Sunday, June 19, 2011
Bookspotting: Week 21
This week, I saw a tall Western man on the MTR reading a small paperback and for about four stops I tried to figure out what the title was without staring. I was rewarded for my persistence when he exited the train and I saw that the title was Shannon's Way. The next day, I saw a Chinese woman with a stack of three books on her lap. The bottom two had Chinese titles, but the top one was Many Lives, Many Masters. I stopped by the Pacific Coffee Company in IFC on my way to pick up some friends at the airport express. I saw a young couple with a book on the table called Modernes Russisch, which I took to be a Russian book for German speakers. Another young man was reading a book that had a black cover with a big red scorpion on it. Does anyone know what book it was? This weekend I took a few friends to the Temple Street night market, and on the way home I saw a young Chinese woman reading Tuesdays with Morrie on the MTR. I saw an additional four Chinese books in the hands of MTR readers this week.
What are people reading in your town?
Note: For a little something extra, my words and photos recently appeared on the lovely blog The Art of Staying Up All Night for the Amazing Bookshops Around the World feature.