Date Night – Flirting in a Bookstore – The Books

So, for our date night, below is the list of the types of books we were tasked with finding. It’s kind of a cool way of spending some time together and certainly got us looking at books we normally wouldn’t look at.

green eggs and ham

Dr. Seuss, Green Eggs and Ham.

Find a book you loved as a child – Dr Seuss – Green Eggs and Ham. Still one of the best books I’ve ever read.

None for The-Prettiest-Girl-in-the-World. She had recently just purchased The Tale of Custard the Cowardly Dragon (she said for her boys, but she read it twenty times by herself since getting it.)

Find a self-help book you could use – well, clearly that’s flirting in a bookstore. Flirting for Dummies.

The-Prettiest-Girl-in-the-World did not get one which totally makes sense since she’s perfect just the way she is.


Eyewitness Guide – Chicago.

Find a book about a place you want to visit – I chose Chicago. Eyewitness Guide to Chicago. I like windy cities. It has great architecture, and one of my characters in a book I wrote came from there.

The-Prettiest-Girl-in-the-World agreed with that book, so we bought it.

Find a memory – Not quite sure what this meant, but I found a whole shelf of books about Italy. I loved Italy. I would love to go back there at some point.

Find a book about a subject you’d like to learn – How to properly taser someone? I couldn’t find a book on that.

The-Prettiest-Girl-in-the-World chose the Ultimate Quilter’s Bible. She’s been wanting to take a class on it and create quiltie masterpieces.

Find a book about a sport that’s always fascinated you – Pie eating. Is that a sport? Well, there’s a book for it.

The-Prettiest-Girl-in-the-World couldn’t find a sport that fascinated her, though I think she spent a ton of time looking at calendars with Jason Mamoa pictures.

Books 1984

George Orwell. 1984. One of the greatest books ever written.

Find a classic you’d like to read1984. I’ve read it, so it really was ‘read AGAIN.’ A simple but brutal look at what could happen to us. A must-read for everyone.

The-Prettiest-Girl-in-the-World was still looking at Jason Mamoa pictures. My thinking is he could have picked up anyone using my lines.

Find a book with a recipe you’d like to try –  I didn’t find one. Ran out of time and I’m sure The-Prettiest-Girl-in-the-World had called the manager on me.

The-Prettiest-Girl-in-the-World got Keto in 28 days. We’ll be starting that diet in 2 days. I can’t have sugar or pasta. I may become unstable.

Find a book with a language that appeals to you – Spanish. I think I could yo hablo me some español. Spanish for Dummies. (Yes, I do like Dummy books, don’t judge.)

I tried to talk The-Prettiest-Girl-in-the-World into learning Ukrainian, but no luck.

Find a book you were forced to read – Neither of us looked for this one.

Find an idea for a romantic date – A cruise through the canals of Chicago? We didn’t find any books, though.

book david sedaris

David Sedaris. Let’s Explore Diabetes With Owls.

Find a book your spouse would like – I got David Sedaris. Funny guy.  Let’s Explore Diabetes with Owls. Yup, that’s the title. Gives you an idea of how goofy this guy is.

The-Prettiest-Girl-in-the-World got me Jann Arden’s Feeding My Mother.

Find a history book – I found Leningrad Siege and Symphony about Dmitri Shostakovich’s experience during WW2.

The-Prettiest-Girl-in-the-World bought 22 Jason Mamoa calendars. Not sure of the historical nature of them, but she said there was one of him as a shirtless scout from the historical show Frontiers.

Find a book you hated50 Shades of Grey. I hated that poor writing could do so well.

The-Prettiest-Girl-in-the-World wanted to find whatever book I’d read on flirting in bookstores.

Find a book with provocative thought –  I don’t have deep thoughts anymore. I used to have them, but now they’ve been forced out as my brain fills with hockey facts, Stravinsky symphonies and remembering where I left my wallet.

All-in-all, a date night I would recommend, though I totally hear people who’ve told me it would be odd to flirt with their long-time partner.

What books would you choose?


About Joe Cummings

Aquarius. Traveler. Gamer. Writer. A New Parent. 4 of these things are easy. One is not. But the journey is that much better for the new people in my life. A life I want to share with others, to help them, maybe, to make them feel less alone, sure, to connect with the greater world, absolutely.
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2 Responses to Date Night – Flirting in a Bookstore – The Books

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  2. michaelscummings says:

    Since you raised the issue of Shostakovich, I strongly recommend Julian Barnes’ The Noise of Time. You and Corinne should learn Ukrainian together–there’s nothing like having a private language when you need to plot against your kids!

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