The Book Thief + Book Club

Recently my book club and I got the chance to read The Book Thief by Markus Zusak together as part of a fun promo for The Book Thief movie — it comes to theaters in two weeks!!


Welcome to book club, friends! Let’s talk The Book Thief!

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The Food:

If you remember our book club meeting for The Program you’ll remember we went all out with themed foods. This one was a little bit more difficult of a task. For The Program, we tied together some favorite scenes and brought food based on those but there wasn’t a ton to go off of unless we wanted to eat Mama’s pea soup. (I will say two of my favorite scenes in The Book Thief involved champagne and a hard candy but a book club snack that did not make). I didn’t particularly want to make German specialties because 1) I’m not that good of a cook and 2) one of our book clubbers is a vegetarian and I didn’t think she’d be down with wiener schnitzels and 3) we are more of a snacky book club.

So, in the end, we decided to go with a couple of German chocolate items, a salty snack of German origin and a German adult beverage.

The menu:

– German Chocolate Puppy Chow — UM AMAZING and super easy to make. Recipe below. (Original recipe here)
–  German Chocolate gelato
– German chocolate cookies
– Soft pretzels (I was going to make homemade ones but my car broke that day so I was stranded until Will got home!)
– Radler: Super yummy alcoholic beverage but dangerous because it tastes so good. Recipe below.

Radler beer recipe




What Went Down:

The Book Thief Re-readers = 2 (myself included in that)
The Book Thief First-Timers = 3

The other re-reader, Ellie, and I KNEW what was in store for the rest of these ladies and we were both excited and nervous to re-read it and experience what we had experienced the first time. YOU KNOW WHAT I AM TALKING ABOUT IF YOU HAVE READ IT. All I remember was sobbing until I finished at 4am many years ago. THAT kind of experience.



General Thoughts:
* For us re-readers: We both loved it just as much as the first time and the blow to our hearts was equally as hard even though we knew what to expect. We also both agreed that it was nice to reread because we forgot a lot and we got to notice smaller details this time around!

* One book clubber didn’t LOVE it but liked it. It had to do more with how it was told. She felt like death gave away a lot of the emotional blows for her early on and she didn’t feel all that motivated to read because you kind of know a bit of how it ends.

* Another book clubber had a slow start but wound up LOVING it and bawling at the end. It all came together for her albeit a slow start.

Related Movie Thoughts:

* We are curious to see how Death is going to be worked into the movie. We all thought Death was one of the most unique narrators EVER and felt it was really effective in the storytelling for the book but we are curious how Death will be worked in and how it will translate on screen if Death has a part in all this.

*  We all unanimously predict we will bawl to see this story on screen. Especially knowing everything. Bringing our hankies! GOSH, I can’t even watch the trailer without getting emotional. HOW are we going to survive this movie?

* We aren’t sure if we like the casting for Mama but we are going to give her a chance. Mama is such a vivid character to all of us that we all SEE her a certain way and we really hope the movie will capture that harshness of her but also that underlying tenderness. It has to be perfect!!

* We can’t wait to see the Papa and Liesel chemistry on screen. Some of our favorite parts were Papa and Liesel related and they are a very memorable father/daughter relationship and we hope that they can fill us with the same kinds of emotions on screen. Papa was pretty much our favorite character!!

* We were a little concerned about the trailer because Liesel’s outfit doesn’t look particularly poor like we imagined her in the book but we will see. It might be something to get over but if she is supposed to be as poor as she is in the book then that it is a little irritating.

* We are VERY curious to know how close they are going to stick to the book in terms of character deaths and endings. Are they going to deliver all the emotional blows that the author did or are they going to save some beloved characters? WE WILL SEE.

* Ultimately, from the trailer, we are all optimistic about the movie. It evokes emotion already and we just HOPE that it does the book justice. Here’s the trailer if you haven’t seen it!

Be on the lookout on opening weekend for our movie recap!!

Tell us..what are your thoughts on this book?  Do you plan on seeing the movie? What are your hopes for the movie? What are some of the things you are anticipating for the movie? Do you have any concerns? What did you think of the trailer? Did you cry just watching it??

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Jamie is a 32 year old married lady (with a new baby!!) who is in denial that she's actually that old to be a married lady and a mom. When she's not reading you can find her doing Pilates followed by eating ice cream, belting out Hamilton (loud and offkey) and having adventures with her husband, daughter and rescue dog.


  1. I just (finally) bought The Book Thief, and this just made me extra excited to read it. I feel like this is a book that I shouldn’t read in public, as my ugly sobbing will probably freak some people out.

  2. This book slays me! I can’t wait for the movie, though I wonder if I can handle the sadness in a movie theater :(. PS–you have the best book club EVER.

  3. I haven’t read this book yet but definitely want to before the movie comes out! I’ve heard such good things and the movie trailer looks amazing!!

  4. Love love love the book, and the whole concept of death as a narrator. I was skeptical at first and the only reason I bought the book was that I had a Barnes and Noble gift card and I couldn’t find any other book that remotely interested me. That in and of itself is an anathema, so it must have been fate calling my name.

    Anyway, I am skeptically and frightfully optimistic about the movie. I am terrified they will ruin it. I have no faith in Hollywood’s ability to do any book the right way. But Hunger games was ok, so maybe there is hope.

  5. This book was one of the first books to make me really cry. And it works every time. Seeing everyone re-reading this book makes me anxious to do the same, especially with the movie coming on. I’m also looking forward to see how they are using the Death POV – and yes, the relationship between Hans & Liesel! I know I’m going to be one sobby mess during the movie.

  6. One of the best books I have ever read. Hopefully the movie does it justice! Gonna go watch the trailer right now. .

  7. This book is one of my all-time favorites. I can’t get enough of it. I am worried, but excited for this movie. I will definitely see it. An aspect I’m worried about is definitely Death. I do believe that he is narrating the movie, but I’m worried about how the narration will come off: powerful, or cheesy. I have high hopes from the trailer, though! Great post. 🙂

  8. First of all, how much fun is it to say wiener schnitzels? hahah. Even reading it was fun! 🙂

    Y’all, I want to come crash your book club meetings. They look like SO MUCH FUN. I love that you do a theme with your food.

    I think we’ve talked about this on Twitter recently, but I started The Book Thief a couple of years ago and just couldn’t get into it. I labeled it as a DNF, but I feel like maybe I didn’t give it a fair shot. I picked it up when I was right in the middle of one of my hardest classes, and I think I was just looking for a light, fun read at the time!

  9. I love getting to see all these fun bookish events in your life! Also, not gonna lie, I’m a little bit jealouse- I wanna belong to an awesome book club like this! I have TBT sitting on my shelf. I really should read it soon.

  10. I read this book for the first time earlier this year, and I fell in love with it. It started out pretty slow for me too, but I gradually adapted to the prose and fell for the characters, so I ended the book on a very emotional, but high note. It’s so well-written, and I’m completely hopeful that it will be translated well on-screen since the trailer gave me feels. Glad that the book club enjoyed it!

  11. I haven’t read it. But your book club looks like SO much fun, I’m envious!

  12. I just finished “The Book Thief” and noticed you didn’t mention Max at all ): He was by far my favorite character of the book.


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