ve encountered or spotlight words you love. Feel free to get creative! If you want to play along, grab the button, write a post and come back and add your link to Mr. Linky!
These are the last words I found in The Goldfinch by Donna Tartt.
1. fubsy – “Instead he didn’t say a word, only gazed at me with a sort of grieved fubsiness, haloed by his work lamp, tools arrayed on the walls behind him like Masonic icons.”
Fubsy means chubby and somewhat squat.
2. cavil – “And for all her infectious lightness of heart, I knew it was an extremely petty cavil that Kitsey never seemed particularly moved by anything.”
Cavil means to raise trivial and frivolous objection.
3. solfege – “My auditions – - ‘ large gulp of wine – - ‘pre-college orchestra at Juilliard, my solfege teacher had told me I might get second chair but if I played really well, I might have a shot at first.”
Solfege is the application of the solfa syllables to a musical scale or to a melody. It’s also a singing exercise using solfa syllables. Solfa syllables are the syllables do, re, mi, fa, sol, la, ti used in singing the tones of the scale.
What words do you want to celebrate today?
Thomas DeCarlo Callaway was born in Atlanta, Georgia in May of 1974. His father was a preacher and married to someone besides his mother so he didn’t play much of a role in his life. Thomas’s mother and grandmother did the best they could but his childhood was a little unstable. He didn’t enjoy school and made some poor decisions but, luckily, was in the “Dirty South” as a new musical subgenre emerged. Music was his saving grace, first with Goodie Mob, then with Gnarls Barkley and later as solo artist CeeLo Green.
I’ve been a fan of CeeLo Green‘s since his days with Danger Mouse as one half of the duo Gnarls Barkley so I was anxious to read his memoir, Everybody’s Brother. Having lived near Atlanta for years, I was familiar with the rise of Southern hip hop but I didn’t know the story of Green’s childhood. I found it interesting but there was no big shock or revelation. His childhood was sad at times but he had a loving family and he’s made the best of the opportunities presented to him.
I listened to the audio version of this book and, overall, it was just okay for me. The audio is read by Big Gipp, a friend of Green’s from his days with Goodie Mob, and I didn’t think he was a good choice – he took odd pauses as he read and didn’t read with much emotion. I thought CeeLo’s narration of the introduction was better and wondered why he didn’t read the whole book. I can’t help but wonder if I would have enjoyed Everybody’s Brother more in print. The audio is on 6 CDs and lasts about 6 hours.