Leaving Time

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 it. 
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!


PS I started Yes Please this weekend! Already a bit of the way in and loving it!

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She's my favorite author as well! Leaving Time also took me a little bit to get into interestingly enough…but I loved it in the end!


I have never read her books but I really should! My favorite authors are Scott Fitzgerald, Helen Fielding, and JK! 🙂

Cville to DC

I LOVE jodi picoult and I have since I was a small child! "My Sister's Keeper" makes me cry every time. I took your suggestion and bought "The Cuckoo's Calling" and I love it so much! Thanks for always referring the best books. And I always buy the ACTUAL book. not the electronic version. Call me old-fashioned 🙂

Meghan Donovan

The pact is my favorite book from high school – I read it so many times! And I actually just bought Leaving Time for an upcoming vacation – YES!


I also love Jodi Picoult! My favorite is the Song of the Humpback Whale, one of her firsts. This one was one of the more supernatural ones she has ever done which was probably why it wasn't my favorite.