Am I sparking your imagination? I saw this stone arch and a two track road winding into the distance and knew that you had to see it. It could be the cover of a great book, don't you think?
When I was at my husband's family reunion, there was a great moment when the kids (boys and girls age 12-18) were clamoring for my attention. I casually asked them for recommendations of books they thought I should read and the floodgates opened. I kept track of the title, author, and which child was recommending it on a "notepad" on my iPhone and the more titles I wrote down, the more they seemed to come up with. It was magic.
A big part of this great family moment was the fact that I valued their opinion. I was looking them in the eye and giving them the chance to affect me. They were "pitching" their favorite books, hoping that I would read them and be impacted the way they were.
I proposed a Reunion Book Club (our reunion is every 2 years with family coming from Minnesota, Texas, Utah, Michigan and Virginia) and one of the teen boys suggested that we manage the group on Facebook - I love it! I promised to transcribe the reading list (to the Reunion Book Club FB page) so that the kids could refer to it to read any books they might have missed. The kids said they would check the page to see my progress and offer encouragement. Yowza, I've got a lot of reading to do! But this was a precious connection and I'll do anything to keep it.
Would the teens in your family like to have a book club?