Wednesday, February 20, 2013
Bookspotting and Surprises
I just got back to Hong Kong after spending the Chinese New Year holiday in Arizona with my family. I didn't mention on the blog that I'd be going out of town because my visit was a complete surprise! Because I have such a big family (my parents + 8 siblings, 7 of whom live in AZ), I got to surprise people multiple times over two days.
I did some bookspotting along the way. While waiting for my first flight in HK, I spotted a man reading a book by Harlan Coben. On the plane, a pair of cherubic siblings were bashing each other with Diary of a Wimpy Kid books. A woman sitting near me during my layover in Narita/Tokyo was reading Life of Pi. My second layover was in Dallas, where I had to run all the way through the airport to get to my plane on time. I spotted one person reading on an iPad at the gate.
I took my brother and sister to the climbing wall at our local rec center, where I spotted a woman reading a Nora Roberts book. One of my sisters was reading Willa Cather's My Antonia for school and one of my brothers was just about to start Aristotle's Nicomachean Ethics. I tore through the paper-book versions of Wonder by R.J. Palacio and Torn by Justin Lee while I was at home, and I'm nearly finished with Barbara Kingsolver's The Poisonwood Bible on my Kindle.
My journey back to Hong Kong also took three flights, but I didn't spot as many readers. A woman in the Phoenix airport was carrying a novel by Sharon Kay Penman. There were two people reading Japanese paperbacks in Narita, but no English titles that I could see. I went back to work this morning, and spotted a Kindle and a woman reading a Chinese paperback on the way.
What are people reading in your town this week? Did you do anything exciting for Chinese New Year?