How To Raise a Reader In A Tech Dominant Society

Reading to me has become some form of a rescue raft .  At a young age I realized that reading gave me joy and made me feel good. The more I read the more success I achieved, which boosted my confidence. The more books I read the more knowledge I gained allowing me to have conversations with people from all walks of life. You see, reading allowed me to deeply comprehend the lives of people I would never truly appreciate in my daily life growing up in an Armenian private school. It gave me the ability to be more open minded about several topics including opening my mind to cultural diversity.


How To Raise a Reader In A Tech Dominant Society

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5 Children’s Books To Add To Little Girls’ Bookshelves

Some of my favorite moments with my two girls is right before bedtime reading them a story.  Our beliefs, aspirations, and morals can all be attributed to the colorful pages we excitedly soaked in during our youth. So, whether you’re buying a book for a friend’s child, your own child, or for yourself (because why not? I would), make it a piece of literature that sustains and empowers women. Because, those little messages go a long way.

  1. Rosie Rivere Engineer- written by Andrea Beaty: I adore this book for so many reasons. It teaches children to never give up on your dreams despite failures. But most of all it teaches little girls that it’s not just a “boy thing” to invent, build and become a great engineer!


2. Grace For President- written by Written by Kelly S. DePucchio: To say that Juliana and I have read this book at least 100 hundred times is an understatement. It’s about a little student named Grace who one day looks at the list of US presidents and realizes there’s not one female. I love any book that encourages young girls to shatter glass ceilings by crashing boy-clubs.


3. The Paper Bag Princess-written by Robert Munsch: Any story that puts the lead heroine a female is totally ok by me. It teaches little girls to not put up with anyone’s crap (pardon my language) when being mistreated!


4. I Dissent: Ruth Bader Ginsburg Makes Her Mark-written by Debbie Levy: When I fist purchased this book I first read it myself. Absolutely fascinating and empowering. This book about Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg teaches girls to have their own opinion and that sometimes you have to disagree and make your mark when you see something is wrong!


5. She Persisted- written by Chelsea Clinton: My daughters now use the word “persisted” frequently because of this book! It features 13 powerful women who changed the world. It’s empowering but also a historical lesson which I love.


If you have other suggestions for books send them my way.

Stay Dainty,

Sandra Thomasian, MD



My Top 3 Favorite Books Over the Past 5 years

Some books you read. Some books you enjoy. But some books just swallow you up, heart and soul.-Joanne Harries

Reading is my all time favorite escape. If I can imagine my ideal afternoon it would be on a beach (under the shade of course) reading a good book!

In honor of World Book Day I wanted to share with you my top 3 favorite books I’ve read in the past 5 years. These novels shook me and took me to places I didn’t realize existed. It changed my outlook on many aspects of society. I guess that’s what a great book does!

So here is my list…

small great things

Small Great Things by Jodi Picoult: Dare I say this may be my all time favorite book of all time.  Some books make you think. Some books turn you to a fantasy world. Some books make you step outside of yourself and think how others feel. SMALL GREAT THINGS makes you think, step outside of yourself, take another’s perspective, and re-think your beliefs, and step outside of the fantasy world you have been living in, where all people are treated equally. It is both disturbing, heartbreaking and enlightening.


lilac girls

Lilac Girls by Martha Hall Kelly: Once you read the first two chapters you will not be able to put this book down! I learned a piece of history I never knew about while reading this very well written and researched book. I love novels that are entwined around actual events. This novel follows three women, Caroline Ferriday, Herta Oberheuser and Kasia Kuzmerick, starting in 1939. How these women are impacted by World War II and how their lives intersect is the crux of this amazing story.


The Help by Kathryn Stockett: If you love, `”TO KILL A MOCKINGBIRD” you will fall in love with this novel. The Help is about a young white woman in the early 1960s in Mississippi who becomes interested in the plight of the black ladie’s maids that every family has working for them. The movie surprisingly is just as good as the book! But of course I recommend reading the book first!

I hope you enjoy this list and allow these books to travel you to places you never knew!



Sandra (Dainty Hostess)!