Jodi Picoult is one of my favorite authors. If you haven’t read any of her books, you need to add at least a few to your reading list. Definitely read: The Pact, My Sister’s Keeper, Nineteen Minutes,
and Plain Truth.
That’s a pretty good starting point to get a feel for Picoult’s writing style. I’m not sure if it’s for everyone, but I still recommend giving it a try because if you love it, you really love
Her books always deal with an ethical dilemma, a moral issue, or Life with a capital L– or some combination of those three. She’s a smart writer without the books being over done; they’re very entertaining.
I will admit, some of her books captivated me more than others. The ones I initially listed are my favorites. I recently felt like I wasn’t able to fall in love with the stories and characters as much… and then I read Leaving Time.
Leaving Time is about a young girl who is searching for her missing mother, a researcher who studies elephant behavior. There is a lot about elephants in the book, and in true Jodi Picoult fashion, she really deep dives into elephants.
The book was going fine. I was enjoying it, plain and simple. I even googled a few elephant videos to get a better sense of that element of the book. I spent most of the day reading on Saturday; the pace was picking up and I was trying to deal with my terrible case of the winter blues so it was a great excuse to stay in bed and read. And then, at one point, I literally turned to Garrett and said, “Oh my god.” I could not put it down at that point.
It took me a long time to get into the book (because I was being a lazy reader, it had nothing to do with the book) and now I’m wishing I had committed to finishing it sooner. It’s really good. Not her best… but absolutely worth a read.
Do you have a favorite author?! Please share in the comments!