If you were to ask me, "what is the best book you have read in the past, say, month or so" (and trust me, as a librarian, I love to read, so I read a lot of books) I would, without question or hesitation, say that the best book I have read in the past month or so - maybe one of the best books I have ever read is The Book Thief by Markus Zusak.
It is a story set in Nazi Germany during World War II.
It is sympathetically narrated by Death.
It is absolutely hillarious in places.
A sample, just to prove it:
" *** HERE IS A SMALL FACT ***
You are going to die.
I am, in all truthfullness attempting to be cheerful about this whole topic, though most people find themselves hindered in believing me, no matter my protestations. Please, trust me. I most definitely can be cheerful. I can be amiable. Agreeable. Affable. And that's only the A's. Just don't ask me to be nice. Nice has nothing to do with me."
A co-worker of mine put this on hold for me. I did not ask her to do so. I had no idea what to expect from this book, but it truly won me over on the first page. The only part I did not like about it was that I read through it too quickly and it was over too soon.