Manuel de Cortes’s recent book, “Italy Travel Guide: Top 40 Beautiful Places You Can't Miss” is an resources for travelers or students interested in visiting Italy. At 125 pages, the book is small but still contains quite a bit of useful information on locations worth checking out during your trip.
I've never been to Italy, so I cannot actually tell you if the places he recommends are truly the best. But I looked up some reviews and pictures of the spots, and I would definitely want to check them out if it were me. I'm planning my dream trip to Italy one day, and this book gave me some great ideas :)
There are seven Chapters, including the introduction and conclusion. He has divided the country into a general overview, North Italy, Central Italy, South Italy, and the Islands. Each gets its own description and list of recommended locations. In addition to brief descriptions, he also throws in the fun fact here and there to spice up your trip.
The book is a little simple, and he doesn't include directions or tell you how to reach these spots. And it's usually recommending a larger area (this city, that pot), so specifics like where to find dinner or shop aren't here. That will be up to you. But it is a good place to find ideas if you want to get a good look at all the different areas in the country.
Writing style: Pretty good. Some of the writing could have been edited better, but I feel that with a decent editor it would read like a professional. Mr. Cortes has written several other books, and is obviously familiar with the writing process. The book is self-published, and you can tell in some places. But overall, I really liked the flow and all the information he includes. A lot of people seem to have really appreciated his use of pictures - he has one for almost all of the major locations. It certainly helps you find them on the streets.
If you are planning a trip to Italy, I recommend checking his book out. You can find it on Amazon as a cheap E-book ($2.99) so you can carry it with you as you tour :)
I don’t know if I can really call this a book review, when it’s only a five page pdf, but what the hey! :) Author Tobias Fisch has graciously put together a handy little online booklet for students interested in studying in Québec/Canada.
To start with, a disclaimer: I get the feeling that the author is talking about studying in High School, because he/she discusses the opportunity to participate in Prom, Graduation, and the “big exams.” Still, I didn’t think that really detracted from the guidebook–only a short part (the section on how classes work) was relevant to what level of education you’re in. And if you are in high school, it’s all good–especially the part about the 10-day schedule!
The rest of it went over generally helpful information for all students studying abroad (how to adjust to a host family, how to avoid homesickness) and then very specific information about Québec itself starting on page 3.
Some of the things you might want to check out are the slang words used in Québecan French, how the money works, the standard tax rate (calculate it into your prices!), how to arrange phone communication, and the Unit changes. Actually pretty much all of the information from pages 3-5 are helpful. So if you are interested in studying in Canada, you might check it out!
“THE GUIDEBOOK FOR INTERNATIONAL STUDENTS IN QUÉBEC” BY TOBIAS FISCH AVAILABLE ON SMASHWORDS/ PRICE: FREE