Home Feed
Home
Search
Search
Add Review, Blurb, Quote
Add
Activity
Activity
Profile
Profile
DebbieGrillo

DebbieGrillo

Joined May 2016

🍁 Proudly Canadian, English Teacher || Strong back, soft front, wild heart.
reading now icon
The Toll by Neal Shusterman
blurb
DebbieGrillo
A Hawaiian Christmas Story | Richard Matsuura, Ruth Matsuura, Candice Olcott
post image

Ornaments you wish were life size. Our former neighbors, Gordie & Mary, went to Hawaii and brought back this ornament for us. This was over 10 years ago. Gordie passed away suddenly a few years later. I love ornaments with memories attached.

#ChristmasTreeScavengerHunt #wintergames #elfies
@StayCurious @Clwojick @Bookwormjillk

MatchlessMarie When my sister lived in Australia it was fun to hear about experiencing holidays/seasons in reverse climates 😂 1d
Scochrane26 This is adorable. (edited) 1d
Bookwormjillk +11 😁 11h
45 likes3 comments
blurb
DebbieGrillo
My New Mom & Me | Renata Galindo
post image

Ornament given to me by a family member. My mother gave this to me in 1996, my first Christmas as a new mom.

#ChristmasTreeScavengerHunt #wintergames #elfies
@StayCurious @Clwojick @Bookwormjillk

kspenmoll 💕💕 1d
Slajaunie Beautiful! 1d
38 likes3 comments
blurb
DebbieGrillo
post image

Ornaments with a picture frame. From my high school graduation in 1990.

#ChristmasTreeScavengerHunt #wintergames #elfies
@StayCurious @Clwojick @Bookwormjillk

Crazeedi What a pretty senior photo! 1d
Eggs So lovely❤️ 1d
kspenmoll Sweet!!! 1d
38 likes4 comments
blurb
DebbieGrillo
This post contains spoilers
show me
post image
Bookwormjillk +51 nice! 3d
6 likes1 comment
blurb
DebbieGrillo
This post contains spoilers
show me
post image

This one was tough!

1. A Christmas Story
2. Nightmare Before Christmas
3. Polar Express
4. Arthur Christmas
5. It's a Wonderful Life
6. Home Alone
7. Miracle on 34th Street
8. White Christmas
9. A Christmas Carol
10. Elf

#wintergames #elfies
@StayCurious @Clwojick @Bookwormjillk

Bookwormjillk +31 (it was hard so they added bonus points!) 3d
7 likes1 comment
blurb
DebbieGrillo
The Christmas Card | William L. Bowersock
post image

Got my Christmas cards ready to go out to team #elfies #wintergames
@StayCurious @Clwojick @Bookwormjillk

52 likes1 comment
blurb
DebbieGrillo
Good King Wenceslas | John Mason Neale
post image
Susanita 🤣🤣 4d
hes7 😂🤣 4d
54 likes3 comments
blurb
DebbieGrillo
Sugarplum Homecoming | Linda Goodnight
post image

My Christmas Book title is : So Sugarplums Can Whisper

#wintergames #elfies @StayCurious @Clwojick @Bookwormjillk

Sargar114 So Reindeer Shall Whisper 😂🤣😂🤣 5d
27 likes2 comments
blurb
DebbieGrillo
Selected Poems | Gerard Manley Hopkins
post image
Lcsmcat I like Hopkins‘ poems. 😀 1w
Bette Thanks for including the article. Lots of good ideas there. 😊❤️👍 7d
51 likes2 comments
blurb
DebbieGrillo
post image

Hubby and I are watching this classic!

#wintergames #elfies
@StayCurious @Clwojick @Bookwormjillk

QuietlyLaura I was too! 🎄❤️ 1w
63 likes2 comments
blurb
DebbieGrillo
I Spy Christmas: A Book of Picture Riddles | Walter Wick, Jean Marzollo
This post contains spoilers
show me
post image

1. Q
2. L
3. O
4. R
5. A
6. E
7. G
8. C
9. H
10. N
11. J
12. M
13. D
14. K
15. F
16. P
17. I
18. B

#wintergames #elfies
@StayCurious @Clwojick @Bookwormjillk

6 likes1 comment
quote
DebbieGrillo
The Toll | Neal Shusterman
post image

"Time is never of the essence until someone decides that it is. "

