I usually read books based off recommendations and/or reviews and most of the time that works out. However after just finishing The Book Thief I can say that this one doesn't live up to the high praise. As a story it works pretty well. But as the highly praised book that it is I just didn't think it held up all that well.
I did fall for the book's main character Liesel who is adopted into a family in Germany during WWII. However don't mistake this for a war novel. If anything the war, the Nazi's, are a backdrop to a story of a young girl and her love to read. The book is also told from the angel of deaths perspective which I thought was interesting but it almost was distracting from the tale.
To me I just never fell in love with either the characters nor the story the author wove. I enjoyed it but I wasn't sad it was over either.