I enjoy Picoult's novels because of the rich emotional lives of her characters and the complexity of the situations they find themselves in. I love that the stories are not one sided, rather you jump from character to character and fully understand the situation they find themselves in. I love that she can take a tragic situation and weave it into something beautiful every time, even if it is not always what you might consider a happy ending. Being emotionally drawn into a story is key for me.
My problem is this, I read the same type of novel by the same author until I am forced to try something new or the phase ends. Usually I run out of novels first, but in cases like my high school Mary Higgins Clark phase, my interest waned before I got to the end of her endless list of novels. Currently, I am not at the end of Picoult's novels, but until Christmas rolls around and I get a BN gift card or two, I don't really have access to any more. Which is why I come to you, lovely readers of all that is good, I need suggestions that my brain might accept as a substitute.
I've tried Hornby. I recently read Long Way Down and finished it, but it didn't really draw me in. I read it because it was available and I felt the need to read. It was good, but not really what I was looking for. I loved the Time Traveler's Wife very much. I'm currently reading this book, but it doesn't count as reading because it is for informational purposes. In fact, I sort of doubt I'll get through it without an novel to alternate it with and reward myself.
So tell me, what are you reading? What should I be reading? What is your favorite novel? Help me feed my poor little brain!