Hey guys! I’m back with another new Top Ten Tuesday post for you all, courtesy of the lovely ladies over at The Broke and the Bookish. This week is a freebie week, so we all have to come up with our own theme. Usually for these weeks, I just look back over the TTT archives and choose a topic from there to do, but this week I actually came up with my own theme all by myself! The topic I’ve chosen to do this week is my Top Ten Jodi Picoult books, since she is one of my favourite authors. So here we go, these are them:
- My Sister’s Keeper-This is not only my favourite Jodi Picoult book, but it’s one of my favourite books ever. It’s not the type of book that I would have expected to love, but I loved the writing, the story, the characters, everything about the book. It was the first book of hers that I read and the one that made me fall in love with her writing. Plus it’s one of the books that I had signed by her, so I will treasure it forever!
- The Pact-Yes it’s a book that’s depressing at times, but it’s also beautiful, with complicated characters and I loved how the story came together, you start with Em’s death and then go back and forward in time to show how the events that lead to her death came together and what happened afterwards, it was a great way of telling the story. I also love the complex family relationships explored in the book. It’s a really beautiful story and definitely one of my favourites of hers (also one that I had signed!).
- Plain Truth-The reason I loved this book was it was quite different to the others that Jodi Picoult had written and I really felt like I learned a lot about Amish culture which was something I never knew anything about before, so that was really cool. This one is also signed!
- Nineteen Minutes-This is a beautiful book! Not many people would be able to make me feel sympathetic to a school shooter, but Jodi Picoult does that brilliantly here, you feel both for Peter and for the victims and you’re not really sure who is right. All of the characters are well fleshed out and you get to see all of the sides to the story which is great. I never expected to love a book about a school shooting as much as I did this once, but it had a real impact on me (probably because we’ve all known people like Peter’s bullies in our lives and whilst you can’t condone what he did, it’s hard not to feel for him).
- The Storyteller-This book almost made me cry, but that’s to be expected since it’s about the Holocaust. It’s a heartbreaking story but an incredibly beautiful one as well. I can guarantee you that you will find it difficult not to cry at Minka’s part of the story.
- Salem Falls-I loved this story, the witches aspect was really interesting and the twist at the end was just incredible and one that I never saw coming!
- Second Glance-This book is probably the most unique of Jodi Picoult’s and whilst I don’t believe in ghosts I found that aspect really interesting, I also loved the eugenics parts and how the storyline from the 1930’s tied into the present day story, I thought that was really clever, in fact, just generally, the way everything tied together in the end was great.
- Between The Lines-I loved the story within a story format and this book is just generally a very fun and cute read and a lot lighter than Picoult’s adult works (which is to be expected since she wrote it with her daughter, but I still appreciated that, it was nice to read something a little lighter from her for a change).
- Picture Perfect-Whilst it’s not my favourite of hers and you can definitely tell her older writing from her newer stuff, I still really enjoyed this book, it was a great story and still had her signature beautiful writing.
- Handle With Care-This one is kind of similar to My Sister’s Keeper, so if you liked that one, you’d probably like this one too. I definitely liked My Sister’s Keeper more, but I still really enjoyed this story and learned a lot about OI, something I never knew about before.
So that’s all I have for this week (I know, I managed to keep it at ten!). What did you guys choose for your freebie topics? Have you read any of Jodi Picoult’s books? What were your favourites? Any that I haven’t included here? Let me know in the comments!
Next week’s topic is all about the past or the future and basically you can spin the topic whatever way you like, so again, you’ll have to wait and see what I come up with. In the meantime though, I have just finished reading Ink and Bone, so I should have a review of that up for you guys within the next few days!