This year I’ve upped my reading game and I’ve blitzed through 2 books each month.
Since writing that list, I read Me Before You By Jojo Moyes, on the plane going to and from Scotland/Australia.
Then I picked up this book: The Name of the Rose by Umberto Eco.
It’s an historical murder mystery set in the 1300s about a bunch of Franciscan monks. Originally written in Italian in 1980 and translated into English, with some text/quotes left in Latin.
Yes it was turned into a movie with Sean Connery and Christian Slater, but I swore I would not watch the movie until I finished the book.
I bought this book in 2000; it was recommended to me by the owner of a small bookstore in the city. I tried to read it, but I only got a few pages in, because I found the historical language too difficult to read!
Over the years I have tried to pick it up several times. But each time I had to put it down after the first chapter because it was too hard! Or perhaps I had a bad case of baby brain?
Anyway… after recently reading Me Before You, I thought I would pick up Umberto again, for something a bit meatier.
But 2 months have passed and I’m halfway through the book haha.
It’s very slow paced, with lots of discussions about abbeys, medieval philosophy, libraries, books and monks.
I find it extremely satisfying to read.
I’ve developed a sudden interest in medieval monasteries, old books and Latin.
Although the language is slow and it’s all a bit “intellectual”, it’s delightful and interesting… and SOOOO DIFFERENT to what I read on the internet through my Facebook feed HAHA.
Which is the main aim of this reading thing!