Monday, January 18, 2010

Hooked on Picoult

Great! I have yet another addiction... Which I need about as much as I need my fizz addiction and chocolate addiction. What can I say? Apparently, my personality is much more prone to addiciton than I realized. Not drugs or alcohol for me, though. Lately? READING! I've always loved to read. I read all the Harry Potter books a couple of years ago, and loved every one of them. Then last year I was crazy over the Twilight series, which was so phenomenal I couldn't even get into another book for the longest time. Nothing compared! So basically, since finishing the last Twilight book last winter, I've just been reading whatever. Nothing too exciting. Until I discovered, thanks to my blessed Twin, JODI PICOULT! My friend Kim handed me the book Salem Falls around the beginning of December, and it was a really good, wonderful book. I am one of those people who will choose my reading material by author, so I thought, "what the heck? I'll see if I can find another one of hers." "Hers" being Jodi Picoult's. So one Saturday after suffering through a birthday party (which my kiddos enjoyed immensely), I rewarded myself by swinging by St. Vinny's to see what they had. And wouldn't you know, they had My Sister's Keeper, right in the front window display! I grabbed it happily and started reading it at my first opportunity. Well. This book was the most emotional book I've ever read. I cried through the beginning, and then I sobbed through the ending. Oh my GOSH! My family didn't know what to think about me as I was sitting in the chair sobbing and reading while they watched TV. And just like that, I became hooked on Jodi Picoult. I love her writing! I managed to find one more of her books, Plain Truth, at Goodwill a couple of weeks later. Then, when the kiddos and I went to Seattle to see our Nicoley, she took us to her favorite used bookstore, and there was a whole stack of Jodi Picoults! She bought me some for Christmas, which was so sweet of her and meant the world to me. I chose Nineteen Minutes and Vanishing Acts. The one from Goodwill, Plain Truth, was amazing for me, and so was Nineteen Minutes. I'm still thinking about all the players in those stories. The characters are so real, they feel like actual people to me! I've managed to get my hands on all of Picoult's books, now. I just finished The Pact on Saturday morning, and then, last night at 11:30, as I was once again sobbing, Harvesting the Heart. So yah. I read an entire 450 page book in two days. Hence, the realization that I do seem to be a bit addicted to Jodi Picoult's work, and I need to stop. It isn't like I just sit around and read all the time, either - I mean, Saturday was filled with Brailey Shaye's softball clinic for two hours and then another birthday party for three hours, and yesterday we attended mass. But I definitely need to put the books down. I'm going to make myself read some magazines that I need to catch up on, I think. Maybe... Or perhaps I'll just wait until tonight when I hit the sack to crack open another one. I'm reading them in order by copyright year, at this point. So Mercy will be my next one. Mercy ME! I need an intervention...!

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