Thursday, September 13, 2012


What a thrilling year this has been, being on virtual BOOK TOURS!  For a voracious reader such as myself, what a blessing!  My daughter, a blogger,   introduced me into a world which I love, one that I had NO clue about.  Thanks sweetie!!

I have read some awesome books....I am sure that there are some that, ahem may not be such a good read but you can count on me to be honest.

One that is sticking out in my mind, because it is so relevant to today and tomorrow is BULLIED by Carrie Goldman.   My last post I gave my review and share a synopsis of the book.  THIS is a MUST read, such great, useful info for EVERY member of EVERY family.  Great tools and honestly gave me hope....

This is a book that you must buy in hard copy, don't Kindle will want to share and refer often...or as I stated in my post?  BUY one for will be forever on the 'good gifter' list...Trust me.

Wanted to thank the Authors and the Publishing Companies, for the greatest opportunity.  Thank you Kathryn for the opportunity to do what I have always loved

Happy Reading!

Friday, September 7, 2012

BULLIED by Carrie Goldman

Bullied By Carrie Goldman

* At least 25 percent of kids have been bullied online 
*One in five teens has been bullied at school 
*More than half of bullying behaviors will stop in less than ten seconds 
when another student intervenes

In November 2010, first grader Katie Goldman became an unlikely Internet heroine, and the new face for the bullied. Her mother, a popular blogger, wrote a post describing the teasing Katie had faced over her Star Wars thermos ( an item, she was told, that was meant for boys.) That was, as her mother now writes, " the post that launched a thousand geeks." The twitter hashtag #MayTheForceBeWithKatie
was trending within days, comments flooded Goldman's blog and Facebook page, and Katie's story appeared through out media internationally.

Suddenly finding herself a voice for the anti-bullying movement, Katie's mother, Carrie Goldman set about investigating what has become an epidemic. Bullied is a smart, practical guide from a parent who's seen the insidious effects of bullying firsthand, and a researcher who has consulted the top experts in the field. Most importantly, Goldman offers specific advice on how to help children respond to bullies.

In Bullied, Goldman Recognizes the power of community, and a part of her mission is to underscore the role that retailers, media members, and average citizens play in this story, with simple and powerful messages: Respect and empathy must be taught, people of all ages must take responsibilities for their online lives, and kindness can be enormously healing.

As a mother, she calls on us all- families, schools, communities, celebrities- to examine our own stereotypes and embrace our joint responsibility for creating a culture of acceptance and respect. For parents, educators, and anyone still wrestling with past experience of victimization and fear, Bullied is an eye-opening, prescriptive, and ultimately uplifting guide to reversing the national bullying trend and raising diverse, empathetic, tolerant kids in a caring, safe world.

About the Author
Carrie Goldman's popular blog "Portrait of an Adoption" tackles issues related to parenting, bullying, and adoption for, the online community of the Chicago Tribune. She writes regularly for top parenting sites such as the HuffPost Parents, Circle of Moms, and Her blog was voted sixth in's 2010 Top 50 Mom blogs. Goldman received her B.S. from Northwestern University and her M.B.A from the Kellogg School of Management. She lives in Illinois with her husband and three young daughters. 

My Review:
As a parent, grandparent I was astounded how often this is happening.  As an adoptive parent, this was insightful on a whole different level.  There were so many different issues that honestly never entered my mind.  

I have taken this book to heart....this should be in EVERY families libraries, and NOT on Kindle.  IN PURE BOOK form, that can be reached for, often, and that can be lent out, sparingly, you will want it back!  Better yet? BUY the book for your children who have children, your friends...GREAT holiday gift, AND, Baby showers....Hey, we used to give Dr. Spock's books , but this is a fabulous read for new moms too...ok, we can wait for them to get the babies home for a few weeks....BUT...the point....Bullying starts as EARLY as WE allow it to start.  

My son will be reading this and has decided to do an English paper on it, and yes will be using this book as a reference.  This book is THAT good!   

