30 Day Book Challenge – Day 30
Favorite coffee table book
Well here we are. The final day of the 30 Day Book Challenge. Who would have thought we’d make it this far? I certainly had my doubts. There were good times, bad times, an extended deadline, and a few unexpected intermissions, but 30 books and 57 days later we reached the finish line. Woo!
I’m mildly disappointed that Day 30 has to end with my ‘favourite coffee table book’, seeing as I don’t actually own a coffee table. I would’ve liked to end with a BANG! Like, the most expensive book you ever bought. Or the best book EVER created in the entire universe! But alas, what am I if I cannot improvise in the face of a challenge?
So let’s see. If I had a coffee table, what book would I like to live permanently upon it? I’m going to go with the Lonely Planet Italian Phrasebook. I purchased this book when I was 16 before heading to Italy for the very first time. It was truly invaluable, but also highly entertaining.
My friends, English and Italian alike, would always find great pleasure in reading certain sections of this book, particularly that relating to dating, romance and sex. Subtitles such as “Breaking the Ice”, “Classic Rejections”, “Making Love” and “Afterwards”, may give you some idea as to the sort of ‘phrases’ they included for a traveller’s convenience.
The best included:
‘Do you come here often?’ – Vieni spesso qui?
‘You’re not my type.’ – Non sei il mio tipo.
‘You turn me on.’ – Mi ecciti.
‘Was it good for you?’ – Ti è piacuto?
‘Faster!’ – Più veloce!
I can only imagine being in the sort of situations that require these phrases and asking the other person to “just hold on a moment while I consult my phrasebook. Ah yes, Più veloce!”
In any case, I think it would keep people interested and entertained when they come over for coffee. Don’t you?