Defending JacobHoly cow! I read Defending Jacob by William Landay quick. Sitting for hours awaiting potential jury duty helped me finish it & proved a great background for reading about a murder trial.

Defending Jacob reminded me a bit of a Jodi Picoult novel in the sense that it was told from past/present in first person. Also it left you hanging on your seat til the end. I’m looking forward to discussing it for my book club in a couple months. I think there are some great law, parenting & sociological themes developed in this novel.

This one I’d recommend to men & women alike. I think it’ll stick with me for a while & I can see why it was a best seller.

BloomBloom by Kelle Hampton has been on my wish list for a while. If I had room on my book shelf, I’d have purchased it if not for the photos alone. I’ve followed Kelle’s blog since shortly after Nella’s birth.

I am familiar with her story, yet I still enjoyed & got into the ugly cry reading her words of the unexpected joy & discovery made during Nella’s first year.

Any blog follower of Kelle, photography lover or parent of a special needs child would enjoy Bloom. But so would anyone who likes memiors or has had a dream that came true in a way there weren’t expecting. I found myself nodding along so many times as she described the first days & weeks & months of motherhood.

Just One DayAfter enjoying Gayle Forman’s If I Stay & Where She Went last May while on bed rest, I was excited when her latest, Just One Day, became available for me at the library.

It was a wonderful beach read. Light YA lit about a girl about to go off to college who has an experience with a guy she just met in Europe that changes her future. 

Just One Day made me wish I’d traveled in Europe as a young adult. I liked it enough that I’ve already starred the sequal Just One Year on amazon to remind me of it’s Oct ’13 release.