Someone on Twitter yesterday asked if anyone ever gave away books that they don’t like. And my answer is NO! I would NEVER! In fact, lest you think I’m just trying to get rid of books I already have, I’m not giving you my own copies. I own all the books I’m giving away, but I’m buying additional copies for the prizes. No one touches my books!

So here is another Knopf book that is actually one of my favorite books ever. It definitely makes my all-time top ten list, probably even five. It’s hard to choose a number one spot.

If you haven’t read THE BOOK THIEF, I’m telling you right now that you must. And even if you have read it but you don’t own it, you know you want to own it. Such wonderful characters, a wealth of gorgeous words, a unique narrator, and a hauntingly beautiful story. And even though it is historical fiction, it is true.

Just tell me you want it in the comments, that is all. And of course mention FB, tweets, blogs, and all that.

I kind of like this cover better. What do you think?


  1. I want this! And I totally love that bottom cover.

  2. I already own this book, so don’t count me in the giveaway, but I just had to say I love this book, too!

    Agents talk about books that walk that line between literary and commercial all the time, and I think THE BOOK THIEF is a perfect example of that. The concept is so commercial, but the execution is one-hundred-percent literary.

    • Liesl

    • August 24, 2011

    • 3:04 pm

    Krista, I totally agree. It is a perfect example of commercial and literary.

  3. Ooh, I haven’t seen that other cover, but YES this is a fantastic book. I love the “unique narrator.” šŸ™‚ Pick me, pick me!

  4. Oh, I loved this book, and I would be so happy if I owned it. It would be much easier to force everyone I know to read it.

  5. okay, I’m embarrassed to admit this in public, but…I’ve never read The Book Thief (cringe!) I’ve been meaning to read it forever but keep forgetting to check it out!

    • Liesl

    • August 24, 2011

    • 3:28 pm

    Ha ha Ann, It’s amazing how many people’s hands I’ve shoved that book into, but they always thank me in the end.

  6. Confession: I have never, ever read this. I need to!

    • Liesl

    • August 24, 2011

    • 5:11 pm

    Oh friends, you are making me want to buy this for you all!

  7. Another fantastic pick! “The Gravedigger’s Handbook”, the Jesse Owens incident, all the German swear words Liesel’s mother throws about…

    What a work of art. Great choice for a top ten list!

    • Abby

    • August 24, 2011

    • 6:57 pm

    I don’t give my books away either! NO WAY! They are guarded 24/7! I have not even read the BOOK THIEF, which is obviously tragic. I think it needs to go on my next amazon order. It’s got to be wonderful! Thanks for sharing.

  8. Ah, a book that needs to be on my shelves / in my hands. Thanks so much for giving away such great books!

  9. This book is on the must read list of 75% of my household (the other one doesn’t read!)

  10. That book is WAY WAY WAY high on my TBR pile.

  11. i have always wanted to read this book, i just never get around the buying it!!

    americangirlie1991 at yahoo dot com

  12. I hear this novel is awesome. Please enter me in your drawing.

  13. I have not read this title yet but have been meaning to for several years. As for the cover, since I haven’t read it I’m not sure which design best represents the content. I do like the font type more on the first depiction.

    • Robin

    • August 26, 2011

    • 3:55 pm

    One of my all time favorite books-it really touched me, and it was a book I couldn’t read fast, I had to go slow, to absorb it all. I’m a stickler for the cover that I read the book in, so I do have to admit my preference to the dominoes, but the 2nd cover is powerful as well.

    thanks for the giveaway!

  14. As a deluxe cheapskate it seems I read a library copy eons ago and still haven’t put my hand in my dusty pocket and got one for my bookshelf. Oh do pick me!

  15. I would love to win this one, and do I like the bottom cover better.

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