3.12.2014

What I Read - February Edition

At the tail end of my pregnancy I lost all desire to read. It was the oddest thing. I couldn't sit still long enough to delve into much of anything. My nesting instinct was in overdrive. I did manage to finish one book though. I have yet to pick up anything at two weeks postpartum, but I did grab a Sarah Dessen book at the library tonight and I always get lost in her books so I'm excited to dive in. YA fiction for the win!


Jodi Picoult is one of those authors I turn to when I want to be consumed by a story. I have read a number of her books and have loved most of them. She does an amazing job telling her stories from multiple points of view. Harvesting the Heart is the story of a relationship on the rocks told by both husband and wife. 

Paige and Nicholas meet at a diner shortly after Paige arrives on the East Coast from Chicago. They instantly become lost in one another. They unwittingly lose themselves in each others problems in hopes of forgetting their own. Both characters are deeply flawed in the way that all humans are but this only comes to light years into their marriage after the birth of their son. Paige begins to unravel at the thought of motherhood as she was abandoned by her own mother at a young age. Is history meant to repeat itself in Paige's new family?
Both Paige and Nicholas struggle through their past and what the present means for their relationship. Will their marriage survive the first year of their son's life?

Picoult did a wonderful job presenting the back story and current feelings of both Paige and Nicholas. Their struggles to come to grips with how their past has shaped who they had become are relatable to anyone and everyone. With that being said, I still didn't like either of the characters and I think that was intentional on the author's part. While their overall humanity was relatable their present day choices were many times abhorrent. More than once I wanted to grab one of them by the shoulders and shake some sense into them, and I am NOT a violent person. "Pull your head out of your ass, you're only making it worse!" Yes, I was so drawn in that I wanted to have a dialogue with the fictional characters. Four out of five stars for me.

Since I'm so behind the times --- What are you reading this spring? Anything you are excited to pick up? I'm looking forward to the July release of Landline by Rainbow Rowell. In the meantime I requested Attachments from the library as its the only book of hers currently out that I haven't read. Hashtag a little bit obsessed. :] Oh, and then there's the August release of Hannah Hart's book as well: My Drunk Kitchen: A Guide to Eating, Drinking, and Going with Your Gut

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