If you’re reading this, then the auto-publish feature must have worked, and I must be in Italy. You might have questions, such as, what am I doing right now (probably looking for a place to have dinner, as it’s 8 pm), how did I spend my day (going to the Uffizi), and what have I eaten so far (what haven’t I eaten so far??). But the important question is, what book did I bring with me to read?
I had a hard time deciding on my vacation reading material. I knew it was going to be fiction, but that was about it. I looked at some lists of best ‘summer reads’ and asked people what types of books they like to read on vacation. I thought about bringing books that take place in Italy. I briefly considered bringing some kind of book that I usually wouldn’t read, like a Nicholas Sparks title, but quickly decided that it had to be something I would normally enjoy–if I don’t want Sparks on my lunch break downtown, why spoil the Amalfi Coast with him? Ultimately, I decided that the primary criteria for selection had to be high interest level combined with little intricate detail–in short, I wanted a book that would hold my attention, but not make me think too hard.
Another important feature–I wanted a paperback. I thought about bringing the new David Hewson book, which takes place in Rome, but it’s hardcover, so a little less portable. I then considered from the Marshal Guarnaccia series by Magdalen Nabb, which are set in Florence, but that made me wonder if I should take a book that was set in each of the places I was visiting. Finally, I changed tracks entirely, and decided on The Girl Who Played With Fire, which I’ve been wanting to read for a while. Plus, it’s a long book, so it should last me the entire 12 glorious days and nights that I am there…if not, I guess I’ll just have to go look at some paintings or do some shopping, I hear they’ve got some options there.