Thursday, March 5, 2009

I Am The Messenger and The Joy of Re-Reading

I am reading I Am The Messenger by Markus Zusak. It's really good so far, even though I've read it before. That's right. I'm re-reading.

And I'm not sure why. It's not like I don't have other books on my reading pile. Books that are new, spine still perfect and unfolded, pages not mangled yet, like my copy of this book. Still. I'm re-reading. And loving it.

I Am The Messenger is the story of somewhat loserly Ed Kennedy, who is nineteen and a cabdriver. He watched a botched robbery (very funny opening chapter), and then begins receiving mysterious playing cards, with addresses or names on them. They're places he needs to visit, people and situations he's supposed to fix, though he's not sure why.

We get to know his friends Audrey (who he's secretly in love with), Marv and Ritchie, his foul-smelling dog The Doorman and his cussing mom. All while Ed is trying to figure out why he's getting these cards, and why he's chosen (or decided?) to be the messenger.

I'm roughly in the middle of the book, and loving it just like I did when I first read it a few years ago. The voice is perfect, characters fascinating, and IT HAS A GREAT MYSTERY! Gotta love it.
I also remember that the ending wasn't quite as good as the rest of the book, but stay tuned on that part, since I haven't gotten there yet.

It's fun to re-read favorites. I Am The Messenger is one of mine; so what's yours?


  1. Harry Potter, no doubt. And now, because the movie is coming up, I hafta re-read the first six books! Owen and I just finished reading the first one together (the British version no less...did you know they call homework revision? I thought that was interesting.)

    As far as adult books go, The Alienist by Caleb Carr and its sequel Angel of Darkness I have read multiple times.

  2. How cool that you're reading Harry Potter with Owen! We tried with Tyne, but it didn't hold her interest...
    Must check out Caleb Carr.

  3. Shoot, I'll have to read the HP books again, too. Dang. :o)

    One of my favorites was Little Women, which I've reread a few times over the years. May be time to take a look again. LOTR has been reread so many times I've lost count. I also loved the Little House books by Laura Ingalls Wilder, but haven't reread any. Might be worth a try.

    Really like Caleb Carr, too. He should be right up your alley, Fleur.