Monday, November 28, 2011

Bookspotting: Week 44


This has been a highly successful bookspotting week. For that I credit my new smartphone, an HTC Desire
S, which has turned out to be really convenient for recording book sightings on the spot. I saw a woman on the MTR reading a Jodi Piccoult book, although I couldn't tell which one it was. I saw one man in a coffee shop reading How to Win Friends and Influence People and another man reading a hefty paperback that could pass for The Brothers Karamazov or The Magic Mountain. I sat next to a woman reading a Paulo Coehlo book. A man walking through the MTR station was carrying a Tom Clancy paperback. I spotted a teenager on the train reading a movie tie-in edition of Pride and Prejudice with Kiera Knightly on the cover. I saw another teenager carrying Haruki Murakami's 1Q84 through another MTR station. I saw a man carrying A Storm of Swords by George R. R. Martin on the covered walkway near the Central post office. This might be the most books that I have seen (and remembered) since I started bookspotting around Hong Kong.

I also attended the launch of Access: Thirteen Tales by Xu Xi at City University, where I saw many copies of the book of the moment.

What are people reading in your town this week?

7 comments:

  1. Shannon, did you post pictures from Jade Market in Kansu Street? If yes, can you tell me at what date. I like to view the pictures. Thanks in advance.

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  2. I can't even recall the last time I've seen someone read out in public in Chicago. I'll have to make a better note of that. Mostly people are just fiddling with their smart phones. Ugh. I'm re-reading Emily Hahn's China to Me and just got to the part where she leaves Shanghai forever and lands in HK for the first part of WWII. It's even better the second time around!

    That's so great you went to Xu Xi's launch! I'd love to hear more about it!!

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  3. I saw two men reading on the train to Shenzhen: the first one had "The new market wizards:conversations with America's top traders" by Jack Schwager, the other was "A history of the 52nd Lowland Division" by George Blake. The second reader was actually my husband!I also spotted two more Chinese library books, one on the MTR and one in Starbucks.

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  4. Oh yeah , i can barely remind me, that one from the starbucks too, i love to hear more about this.

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  5. exciting week ,,,that place seems enjoyable like of that you had ,,,

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