After reading our first book about marriage together as a married duo, we thought it would be fun to continue on, thus creating our “book club.” Sometimes it’s difficult to find things to do together, especially after children come along. In reading the same book together at the same time, it allows room for conversation, bonding, and (hopefully) growth in your bond. Here are some things to keep in mind when choosing a book to read together:
Both parties are in agreement on book choice
I think this is pretty self-explanatory. Make sure you’re both into the book you’re going to read together.
Pick a topic that relates to your life
ie marriage, parenthood, shared hobby, interests, etc. As long as you both can agree, this could be a fun way to learn something new together.
Read the book in a timely manner
A lot of us don’t have a ton of time on our hands, but try to read a chapter or 2 a day to keep the ball rolling. It might be easy to get bored if you leave it on the bookshelf for too long.
You don’t have to spend a ton of money (or any)
It’s not necessary to purchase books in order to have a “book club” together. You can find stacks of current releases at your local library, or get it on the cheap by purchasing an e-book via iTunes, Kindle, Amazon, Google, etc.
Keep it light
Have a conversation about it while you’re both in the car or getting ready for bed. This doesn’t have to be a full-blown book report, but ask each other questions and internalized on your readings. Ultimately, this is supposed to be something enjoyable that connects you both and adds dimension to your family life. If one of you isn’t digging the book choice, discuss switching it up. Happy reading!
What are your book suggestions?