I’m a self confessed book-lover. I love the feel of books, the smell of books, the idea of books, and the joy of reading.
But to be honest, quite often life gets in the way. It’s easier at night to veg out in front of the TV rather than concentrate on a book, however good.
My favourite time for proper reading is on holiday. We’re just getting packed up for a fortnight in Italy, so I’m sorting out a little book pile to keep me going. We often head to a Spanish apartment near the beach so much of my time is either on the beach or by the pool. You can read about our Cake Adventures in Catalonia on the blog.
This year is different.
We’ve decided to have a little adventure starting in Pisa, taking in Lucca, Florence and the Tuscan countryside.
I’m hoping there’ll be plenty of R&R in between the exploring and sightseeing so I’ve chosen 5 books to stash in my hand baggage for the trip.
1 The Travel Wallet
I know it’s not really a book in the strict sense of the meaning but it’s book shaped, contains vital information and we’ll not get very far without it. Inside will be our passports and boarding passes, hotel details and tickets for prebooked trips. We’re very excited about visiting the Florence Uffizi Gallery, one of the most famous museums in the world. It’s jam packed full of renaissance art including Boticelli and Angelo. They advise you to pre book tickets just to avoid the 5 hour queue at peak times! I’m not a fan of queuing, never have been. So grateful to the lovely people at Busy B for sending it over. We love Busy B products – check out our latest review of their mid year diary
2 The Travel Guide
For years we have been buying DK Travel Guides. There’s plenty of different ones available but Dorling Kindersley are just the best. They’re colourful, bursting with images, maps, and helpful advice. The TOP 10 series gives you suggested itineraries for single days and mini breaks so that you see everything you need to. They often include a pull-out laminated city map, very useful when visiting Florence. We’ve not been before so need all the help we can get.
3 The Notebook
If you’ve been following my blogs you’ll know by now that I am a notebook kinda gal. I think I collect notebooks – although saying that out loud feels slightly weird. Judging by the number of brand new notebooks on my office shelf I probably do need some therapy. Trouble is they’re often too nice to write in!
Moleskine are a class act and make the most aesthetically pleasing notebooks for all different uses. I’ve chosen a small white hardback ruled notebook with essential elastic closer. I’ll be blogging my way round Tuscany so a notebook is essential for writing down all those details to include in my blogs.
4 The Novel
I hoping to get stuck into a few good books so selected 4 from my Amazon wishlist (a great place to keep books so you don’t forget the title). I’ll be taking A Thousand Days in Tuscany by Marlena de Blasi and Death in Tuscany by Michele Giuttari. I’ve packed Stillhouse Lake by Rachel Caine and The Dry by Jane Harper, apparently the most gripping crime thriller of 2017. A good mix of gentle lifestyle reading, a italian “who done it”, and a couple of thrilling unputdownable page turners.
5 The Photography Guide
Finally and I know this is a bit geeky but I’m taking Read this if you want to take great photographs by Henry Carroll. I’m an enthusiastic amateur photographer with a passion for the art and an awful lot to learn. This book is the first in a series but it’ll give me a good basis in technical settings so if I come unstuck I’ll have somewhere to go.
I’ve set myself the task of taking a passable photograph of a Tuscan sunset and believe me – that’s quite a challenge for someone that struggles with light settings. I’ll keep you posted on how that goes.
If you want to read more about our photography check out Storytelling with your Camera
Now that the books are sorted, I suppose I’d better pack the rest of the case.