This is one of those books you (well, maybe not you, but at least me) don't stop to think if they're actually that good or not, you just love them. Because the book does something to you. Sometimes I'm about to rate a book that meant a lot to me 5 stars when I realize there's a "but", and I might end up rating it 4; however, no voice saying "but" was heard as I rated The Book Thief.
After all, I can't help but loving a book called like that. And specially one featuring an exceedingly likeable accordionist and a Jewish fist-fighter who writes beautiful stories over painted pages.