It’s Monday, and here’s what I’m thinking about – VACATION! Our months-of-planning trip to Italy happens this Thursday. Mentally, everything else is taking a back seat. Our weekend was filled with must-dos, from confirming with the cat-sitter to making last minute itinerary changes.
My big question for all of you is, what books should I bring on vacation? I’ve posted a survey on the right, so please weigh in! And feel free to comment if you have other ideas.
Italy is a country I’ve wanted to visit for a long time – amazing history, culture, wine, food, and scenery. We’ve had trouble with the planning since there’s so much to see, but right now the itinerary is Florence, Siena, Cinque Terre, Sorrento, and Rome. We’re bringing Rick Steves and Lonely Planet.
What else is on my to-pack list? Maybe the new novels by Jonathan Tropper or Christopher Moore. Maybe Tallula Rising, the sequel to The Last Werewolf. Maybe Gone Girl, since everyone’s reading that. Gillespie and I also looks good. I’m also due for something by David Mitchell or Haruki Murakami, or maybe something from my Classics List.
On last year’s vacation I went through four books, and I remember where I was for every one of them: The Book Thief, Assassin’s Apprentice, Ender’s Game, and Before I Go to Sleep. That’s why picking good travel reads is so important. I’ve got a lot of plane and train travel coming up, so I’m looking forward to lots of good reading.
If you’ve been to Italy, I’d love to hear any travel suggestions. But please, do weigh in with your book recommendations. What was your favorite vacation read this summer?