The Book Thief by Markus Zusak
Set in Nazi Germany, this story is about a young girl taken in by foster parents who is fascinated by books and the joy they bring. She periodically steals books as she can't afford them herself and at the beginning of the story, she can't even read them.
The foster father eventually takes in a Jew and hides him in their basement. The girl makes good friends with the Jew and several other characters that make for unique relationships. Her story is told by Death. This personification of the one event most dreaded by all in the world brings an interesting perspective and poignant insight into humanity.
The story was thoroughly enjoyable, easy to read and very insightful into a time period that has a different story for every one of the millions of lives directly affected by Hitler and his Nazis. I highly recommend this book to anyone looking for a touching, unique story with multiple layer.
Next month: The Blind Assassin by Margaret Atwood