Please, pick it up, read it, share it, whether by book clubs, just talking or blogging about it, but share....Our children need us , our grandchildren need us, Hell, our neighborhood kids need us....We need to be the kind of adults that help our young ones stop this atrocity.....   

And of course...........5 STARS!!!!

Happy Reading......

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Friday, August 17, 2012

New Books!

New books, well, new to me!  I am reading between one and that crazy or what!  I have done that SO many times in my life...I am a quick reader, ok, sometimes, I 'slow myself down to absorb', by picking up another book. I am sure that sounds weird to some people, but I HATE finishing most books I read, so it is a way to prolong the joy of that particular 'read'.

Wondering what you are reading, hoping you will share.  I am ready to put another book on the 'kindle shelf' and begin voraciously reading what you think is a good read!  I really do value your opinions.

Until then?

Happy Reading.....

Sunday, August 12, 2012



This site is one of the most wonderful sites, if you are a voracious reader like myself!  One of my Facebook friends, told me about it, and of course?  I shared the news!  

This site can be used through various 'book' types.....such as Nook.  I am a Kindle fan (it sleeps with me everynight), and the books, are free through the 'whispernet' through  I have found up to 5 free books a day, now, not every one appeals to me, but to have the opportunity to 'grab and read'?  Heaven....

So, if you have a chance?  AND why wouldn't you if you love reading here is the link to get you started   All you need to do is figure out which 'book' you are using and it as simple as pouring that afternoon cup of tea to enjoy your book with.  

Happy Reading!!

Tuesday, August 7, 2012

A Simple Thing

How far would you go to protect your children? Would you do it at the expense of your marriage? How far would you go to protect yourself?
For Susannah Delaney, the answers lie thousands of miles away, off the northwest corner of Washington state. When Susannah discovers her young son is being bullied and her adolescent daughter is spinning out of control, she moves them to remote Sounder Island in the San Juans to live off the grid for a year. Susannah hopes to save her children from the risks they’ve encountered at home, and to come to terms with her own haunted past. But the move threatens her marriage to the man she’s loved since childhood, and her very sense of self.
For Betty Pavalak, who first moved to Sounder to save her own troubled marriage, the island has been a haven for more than fifty years. But Betty also knows the guilt of living with choices she made long ago and actions that cannot be undone.The unlikely friendship between Susannah and Betty ignites a journey of self-discovery for both women that brings them both home to what they love most. A SIMPLE THING moves beyond friendship, children, and marriages to look deeply into what it means to love and forgive—yourself.
MY REVIEW:  This was a 5 star book.  The characters drew me in, and taught me a great deal in the process.  The book is beautifully written and deals with loss, guilt, forgiveness while raising children and trying to hold on to a marriage.  When I came to the end, I was left wanting more.  Really, wanting more!  
Happy Reading!
P.S.  Thanks K. McCleary for writing a wonderful book!

Monday, August 6, 2012

New Book Review....Coming Up

Yes, this book took me a bit longer....but I think you may find it tuned.. Will be posting a review tomorrow....Name?  Now, why ruin the surprise :D   Happy Reading!

Friday, August 3, 2012

Newest Book

I have not had a book that I felt took more attention, or book review?  Think it will be interesting.....or NOT....

Saturday, July 28, 2012


I have been reading a book that I am finding quite interesting....NO, not the 5 Shades of Grey (although, l o v e d it...giggle).  I will be finished soon, next day or so and I cannot wait to share my thoughts...Hope you tune in....until then?  Happy Reading :D

Friday, July 27, 2012

Journey of the Sea Glass

Journey of the Sea Glass

I received this in the mail today and could NOT wait to tell you about it! It is a book reminiscent of an era gone by, beautiful and simplistic yet a gorgeous story in each page.  What I loved?  No words, you write the story, and it can change each and every time the book is opened.  Fazio captures beautifully the joy and anticipation of the journey, both of boy and glass.  Well, I won't give 'my ending' away, this is your story to write, a book to enjoy day after day, year after year, with your children, grandchildren and beyond.  This is a story of life, how it evolves and takes shape.                   5 STARS

