“Books fall open, you fall in.”

As a book is chosen from your interest, the full effect of the book isn’t their until you’ve actually opened the book and begin to read. The story shouldn’t be based on the cover of the book because as you flip through the chapters the book should grab your attention and allow you to fall for the story being told. A book may not always allow you to fall in, as you didn’t allow the book to open and express a story. Also, just because you allowed the book to open and began to read, it doesn’t always mean you will fall in. The story may not grab your attention as your interest is for the story to have relations of your life. An old saying I’ve heard is “Don’t judge a book by its cover.” This relates back to the book being open so the story pulls you in.

Over the summer I chose to read The Book Thief for I felt it related to my life in certain ways. I enjoyed this book very much, as it traced back memories in my life. A relationship between a book and your personal life adapts more interest because you have a better way of understanding. It becomes easier for the book to pull you in and have a connection with the story itself or certain characters. The story being told may not even be personally connected with you, but the people you cherish. The Book Thief captured my interest because it demonstrated courage and always being there or keeping your promise for everyone. It allowed me to look back on times when I was there for others and be a friend when it felt times couldn’t get more rough. This book captured not only my interest but my heart that can fill others with happiness and assurance.

The enjoyment I grasped of reading The Book Thief was it allowed me to have connections with the characters. As the Hubermann family accepted Liesel into their home after the sudden death of her brother and her mother being sick, it connects me with friends that I’ve taken in after the loss of a parent or the parents aren’t true to their life. Also, I feel Liesel is a fine description of me because not only was she taken in by a family, she still feels obligated to help others and her new family. I also enjoyed the fact that this book was based on one word, Death. It taught me that Death has a huge meaning behind it. The enjoyment came from Death collects the Souls that will be seen though other people as you live.

I can take away plenty of life lessons the author described throughout the story. The lesson of keeping your promise hit me the hardest of them all. This goes to show that the ones you gave your promise to actually depend on you. Just as Hans promised Erik Vandenburg that he would take care of his son, after years passed Max, Erik’s son, found Hans. Hans kept his promise to Erik and allowed Max to come stay with his family. Sometimes your mouth might get ahead of yourself when you speak the words ‘I promise’, as you need to understand those words are dependable to others. So, the specific lesson I took from the author is be dependable. Just as your promise might not be needed so soon, years later that promise could be dependent and cherished forever.

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