Monday, October 22, 2012

Bookspotting and Thriving

This week, I spotted a woman carrying a thick paperback with some sort of green design on the cover in Central station. It looked like the copy of Salem's Lot I got from a used bookstore here. Also in the MTR, I spotted someone reading Sizzle by Julie Garwood. One of the poets at the Wednesday poetry reading I sometimes attend had a book by a prominent literary fiction writer, but I can't for the life of me think of what it was. It may have been Running in the Family by Michael Ondaatje. Do you have any other guesses? Another poet unashamedly pulled out her copy of Fifty Shades of Grey. I spotted five Chinese books this week, including a graphic novel, and one textbook. Have you spotted any books lately?

In other news, today I have a guest post on the Live.Write.Thrive. blog about my publishing journey. In it, I talk about how the writing journey can be like training for the Olympics. Enjoy!


  1. Hello Shannon,
    I enjoyed reading some of your writing. I like the title and the uniqueness of your blog.Good work. I hope your book does well. I found your site through, Live Write Trive.

  2. Hi Shannon,
    Just read your guest post on Live Write Thrive. Very interesting, as always! Congrats on your book doing so well on amazon!! What an achievement!

    Btw, I'm reading There But For The by Ali Smith at the moment! ;)

  3. +JMJ+

    Two days ago, at the supermarket, I saw a man carrying what looked like a paperback copy of John Green's Looking for Alaska. I trailed him for a while, hoping for a better look, but then he walked into an aisle jammed with shopping carts and I couldn't stalk . . . um, I mean, follow . . . him any longer. =P

  4. I finally have some books to report! I was in Montreal last week and took notes on books and e-readers I spotted. People in Montreal seem to read a lot, and on the Metro I saw more readers than iPhone users. One man was reading an Isaac Asimov book, another a book by Chuck Palahniuk, and a third an old paperback, but it was positioned in such a way that I couldn't see any of the cover. On the flight home, I saw two Kindles. One woman was reading a hardcover of a Nora Roberts book titled "Daring to Dream". Another had a hardcover of a Brad Thor novel. I also saw a man reading a book called "The Police and I". The large Canadian bookstore, Chapters, was near my hotel, but unfortunately I never passed by it when it was open.


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