16 September 2010

Day 01 — Your favorite song
Day 02 — Your favorite movie

Day 03 — Your favorite television program

Day 04 — Your favorite book

Day 05 — Your favorite quote

Day 06 — Whatever tickles your fancy

Day 07 — A photo that makes you happy

Day 08 — A photo that makes you angry/sad
Day 09 — A photo you took
Day 10 — A photo of you taken over ten years ago
Day 11 — A photo of you taken recently
Day 12 — Whatever tickles your fancy
Day 13 — A fictional book
Day 14 — A non-fictional book
Day 15 — A fanfic
Day 16 — A song that makes you cry (or nearly)
Day 17 — An art piece (painting, drawing, sculpture, etc.)
Day 18 — Whatever tickles your fancy
Day 19 — A talent of yours
Day 20 — A hobby of yours
Day 21 — A recipe
Day 22 — A website
Day 23 — A YouTube video
Day 24 — Whatever tickles your fancy
Day 25 — Your day, in great detail
Day 26 — Your week, in great detail
Day 27 — This month, in great detail
Day 28 — This year, in great detail
Day 29 — Hopes, dreams and plans for the next 365 days
Day 30 — Whatever tickles your fancy
I'm not sure I have just one favorite book. I have a list of books that I love and could read over and over again, but I don't think that I could pick just one favorite. One book that has been at the top of that list for a few years is I Am the Messenger by Markus Zusak
Its protagonist is 19 year old cab driver Ed Kennedy who hasn't got much going for him. He lives in a shack with his dog, The Doorman, a coffee drinking Rottweiler-German Shepard who stinks something awful. He is hopelessly in love with his best friend Audrey, and his other two friends, Marv and Ritchie, are just as hopeless as Ed. Not even Ed's own mother thinks he's got a chance in life. After inadvertently foiling a bank robbery one day, Ed becomes somewhat of a local hero. Soon after, a playing card arrives in the mail. It's the Ace of Diamonds, and it's got three addresses and times written on it. Ed realizes that these are clues. They're missions. He must complete them. And with every suit, the mission gets more personal. 
I Am the Messenger is brilliantly written. The characters and the dialogue is so simple and realistic that you have no trouble believing it. The book is screamingly funny at times, unbelievably sad at others. There are moments of sheer beauty and goodness. others of primitive evil. Moments of light and dark, black and white. (Or red, to keep with the theme of playing cards). It's quite simply written, but that doesn't take anything away from the sheer perfection of the novel. And with a great twist of an ending, it's a book you're not going to forget anytime soon.

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