A Lovely Surprise!

A Lovely Surprise!

I love presents and gifts of any kind but there is no better way to make me happy than buying me a book. My friends are well aware of it and sometimes they send me amazing books that I am delighted about. Just two days ago one of my Italian friends sent me a beautiful small booklet: Pocket Atlas of Remote Islands by Judith Schalansky (Penguin Books).

Amazingly beautiful edition!

Amazingly beautiful edition!

It basically gathers 50 small islands from all over the world with map, geographical details and short description. It shares interesting quotes from the diaries of explorers who discovered them or stories about a movie shot there. I find this publication exquisite! It is limited to two colors: orange and blue and it makes a very nice impression. The power of books is unpredictable. Needless to say what a children book about a whale did to me! So I need to be aware of the influence of books on a reader here.

The subtitle made my laugh: Fifty Islands I have not visited and never will. It is true for most of us but reading such books is fun! The picture above shows the inside of this atlas: one of my favorite small islands Pitcairn. The most mysterious and remote island ever. Sharing my joy out of this gift received I wish to thank to Cesare who was a kind donor. I hope we’ll soon go for a trip together and it might not be necessarily Pitcairn (I’ll be very happy with Sardegna!).

About the author

I get easily fascinated with people and places. I am passionately curious. I get often seduced with the beauty of nature. Blue sky, pure water, white snow and endless horizon seams to be enough to make me happy.

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  • I love reading, seems like a really interesting topic “Fifty Island I have not visited and never will” :)

    • It is! Some of the stories are really funny! But most of all this is an exquisite edition. Very happy to have it!

  • hikebiketravel

    What a beautiful little book – the type someone put a lot of effort into making. I’m with you on enjoying books as gifts.