53 likes1 stack add
blurb
DebbieGrillo
Snowman Magic | Katherine Tegen
post image
Ireadkidlit Our names rhyme! Rosie McSparkle at your service 😄 1w
35 likes2 comments
blurb
DebbieGrillo
The Christmas Town | Donna VanLiere
post image

Holiday movie number two! Christmas Town with Candace Cameron-Bure. A great way to end a December snow day. #wintergames #elfies
@Clwojick @StayCurious @Bookwormjillk

45 likes1 comment
blurb
DebbieGrillo
post image
StayCurious that's amazing lol 1w
ChasingOm Oh my gosh — this made me look up how many I have. 6,129. 🤦🏻‍♀️🤣 1w
31 likes3 comments
blurb
DebbieGrillo
Winter in Paradise | Elin Hilderbrand
post image

If I could go anywhere for Christmas I'd go to the condo we just bought on St. John in the US Virgin Islands. www.elnidostj.com
#wintergames #elfies
@StayCurious @Clwojick @Bookwormjillk

inthegreensandblues Wow, I'd like that too! 🤩 1w
Bookwormjillk +6 congrats! 1w
32 likes2 comments
blurb
DebbieGrillo
post image

Thanks to @wanderinglynn for the book and bookmark from the #BFCr2 #week4 check-in. My husband just returned to Canada from our NJ address and brought this with him. It's been so long I had forgotten what it was even about. What a lovely surprise! I hope you didn't think I was a dud for not posting my sincere thanks sooner.

wanderinglynn Oh my! I had no idea you hadn‘t actually received it. I‘m so glad you finally got it! 👍🏻 1w
56 likes1 comment
blurb
DebbieGrillo
post image

This year for Christmas I really want a new course...

I'm a teacher so I guess that works. #teachersoflitsy #wintergames #elfies @Clwojick @StayCurious @Bookwormjillk

Eggs This year for Christmas I really want great friends and great fun for playing with my kids and for joining the team we are playing in the rain 2w
thegirlwiththelibrarybag This year for Christmas I really want a Christmas gift certificate to the book and then hopefully will get to the next book and then I can do a lot more stuff 🤔 2w
37 likes3 comments
blurb
DebbieGrillo
Christmas in Evergreen | Hallmark Publishing
post image

Watching Christmas in Evergreen: Tidings of Joy.
A skeptical writer shows up in Evergreen to get the scoop on the town's famed passion for Christmas during a search for the town's long lost time capsule.

#wintergames #elfies
@Clwojick @StayCurious @Bookwormjillk

44 likes1 comment
blurb
DebbieGrillo
Merry Christmas, Alex Cross | James Patterson
post image
blurb
DebbieGrillo
post image
blurb
DebbieGrillo
post image

We have an exchange student from China living with us for the school year. This will be his first real Christmas as they do not celebrate in his family. Today I will introduce him to the Advent calendar.

#wintergames #elfies
@Bookwormjillk @StayCurious @Clwojick

StayCurious I love that! 2w
63 likes2 comments
blurb
DebbieGrillo
The Toll | Neal Shusterman
post image

#wintergames #elfies
@StayCurious @Clwojick @Bookwormjillk

1. 36
2. 52
3. The Toll by Neal Schusterman
4. Snow Days

32 likes1 comment
review
DebbieGrillo
Heroine | Mindy McGinnis
post image
Pickpick

I finished this gem last night. It tells the story of so many who fall into addiction through legitimately prescribed pain killers. It hides nothing and shows how addiction crosses all socio-economic boundaries. It is a riveting and cautionary tale.

RebL I've been trying to get through Dopesick. Stories about addiction are tough for me. 2w
94 likes6 stack adds1 comment
review
DebbieGrillo
The Life We Bury | Allen Eskens
post image
Pickpick

This book tells the story of a 21 year old college student with an alcoholic mother and an autistic brother. He moves 2 hours away to go to school and must write the memoir of an elderly person for his English class. He goes to a nursing home and is paired with a paroled convict who was sentenced to life in prison for raping and murdering a 14 year old girl, and was released when he needs palliative care because of pancreatic cancer.

Curly_Caffeinated_Reader Sounds very interesting. 🤔 2w
Scorpioseah I have read all of his books after reading his very first book. 2w
DebbieGrillo @Scorpioseah are they all this good? Which one should I read next? 2w
bookaholic1 Great book 2w
78 likes5 stack adds4 comments
blurb
DebbieGrillo
Heroine | Mindy McGinnis
post image

I'm 150 pages in, enjoying reading in our hotel room while hubby naps. Going out for Mexican food when he wakes up.

