My Family Reads Monday

my family reads monday


My Family Reads Monday


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



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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