When I love a certain subject, or am interested in a certain topic, my first instinct is to buy a book about it. When I am very interested or love it very much, I buy a lot of books!
When I began to become interested in Italy in general and Rome specifically, I began my collection of books about Italy. A little bit later I also began to read Italian authors in Dutch translation and nowadays I can say I read many Italian writers.
I keep my Italian books in my bedroom. The first two shelves are books set in Italy , like the Commissario Brunetti series by Donna Leon (second shelf!) or the Ceasar books by Conn Iggulden and the Gordianus series by Steven Saylor. (first shelf)
The third shelf is mainly books from people who lived in Italy and travelguides.
The fourth and fifth shelves are full with history, history of Rome and the Roman empire and later Italy.
The last two shelves are the novels and thrillers from Italian authors.
The novels I love the most are in the bookcases in the living room.
I will tell you about what my favorite Italian books are and why in a later post!