The Tenth-Book Review


The Tenth, written by Smadar Shir is a riveting, emotionally packed book that takes you on one boys journey after suffering injuries during a suicide bomber attack. It’s all about his choice to get his tenth surgery-the most of any survivor of the attack and his coping with the loss of his mother.  This book caught my attention from the get go and kept it the whole time through.

I have to admit, it left a mark on my heart and also caused me to feel joy, love, grief, and anger right along with Danny (the main character) as he struggled to make sense of all that had taken place. A local journalist, Autumn encourages him to get the surgery, tells Danny the story of her own child around his age and how she’s a single mother, (which when reading the book you find out he took as something else) and considers Danny, a boy now maimed and beaten, a hero.

But Danny doesn’t feel like a hero-and he doesn’t want this surgery. He wants the reminder of what happened, and of his mother.  On his journey he finds joy and happiness-and humor-something he never thought he would have again. He comes to realize there is light at the end of the tunnel. This story will take you on a journey you will NEVER forget.  I really enjoyed this book and highly recommend it! Once I started reading it, I couldn’t put it down! I had to know what came next, whether he got the surgery, if his suspicions were right, and if he ever felt the “closure” he needed to find peace with what happened. Well written and easy to read, The Tenth is just the book for anyone who loves to read and is looking for the next great book to read!

Below you can find a short description of the book and where to buy it! (It’s only $.99! great value!)

Book Description:

A special bond is formed in the hospital between Danny – a mischievous, curious and very bright ten-year-old who has lost a leg and an arm – as well as his mother – in a terrorist bombing – and Autumn, a young journalist sent to interview him before his tenth operation.

Autumn wants to publish Danny’s story because she believes he is a hero, but Danny says he isn’t a hero at all; he was simply sitting in a restaurant waiting for his food when the terrorist came in and blew herself up. During their conversation, Autumn tells Danny about her son and her life a a single mother. He misses his own mother, and harbors a suspicion that the journalist keeps coming to see him because she is interested in his newly widowed father.

Autumn thinks that Danny should have the tenth operation, which would basically be plastic surgery to remove the shrapnel from his face and minimize the scarring. He does not want to forget: he would rather have a scarred face that will always remind him of his mother and all that he lot. And it would also be a reminder of the reality of life in Israel, a reality in which innocent children pay the price. During the difficult days preceding the operation, still tormented by indecision and struggling against the pain, Danny undergoes a maturity process that will prepare him for his release from the hospital. He learns not to be jealous of his sister, who survived the bombing with only a few scratches. He learns not to be afraid of the Arab nurse who wants to give him an injection. He develops a new and different sense of humor and comes to realize that despite his grief and loss, life goes on and can be beautiful. He discovers that he can enjoy life if he only reaches out for it.


Where to Buy:

The Tenth: A Novel (contemporary fiction Book 1)




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Love and Handicapping

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Bet Today, Love Tomorrow



Okay, so I can hear you now, what are you doing reading a book about dating? For heaven’s sake, you’re married!  I know, I know-that is absolutely true.  But I have to tell you-I wish I had been given this book to me back when I was dating. And trust me, that wasn’t that long ago.

Actually, as a teenager, I didn’t really date that much at all. I had a few boyfriends, a lot of crushes, and no success in the dating world. It’s funny, really, because even though this book is written from a certain perspective, it can still be applied to marriage, family, and even friend relationships. One of the first points in the book is “If you do not love yourself unconditionally, how can you expect anyone to else to love you?”  It’s not saying if you don’t love yourself, no one will love you, but it does mean that love will never know it’s full potential because you don’t know or appreciate your own full potential. (shortcomings and all!)

This book is heavily sprinkled with great tips to make any relationship work and how to look for the kind of relationship you want. (and figuring out what exactly it is that you want in a relationship.)  But this is not your typical dating book. It’s fun and witty, full of thoughtful ideas and best of all, it’s realistic!

