In all this travel to and from Chicago, I had some time to read. So, naturally, I finished a whole book. Sing You Home follows the life of Zoe Baxter, a music therapist who has tried for years to have a baby, but this last try has left her with a miscarriage and deflated hope. After her husband divorces her, she throws herself into her music, falling into an unexpected friendship that turns into love. When she tries to obtain what she has wanted for so long, a child of her own, she finds that she is blocked the person that she used to love most in this world. Dealing with issues from infertility to gay rights, Sing You Home will definitely take you on a wild ride that is worth the thrill.
I started reading this book not really knowing what it was about. I was mainly reading it because I really like Jodi Picoult's books (minus one, The Tenth Circle. I couldn't stand the main character in that one). While this one wasn't my favorite of hers (Nineteen Minutes still holds that spot), it was still a good read. What I love about Jodi Picoult is that she tackles difficult problems in her books, but instead of them feeling fake or fictionalized, they feel real. You can tell that she did her research on them, that she did the work to make sure the stories that she creates are real. While her books are usually pretty long, it doesn't really take much time at all to get through them. That's what I liked about this book. I cared so much about what happened to Zoe that I kept reading to the end. And Picoult kept it suspenseful, and even added a plot twist in there. She is known for those, adding twists that readers don't see coming. I think that's the thing that keeps me reading her novels. I always think I have it figured out, but she always ends up surprising me in the end anyway. Authors that can do that are spectacular in my mind. I hope that I can do that someday with the novel that I write. And yes, I will write a novel worth publishing someday. I've decided to make that one of my life goals.
I'd have to say the only thing that really bothered me about Sing You Home was the amount of problems that Jodi Picoult tried to tackle. It seemed like it was just one thing after another, and while she made it almost believable, I'm not sure if someone could possibly survive all that hardship in their life. But it is just a book, and she may have written it to make a point. I'm not sure. I think that's the only complaint I really had with the book. Otherwise I would highly recommend. it. :)
So what am I reading next? The Girl Who Kicked the Hornets' Nest by Stieg Larsson. I'm very excited to read this book, and copy I have to read is actually from the UK, which is quite interesting. Someone donated it to the thrift store I work at, and my sister bought it because she wanted to read it. I think it's cool that we have the UK edition. Anyway, until next time. Happy reading!