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Double Musings

Musing Mondays2

I’m catching up with last week’s question as well.

March 5 Musing: When you walk into a bookstore — any bookstore — what’s the first section you head toward (what draws you)?

Fiction and literature. Two reasons: (a) I’m most interested in literature and (b) I almost never buy non-fiction. They are library books. Recently on my trip back to my hometown, Hong Kong, where reading doesn’t score you extra points (because people are busy making money, working long hours, and/or raising kids, and eating out), the few bookstores that carry titles in English have surprisingly great offerings. A quick scour of the fiction section affords a paperback copy of The Sense of an Ending, a Vintage UK edition. Hong Kong is a great place to stock up on books for which paperbacks are yet to be available in the U.S.

Today’s Musing: What book do you wish you were reading right now? Where would you take it to, if you could go anywhere to read for a while?

Somewhat related to the question above because I also pick up Jack Holmes and His Friend by Edmund White in Hong Kong. It’s also an UK paperback! I’m looking forward to reading it, either on a beach in Hawaii or back in my hometown Hong Kong. It’s wittily meandering tale of the relationship between two friends over three decades, then the last people to grasp them are Jack Holmes and Will Wright, the pair in question.

6 Responses

  1. I hit the fiction aisles, the fiction endcaps, the new and notable section and then finish up with classics.

    If I could read anything right now, it would be Emily Alone by O’Nan, and I would read it from a hammock by a lake.

    • O’Nan and hammock? Okay you and I should get along just fine going on a vacation together! I still have to read Wish You Were Here, which I try to save for who knows when.

  2. Bookstore: immediately to the fiction section, then art probably and comics.

    If I could choose any book to read it would be a Sherlock Holmes mystery, and I would read it in a wood panelled study with a crackling fire in the fire place and lots of good wine to go with it.

  3. I also acquired a copy of complete Sherlock Holmes which is waiting for its moment. You’re proposal with wine would be considered! I would do the same with Agatha Christie.

  4. That’s interesting what you say about Hong Kong and the reason why people don’t read as much. I guess that means more books for you when you visit and can get the ones you have been waiting for in the bookstores!

    • Hong Kong is too busy (almost zero unemployment) and too distracted (too much going on in terms of entertainment) to read. But you will find amazing independent bookstores that are tiny holes tugged away in alleys. You just have to look for them, and half the fun is to seek them out.

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