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A you a book lover just like us? Then this page is for you. From travel literature and destination guides, to books about business and self-development, this is a collection of our favourite reads, for on the road or at home!

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The Life Changing Magic Of Tidying Up - Marie Kondo Book Review || The Travel Tester
TITLE: the life-changing magic of tidying up
SUB-TITLE: the Japanese art of decluttering and organizing
AUTHOR: Marie Kondo
PUBLISHER: Crown Publishing
LANGUAGE: English
ISBN-13: 978-1-60774-730-7
WHERE TO BUY: Amazon


DESCRIPTION
Marie Kondo is the Queen of tidying up and in this best-selling book, she tells us all about her life-changing KonMari Method and what it involves. The book is made up of 5 chapters, each sub-divided into different sections tackling all the elements of which the KonMari-method exists.


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The Creative Traveler's Handbook Review: How and Why You Travel is as Important as Where You Go - The Travel Tester Blog


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The Creative Traveler's Handbook Review: How and Why You Travel is as Important as Where | Book Review by The Travel Tester
TITLE: The Creative Traveler’s Handbook
SUB-TITLE: The art of world travel: life-seeing instead of sightseeing
AUTHOR: Elena Paschinger
PUBLISHER: Full Flight Press
LANGUAGE: English
ISBN-13: 978-1-92755-710-5
WHERE TO BUY: Amazon


DESCRIPTION
In her book, blogger Elena answers not just the questions what creative travel is and who it is for, but she also gives practical tips on how to be creative on your travels and how to plan your next creative trip down to all the details. A must-read for everyone looking for more authentic and meaningful travel.


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Explorers' Sketchbooks Review: The Art of Discovery & Adventure || The Travel Tester
TITLE: Explorers’ Sketchbooks (English) / Het Logboek van de Ontdekkingsreiziger (Dutch)
AUTHOR: Huw Lewis-Jones & Kari Herbert
PUBLISHER: Chronicle Books (USA) / Omniboek (Netherlands)
LANGUAGE: English and Dutch
ISBN-13: 978-1-45215-827-3 (English) / 9789401908504 (Dutch)
WHERE TO BUY: Amazon / Bol.com


DESCRIPTION
Even though our technology and equipment has changed over the centuries, there is one item that most explorers still carry with them today, and that is the travel journal. In ‘Explorers’ Sketchbooks’, you can see the sketchbooks and personal journals of 75 adventurous men and woman from around the world.


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The Amsterdam City Guide Book Review: Over 400 Hotspots from the Number 1 City Blog from Amsterdam || Review by The Travel Tester
TITLE: The Amsterdam City Guide
AUTHOR: Anne de Buck – Your Little Black Book
PUBLISHER: Terra Uitgeverij
LANGUAGE: English and Dutch
ISBN-13: 978-9-08989-696-4
WHERE TO BUY: Amazon / Bol.com


DESCRIPTION
With around 200 pages, this book by foodie and blogger Anne de Buck is chock-full of tips that help you plan your trip to Amsterdam. In each neighbourhood chapter, you’ll find a location-specific bucket list, map, walking route, food & drink suggestions and shop recommendations from the #1 Amsterdam blog.


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OUR FAVOURITE JAPAN BOOKS

The Little Book of Tokyo and The Little Book of Kyoto Book Review || The Travel Tester
TITLE: The Little Book of Tokyo
AUTHOR: Ben Simmons
PUBLISHER: Tuttle Publishing
LANGUAGE: English
ISBN-13: 978-4-80531-446-3
WHERE TO BUY: Amazon / Bol.com


DESCRIPTION
This little book is filled with all the beauty that you can expect when visiting Tokyo. Every chapter starts with a short introduction, and then goes into compact, easy to read descriptions of everything you can see in the city.


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At Home in Japan & Etiquette Guide to Japan Book Review: Get to Know the Real Japan || The Travel Tester
TITLE: At Home in Japan
SUB-TITLE: A Foreign Woman’s Journey of Discovery
AUTHOR: Rebecca Otowa
PUBLISHER: Tuttle Publishing
LANGUAGE: English
ISBN-13: 978-0-80484-871-8
WHERE TO BUY: Amazon / Bol.com


DESCRIPTION
Rebecca Otowa is a writer, painter and teacher from California, who lived in Japan for over 30 years. She and her husband Toshiro have raised two sons and live in a family-owned 350-year-old farmhouse in rural Japan, close to Kyoto. In this book, Rebecca describes a circular path from the basic details of life in her house and village, through relationships with family, neighbors and all the natural and supernatural entities in her world.


