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. Good Reading 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!

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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.

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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.

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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!

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Which books have made you laugh out loud?

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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 parliament recently voting to legalise abortion, Jodi’s book is being published right at the height of some very big and important discussions about reproductive rights.

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Gus & Steve Worland on tackling men’s mental health with dad jokes

Whether you’re in need of a solid knock-knock joke, a cringeworthy pun, a hilarious yarn or a weird factoid you can whip out at a family barbecue, the Worland brothers are here to help.

Triple M radio host Gus Worland and his brother, writer Steve Worland, have created The Bloke-a-saurus: Jokes for blokes, fair dinkum funnies and true blue Aussie wisdom [ebook]. Ranging from groan-inducing corkers, mortifying dad jokes and side-splitting yarns (like the time Gus blew over 15 grand of Hugh Jackman’s credit card), The Bloke-a-saurus is here to serve as on-the-dunny entertainment or to do the rounds of the family dinner table.

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Royalties from the book with be going to the Gotcha 4 Life foundation, which trains male crisis counsellors.

In this podcast, Gus and Steve chat with Good Reading’s Angus Dalton about why suicide is the biggest killer for men under 45, and how they hope The Bloke-a-saurus can help bring families together and challenge toxic masculinity.

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