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?

3 comments:

  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.

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  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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