Book Review: The Book Thief

The Book Thief by Markus Zusak. No Spoilers.
Illustration by Finn Campbell-Notman, Design by Claire Ward

I’ve been meaning to read this book for years. I first picked it up in twelfth grade. I had been on a streak of Holocaust stories including The Diary of Anne Frank, Hanna’s Briefcase, and Yellow Star. It blew my mind (and still does) at the scale of destruction and death that one man managed to cause, and these stories of survival and humanity in the face of such horrors were amazing to me. The Book Thief would have shown me the war from a very different angle, had I gotten beyond the first chapter at that time.

A couple of months ago, I showed my teacher a first chapter I had written. It was all I had of what might eventually become a novel, and it was told from the perspective of the devil. My teacher quite liked it, and he suggested I read The Book Thief because it was narrated by Death. By now, I had completely forgotten the first chapter I’d read years ago, but it piqued my interest and after class I went to the library and borrowed it.

Let me tell you, it was definitely worth getting through the slow first chapter to read the rest of it.

Fresh Off The Boat

It is that time of semester again. All my assignments except for one are due within the next two weeks. My past three days have been completely packed. I’ve been busy and I will be busy for a little while longer. That’s why I’ve been blogging less. Hopefully things will go back to normal around April 2nd.

Instead of another Weeklies, I’ve decided to just do a television show review today.

The Huang family, episode 2. From left, Constance Wu, Ian Chen, Forrest Wheeler, Hudson Yang, and Randall Park.

*Note, I’m about to say “Asians” a bunch of times. I know Asia is huge and there are a lot of asians who aren’t from or descended from south-east Asia. I never really say Asians are just from south-east Asia or look like it, but I don’t say otherwise for the rest of this review either, so I just thought I’d say it here. “Asian” is a really broad term for describing people.

Television – Fresh Off The Boat

The struggles of a 90s kid with asian immigrant parents whose family moves to Orlando to start a western restaurant. 30 mins, Comedy. (I just did my pitch for Scriptwriting for Mainstream Television yesterday. Can you tell?) According to Wiki, it’s ‘based on chef Eddie Huang’s memoir of the same name’ and stars Hudson Yang as Eddie, Randall Park and Constance Wu as his parents, and Eddie Huang narrating as himself.

(#10) Weeklies

Maybe I should stop doing these Weeklies? I dunno. But hey, double digits! *high five*

So let’s see what I’ve been loving lately.

IMG_3513Chinese New Year is awesome (or as my mom’s family likes to call it, “Vietnamese New Year”). That was this week. At home, there’s always a party at my grandparents’ house and all the parents give the kids money in exchange for good wishes for the new year. Here, however, my friend’s family and friends visit and she invites a few of her friends (me included) for dinner. Dinner is always delicious, and then we get money just because it’s new year. Am I missing anything? Oh! We’re supposed to wear bright colours. The picture to the left is what I wore. You’re supposed to wear brand new clothes for the brand new year, but I wore my old jeans. But the top I only got the day before at New Look. Bright enough? I tried to tone it down for the rest of the outfit with just grey jeans and a grey jacket.

The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1

Wednesdays I will write about things like TV shows, films, books, websites, YouTube channels, or anything else I happen to be into on any given week. I happened to see The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1 in theatres today.

Jennifer Lawrence as Katniss Everdeen in The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1