I’m reading The Book Thief. It’s been sitting on my bookshelf since March when a friend of mine gave it to me for my birthday. Finally, I started reading it a couple of weeks ago. And you know what? It’s a strange experience… reading a story narrated by Death. And the story is set in Germany during WW II and the Holocaust. The writer’s style is… quirky. But maybe that’s not the writer that’s quirky. Rather, it’s Death who is quirky. The characters are compelling and because the backdrop of the story is such a huge historical moment, it hooks the reader. Almost all stories or novels that I’ve read set on this historical era have been from the Jewish perspective and about the Jewish experience. But this time it’s not only Death’s perspective but also it’s the perspective of a little German girl, the book thief. So far the book has me hooked. I mean, how can you not listen when Death is telling you a story?