Are You Mad About Books? Good! Because It’s HCC March Madness!

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Are You Mad About Books? Good!

Because It’s HCC March Madness!

03.04.2013

By Zara D. Garcia-Alvarez / @ZaraAlexis

For book lovers everywhere, the month of March brings a lot of possibilities: from a sense of finally moving away from the drudgery of a cold, harsh winter to the hope of more sunshine (and new spring releases); to the opportunity to go on March Break to read the piles of books that have been waiting patiently on their bookshelves—and now the opportunity to not only VOTE for your favourite books in a battle of books published by HarperCollins Canada (HCC), but also WIN the entire set of 64 contenders for your very own collection!

Is HarperCollins Canada (HCC) mad?

Uh-huh.

Mad about books just as much as other book lovers are!

Mad enough to give us our say on which books should win the reigning title of Best Book for HCC March Madness.

Mad enough to host this book event for the entire month of March!

Mad enough to give out book prizes to its most enthusiastic cheerleaders!

And mad enough to award one winner the entire collection of 64 books at the end of the event!

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How mad are you about books?

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Are you mad enough to host your own book blog because you’re obsessed with reading — even though you already have a full schedule of other things to do?

Are you mad enough about books to clear your schedule to attend much-coveted book events?

Are you mad enough to wait in a two-hour line-up to meet and greet your favourite authors?

Are you mad enough to create a personal book budget—and then break it—every time you enter a book store?

Are you mad enough to remember quotes and passages from your favourite books?

Are you mad enough about books that you recognize publisher logos from afar?

Are you mad enough about books that you’re on almost every social media network with friends and followers who are primarily book lovers or are in the book industry?

Are you mad enough about books that you’ve sold your soul to Rafflecopter in the hopes of winning a copy of a book amongst thousands of other entries?

Are you mad enough about books that you often buy bookish jewellery and accessories?

Are you mad enough about books that you think of new ways to organize and re-organize your books on your shelves?

Are you mad enough about books that you find your books pretty much everywhere?

Are you mad enough about books that you look forward to time alone so that you can actually sit down and read?

Are you mad enough about books that your family and friends often come to you for advice on what to read or not to read?

Are you mad enough about books secretly dream of owning your own private library?

Are you mad enough about books that you’re a great advocate of literacy?

Are you mad enough about books that you’re genuinely pleased when you see other people reading?

Are you mad enough about books to VOTE EVERY SINGLE DAY in the HCC March Madness event?

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If you’ve said yes to most, if not all, the questions above, you’re the perfect candidate for the HCC March Madness Event!

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To enter the madness, click on the button above and vote, vote, vote!

May the best book win!!

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My Family Reads Monday

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My Family Reads Monday

03.04.2013

By Zara D. Garcia-Alvarez / @ZaraAlexis

My family continues to enjoy its quiet time to read. While we haven’t visited the public library in a little while, we have kept our family tradition of visiting our local book store. And so here is my family’s reading picks of the week:

Esly’s Pick

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My husband recently landed a lucrative position at York University and is now privileged to read on his way to work during his morning and evening commute. While he’s often complained he hasn’t had enough time to read, his new job now affords him that opportunity. Esly’s pick of the week is:

A Prayer for Owen for Owen Meany by John Irving

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Michael’s Pick

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Michael continues to enjoy grade three and actively participates in the Reading at Home Program (R.A.H.) initiated by his school where he’s  committed to reading a a book or chapter a day while his progress is monitored by both parent(s) and teacher. The wonderful news is that since he’s started participating in this program three years ago, he’s had a perfect reading record—and a positive and excited attitude towards reading!

Michael’s pick of the week is:

The Star Wars Trilogy: Return of the Jedi

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Mercedes’ Pick

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Mercedes is only three-years-old and while she doesn’t yet know how to read, she loves to imagine herself doing so. She loves choosing her books and putting them into my lap so that we can enjoy some quiet reading time together. If I’m not reading a story to her, she’s making up a story from her own imagination as she turns each page in a book. Mercedes’ pick for this week is:

Dr. Seuss’s ABC: An Amazing Alphabet Book

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Zara’s Pick

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My To-Be-Read (and Reviewed) Pile continues to explode off my shelves, so it’s important that I continue to press on. I just recently finished reading The Dinner by Herman Koch and am now enjoying a memoir called:

Buddy: How a Rooster Made Me a Family Man by Brian McGrory

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What kind of bookish activities do you and your family enjoy together? Are you all active readers?

Have you ever thought of creating a book club for your family?

What books are your family enjoying this week?

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