Crazeedi Enjoy your dinner!! 3w
Megabooks I loved this book. Have fun! 3w
84 likes4 stack adds2 comments
blurb
DebbieGrillo
Corduroy | Don Freeman
post image

Children's books, rewritten for teenagers! #teachersoflitsy

rachaich We have the teenager who came for tea! 3w
DrexEdit Ha! I have a friend who's oldest son just turned 13 today. I think she would both laugh and cry at these books! lol! 😊 3w
Sace 😂😂😂 3w
LiteraryinLititz Hilarious! 3w
inthegreensandblues 🤣 Charlotte's Web of Deceit 3w
75 likes5 comments
blurb
DebbieGrillo
post image

I listened to most of this book in the car on Saturday. Now I'm reading the rest of it at school.

64 likes1 stack add
quote
DebbieGrillo
Heroine | Mindy McGinnis
post image

I love how each chapter in this book begins with a definition.

blurb
DebbieGrillo
Heroine | Mindy McGinnis
post image

My husband surprised me with this awesome book light. I'm using it tonight as I start reading Heroine.

Crazeedi Aren't they the best? @gradcat gave me one for my birthday and I love it! 4w
gradcat @Crazeedi Thank you for that comment! I think @DebbieGrillo ‘s looks very cool! I may have to get one for myself! ♥️ 😂 😎 (edited) 4w
89 likes2 comments
review
DebbieGrillo
Thunderhead | Neal Shusterman
post image
Pickpick

I finished Thunderhead last night and it was easily as good as, if not better than the first. I can't wait to read The Toll! I really like all the food for thought provided by the parts from the perspective of the Thunderhead. Often, when there's going to be a sequel, the ending is less than satisfying. Not so with this one. Schusterman leaves it open for book three while providing a surprising and satisfying ending to book two.

Gina Both my boys love this series 4w
70 likes1 comment
blurb
DebbieGrillo
post image

1. I didn't
2. All the time!
3.The Flintstones and Scooby-Doo
4. Fudgsicles, chip and dio, and Pop Shoppe pop.
5. Yes, pizza and chocolate milk.
6. I walked to school. We cut through the park and followed a path through the woods and came out through someone's driveway across from school. People who owned the house used to shovel a path from their backyard to their driveway for students.

#YourStory @nu-bibliophile

nu-bibliophile I had a special route too when I decided to walk instead of take the bus 😉 4w
marleed Fudgesicles! Me too! 4w
56 likes2 comments
blurb
DebbieGrillo
post image

1. Synchronicity
2. Three. My fav is tagged.
3. I do. Journals, blogs, reviews, poetry. Pretty much anything except narrative fiction.
4. New followers, please play along! @phatsallylee @Readswithcoffee @Eggs s @hollynations @Come-read-with-me

#wondrouswednesday @eggs

Eggs Thanks for playing 🤗👏🏻 1mo
59 likes1 stack add1 comment
review
DebbieGrillo
post image
Pickpick

An excellent way to reread a beloved modern classic and a cozy way to spend the afternoon on the first snow day of the season. This was perfect way to re-familiarize myself with the story before reading The Testaments. The artwork is spectacular! The graphic novel is not to be missed. In fact, if you loved The Handmaid's Tale, but have never read a graphic novel, I suggest starting with this one.

Librariana That's what I plan to do, too! 😁 Read this before I dive into 1mo
108 likes3 stack adds1 comment
quote
DebbieGrillo
post image

"I'm sad now..."

quote
DebbieGrillo
post image

"Every night when I go to bed I think, In the morning I will wake up in my own house and things will be back the way they were."

blurb
DebbieGrillo
post image

I loved the original. We shall see what the graphic novel is like.

vumblereads Oh wow! Love the art! 1mo
marleed I like the graphic novel. But in the series I took some comfort in thinking ethnicity was equalized. I didn‘t get that one ‘well at least‘ in the graphic novel adaption. Silly, I know. 1mo
84 likes2 comments
quote
DebbieGrillo
Thunderhead | Neal Shusterman
post image

The world is unfair and nature is cruel... Nature is the sum of all selfishness, forcing each and every species to viciously claw its way to survival...

