Book DNA: Have Book, Will Travel

I may be fond of order, but I think it would be more exciting to explore my book DNA map out of chronological order. So, today, I bring you a book recently added to my list: A History of the World in 100 Objects by Neil MacGregor. I am sharing this reading experience with my soon-to-be nine year-old daughter. Try this with your child, spouse, or friend. You don’t have to purchase expensive airfare or hotels to experience different cultures and escape.


  • Each day, we read (together) a chapter from the book, A History of the World in 100 Objects by Neil MacGregor.
  • At the end of the chapter, we discuss and focus on what one new item she learned and / or found interesting.
  • I pre-read each chapter and develop five questions that my daughter will answer on her own after we read the chapter – the answers are not to be regurgitated from the reading material. Each question requires an answer with multiple sentences and a formed argument. Half of the questions also require my daughter to go to the website and search for additional details on the timeline or review other pre-approved sources (Ted talks, history sites / relevant news articles).
  • The questions serve three purposes:
    • Expand vocabulary; 
    • Learn how to search on websites and define a relevant search / search terms; and
    • Form an argument.


Each week we will explore the next five all time favorite and impactful books that have shaped my book DNA. For additional reading recommendations, please review the Book DNA category.

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