Tuesday, July 19, 2011

Bookspotting: Week 25, Bali Edition!

This week I kicked off my summer holiday with a trip to beautiful Bali. I met up with two friends from university and we've been having a fantastic time. As always, I am keeping an eye out for books along the way. In the airport in Hong Kong, a girl who was also waiting for my flight to Denpasar was reading a book by Hermann Hesse. I noticed two Bali guidebooks in addition to the one I was reading on the plane. When we arrived in Kuta, I counted a total of 17 beach readers. I couldn't catch every title that people were reading as they sat in the sun, but I saw books by Jodi Picoult, David Baldacci, Dan Brown, and Danielle Steele. I saw a few more Bali guidebooks, and my friends are reading Tess of the D'Urbervilles and a book about finding your inner genius.

This evening we left the beach behind and moved to the mountains of Ubud. This is where much of the action of the third section of Eat Pray Love takes place, and I'll be posting my review of that book tomorrow.

What are people reading in your town this week? What's your favorite beach read?


  1. Ah Bali. I love Bali - great time of year to be there too! It seems that no-one is reading around me at the moment. And as for beach reads - ever since I married a man who thinks that sitting on beaches is a waste of time, I haven't had much time or anything as luxurious as that! I hope you do though ;) Enjoy!

  2. What a stunning sunset; such great photos. Enjoy

  3. Love your pictures! Bookspotting in HK ths week is VERY easy, thanks to the Hong Kong Book Fair; I've never seen so many people with a common cause... Students buying great armfuls of books, mums and kids with baskets of picturebooks, people sitting on the floor reading, queues round the block for the book signings...it's a reader's paradise here this week and I'm loving it. Today was my first visit, next time I'll report on specific titles I notice.

  4. Thanks for your comments everyone!

    My own beach read this week is The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society, which a friend has been recommending to me for ages. It's light but not too light, and easy to pick up and put down between trips into the beautiful Indian Ocean.

    Joyce, I'm so glad you're having a good time at the Book Fair. I can't wait to hear the full details when I get back to HK!

  5. That monkey looks pretty friendly because most of the monkey would avoid human because they think that they look dangerous·


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