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Weeknights at Barnes & Noble

When I was single, I loved going to Barnes & Noble by myself and just browse through all the new selections and spend what seemed like endless hours reading books on my reading list. Sometimes I would treat myself to a drink or a chocolate chip cookie at the Starbucks inside the store and think to myself, would it be weird to have a date night here? By date night I mean: Me and significant other reading our own respective books ..sipping coffee.. occasionally making small talk and going back to reading.  Nerdy? Yes. Embarrassed? Nope!

Just had to find a guy who wouldn’t think this was weird :p

Well, I was pretty elated during our early dating days, when Dr. J casually mentioned one afternoon that Barnes & Noble is one of his favorite places to just chill and asked if I would be open to just hang out there sometime with him. I didn’t want to show my excitement and tried to play it cool. I didn’t want him to know that him liking Barnes & Noble made me like him THAT much more. I nonchalantly said something along the lines of ” oh, thats nice.. I didn’t know people hang out at Barnes & Noble for fun.. but I’ll go with you sometime..”

In reality, I was thinking “Awesome! Can we PLEASE do that tonight and tomorrow night and the night after?!?”

Trips to Barnes & Noble have been a regular activity/date night option for us since that day. Its one of our go to options on week nights when Dr. J is home and wanting to kill some time before going to sleep. When we were dating, I use to be hesitant to go off by myself and do my own thing. I would pretend to take interest in the books he was looking at and linger around just to be “nice”. However these days, the moment we step through the door, we both make a bee-line towards the sections we are interested in and have a mutual understanding that we won’t see each other for the next hour or so. Sometimes I’ll take a stool and read next to him and we will make some side conversation. It’s great ­čÖé

Hope this post gives you a small glance into our very normal and slightly nerdy lives!


Some of Dr. J’s favorite books: ( hover for link)

  1. Desiring God by John Piper
  2. Mortification of Sin by John Owens
  3. Spiritual Disciplines for the Christian Life by Donald Whitney
  4. Hudson Taylor’s Spiritual Secret┬áby Hudson Taylor
  5. Life of Adoniram Judson by Vance Christie ( J’s all time favorite)
  6. Valley of Vision by Arthur Bennett

Some of my favorites:

  1. The Hiding Place by Corrie Ten Boom
  2. Feminine Appeal by. Carolyn Mahaney
  3. Just Do Something by Kevin DeYoung
  4. The Meaning of Marriage by Tim Keller
  5. Redeeming Love by Francine Rivers
  6. Warrior Cat Series by Erin Hunter ( very interesting :p)


Happy reading!






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1 Comment

  1. Yes. Reading is fun. I actually go to B&N to check out what’s new in publishing industry regularly. Nevertheless, any kind of bookstore which carries decent, diverse gene is all my enjoyment. Books i have enjoyed over the years ~
    Marilynne Robinson – Home, Gilead, Housekeeping, Lila (4 different fictions)
    Miroslav Volf – The End of Memory (prose)
    Thea Dorn/Richard Wagner – Die Deutsche Seele (key words/phrases on German Culture)
    Timothy Keller – The Prodigal God (bible theme-related)
    C.S. Lewis – Till We Have Faces (A Myth Retold)
    Bryan Chapell – Holiness by Grace (Christian Living)
    Eugene Peterson – Practice Resurrection (Christian Living by the Book of Ephesians).
    Many more but just to name a few…

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