Ultralight Backpacking Tips by Mike Clelland and the Ultimate Hiker's Gear Guide by Andrew Shurka. Click the link to find the books on Amazon.com. I really like Mike Clelland's cartoons and the Tips format, and the read is light and enjoyable. This is the one book you really need to get started with Ultralight Backpacking. The first 10 tips are an overview of just about everything you need to know about UL backpacking. The rest of the book adds in the details and skills up to Tip #153 and includes a "10-day model trip", gear lists and food prep. Mike's link is here for more information. For a couple of my close 'traditional' backpacking buddies I've given them the books to help them appreciate Ultralight Backpacking and ultimately enjoy this activity. I love my Kindle version except for some reason the packing lists do not change font size for easier reading.
Both books should be required reading for new ultralight backpackers, and Andrew Shurka's Ultimate Hikers Gear Guide will benefit anyone backpacking or travelling outdoors.
I expect the Florida weather will be cooling off soon; we may even have to weather a peak-season hurricane next week to break the heat cycle (or not-we never know a few days out). The best thing for me to do now is plan backpacking trips for the fall/winter season. I really like Myakka River State Park near Sarasota, provided the water is low. They have a huge and low back country prairie section with 20+ miles of hiking trails and 6 primitive campsites providing a few 2-3 day trip options. There is no hunting allowed at Myakka during the cooler hiking season, perfect for Florida!