The Book Thief

Personification- what is being personified as liesel thinks about max while she visiting the mayors wife?

As the book quivered in liesels lap, the secret sat in her mouth. It made itself comfortable, it crossed it's legs. Part 5

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The secret that she can't admit to is being personified, she had stolen her book.

Why was this Better than saying, "liesel kept her secret about max to her self"?

Personifications are often used to give extra meaning and intensity to an idea.