Reading While Abroad
Once again I had to travel for an extended period. While traveling I stopped in about 10 different book stores, read 4 books, listened to 2 books, and wrote a couple of blogs. I flew out of Dallas, TX and I am sad to say that there is nothing special about my local airport bookstore. In fact, the choices were so limited I didn’t add a single book to my good reads to be read shelf! My first flight was my “long” overnight flight to Frankford, Germany. While I saw a few people reading traditional books on this flight there were considerably more video screens with some great movie options. I took the opportunity to watch Ender’s Game which is based on the book with the same name by Orson Scott Card. I really enjoyed the movie but what I really liked was how it ended and I will definitely be reading this series at some point. I’m particularly excited about reading this series because it began in 1985, thus preceding the Harry Potter and Twilight phenomena and the book to movie formulations. For those of you who read YA published before, let’s say 1997, do you find the books more complex and interesting?
Having completed the first flight I landed at the international airport in Frankford Germany where I had to spend 5 hours waiting for my next flight. Despite my exhaustion I loved my time in this airport for three specific reasons: great coffee, fabulous airport book-store, and AMAZING chairs. I’m not kidding these chairs reclined and had foot rests. The bookstore was PocketShop and it had an entire section dedicated to YA with a rich selection of books in German and English. I was fascinated to know which books had been translated and which had not. There was a strong bias towards fantasy at this particular store. After choosing my newest selection, I settled into a comfortable airport chair with a cup of coffee! While waiting for this flight, I observed a number of older persons reading traditional books but most of the younger ones were listening to headphones and playing on phones and laptops. While some of these younger persons might have been reading I’m worried what this one-time observation might indicate about rates of reading among young international travelers! Does this mirror what others have observed about reading patterns in airports, older people read and young people don’t? Does fantasy YA get translated into more languages than other YA genres?
A week in Warsaw! While the majority of my time was spent presenting, conferencing, and working I found time to enjoy some great books, read interesting blog posts, and write a few of my own. Here were some of my favorite places either because they had free WiFi, other readers were nearby, or they simply served an amazing meal which I enjoyed with my kindle. I do have to say that while I often read at restaurants in the US this must NOT be typical in Poland. I got a lot of curious stares and kind smiles as people walked by my table and one brave soul asked me what I was reading. Is reading while eating alone an okay thing to do or should I have put down my book and just watched other people eating?
Grycan Lodziarnia (Ice Cream Shop), ul. Nowy Swiat 57/59
Carpaccio Ristorant Italiano (Italian Restaurant), ul. Nowy Swiat 36
Dawne Smak Restauracjy Polska (Polish Restaurant), ul. Nowy Swiat 49
Bristol Hotel Wine Bar, Krakowski Przedmiescie 42/44
Aroma Espresso Bar, Krakowski Przedmiescie 7
I know this post was long so I appreciate those of you who stuck with it and hope you feel like sharing some bookish thoughts on any or all of these topics! Do widzenia!
Posted By: Sheri