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At Home in Japan & Etiquette Guide to Japan Book Review: Get to Know the Real Japan || The Travel Tester
TITLE: Etiquette Guide to Japan
SUB-TITLE: Know the rules that make the difference!
AUTHOR: Boyé Lafayette de Mente
PUBLISHER: Tuttle Publishing
LANGUAGE: English
ISBN-13: 978-4-80531-361-9
WHERE TO BUY: Amazon / Bol.com


DESCRIPTION
This book is all about the written and unwritten ‘rules’ of Japan that will give you thorough understanding of Japanese etiquette. Get an insight into the customs of this fascinating society and is, apart from very educational, also entertaining to read as an outsider.


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The Little Book of Tokyo and The Little Book of Kyoto Book Review || The Travel Tester
TITLE: The Little Book of Kyoto
AUTHOR: Ben Simmons
PUBLISHER: Tuttle Publishing
LANGUAGE: English
ISBN-13: 978-4-80531-447-0
WHERE TO BUY: Amazon / Bol.com


DESCRIPTION
This little book is filled with all the beauty that you can expect when visiting Kyoto. Every chapter starts with a short introduction, and then goes into compact, easy to read descriptions of everything you can see in the city.


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A Guide to Traditions, Customs and Etiquette of Japan Book Review || The Travel Tester || #Japan #JapanBook #Book #BookReview #Traditions #Customs #Etiquette #JapanCulture #Tuttle
TITLE: Japan: A Guide to Traditions, Customs and Etiquette
AUTHOR: Boyé Lafayette De Mente
PUBLISHER: Tuttle Publishing
LANGUAGE: English
ISBN-13: 978-4-80531-442-5
WHERE TO BUY: Amazon / Bol.com


DESCRIPTION
According to the author, there has been plenty written about the unique traits and talents of the Japanese, but there hasn’t been much explanation where these characteristics come from and how they became an integral part of the Japanese culture. And that is exactly what this books does. It dives deep (real deep at some points) into the history and modern ways of the Japanese culture.


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Cool Tokyo Guide & Tokyo Pop-Up Book Review || The Travel Tester
TITLE: Cool Tokyo Guide
AUTHOR: Abby Denson
PUBLISHER: Tuttle Publishing
LANGUAGE: English
ISBN-13: 978-4-80531-441-8
WHERE TO BUY: Amazon / Bol.com


DESCRIPTION
Abby Denson is an award-winning International Manga artist. In this travel-guide-meets-comic-book, characters Abby, her husband Matt, friend Yuuko and sidekick Kitty Sweet Tooth will introduce you to different aspects of travel and life in Tokyo and beyond.


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Cool Tokyo Guide & Tokyo Pop-Up Book Review || The Travel Tester
TITLE: Tokyo Pop-Up Book
AUTHOR: Sam Ita
PUBLISHER: Tuttle Publishing
LANGUAGE: English
ISBN-13: 978-4-80531-434-0
WHERE TO BUY: Amazon / Bol.com


DESCRIPTION
This book is a combination of a short story that shares the cultural highlights of Tokyo and some incredible paper engineering that will make you flip through the pages with wonder. You travel past some of Tokyo’s most famous landmarks with characters Chico (a 13-year-old boy that loves to take photos and tell stories) and his cat Neko.


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Japan Traveler's Companion Book Review: A Complete Overview of Japan's Highlights || The Travel Tester
TITLE: Japan Traveler’s Companion
AUTHOR: Rob Goss
PUBLISHER: Tuttle Publishing
LANGUAGE: English
ISBN-13: 978-4-80531-388-6
WHERE TO BUY: Amazon / Bol.com


DESCRIPTION
This hardcover book (with jacket as a cover) provides 144 pages full of information on Japans’ 100 most important tourist sights, including 22 UNESCO World Heritage Sites that you probably don’t want to miss.


