Another year has begun today and I was able to sleep in! What a delight after a month of being up at 3:15 am to work at the hour of ridiculous (5:30 am). You see, I work in a bookstore and supervise the team in charge of putting out product, signage for promotions, changeovers and such. It's early but you get used to it and for a month, it's not too bad.
|Raclette (courtesy of Amazon)|
How was your New Year's Eve? We spent it together, most of us, enjoying Raclette, eating chocolate and munchies and playing cards. I, however, being a tired woos, was falling asleep playing cards so I gave up and went to bed at 10:30 and was woken just in time to bring in the new year with family. It was a delightful evening and a few friends stopped in briefly to wish their new year greetings. We did the countdown with a local tv station, cheered, hugged and kissed and the merriment ensued without me as I retired to bed.
Today it is cloudy, threatening more snow and the roads are slick (at least they were last evening, so I don't expect they've miraculously changed for the better.). We have a lot of snow but it is warming at week's end to highs of -1 and -7 Celsius, Thursday and Friday respectively, with a risk of freezing rain Thursday. We've had more freezing rain this winter than I've ever seen in the last 13 years we've resided here in the Edmonton area. Rather treacherous for walking and driving. (I got the cleats for my boots, it's that bad!)
When Sheila at Book Journey posted a 1st Book of the Year join in, I decided now would be a perfect time to read a book I've wanted to read for two years. It's Markus Zusak's The Book Thief. It's the story of a young orphan, Liesel, and her love for books, a love that begins with acquiring a book left behind at her brother's graveside. In her foster parents' home, a young Jewish man stays hidden from the Nazis during the beginning of World War II. Oh, the possible ramifications if he were found. It is also about a love of books and words during a terribly tumultuous time in history. I invite you to watch the extended trailer below with an introduction by the actress who plays Liesel.
It is 1939.
The country is holding its breath.
Death has never been busier,
and will become busier still.
By her brother's graveside, Liesel Meminger finds her life changed when she picks up a single object, partially hidden int he snow. It is The Grave Digger's Handbook, left there by accident, and it is her first act of book thievery. So begins a love affair with books and words, as Liesel, with the help of her accordion-playing foster father, learns to read. Soon she is stealing books from Nazi book-burnings, the mayor's wife's library, wherever there are books to be found.
But these are dangerous times. When Liesel's foster family hides a Jewish man in their basement, Liesel's world is both opened up and closed down.
In superbly crafted writing that burns with intensity, award-winning author Markus Zusak has given us one of the most enduring stories of our time.
(from the book cover)
I'm so excited to be able to fit this book into my reading schedule... finally. The movie of The Book Thief is out in theatres now and I can't wait to see it but first I must read the book!! Are you the same way? Must you read first before watching the movie?
What is your first book of the year?