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Stay At Home Family Book Club Picks

Great Books for the Whole Family to Read & Discuss During Self-Quarantine

Being cooped up at home with your family 24/7 can be stressful, no matter how much you love them. Everyone needs entertainment and intellectual stimulation, and a bit of quiet time to themselves. During this self-quarantine period, it can be hard to find enough of the first two, and any of the third. So I’ve put together this list of 10 excellent middle grade books that the entire family can read and discuss. If you're seeking something that is educational, quiet, and promotes family bonding, then look no further! All the books on this list had to meet four simple criteria:

Poems of Rumi

Poetry with Soul (eBooks & Audiobooks)

It's National Poetry Month!! So, I decided to gather a list of poetry-inspired books in celebration of one of my favorite genres! Poetry has the ability to transcend reality, evoke thoughts pertaining to age-old questions, and to provide a sense of comfort. As we all know, the world is presently responding to the harsh realities of COVID-19,  leaving communities quarantined. As we redefine our daily routines, here's a list of poetry-inspired books to assist with reflection, dreaming, grounding, etc.

Ninety Percent of Everything

Seafaring Journeys with Cargo

Nonfiction Explorations of Maritime Shipping

Last year I traveled as a passenger for almost four weeks on two transatlantic cargo ships. Since I've returned, I have been reading books to gain further insight into the world of maritime shipping. Many products we use every day, including the device you're reading these words on and many library books, have journeyed across oceans on cargo ships. Yet, the shipping world is invisible to most of us. Without leaving land you too can journey into this fascinating world by reading the books below.

Twenty Love Poems and a Song of Despair

Shall I Compare Thee to a Summer's Day?

Forget the Hallmark Card! Send some of these sweet words to your loved one instead this Valentine’s Day.

Ah, Valentine's Day. Love it or hate it, soon every store on your block is going to be covered in a regurgitation of red hearts, lace and little cupids. But if you really want to impress your lover or your crush this Valentine's Day, memorize one of these bad boys and find a balcony somewhere. It seemed to work for these prolific love poets (some of whom had lovers on every continent). 

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Hold Up! Wait a Minute!

...or several minutes. Books you put on hold in 2019 that you are likely STILL waiting for.

Becoming by Michelle Obama

The four agreements: a practical guide to personal freedom

A penny for your thoughts!?

Here's a list of books that challenge us to think twice about our thinking. Distractions and unhealthy messages abound so much so, its easy to engage in self-deprecating thought patterns.These books challenge us to find our grounding and to be present with our thoughts as we engage with life. Adult titles: 

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Hot Reads for a Cold Night

Sizzling books on romance

Romance is an experience that many can say they have encountered a time or two in their life. Let’s face it, as much as you may not want to admit it we all need a little love to shine in our lives and just in time for Valentine’s Day and as the temperature continues to drop, take the time to curl up with one of these steamy novels!  

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What I Read About When I Read About Running

Running-Related Nonfiction to Get You Motivated On Hard Days

I love running, but that doesn't mean I don't struggle to get out and actually go for a run as often as I'd like to. Whether it’s too cold, or too hot, or too dark, or I’m tired, or I have more important things to do, or I have less important, but more interesting things to do, I can come up with plenty of excuses. That’s where books about running come in. It turns out that nothing gets me excited for a run quite like reading about someone else’s run. If I’m really lucky, there’s an audiobook version available and I can read while I run.

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Gilded Age New York

Circa the late 19th century (Late 1800's)

After enjoying film The Age of Innocence and later reading the Pulitzer Prize winning book that inspired it, I became fascinated with late 19th century (late 1800’s) New York City, because Wharton actually came from a family that was a part of world depicted in her prize winning novel

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Meet (Drawings of) The Beatles

The Beatles in graphic novels

Were you inspired by the movie Yesterday and you want to learn more about the Fab Four? Check out some of these fantastic Beatles themed graphic novels.  The Beatles: All our Yesterdays by Jason Quinn; illustrated by Lalit Kumar Sharma

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