Monday, October 24, 2011

Bookspotting: Week 39

This week I spotted two different teenagers reading Percy Jackson books, the first on the MTR and the second in a bookstore cafe. I saw a young man reading The Help by Kathryn Stockett and a woman reading The Five People You Meet in Heaven by Mitch Albom. I spotted a man on the train looking very dapper in white spats, white jeans and a white vest. He was reading a sky blue hardcover book that matched his sky blue shirt. I went to the big Pacific Coffee Co in Festival Walk on Sunday afternoon where I saw dozens of university students pouring over textbooks. One girl was taking a break from her work to read a book by Donna Leon. I discovered that the cafe has a set of bookshelves filled with novels for patrons to read. 

On Friday I attended a reading at City University for their MFA program. The readers were Michael Meyer, author of The Last Days of Old Beijing (which I am currently reading on my Kindle) and Ouyang Yu, author of 59 books of poetry, prose and essays. Each author brought copies of their books and several of the MFA students had copies too. It was nice to be around students and I explored the university for this week's walking tour, coming on Wednesday.

What are people reading in your town this week?


  1. Sat 6 stops on MTR beside a student reading photocopied pages, the chapter title was "Key political concepts". She didn't turn the page once during the whole journey! So she was either a VERY slow reader or she was asleep!I was able to get a good look and it was very boring!

  2. Very cool you heard Michael Meyer! I read his book a few years ago and really enjoyed it. I remember going into it thinking I might be bored, but from the start I couldn't put it down. Can't wait to read about your walking tour.

  3. HI Joyce. I think I would have read that book slowly too. Hope to see you at poetry tonight!

    Susan, I thought he was a very engaging presenter and I'm enjoying his book, although I keep getting distracting by others I downloaded recently.

  4. +JMJ+

    Rick Riordan is really popular these days, isn't he? In one popular shopping district, I saw a teenage girl walking with her copy of The Last Hero; later, at a restaurant with my family, I saw a younger boy with The Lightning Thief.

  5. The Five People You Meet in Heaven is a great book, I read it a few months ago and I just loved it.


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