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Jodi Picoult's reading repertoire

Jodi Picoult's reading repertoire

With 24 books under her belt, and a few blockbuster screenplays along the way, Jodi Picoult is one of the most successful living novelists in the world. We spoke with Jodi about the books that have shaped her life, made her laugh, and defined her career. 

What are you reading now and why? 
Crazy Rich Asians by Kevin Kwan. Because I loved the movie and want to read the entire trilogy now!

What were your favourite books as a child? 
Laura Ingalls Wilder’s ‘Little House’ books, the ‘All-of-a-Kind Family’ books and Where the Wild Things Are.

   

What are three of your favourite books now, and why? 
The Life of Pi – as a storyteller, you cannot help but be blown away at Yann Martel’s book about to whom a story really belongs. The Book Thief – Markus Zusak writes like words are a river of poetry; I want to be him when I grow up. Turtle Moon – the first book I read by Alice Hoffman, which made me a lifelong fan.

    

Which books have moved you the most? 
The Underground Railroad by Colson Whitehead made my heart hurt. The Time Traveller’s Wife and Me Before You destroyed me as well. Oh, and The Art of Racing in the Rain – I cannot handle the death of a dog!

   

Which books have made you laugh out loud? 
Jennifer Weiner’s books, Sophie Kinsella’s books, Where’d You Go Bernadette by Maria Semple, Bridget Jones’s Diary by Helen Fielding.

Jodi's latest novel A Spark of Light, begins when a gunman bursts into a reproductive centre, opens fire and takes the occupants hostage. When researching the book, she conducted over 100 extensive interviews with campaigners and professionals on both sides of the debate. With Queensland parlaiment voting to legalise abortion just last week, Jodi's book is being published right at the height of some very big and important discussions about reproductive rights. 

Watch the trailer here: