The Book Thief by Markus Zusak seems to be on everyone's list. I think my sister will be reading this one soon.
It’s just a small story really, about among other things: a girl, some words, an accordionist, some fanatical Germans, a Jewish fist-fighter, and quite a lot of thievery. . . .
Narrated by Death, Markus Zusak's groundbreaking new novel is the story of Liesel Meminger, a young foster girl living outside of Munich in Nazi Germany. Liesel scratches out a meager existence for herself by stealing when she discovers something she can't resist- books. Soon she is stealing books from Nazi book-burnings, the mayor's wife's library, wherever they are to be found.
With the help of her accordion-playing foster father, Liesel learns to read and shares her stolen books with her neighbors during bombing raids, as well as with the Jewish man hidden in her basement.
Jennifer Donnelly books seem to be popping up everywhere as well, and these really interest me. I think the covers are absolutely beautiful!
This last book, The Cellist of Sarajevo, I learned about over at Curling Up With a Good Book. She did a great review and it sounds like something I'd really like to read.
In a city ravaged by war, a musician plays his cello for twenty-two days at the site of a mortar attack, in memory of the fallen. Among the strangers drawn into the orbit of his music are a young father in search of water for his family, an older man in search of the humanity he once knew, and a young woman, a sniper, who will decide the fate of the cellist—and the kind of person she wants to be.
Hope you enjoyed this list and maybe found something you'd like to read as well! Have you read any of these books? What did you think?