It touches on everything from personality types, taking care of yourself, realizing your expectations, family and society, and so much more. It was very obvious in reading this book that a lot of thought was put into relationships and how to find the right partner, and be the right partner.  It offers simple red flags to look for when dating someone from punctuality to constant criticism. It even discusses the different types of relationships (dating) and what you can most likely expect from them.

Love and Handicapping is a fun, inventive way to face the dating world and even if you are already in a relationship or married, it is a great book to go back to-because people do change and it is easy to slip into some of the bad habits and poor relationship issues written about by Jennifer.

As I said before, I wish this book had been written when I was dating. It would have saved me a few heart breaks, bad boyfriends, and would have even pointed out the areas that I needed (and some I still do-admittedly) to work on to make myself the right partner for husband today. It was easy to read and quotes and stories that make it both entertaining and informative. I even learned a few things and realized a few areas I could use help in and need to change. It, like relationships, can not be judged by it’s cover or title, it is well thought out, well written, and on point. It may not always apply in every situation or relationship, but it still a great guideline to go by.

I highly recommend picking up your own copy of Love & Handicapping if you are in a relationship, looking for one, or even married. It will revolutionize the way you look at dating, love, and marriage. It will help you along the way, it will counsel you in ways to better yourself and look for your ideal partner. It may even show you that what you are looking for is not quite right or could alter just a little. Love, just like sports, is full of winners and losers. Learn how to be a winning contender in the “game” of love and you may just find yourself in a winning relationship while you are at it!


Book Description:

~~Is your game on?
No denying dating is a game filled with winners and losers. How you finish equates to your own performance.
Dating sites may provide introductions and first time statistics of a possible winning match. Advice advocates give suggestions on previous successes, but still these offer no guarantee and sometimes create more hardship.
Like a sports handicapper you are equipped to assess your own winners; all you need is the tools to do so. Inspired by sports handicapping tips you too can learn how to not only find a winning relationship but become a winning contender.


About the Author:

Inspiration comes from watching way too much Monty Python. The abstract and the absurd way of looking at normal life, not only offers humor, but questions many problems in society in a light-hearted manner. If we can laugh at ourselves, if we can laugh at life, problems do not seem quite so difficult to tackle. In fact, problems are not as complicated as they seem; everything is very simple. If you can laugh at it, write about it and read about it, most likely one would think about it.

Author Jennifer Ott has written several satire fiction, Wild Horses, The Tourist and two non-fiction books Love and Handicapping and Ooh Baby Compound Me! Her latest book about the homecoming of a Vietnam Veteran, Edge of Civilization will be released soon.

Jennifer Ott lives in Long Beach, California, enjoys the sun, the sand, the surf and lots of Mexican food.


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Over My Head

I am so over my head here. Whole house over haul, medical appointments for E.W., home schooling Els, catching up our budget, and running a home business. Recently, only one or two of these things are happening at a time and the rest are being ignored. I really need to get on top of it all-but where to start?

Recently I have gone on a mission to find out how we can fix our budget. On this search I found that there are also resources out there to budget our time. I have yet to choose a program to use, but I think that in order to do all the things I want to do and enjoy my family, it is really important to learn how to budget my time. That includes work, play, housework, school, and hobbies. Right now, I barely have time to do anything-and it has nothing to do with time itself, but the use of said time. Something has to give, something has to change. Everyone is losing in this situation.

Despite my efforts, the house is a train wreck, my kids feel ignored (and that hurts the most!), my business is suffering, things are being forgotten, goals are not being met… I know I can’t be the only person dealing with this-but it definitely feels that way. My inability to focus on any one things is affecting every area of life-including socially. I’m irritable, to myself, and can’t hold a normal conversation that holds any weight. I’m planning a trip to my doctor-we need to figure something out.

I hope and pray combining a new budget on my time, and some answers on why I can’t seem to handle more than one goal in a day, that things will go from off kilter to balanced. Not only do I deserve some balance in life, but my family and friends do too. I feel so overwhelmed, so over my head.

This is my rant. It is now over and tomorrow, I am voting for a better more organized year. This is the year “Sinking” turns to  “Swimming” and great things get done! Feel free to follow my journey-and comment or tell me about your journey!

God Bless,



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