This edition of “What we’re reading” could more accurately be called “What we’re finished reading and what our options might be for The Next Thing,” but that’s rather clumsy as a post title.
Since I shared about our biography addiction, we’ve finished several books as a family.
- The Neil Armstrong biography in the Sterling Biographies series
- Life of Fred: Edgewood
- Life of Fred: Farming
- Let’s Find Out about the Moon (a 1965 hardcover written BEFORE we landed there, which made for a neat compare/contrast conversation)
We tend to do this fairly often – finish a bunch of things at once. The thing is, unless we’re midway through a series, it often takes a little while before we start something new!
So what’s next?
My tried-and-true trick to help us find something interesting usually goes like this:
- Attend used-book sale. Buy stuff.
- Bring home finds from used book sale. Pile them in stacks around various rooms. Wince when you knock them over while vacuuming.
- Look at all available family bookshelves. Wince again when stuff starts falling off as you browse.
- Try to motivate family members to part with no-longer-loved books (or at least store them away) using phrases like, “Hey! Do you guys want to go play Sort the Books?”
- Eventually get family members to take pity on you. Sort books using a multi-hour process that is as much family reading time as anything.
- End up with new book possibilities on everyone’s bedside shelves!
Just did that over the weekend, to great results. We parted ways with many books, packed away a few boxes of Sarah’s still-loved-but-not-currently-being-read collection, and now have some solid leads on possible next books (in addition to Life of Fred: Goldfish, which we started two nights ago!)
What’s your family reading?