That was the rule in my home when I was a kid but like I've shared in the layout below, we all love reading too much to enforce this in our home. We try to keep at least dinner book free, most of the time ;) . I used this sketch which is for an opportunity to be the guest designer for Sketchy Thursdays in September.
I actually made 3 different layouts based on this sketch(I love it so much!) and this is the one that meets all the criteria for the GDT layout submission :).
I stuck really close to the sketch and kept it super simple and I love how this layout turned out.