Sunday, September 18, 2011

Bookspotting: Week 34

This week I spotted the very same Roald Dahl book as last week, this time being read by a grown man waiting for the MTR. I saw a man carrying a book that looked like the 9/11 Commission Report, though it could have been a different title with a similar look. I spotted a woman reading on the MTR who had an entire box of paperback books on her lap. I saw another woman carrying what looked like an enormous leatherbound book through the Causeway Bay station, though it could have been a photo album. I've been going to a poetry event lately, and people sometimes read their own stuff and sometimes read from miscellaneous collections of poetry. I spotted six people reading books in Chinese this week, which is more than I usually see. One of the Chinese books looked like a Bible, one looked like a book of poetry, and I'm not sure about the rest. 

How about you? What are people reading in your town this week?


  1. People back home here in Scotland don't like me looking over their shoulder to see what they are reading!In a bookshop, a mother and daughter were consulting a huge atlas, but closed it and walked on when I aproached behind them.In the same shop,a woman said, "Sorry" and handed me the book she had been looking at.It was a cookery book by a TV chef.I didn't think about it before, but I guess the Chinese, having less of a sense of personal space, are more amenable to a stranger peering at their reading matter.

  2. Very interesting observation, Joyce! I haven't seen much reading in my Arizona town lately. In church, though, the pastor held up a book and mentioned that he's had MORE people recommend this to him -- and call it life-changing -- than any book he can remember. It is called, "Unbroken: A World War II Story of Survival, Resilience, and Redemption" by Laura Hillenbrand.


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