I recently finished reading The Book Thief by Marcus Zusak. It was one of those ones that had been on my list-of-books-I-must-read (which is so long it is practically a book itself) - but I always ended up choosing something else off the list instead.
I never believed I would have sympathy for Death as a character - but I did. And as for Liesel - I became so caught up in her life - I couldn't stop thinking about her even when I wasn't reading it (my apologies to my work colleagues for the numerous slip ups over the past week or so).
Beg, borrow, buy, dare I say steal, a copy of this book. You will not regret it.