I have a confession to make, this was my first ever reading of The Book Thief. Honestly, I never even heard of it until the movie was being released in 2013 (which I am also yet to watch) and I refuse to read books (or watch movies) while they are headlining because it tarnishes my opinion of them. So if a new release or movie adaptation catches my eye, which I haven't already read (or isn't the next instalment in a series I am already committed to), then it gets added to my TBR pile for a later date - in this case, of several years. What a wonderful read it is though. It made me laugh, it made me cry, it made me swear & it made me contemplate many things - especially human nature. I was pleasantly surprised by the unique style of the book. I will definitely be keeping this book on my shelves for future reading.