quote
DebbieGrillo
Thunderhead | Neal Shusterman
post image

"The end doesn't always justify the means, dear," she said. " But sometimes it does. Wisdom is knowing the difference."

blurb
DebbieGrillo
post image

One of my students joined Litsy after I talked about it in class. Join my in cheering on this young reader. You can follow him at @owen_willl_do_it
#LitsyWelcomeWagon #teachersoflitsy

MatchlessMarie Welcome @owen_willl_do_it ! You'll love it here. 📚✌💜 1mo
TheSpineView Welcome @owen_willl_do_it to Litsy! The best book community around! 💜📚💜 1mo
marleed So cool! Following! 1mo
See All 7 Comments
Jas16 Welcome to Litsy @owen_willl_do_it 1mo
Birdsong28 Welcome to Litsy @owen_willl_do_it 🎉🎊📚📖 1mo
CarolynM Welcome to Litsy @owen_willl_do_it 👋 1mo
Eggs Welcome to Litsy 🥳 @owen_willl_do_it 1mo
99 likes7 comments
quote
DebbieGrillo
Thunderhead | Neal Shusterman
post image

"The harder you scrutinize randomness, the more coincidence seems like design."

Eggs Waiting on this one from library hold-so excited to read 2mo
mcctrish I see there‘s another coming out 😱in this series 2mo
Lovesbooks87 I can‘t wait until the last book comes out in November! 2mo
CBee @Lovesbooks87 SAME 😍😍😍😍😍 2mo
71 likes2 stack adds4 comments
blurb
DebbieGrillo
post image

❤ New Brunswick, Canada
🧡 47
💛 I teach High School English so I can read and call it work!
💚 Happily hitched
💙 she/her
💜 I didn't know enough about Litsy to realize not to just use my actual name. 🤷‍♀️

#gettingtoknowyou

EmilyM Same here on the whole List handle thing! 2mo
EmilyM *Litsy 2mo
LeahBergen Yep, just used my own name, too. 😆 2mo
Cosmos_Moon ❤️New Orleans. 🧡36. 💛borrowing from the library, used book sales and books my mom sends me after she reads. 💚married. 💙she. 💜my kids names & Moonstruck. 2mo
91 likes4 comments
blurb
DebbieGrillo
Thunderhead | Neal Shusterman
post image

1. Tagged

2. The Handmaid's Tale graphic novel

3. ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ Scythe by Neal Schusterman

#weekendreads @rachelsbrittain

CBee Agree 100% on Scythe and Thunderhead is AMAZING too 👏🏻 👏🏻 2mo
63 likes1 comment
review
DebbieGrillo
post image
Pickpick

I finished this book on my #audiowalk today. It's a multigenerational story that examines what it means to be American. Themes of racial discrimination, cultural heritage, and the importance of family relationships (especially amongst women) make this an important and compelling read. I will have no trouble recommending this one.

79 likes1 stack add
review
DebbieGrillo
Love | Matt de la Pea
post image
Pickpick

I'm teaching a new course this year called Growth, Goals and Grit 120: Skills for Success. Every student has a passion project. I'm doing it along with them, and have decided to blog about developing my practice as a teacher of writing. #teachersoflitsy https://t.co/LGckkULkGv

67 likes1 stack add
quote
DebbieGrillo
Thunderhead | Neal Shusterman
post image

"It is the plight of every child to have depth their parents can scarcely imagine."

I'm at the end of the first chapter and I'm already hooked!

Raemorales Love this book trying to wait patiently until the next one comes out this fall 3mo
90 likes1 stack add1 comment
blurb
DebbieGrillo
Red at the Bone | Jacqueline Woodson
post image

An unexpected teenage pregnancy pulls together two families from different social classes, and exposes the private hopes, disappointments, and longings that can bind or divide us from each other.
#TBR

86 likes3 stack adds
blurb
DebbieGrillo
The Gravity of Us | Phillip Stamper-Halpin
post image

This YA title is being released right before my birthday. Happy birthday to me? #TBR

Lovesbooks87 It sounds really good. I have had it preordered for months! 4mo
52 likes1 stack add1 comment
blurb
DebbieGrillo
post image

Another #TBR

blurb
DebbieGrillo
Foul Is Fair: A Novel | Hannah Capin
post image

Love the sounds of this one! YA

xxjenadanxx It is one of my top 5 books from this year. SO GOOD. 4mo
52 likes2 stack adds1 comment