[GatheringReaders] Virtual Discussion of The Book Thief

Myra here.

Welcome, boys and girls. Come one, come all. Today is a day of celebration as I finally remembered to put up a Virtual Blog Post for my GatheringReaders book club, something which always slips my mind until the time that I would have to meet up with my tweeners during our face-to-face discussions at the Jurong West Public Library.

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Yes, yes, I know. This is how emotional I got after finishing The Book Thief by Markus Zusak. I only have a few questions here for you. Anyone is free to just jump in and share their thoughts as well if you have read, or are currently reading the book. Do write your responses in the Comments Section.

  1. Which part of the book are you in now? If you have already finished reading the book, roughly how long did it take you to read it?

  2. Who is your favourite character in the book? Share why you like this character.

  3. What is the part of the book that continues to haunt you?

  4. Talk about Liesl’s love of books. Do you see parts of yourself in her?

  5. What do you love best about Zusak’s writing style? What do you like least?

That’s it! Easy-peasy right! Looking forward to reading your responses.

If you’ve read the book and would like to be part of our discussion, please feel free to write your thoughts in the Comments section below.

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Myra is a Teacher Educator and a registered clinical psychologist based in Al Ain, United Arab Emirates. Prior to moving to the Middle East, she lived for eleven years in Singapore serving as a teacher educator. She has edited five books on rediscovering children’s literature in Asia (with a focus on the Philippines, Malaysia, India, China, Japan) as part of the proceedings for the Asian Festival of Children’s Content where she served as the Chair of the Programme Committee for the Asian Children’s Writers and Illustrators Conference from 2011 until 2019. While she is an academic by day, she is a closet poet and a book hunter at heart. When she is not reading or writing about books or planning her next reads, she is hoping desperately to smash that shuttlecock to smithereens because Badminton Is Life (still looking for badminton courts here at UAE - suggestions are most welcome).

7 comments on “[GatheringReaders] Virtual Discussion of The Book Thief

  1. Loved this book! Great that you’re doing a virtual discussion with kids on this book.


  2. 1. I’m in the part where they talk about the Jesse Owens incident.
    2. My favorite character is Rudy Steiner, because he is such a funny and charming character. and he is a good friend to Leisel
    3. When Leisle’s brother died. It quite haunted me.
    4. She is determined to know how to read and write so she could read. I think I also relate to her in a way because I never give up on books.
    5. His writing is very poetic and descriptive. But I think it is also a bit deep.
    PS i also borwwed an audio cd


  3. I still need to read it. 🙂


  4. I have this book and wonder when I will EVER get to read it! *sigh*


  5. 1. I finished reading the book!:) I took about a week to finish reading with an hour daily. I took 7 hours!!! I also watched the movie.
    2. I like Max Vanderburg. He is such an avid fighter but with such a kind soul.
    3. The part that haunts me most is when Leisel found her foster parents DEAD bodies plus Rudy’s. I also find it creepy to put death as the narrator.
    4. I think maybe we are the same for the love for books. But, she went one step ahead by writing down words she do not know in the basement board. Cool! However, I will NEVER steal books!
    5. I like the fact that it has a really captivating storyline and as if I can feel the sound effects. I do not like the parts when he did not elaborate on Leisel’s brother’s death and I do not really understand some words, most of which are German words.


    • OK, jk, I am totally blown away by the “7 hours” of reading to finish! You must be a speed reader like my daughter-in-law! lol I do NOT read that fast. If I could, I’d have SO many more books read from my TBR list!


  6. 1. I have not finished the book and i am at the part where leisel went on her first day to school.
    2. My favourite character is hans. He is kind and caring.
    3. so far there are none.
    4. I think it will taking risks for example to steal those books.
    5.Some parts of the book is hard to understand


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