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Zen Gardens and Temples of Kyoto & Japanese Inns and Hot Springs Book Review || The Travel Tester
TITLE: Zen Gardens and Temples of Kyoto
AUTHOR: John Dougill and John Einarsen
PUBLISHER: Tuttle Publishing
LANGUAGE: English
ISBN-13: 978-4-80531-401-2
WHERE TO BUY: Amazon / Bol.com


DESCRIPTION
In this comprehensive hardcover guide (with a jacket around the cover), you can read all about Kyoto’s most important Zen garden and temple sites. I wish I had this book when I visited some of the sites, of which many of them are declared UNESCO World Heritage Sites.


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Zen Gardens and Temples of Kyoto & Japanese Inns and Hot Springs Book Review || The Travel Tester
TITLE: Japanese Inns and Hot Springs
AUTHOR: Rob Goss and Akihiko Seki
PUBLISHER: Tuttle Publishing
LANGUAGE: English
ISBN-13: 978-4-80531-392-3
WHERE TO BUY: Amazon / Bol.com


DESCRIPTION
This paperback book has 240 pages and covers 40 of the best Japanese spas and hot springs, all of them suited for English-speaking guests. 13 of them are in the Tokyo area and 11 in and around Kyoto and Nara.


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A Geek in Japan & Tokyo Geek's Guide Review: Dive Deep in Japan's 'Otaku' Culture || The Travel Tester Book Reviews
TITLE: A Geek in Japan
AUTHOR: Héctor García
PUBLISHER: Tuttle Publishing
LANGUAGE: English
ISBN-13: 978-4-80531-129-5

WHERE TO BUY: Amazon / Bol.com


DESCRIPTION
In A Geek in Japan, the author tries to sort out the keys to Japanese culture and society, the way of life of its inhabitants, their business culture and its influence on the rest of the world. Not an easy task to do in just a couple of pages, because Japanese culture is very complex!


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A Geek in Japan & Tokyo Geek's Guide Review: Dive Deep in Japan's 'Otaku' Culture || The Travel Tester Book Reviews
TITLE: Tokyo Geek’s Guide
AUTHOR: Gianni Simone
PUBLISHER: Tuttle Publishing
LANGUAGE: English
ISBN-13: 978-4-80531-385-5
WHERE TO BUY: Amazon / Bol.com


DESCRIPTION
This book focuses on made-in-Japan goods and the world of Japanese comics and animation. Right from the start, it dives right into everything otaku and takes you past the best places for eateries, nightlife, trading cards, manga, anime, video games, toys, cosplay, cafes, museums, libraries, fairs, festival and events in Tokyo. Covering 11 of Tokyo’s neighbourhoods, the author has compiled extensive guide to the best places for geeks travelling to the city.


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OUR FAVOURITE BUSINESS & LIFE BOOKS

#GIRLBOSS Book Review: Nasty Gal Sophia Amoruso's Lessons Learned from Starting a Business || The Travel Tester || #Girlboss #BookReview #SophiaAmoruso #Business
TITLE: #GIRLBOSS
AUTHOR: Sophia Amoruso
PUBLISHER: Portfolio Penguin
LANGUAGE: English
ISBN-13: 978-0-24121-793-1
WHERE TO BUY: Amazon / Bol.com


DESCRIPTION
#GIRLBOSS tells the story of Nasty Gal’s founder Sophia Amoruso. This American businesswoman that started selling vintage clothing online at the age of 22, which turned into a huge success and launched her business ‘Nasty Gal’, one of the fastest growing companies of this millennium. Besides telling her life’s story, Sophia goes step-by-step into how she started her business, which choices she made and how she continues to run her business at a high level.


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Your Best Just Got Better Book Review: Be More Productive in Work & Life || The Travel Tester
TITLE: Your Best Just Got Better
SUB-TITLE: Work Smarter, Think Bigger, Make More
AUTHOR: Jason W. Womack
PUBLISHER: Wiley
LANGUAGE: English
ISBN-13: 978-1-11812-198-6
WHERE TO BUY: Amazon / Bol.com


DESCRIPTION
Jason W. Womack is the CEO and founder of the Jason Womack Company, which provides customized training on workplace performance. As an executive coach, he shows clients (managers, employees and entrepreneurs) how to work smart, think big, and make more.


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