The Girl Who Helped Thunder

The Girl Who Helped Thunder

Retold by James Bruchac & Joseph Bruchac, Ph.D.
Illustrated by Stefano Vitale

The moment I saw this on the bookshelf, I knew I HAD to buy it, I was NOT disappointed.  The folkloric tales of persistence, courage, faith in ones heritage and joy in the simple things.  This book transcends all groups of peoples.  I loved the morals that each 'story' had to share. I was eager to read the book to the grandchildren, story by story, one at a time, so we all had a chance to savor the beauty and wisdom each tale had to impart to the reader/listener.                                 5 STARS

Thursday, June 14, 2012

"The Girl Who Helped Thunder" Content or Illustration

I decided when the grandkids were down to venture out to the bookstore, this in itself could be written about in my 'travel blog'.  They LOVE books, which warms my heart and I am always willing to oblige their desire by introducing them to the 'thousands of choices'.   There is always an agreement....they get to buy what they want, IF, I can either hear about the story later, have some sort of picture drawn, or the older ones?  How bout a few sentences about this book, not too much to ask.

We were in the children's section and my eye caught a book and I mean I was pulled to this book.  "The Girl Who Helped Thunder"....this will be the next book that I review...but I had an epiphany....Unless someone says, "You must read this book" when browsing at the bookstore, in ANY section, is it the content or the illustrations that 'draws you in'.  

Immediately, I walked over, read the insert and KNEW this was a book that I must read, nothing like I have ever read before, but I knew I was meant to read it, AND although I have a Kindle,  I NEEDED this book.  Looking forward to settling down with this book and cannot wait to let you know what I think.

Happy Reading

Monday, June 11, 2012

Introduction, Albeit a Bit Late

As I lay in bed last night, excited by the prospect of reading a myriad of books, critiquing and sharing my feelings and thoughts about them. I realized in horror, that I had forgotten something, I thought, quite important. I should introduce myself to you. My name is Debra, I am a mother, grandmother, fixer of many things and a decent housekeeper. I am not able to add "a decent cook to this" as I am not. I am a wonderful baker, but, only when prompted (Bday parties), or winter, when the passion immerses me into the kitchen cupboards to create some decadent eats. My husband has recently become a full-fledged vegetarian, bordering on vegan, so part of my creativity in the kitchen has been to learn to surprise and delight with some of my, well, made-up recipes. I have been a voracious reader for as long as I can remember. As a young child, Charlottes Web was my favorite book, I must have read it 20 times. Today, this is one book that I would long to read to the grandchildren. Realizing this is not a "one day book" I will have to have them over for a few days to accomplish this goal. My passion for books helped me to decide to write this blog. I also have a blog that I write for Travel but alas, it is not as frequent, unless you count going to the grocery store. I enjoy reading, I love to write and I felt this would be a good venue to 'have my cake and eat it too'. I will read many different types of books, will more then likely enjoy them all, and I look forward to sharing my ideas and recommendations to you. If there is a particular book that you have read and would like to share, please feel free to let me know. I have a kindle, which I adore, so getting books, has never been easier. So? Here we go..... Happy Reading!

Sunday, June 10, 2012

Rockin' Babies

This book was written by Dr. Jenn Berman and her mother Cynthia Weil, illustrated by Galia Bernstein. It is a 'board book', which I happen to love for its durability! This is a book that most parents can relate to, as we feel our children are all 'rock stars'. It is a quick and easy read with colorful illustrations and short enough to keep the child's interest. This is one that I would keep in the library for a quick and fun read.


           Interested in promoting not only recipes but products......LOVE my kitchen and love the time that I spend creating and enjoying the love that is shared.

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