The Book Thief

     Yesterday, I said the best book I read in September was Anna and the French Kiss.
     Well, also yesterday, I finished another book that could give Anna a run for its money.

     The Book Thief by Markus Zusak.

     These books are nothing alike. Where Anna is fun, light, romantic, The Book Thief is dark, sad, and scary.
     But it was AMAZING. Interestingly, the book is about a girl who loves words and Markus Zusak has this incredible way with words. Sometimes he'd say things that I would read over again because I just didn't understand. Other times, I'd read phrases and wonder how he came up with it and try to control my brimming envy. Some examples:
     At that moment, you will be lying there (I rarely find people standing up). You will be caked in your own body. There might be a discovery; a scream will dribble down the air. The only sound I'll hear after that will be my own breathing, and the sound of the smell, of my footsteps.

     As I made my way through, each person stood and played with the quietness of it. It was a small concoction of disjointed hand movements, muffled sentences, and mute, self-conscious turns.

     Those are both in the prologue, before the book has barely begun. And I have to share my favorite. And FYI, this quote is said by Death.

     It kills me sometimes, how people die.

     The Book Thief is the kind of book that everyone MUST read. (Warning, there are swear words- just FYI.) It's the kind of book I will NEVER forget. The kind of book that makes me feel like a crap writer but the kind of book that also makes me want to be better. The kind of book I will go to the store and buy tomorrow (I got it from the library) and pass along to everyone I know, telling them to read it ASAP. If you haven't read it, put it on the top of your TBR pile at once.