Today was the perfect Autumn day. AnneShirley and I ran our errands around town today rather than Friday because the First Lady is scheduled to speak at Lawrence University so you know downtown is going to be blocked off, crowded and crazy.
One of our “errands” including a stop at Barnes & Noble where AnneShirley and I read a little Olivia, played with trains and picked out some books. She picked out a book about how the Wonder Pets all met and I got “Cloud Atlas” by David Mitchell and “Father Fiction: Chapters for a Fatherless Generation” by Donald Miller.
I looked at “Cloud Atlas” in passing when we were at a bookstore in Chicago last week but AnneShirley pulled me away before I could really read the synopsis. Then this weekend I saw the trailer for it on iTunes and knew I had to look into it further. The other book, “Father Fiction” is by a writer I really like – Donald Miller. I have several of his books already. “A Million Miles in a Thousand Years” is the first book of his I read and my favorite so far. He is a Christian writer, but not the “hit you over the head with the Bible” kind of Christian writer. It’s more that he is a Christian who also happens to be a writer. He doesn’t deny it, he doesn’t shy away from Christianity, he talks about it, writes about it but it’s in a way that is very approachable and thought-provoking in terms of every day life. “Father Fiction” is about Donald’s experience growing up with out a father and how it impacted him. He has an amazing ability to put his feelings, his pain, his life to words and connect them to what is going on with other people in similar situations.
I’m still reading “Storm of Swords” by George R.R. Martin and the pile of books I have yet to read is teetering haphazardly already. That’s not counting the books waiting for me on my Kindle. It’s not unusual for me to read three, four, five or six books at once. It all depends on my mood. You just can’t beat a good book. 😀
After Barnes & Noble we went to Fava Tea where I bought Pleasing Pumpkin Rooibos, Calypso Tea (an orange – black tea) and more Winter Blend, which is a black tea too. Then we moseyed on over to Penzeys Spices, which is next door to Fava, to pick up some hot cocoa and cumin.
All in all it was a wonderful day. We ordered out from Gingerootz for supper and watched Avengers. Now the house is quiet and it is time to hop into bed and read for a bit before getting some shuteye. Sweet dreams!